Glenn Murray

Glenn Murray is Brighton's top scorer this season with 22 goals

Brighton were named champions of League One after their hard-fought victory at struggling Walsall.

Inigo Calderon, who scored in the win over Dagenham and Redbridge that sealed promotion on Tuesday, headed the visitors in front.

Andy Butler nodded in an equaliser, but the Seagulls' top-scorer Glenn Murray glanced in a header for 2-1.

The Saddlers' Emmanuel Ledesma saw red for fouling Adam El-Abd before Elliott Bennett lashed home from 30 yards.

Brighton, who are unbeaten at home so far this season, will return to the Championship after a five-year absence.

They do so on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run that stretches back until the end of February.

In stark contrast, Walsall remain in 20th position, level on points with Bristol Rovers in 21st and a point and a game ahead of Notts County in 22nd.

The final whistle was greeted with a pitch invasion by the travelling Brighton supporters.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Brighton manager Gus Poyet told BBC Sussex:

"It's unbelievable to be top and know that no one can go above us, we were the best team in this league by far.

"Elliot Bennett has the best shot and best delivery in the club and I'm so pleased for him today.

"It is a team effort and we told the players not to try and be a hero on your own, and today is about forgetting all worries and just celebrating."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 29 Walker Booked
  • 04 McDonald (Lancashire - 68' )
  • 14 Taundry
  • 28 Williams
  • 32 Butler
  • 08 Richards (Ledesma - 60' Dismissed )
  • 18 Gray
  • 23 Gbarssin Booked
  • 26 Laird
  • 27 Cook (Byfield - 72' )
  • 10 Macken

Substitutes

  • 21 Bevan
  • 02 Westlake
  • 05 Lancashire
  • 30 Ledesma
  • 09 Byfield
  • 11 Nicholls
  • 19 Grigg

Brighton

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 04 Elphick
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 14 Calderon
  • 22 Painter
  • 07 Bennett (Navarro - 90' )
  • 10 Sparrow (Noone - 63' )
  • 18 Dicker
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 09 Barnes (Wood - 76' )
  • 17 Murray

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 37 Dunk
  • 08 Navarro
  • 25 Kishishev
  • 31 Noone
  • 21 Sandaza
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Moss
Att: 6,015

Match Stats

Shots

6 9

On target

2 6

Corners

7 7

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:18 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:26

Glenn Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Taundry. Direct free kick taken by Oliver Lancashire.

90:00 +3:12

Inigo Calderon fouled by Jonathan Macken, the ref awards a free kick. Tommy Elphick takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:12

Corner taken by Tom Williams.

90:00 +1:36

Effort from the edge of the area by Glenn Murray goes wide of the right-hand upright.

89:55 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Bennett leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Navarro.

89:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Elliott Bennett - Walsall 1 - 3 Brighton Elliott Bennett scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Walsall 1-3 Brighton.

87:41

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Jimmy Walker makes a fantastic save.

86:06

The referee blows for offside. Jimmy Walker takes the indirect free kick.

84:58

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Elliott Bennett from the right by-line.

84:05

Chris Wood is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Oliver Lancashire.

83:30

Jonathan Macken takes a shot. Save made by Casper Ankergren.

83:09

The ball is delivered by Elliott Bennett, save by Jimmy Walker.

82:28

Elliott Bennett decides to take the corner short.

78:50

Direct free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.

78:50 Dismissal

Dismissal Emanuel Jorge Ledesma is shown a red card for professional foul.

78:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam El-Abd by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma.

77:28

Emanuel Jorge Ledesma produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

75:12 Substitution

Substitution Chris Wood on for Ashley Barnes.

74:24

Casper Ankergren takes the free kick.

74:24 Booking

Booking Booking for Marco Gbarssin.

74:19

Marco Gbarssin concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Barnes.

72:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliott Bennett on Jonathan Macken. Shot comes in from Emanuel Jorge Ledesma from the free kick.

71:38

Jimmy Walker takes the indirect free kick.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Cook goes off and Darren Byfield comes on.

71:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Glenn Murray.

69:43

Inswinging corner taken by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma from the right by-line played to the near post, Marc Laird takes a shot.

68:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Julian Gray by Elliott Bennett. Free kick taken by Tom Williams.

67:10 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Lancashire on for Clayton McDonald.

65:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Gbarssin by Gary Dicker. Andy Butler takes the free kick.

63:55

Glenn Murray is caught offside. Free kick taken by Tom Williams.

62:47 Substitution

Substitution Craig Noone on for Matthew Sparrow.

60:44

Foul by Julian Gray on Ashley Barnes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Inigo Calderon.

59:47 Substitution

Substitution Emanuel Jorge Ledesma joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Richards.

58:36

Unfair challenge on Glenn Murray by Marco Gbarssin results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Elliott Bennett, clearance by Marco Gbarssin.

57:51

Unfair challenge on Julian Gray by Glenn Murray results in a free kick. Jimmy Walker restarts play with the free kick.

54:19

Corner taken by Julian Gray played to the near post, Marcos Painter manages to make a clearance.

53:47

The ball is delivered by Jordan Cook, save made by Casper Ankergren.

52:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by Elliott Bennett, Marco Gbarssin makes a clearance.

51:38

Corner taken right-footed by Elliott Bennett, clearance by Marco Gbarssin.

50:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Elphick by Julian Gray. Matthew Sparrow restarts play with the free kick.

49:52

Richard Taundry crosses the ball.

46:51

The assist for the goal came from Elliott Bennett.

46:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Glenn Murray - Walsall 1 - 2 Brighton Glenn Murray finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Walsall 1-2 Brighton.

46:16

Corner taken right-footed by Elliott Bennett,

45:32

Corner taken by Matthew Richards, clearance by Glenn Murray.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:42 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:32

Tom Williams produces a cross.

43:21

Ashley Barnes is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

39:51

Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Jimmy Walker makes a comfortable save.

37:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Laird on Gary Dicker. Casper Ankergren takes the direct free kick.

37:26

Jordan Cook sends in a cross, Marcos Painter manages to make a clearance.

33:14

Shot from outside the box by Tom Williams goes wide right of the target.

32:43

Matthew Richards takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Ashley Barnes.

32:04

Jonathan Macken fouled by Adam El-Abd, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jordan Cook from right wing, Glenn Murray manages to make a clearance.

30:38

Marco Gbarssin challenges Elliott Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Bennett.

29:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcos Painter on Jordan Cook. Free kick taken by Richard Taundry.

28:09

Marcos Painter delivers the ball.

27:18

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

25:55

Corner from right by-line crossed in by Matthew Richards.

21:12

Marcos Painter challenges Jordan Cook unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Richards.

20:08

Corner from right by-line taken by Elliott Bennett.

17:26

Centre by Jordan Cook.

16:03

The ball is swung over by Inigo Calderon, clearance by Marco Gbarssin.

15:34

Centre by Inigo Calderon, clearance by Clayton McDonald.

11:41 Booking

Booking Jimmy Walker is shown a yellow card.

10:14

The offside flag is raised against Elliott Bennett. Jimmy Walker takes the indirect free kick.

10:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Butler - Walsall 1 - 1 Brighton Andy Butler scores a headed goal from close range. Walsall 1-1 Brighton.

9:56

Corner taken by Matthew Richards from the left by-line played to the near post,

8:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Dicker by Marco Gbarssin. Gary Dicker restarts play with the free kick.

7:38

Andy Butler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliott Bennett. Elliott Bennett restarts play with the free kick.

5:49

Assist by Elliott Bennett.

5:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Inigo Calderon - Walsall 0 - 1 Brighton Inigo Calderon finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Walsall 0-1 Brighton.

5:01

Matthew Sparrow takes a shot. Save by Jimmy Walker. Corner taken by Elliott Bennett from the right by-line played to the near post,

4:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Murray on Richard Taundry. Jimmy Walker takes the direct free kick.

2:01

Elliott Bennett has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

1:50

Ashley Barnes takes a shot. Jimmy Walker makes a save.

0:00

The match begins.

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