Brighton captain Gordon Greer inspired his team to victory to end a run of nine league games without a win.

Greer's goal in first-half stoppage time was the first they had scored in five hours and 43 minutes of football.

Ryan Harley doubled the advantage when he slotted home a rebound after Craig Mackail-Smith's shot had struck the crossbar.

The win lifts Brighton into the top half of the table and leaves Barnsley without an away win since August.

Barnsley had their chances, notably when David Perkins was denied by the bar.

But Brighton, who topped the table after the first month of the season, deservedly brought an end to their recent slump and climbed back into the top half.

Gus Poyet has staunchly stuck to his philosophy of passing football despite results going against them, and he certainly had the game's one genuine class act pulling the strings at left-back.

Unfortunately for Brighton, Mauricio Taricco is 38, the club's assistant manager and has already retired from playing once this season, only to be coaxed back due to a spate of injuries.

To Barnsley's credit they continued to attack, but Greer cleared Ricardo Vaz Te's effort off line, Harper saved from Butterfield and the tireless Taricco blocked Matty Done's shot as the hosts held out.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 21 Harper
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk
  • 14 Calderon
  • 27 Taricco
  • 08 Navarro
  • 17 Harley (Barnes - 69' )
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 11 Noone (Buckley - 81' )
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 13 Paynter

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 20 Vincelot
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 30 Buckley
  • 09 Barnes

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 McEveley
  • 06 Foster
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 15 McNulty
  • 11 Perkins Booked
  • 17 Addison (Done - 62' )
  • 19 Butterfield
  • 20 Drinkwater Booked
  • 09 Davies (Vaz Te - 60' )
  • 27 Gray Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Preece
  • 04 Edwards
  • 05 Doyle
  • 10 Done
  • 18 Vaz Te
Ref: Wright
Att: 19,841

Match Stats

Shots

13 17

On target

7 9

Corners

6 4

Fouls

5 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:25

Jimmy McNulty produces a cross, Inigo Calderon makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:41 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:00

Close range strike by Jay McEveley goes over the bar.

90:00 +1:07

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Gray.

88:16

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Gray.

86:49

Unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Daniel Drinkwater results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

86:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Drinkwater by Will Buckley. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.

85:44

Free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.

85:44 Booking

Booking Daniel Drinkwater shown a yellow card.

85:32

Daniel Drinkwater gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley.

84:41

Shot by Jacob Butterfield. Save by Steve Harper.

84:01

Shot by Billy Paynter from a long way out goes over the net.

83:36

Liam Bridcutt fouled by Scott Wiseman, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

82:45

Outswinging corner taken by Will Buckley, clearance made by Daniel Drinkwater.

80:34 Substitution

Substitution Craig Noone leaves the field to be replaced by Will Buckley.

78:06

Corner taken by Craig Noone.

77:50

Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.

76:50

Matty Done sends in a cross, clearance made by Mauricio Taricco.

73:49

Corner taken left-footed by Jacob Butterfield.

73:26

Craig Noone delivers the ball, clearance by Stephen Foster.

71:56

Jacob Butterfield produces a cross, Headed effort from close range by Ricardo Vaz Te goes wide left of the goal.

71:38

Matty Done takes a shot. Mauricio Taricco manages to make a clearance.

70:11

Shot from outside the box by Billy Paynter goes wide right of the target.

69:51

The ball is sent over by Jacob Butterfield, Mauricio Taricco makes a clearance.

68:15 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Harley goes off and Ashley Barnes comes on.

66:39

Corner taken left-footed by Jacob Butterfield from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Ricardo Vaz Te misses to the left of the target.

66:24

Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot. Lewis Dunk gets a block in.

65:12

Jacob Butterfield produces a cross, clearance made by Gordon Greer.

63:43

The ball is crossed by Craig Noone.

62:46

Gordon Greer sends in a cross, Jay McEveley makes a clearance.

62:25

Mauricio Taricco fouled by Matty Done, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

61:57

Ricardo Vaz Te takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Gordon Greer gets a block in.

61:46

Ricardo Vaz Te produces a cross, clearance by Inigo Calderon.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Matty Done replaces Miles Addison.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Ricardo Vaz Te on for Craig Davies.

56:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Harley - Brighton 2 - 0 Barnsley Ryan Harley finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton 2-0 Barnsley.

56:03

Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot.

55:33

Effort from just outside the area by Craig Davies goes over the bar.

55:00

David Perkins takes a shot. Liam Bridcutt gets a block in.

54:47

Craig Davies sends in a cross, Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

53:10

Effort from outside the penalty area by Daniel Drinkwater goes wide left of the target.

52:36

Daniel Drinkwater delivers the ball, Inigo Calderon makes a clearance.

52:00

Andy Gray takes a shot. Blocked by Lewis Dunk.

49:31

Foul by Liam Bridcutt on Jacob Butterfield, free kick awarded. Daniel Drinkwater has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +3:15 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Gray on Billy Paynter. Ryan Harley has an effort direct from the free kick.

44:02 Booking

Booking Andy Gray is shown a yellow card.

43:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Gordon Greer - Brighton 1 - 0 Barnsley Goal scored by Gordon Greer from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Brighton 1-0 Barnsley.

42:31

Lewis Dunk takes a shot. Blocked by Jay McEveley.

41:38

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater on Inigo Calderon, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Craig Noone.

41:21

Liam Bridcutt takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Foster.

40:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Dunk by Andy Gray. Lewis Dunk restarts play with the free kick.

39:26

Craig Davies delivers the ball, Steve Harper makes a save.

37:09

Free kick taken by Ryan Harley.

37:09 Booking

Booking The referee shows David Perkins a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

36:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Noone by David Perkins.

35:57

Shot by Craig Noone from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

35:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Wiseman on Craig Noone. Mauricio Taricco restarts play with the free kick.

34:16

Centre by Jay McEveley, clearance made by Lewis Dunk.

32:42

Foul by Craig Noone on Scott Wiseman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Wiseman.

31:31

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater on Liam Bridcutt, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Craig Noone.

30:39

Daniel Drinkwater challenges Inigo Calderon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.

29:34

Craig Mackail-Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Miles Addison. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.

29:04

A cross is delivered by Inigo Calderon, clearance made by Stephen Foster.

28:33

Corner taken left-footed by Jacob Butterfield from the right by-line, clearance by Alan Navarro.

27:51

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.

27:35

David Perkins takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.

25:50

Mauricio Taricco fouled by Jacob Butterfield, the ref awards a free kick. Mauricio Taricco restarts play with the free kick.

22:11

Mauricio Taricco fouled by Jacob Butterfield, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis Dunk takes the direct free kick.

20:34

David Perkins fouled by Alan Navarro, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.

19:28

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Harley from the right by-line, clearance made by Jacob Butterfield.

18:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Drinkwater on Liam Bridcutt. Free kick taken by Ryan Harley.

18:05

Alan Navarro sends in a cross.

17:56

Alan Navarro produces a cross, comfortable save by Luke Steele.

17:33

Short corner worked by Ryan Harley.

17:24

The ball is crossed by Ryan Harley.

16:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Gray on Mauricio Taricco. Direct free kick taken by Mauricio Taricco.

15:59

The referee blows for offside. Luke Steele takes the indirect free kick.

15:14

David Perkins challenges Craig Noone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Harley crosses the ball in from the free kick.

14:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Navarro by Andy Gray. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

14:16

The ball is sent over by Craig Noone, Effort from inside the area by Ryan Harley misses to the left of the goal.

11:31

Corner taken right-footed by Jacob Butterfield, Headed effort on goal by Miles Addison from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

11:21

Daniel Drinkwater delivers the ball, clearance by Mauricio Taricco.

8:03

The ball is swung over by Daniel Drinkwater.

3:42

Craig Noone produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Miles Addison.

3:21

Craig Noone produces a cross, clearance made by Stephen Foster.

3:05

Centre by Inigo Calderon.

2:52

Craig Noone crosses the ball.

1:18

Corner taken by Craig Noone from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Miles Addison.

0:58

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone, Jimmy McNulty manages to make a clearance.

0:43

Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Wiseman.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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