An own goal from Richard Keogh and a header from Romain Vincelot secured a much-needed win for Brighton over Coventry.

The Seagulls took the lead when the ball went in off Keogh after Joe Murphy had done well to save from Craig Mackail-Smith.

The visitors hit back moments later through Gary Gardner, who headed home on his debut.

Vincelot then secured the victory with a stunning header.

After a blistering start to the season the hosts had won just one of their last 11 league matches before this game, while Coventry had won just twice so far.

The home side were ahead with seven minutes on the clock, a succession of errors leading to the opening goal.

Sammy Clingan's poor pass to Keogh allowed Mackail-Smith to nip in and race through on goal. His initial shot was parried clear by Murphy but the ball hit Keogh and ended up in the back of the empty net.

The visitors were level two minutes later when Gardner, who only signed on loan from Aston Villa on Thursday, powered in a header at the back post to restore parity.

Gus Poyet was then forced into an early change when Marcos Painter was forced off through injury but it was his replacement Vincelot who went on to secure the victory.

The Frenchman was left unmarked in the area and he was on hand to head home a free-kick and score his first goal since signing from Dagenham & Redbridge in the summer.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Brighton manager Gus Poyet told BBC Sussex:

"There were a few nerves that you could feel in the stands and it was difficult for the fans to keep hold of their nerves.

"When you're in the situation that we were a few weeks ago, it's all about winning games.

"The equaliser didn't change the way we wanted to play and we got the winner with one of the best headers this year by far, which is good because we don't score too many of them."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk
  • 14 Calderon
  • 22 Painter (Vincelot - 13' )
  • 08 Navarro
  • 11 Noone
  • 17 Harley (LuaLua - 78' )
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 13 Paynter (Barnes - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 20 Vincelot
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 07 Hoskins
  • 09 Barnes

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Keogh
  • 03 Hussey Booked
  • 15 Cranie Booked
  • 31 Christie (Wood - 41' )
  • 04 Clingan
  • 08 Baker Booked
  • 25 Gardner
  • 32 Thomas (Bigirimana - 54' )
  • 09 Jutkiew'z
  • 22 Platt (McDonald - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 24 Wood
  • 34 Bigirimana
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 14 McDonald
Ref: Ward
Att: 19,108

Match Stats

Shots

6 9

On target

3 3

Corners

5 8

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:49 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +2:15

Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:15 Booking

Booking Martin Cranie booked for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kazenga LuaLua by Martin Cranie.

90:00 +1:15

Outswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Craig Noone.

87:43

Inswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan, Lukas Jutkiewicz has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

82:24

Sammy Clingan takes a shot. Save made by Casper Ankergren.

80:27

Carl Baker takes a shot.

79:02

Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the right by-line.

77:16

Free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.

77:16 Substitution

Substitution Cody McDonald is brought on as a substitute for Clive Platt.

77:16 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Kazenga LuaLua coming on for Ryan Harley.

77:16

Casper Ankergren fouled by Lukas Jutkiewicz, the ref awards a free kick.

76:52

Inswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan.

76:04

Sammy Clingan fouled by Ryan Harley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Sammy Clingan.

73:52

Effort from long distance by Sammy Clingan goes wide of the left-hand upright.

70:31

Ashley Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Keogh. Richard Keogh takes the free kick.

68:30

Romain Vincelot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker. Richard Keogh takes the free kick.

66:09

Effort from the edge of the area by Lukas Jutkiewicz goes wide of the left-hand post.

64:46

Craig Noone handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

59:51

Outswinging corner taken by Craig Noone.

58:25 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Barnes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Paynter.

57:40

Foul by Inigo Calderon on Gary Gardner, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

55:12

Inswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line.

54:07

Romain Vincelot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Free kick crossed by Sammy Clingan, Liam Bridcutt manages to make a clearance.

53:50 Substitution

Substitution Gael Bigirimana replaces Conor Thomas.

48:40

Gary Gardner has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

46:33

Conor Thomas challenges Lewis Dunk unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.

45:06

Corner taken by Ryan Harley from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Conor Thomas.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +3:27 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +2:47

Corner taken by Carl Baker.

45:00 +1:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Bridcutt on Gary Gardner. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Billy Paynter makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:41

Chris Hussey challenges Craig Noone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

44:31

Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.

44:31 Booking

Booking Chris Hussey receives a caution.

44:18

Unfair challenge on Craig Noone by Chris Hussey results in a free kick.

43:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Richard Wood. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.

40:15 Substitution

Substitution Richard Wood on for Cyrus Christie.

36:45

Liam Bridcutt provided the assist for the goal.

36:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Romain Vincelot - Brighton 2 - 1 Coventry Romain Vincelot scores a headed goal from just inside the penalty area. Brighton 2-1 Coventry.

35:49

Gary Gardner challenges Craig Noone unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Liam Bridcutt,

30:43

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan from the right by-line, Martin Cranie takes a shot. Casper Ankergren makes a save.

26:14

Shot from deep inside the area by Inigo Calderon goes over the bar.

24:13

Conor Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Romain Vincelot. Free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.

23:29

Romain Vincelot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cyrus Christie. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sammy Clingan from right wing.

22:14

Craig Noone produces a lobbed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

20:43

Foul by Sammy Clingan on Billy Paynter, free kick awarded. Ryan Harley produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

19:19

Ryan Harley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

17:07

Free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.

17:07 Booking

Booking Carl Baker is shown a yellow card.

16:36

Carl Baker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Dunk.

15:00

Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the right by-line to the near post.

12:42 Substitution

Substitution Romain Vincelot replaces Marcos Painter.

8:21

Assist by Cyrus Christie.

8:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Gardner - Brighton 1 - 1 Coventry Gary Gardner finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Brighton 1-1 Coventry.

6:25

Assist by Craig Mackail-Smith.

6:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Keogh - Brighton 1 - 0 Coventry Own goal by Richard Keogh. Brighton 1-0 Coventry.

5:36

Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

4:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone played to the near post, clearance made by Clive Platt.

4:13

Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Harley to the near post, Sammy Clingan makes a clearance.

3:39

Corner taken by Ryan Harley from the left by-line, clearance by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

3:15

Foul by Clive Platt on Lewis Dunk, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.

1:17

Marcos Painter fouled by Conor Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Marcos Painter takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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