Craig Mackail-Smith's fifth goal in three games helped take Brighton top of the Championship.

Gus Poyet's side handed Sheffield Wednesday a sound beating after taking a first-half lead through Wayne Bridge's deflected free-kick.

Mackail-Smith added a second in the 54th minute following a jinking run from Spanish full-back Bruno Saltor.

Will Buckley made it three from Bruno's lofted diagonal pass to seal Brighton's third straight win.

It means Dave Jones's Wednesday side have suffered back-to-back defeats after collecting seven points from their first three league games.

Buckley forced an early save from Owls' goalkeeper Chris Kirkland before Bridge's 24th-minute free kick looped in off Rhys McCabe.

The visitors struggled to create clear chances in the opening 45 minutes, and Jones brought on teenager Ross Barkley at half-time to make his debut.

Midfielder Barkley, signed on a month's loan from Everton, could not spark a revival though, and Brighton increased their lead nine minutes into the second half.

Bruno evaded a series of challenges as he cut into the penalty area from the right, and his low cross was stroked in by Mackail-Smith.

The full-back also created Brighton's third goal with a pass that caught out Wednesday's defence and found Buckley, whose first touch set up a cool, chipped finish.

Kirkland then kept out a Mackail-Smith header, with Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak making excellent late saves to deny Jay Bothroyd and Joe Mattock.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno Booked
  • 03 Greer
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 28 Bridge
  • 04 Hammond
  • 18 Dicker
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 30 Buckley (Orlandi - 77' )
  • 09 Barnes (David Lopez - 82' )
  • 12 Mackail-Smith (Dobbie - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 05 Dunk
  • 14 Calderon
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 21 David Lopez
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 10 Dobbie

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 05 Taylor
  • 14 Mattock
  • 19 Beevers
  • 32 Llera Booked
  • 06 Semedo
  • 07 Antonio
  • 11 J Johnson (Pecnik - 64' )
  • 16 McCabe
  • 15 Rodri (Barkley - 46' Booked )
  • 23 Bothroyd (Madine - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 43 Bywater
  • 20 Lee
  • 24 Barkley
  • 09 Madine
  • 10 Maguire
  • 12 O'Grady
  • 17 Pecnik
Ref: Miller
Att: 26,594

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

6 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +0:57

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rhys McCabe.

90:00 +0:47

Ross Barkley delivers the ball, clearance by Adam El-Abd.

87:33

Bruno Saltor fouled by Nejc Pecnik, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bruno Saltor.

86:46 Substitution

Substitution Gary Madine on for Jay Bothroyd.

85:05

The referee penalises Nejc Pecnik for handball. Bruno Saltor restarts play with the free kick.

83:06

Rhys McCabe takes a short corner.

83:00

The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio, blocked by Adam El-Abd.

81:07 Substitution

Substitution Moreno David Lopez replaces Ashley Barnes.

80:56

Effort from long distance by Stephen Dobbie goes wide of the right-hand upright.

77:46

Ashley Barnes is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

77:21

Shot by Jay Bothroyd. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

76:51

Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Tomasz Kuszczak, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

76:27

Corner from left by-line taken by Rhys McCabe.

76:03 Substitution

Substitution Andrea Orlandi is brought on as a substitute for Will Buckley.

75:07

Michail Antonio crosses the ball, Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Brilliant save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

72:11

Centre by Michail Antonio.

68:56 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Stephen Dobbie coming on for Craig Mackail-Smith.

67:15

Craig Mackail-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Semedo takes the direct free kick.

67:01

Michail Antonio crosses the ball, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

66:36

Foul by Gary Dicker on Jose Semedo, free kick awarded. Miguel Llera takes the indirect free kick.

66:01

Jay Bothroyd crosses the ball, comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

64:41

Dean Hammond concedes a free kick for a foul on Michail Antonio. Joe Mattock takes the direct free kick.

64:12

A cross is delivered by Gordon Greer, clearance made by Martin Taylor.

63:35

Corner from the right by-line taken by Will Buckley, Rhys McCabe makes a clearance.

63:18 Substitution

Substitution Nejc Pecnik comes on in place of Jermaine Johnson.

62:13

Bruno Saltor takes the free kick.

62:13 Booking

Booking Ross Barkley is cautioned.

61:56

Foul by Ross Barkley on Bruno Saltor, free kick awarded.

60:13

The ball is delivered by Gary Dicker, clearance made by Martin Taylor.

59:48

Short corner taken by Will Buckley.

59:26

Centre by Will Buckley, Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.

57:27

Bruno Saltor provided the assist for the goal.

57:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Buckley - Brighton 3 - 0 Sheff Wed Will Buckley gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Brighton 3-0 Sheff Wed.

56:18

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jermaine Johnson goes wide right of the goal.

55:56

Rhys McCabe takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ashley Barnes manages to make a clearance.

55:10

Rhys McCabe restarts play with the free kick.

55:10 Booking

Booking Bruno Saltor goes into the referee's book.

55:03

Bruno Saltor challenges Jermaine Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

53:50

Assist by Bruno Saltor.

53:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Mackail-Smith - Brighton 2 - 0 Sheff Wed Craig Mackail-Smith grabs a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Brighton 2-0 Sheff Wed.

52:44

A cross is delivered by Ross Barkley, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

51:45

Gary Dicker delivers the ball.

50:05

Will Buckley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

50:05 Booking

Booking Miguel Llera booked.

49:47

Craig Mackail-Smith fouled by Miguel Llera, the ref awards a free kick.

49:31

Effort from 25 yards by Michail Antonio.

46:37

Michail Antonio concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Barnes. Free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Lozano Rodri goes off and Ross Barkley comes on.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:29

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Will Buckley, clearance made by Miguel Llera.

42:44

The referee penalises Jay Bothroyd for handball. Free kick taken by Adam El-Abd.

39:50

Wayne Bridge sends in a cross, clearance by Mark Beevers.

38:59

Centre by Will Buckley, clearance by Joe Mattock. Liam Bridcutt takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.

37:52

Foul by Ashley Barnes on Mark Beevers, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

36:48

Martin Taylor challenges Ashley Barnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Bridcutt crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Mark Beevers.

36:11

The ball is sent over by Michail Antonio, Lozano Rodri makes a clearance.

35:55

Wayne Bridge delivers the ball, Mark Beevers makes a clearance.

34:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Semedo by Bruno Saltor. Jose Semedo takes the indirect free kick.

31:43

Effort from outside the penalty area by Jermaine Johnson goes wide left of the goal.

31:03

Short corner worked by Martin Taylor, Rhys McCabe produces a cross, Bruno Saltor makes a clearance.

30:49

Shot by Jay Bothroyd from 20 yards. Gordon Greer gets a block in.

26:45

Handball decision goes against Rhys McCabe. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

26:36

The ball is sent over by Dean Hammond, Martin Taylor makes a clearance.

26:14

Bruno Saltor crosses the ball, Miguel Llera manages to make a clearance.

23:07

Assist on the goal came from Liam Bridcutt.

23:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Wayne Bridge - Brighton 1 - 0 Sheff Wed A goal is scored by Wayne Bridge from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton 1-0 Sheff Wed.

23:07

Wayne Bridge takes a shot.

21:44

Ashley Barnes fouled by Miguel Llera, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Dicker.

21:32

Gordon Greer fouled by Lozano Rodri, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

18:20

Liam Bridcutt challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

15:23

Foul by Mark Beevers on Adam El-Abd, free kick awarded. Bruno Saltor fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

14:40

Gary Dicker takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Jay Bothroyd makes a clearance.

14:20

Corner taken short by Will Buckley.

14:06

Will Buckley takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.

13:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lozano Rodri by Liam Bridcutt. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Llera.

12:05

Centre by Jermaine Johnson, Gordon Greer gets a block in.

11:26

Shot by Ashley Barnes from just outside the area goes over the net.

9:46

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dean Hammond. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

9:21

Rhys McCabe takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a comfortable save.

8:56

Will Buckley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

8:37

Miguel Llera delivers the ball, clearance made by Craig Mackail-Smith.

7:43

Corner taken by Miguel Llera from the right by-line to the near post, Craig Mackail-Smith manages to make a clearance.

6:22

Jermaine Johnson takes a shot.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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