Former Spain international Vicente struck a late free-kick as Brighton moved to within two points of the play-off positions with a hard-fought win.

The substitute drilled a low shot from the edge of the box, which was too powerful for keeper David Stockdale.

The Tigers keeper had made smart saves to deny David Lopez and Andrea Orlandi.

Brighton's Tomasz Kuszczak kept out Robbie Brady and Ahmed Elmohamady shots as Hull failed to take a point that would have moved them up to second.

Steve Bruce's side went into the game knowing that a draw would move them above Leicester following their surprise slip-up at bottom-of-the-table Peterborough.

And with the best away record in the division, Hull would expect to take something from a Brighton side that had won just two of their last 10 games.

But the Seagulls had the better of the first half. Stockdale was at full-stretch to turn away Lopez's delightful curling effort and, moments later, was alert to tip over Orlandi's fierce 20-yard free-kick.

The visitors came to life in the second half with Republic of Ireland winger Robbie Brady terrorising the Seagulls.

An early left-wing cross took a horrible deflection off Bruno Saltor but former Manchester United keeper Kuszczak clawed it away from under his crossbar.

Brady then picked out Robert Koren but his header was palmed away by the Poland international.

Kuszczak's best was still to come when he first kept out Brady's thunderbolt strike from 30 yards and then reacted quickly to save Elmohamady's low volley from closer in.

It gave Brighton the platform to snatch the win and the chance arrived seven minutes from time when Orlandi was tripped just outside the box by Corry Evans.

Vicente stepped up to fire a low drive, which Stockdale got a hand to, but not enough to stop the ball from crossing the line.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno (Buckley - 73' )
  • 06 El-Abd Booked
  • 20 Upson
  • 28 Bridge
  • 04 Hammond (Vicente - 59' )
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 21 David Lopez
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 12 Mackail-Smith (Calderon - 86' )
  • 19 Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 14 Calderon
  • 15 Vicente
  • 18 Dicker
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 30 Buckley
  • 07 Hoskins

Hull City

  • 34 Stockdale
  • 05 Chester Booked
  • 06 Hobbs
  • 15 McShane
  • 28 Bruce (Evans - 29' )
  • 10 Koren (Nagy - 71' )
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 29 Quinn
  • 31 Meyler
  • 11 Simpson (Proschwitz - 71' )
  • 30 Brady

Substitutes

  • 01 Jakupovic
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 08 Evans
  • 14 Cairney
  • 16 Olofinjana
  • 22 Nagy
  • 33 Proschwitz
Ref: Attwell
Att: 25,367

Match Stats

Shots

8 16

On target

5 3

Corners

4 7

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:28 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:32

Foul by Paul McShane on Will Buckley, free kick awarded. Moreno David Lopez restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:08

David Meyler produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +0:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Chester on Rodriguez Vicente. Rodriguez Vicente restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:31 Booking

Booking James Chester shown a yellow card.

89:06

Andrea Orlandi concedes a free kick for a foul on David Meyler. David Meyler restarts play with the free kick.

85:40 Substitution

Substitution Inigo Calderon comes on in place of Craig Mackail-Smith.

83:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam El-Abd on Stephen Quinn. Strike comes in from Robbie Brady from the free kick.

83:54 Booking

Booking Booking for Adam El-Abd.

83:45

Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, clearance by Adam El-Abd.

82:21

Assist by Andrea Orlandi.

82:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Rodriguez Vicente - Brighton 1 - 0 Hull City Free kick scored by Rodriguez Vicente. Brighton 1-0 Hull.

81:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrea Orlandi by Corry Evans.

80:38

Centre by Will Buckley, clearance by Jack Hobbs.

78:25

David Meyler takes a shot. Adam El-Abd gets a block in. Effort on goal by Ahmed Elmohamady from 12 yards. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Meyler.

76:22

The ball is swung over by Robbie Brady, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

73:21

Corry Evans fouled by Rodriguez Vicente, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Robbie Brady. Robbie Brady takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak. Short corner taken by Robbie Brady from the left by-line. Corry Evans crosses the ball.

72:29 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Will Buckley coming on for Bruno Saltor.

71:46

Rodriguez Vicente fouled by Paul McShane, the ref awards a free kick. Moreno David Lopez takes the direct free kick.

70:08

Robbie Brady takes the direct free kick.

70:08 Substitution

Substitution Nick Proschwitz is brought on as a substitute for Jay Simpson.

70:08 Substitution

Substitution (Hull) makes a substitution, with Mohamed Nagy coming on for Robert Koren.

70:08

David Meyler fouled by Liam Bridcutt, the ref awards a free kick.

69:13

The ball is crossed by Moreno David Lopez, David Stockdale makes a save.

66:20

Wayne Bridge delivers the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Andrea Orlandi goes over the bar.

63:52

Corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente. Centre by Moreno David Lopez.

62:06

Robbie Brady crosses the ball, David Meyler produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

61:12

The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady. Stephen Quinn crosses the ball, Robert Koren produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

59:56

The ball is crossed by Rodriguez Vicente, clearance by Stephen Quinn.

57:41 Substitution

Substitution Rodriguez Vicente comes on in place of Dean Hammond.

57:41

Robbie Brady sends in a cross, Header by Jay Simpson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

57:11

Moreno David Lopez sends in a cross, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.

56:50

Moreno David Lopez produces a cross, James Chester manages to make a clearance.

55:09

Corry Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Ulloa. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.

54:33

The referee blows for offside. David Stockdale takes the direct free kick.

53:34

Centre by Robbie Brady, Adam El-Abd manages to make a clearance. Robert Koren takes the outswinging corner, Jose Ulloa makes a clearance.

53:02

David Meyler crosses the ball, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

51:08

Bruno Saltor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Koren. Strike on goal comes in from Robert Koren from the free kick.

50:35

The ball is sent over by Robert Koren.

50:12

Stephen Quinn fouled by Jose Ulloa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

49:43

Centre by Robbie Brady, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

49:32

Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, clearance made by Moreno David Lopez.

46:38

Andrea Orlandi concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Simpson. Robert Koren takes the direct free kick. The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:00

The ball is delivered by Andrea Orlandi, clearance by David Meyler.

44:48

The ball is crossed by Bruno Saltor, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jose Ulloa misses to the right of the goal.

43:16

David Meyler delivers the ball.

40:17

Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, Wayne Bridge gets a block in. Robbie Brady takes the outswinging corner, Andrea Orlandi makes a clearance. Robert Koren takes the inswinging corner, Jack Hobbs takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

38:24

Corry Evans fouled by Dean Hammond, the ref awards a free kick. Paul McShane takes the direct free kick.

37:18

Bruno Saltor crosses the ball, Jose Ulloa takes a shot. Comfortable save by David Stockdale.

36:41

David Meyler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt. Adam El-Abd takes the free kick.

36:15

Shot by Robbie Brady from a long way out goes over the target.

35:09

The ball is swung over by Robbie Brady, Bruno Saltor gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Koren from the left by-line, Jose Ulloa makes a clearance.

34:09

Jose Ulloa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McShane. David Stockdale takes the free kick.

30:24

Corry Evans challenges Jose Ulloa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Andrea Orlandi from the free kick, save by David Stockdale. Outswinging corner taken by Moreno David Lopez, clearance made by James Chester.

28:08 Substitution

Substitution Corry Evans comes on in place of Alex Bruce.

27:44

Moreno David Lopez produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by David Stockdale.

27:29

The ball is crossed by Craig Mackail-Smith.

24:43

Unfair challenge on Robbie Brady by Jose Ulloa results in a free kick. David Stockdale restarts play with the free kick.

24:09

Unfair challenge on Andrea Orlandi by Paul McShane results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bruno Saltor.

23:59

Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, Moreno David Lopez manages to make a clearance.

23:27

Craig Mackail-Smith has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

22:57

The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady.

22:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Hammond on David Meyler. Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

19:36

The ball is sent over by Andrea Orlandi, clearance made by Alex Bruce.

17:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Jack Hobbs. Free kick crossed by Moreno David Lopez, Jay Simpson manages to make a clearance.

16:57

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Ahmed Elmohamady goes wide of the left-hand post.

16:29

A cross is delivered by Bruno Saltor, clearance by Paul McShane.

14:47

Bruno Saltor takes a shot. Blocked by Paul McShane. Short corner taken by Andrea Orlandi.

14:23

A cross is delivered by Moreno David Lopez, clearance by Paul McShane.

12:09

Shot by Stephen Quinn from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

11:12

Robert Koren takes a shot. Adam El-Abd gets a block in. Corner taken by Robert Koren from the left by-line, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

9:28

Unfair challenge on Jay Simpson by Liam Bridcutt results in a free kick. Alex Bruce takes the free kick. Robert Koren has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

8:17

Bruno Saltor delivers the ball, The ball is delivered by Bruno Saltor, Stephen Quinn makes a clearance. Stephen Quinn manages to make a clearance.

6:27

The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.

4:57

The offside flag is raised against David Meyler. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

3:42

Craig Mackail-Smith crosses the ball, Paul McShane gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Andrea Orlandi.

2:44

Andrea Orlandi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by David Stockdale.

2:27

The ball is swung over by Bruno Saltor, clearance made by Jack Hobbs.

1:01

The ball is delivered by Paul McShane, Shot from deep inside the area by Jay Simpson goes over the bar.

0:00

The match begins.

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