David Lopez's fifth goal of the season proved enough to sink Burnley and help Brighton climb into the top six of the Championship table.

The Spaniard struck from 12 yards after connecting with Andrea Orlandi's cross as Gus Poyet's side secured a third win in four league games.

Burnley battled and would have come away with at least a point but for heroics from keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

The Pole saved well from Junior Stanislas and Jason Shackell.

Kuszczak also denied Kieran Trippier towards the end yet the Clarets are now without a win in five league games.

Seagulls are turning mean

Brighton have conceded once in the last 394 minutes of Championship action

Having weathered early pressure from the visitors, Brighton settled and took the lead in the 20th minute when Orlandi delivered a centre from the left for Lopez to strike home first time.

Burnley's response was swift.

Stanislas's shot from distance had to be met with a desperate block by full-back Bruno before Shackell's header from Keith Treacy's 34th-minute corner was parried by Kuszczak.

Brighton spurned chances to increase their lead after half-time, with both Jose Ulloa and Lopez left frustrated.

At the other end, Chris McCann should have done better when presented with an opportunity from six yards out before Kuszczak produced another fine save to keep out Trippier.

And there was still time for Charlie Austin to miss out on his 25th goal of the campaign, the Clarets forward missing the target with a header.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet :

"We are back in the top six and that is where we want to be.

"David Lopez scored with a great finish and then our goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak made a great save. That`s the kind of quality that helps you win games.

"I like what I'm seeing. We now have a different character to the squad and keeping clean sheets is a good sign."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"We deserved something, absolutely. There is a real positive feel now because we need performances like that.

"You win games with displays like that and to come here and perform like that was very pleasing.

"There were so many good things, like the way we dominated the ball and created chances. It`s a positive sign for us."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 20 Upson Booked
  • 28 Bridge
  • 04 Hammond
  • 11 Orlandi (Barnes - 63' )
  • 15 Vicente Booked (Greer - 88' )
  • 18 Dicker
  • 21 David Lopez
  • 19 Ulloa (Mackail-Smith - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 03 Greer
  • 14 Calderon
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 35 Forster-Caskey
  • 09 Barnes
  • 12 Mackail-Smith

Burnley

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Trippier
  • 03 Lafferty
  • 05 Shackell Booked
  • 28 Long
  • 06 McCann Booked
  • 08 Marney (Bartley - 71' )
  • 11 Stanislas (Ings - 46' Booked )
  • 22 Stock (Vokes - 80' )
  • 26 Treacy
  • 23 Austin

Substitutes

  • 12 Jensen
  • 15 Edgar
  • 16 O'Neill
  • 20 Bartley
  • 09 Vokes
  • 10 Paterson
  • 14 Ings
Ref: Scott
Att: 25,836

Match Stats

Shots

7 13

On target

3 6

Corners

6 6

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:25 Full time

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

90:00 +4:06

The ball is delivered by Kieran Trippier, clearance by Bruno Saltor.

90:00 +2:15

Foul by Jason Shackell on Craig Mackail-Smith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Moreno David Lopez. Corner taken by Moreno David Lopez.

90:00 +1:38

Gary Dicker restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:38 Booking

Booking The referee books Jason Shackell for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:33

Jason Shackell concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Mackail-Smith.

88:56

Danny Ings crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Charlie Austin misses to the right of the target.

86:54

Lee Grant restarts play with the free kick.

86:54 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Gordon Greer coming on for Rodriguez Vicente.

86:54

Handball decision goes against Charlie Austin.

85:37

Keith Treacy concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Dicker. Moreno David Lopez restarts play with the free kick.

84:58

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rodriguez Vicente.

84:14

The ball is delivered by Danny Lafferty.

81:55

Rodriguez Vicente produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Keith Treacy gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente, save made by Lee Grant. Shot from 20 yards by Moreno David Lopez. Blocked by Kevin Long.

81:55 Booking

Booking Chris McCann is given a yellow card.

81:34

Rodriguez Vicente fouled by Chris McCann, the ref awards a free kick.

79:55 Substitution

Substitution Sam Vokes replaces Brian Stock.

79:14

Wayne Bridge sends in a cross.

78:13

Keith Treacy crosses the ball, clearance made by Matthew Upson. Centre by Jason Shackell, clearance by Adam El-Abd.

77:34

Direct free kick taken by Bruno Saltor.

77:34 Booking

Booking Rodriguez Vicente is cautioned by the ref for dissent.

77:17

Danny Ings challenges Rodriguez Vicente unfairly and gives away a free kick.

76:33

Kevin Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith. Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.

76:21

Kieran Trippier delivers the ball, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

73:57

Kieran Trippier produces a cross.

72:59

The official flags Ashley Barnes offside. Lee Grant takes the free kick.

70:58 Substitution

Substitution Marvin Bartley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Marney.

70:36

Gary Dicker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney. Free kick taken by Brian Stock.

69:44

Brian Stock challenges Gary Dicker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

67:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Stock by Gary Dicker. Free kick taken by Brian Stock.

62:21

Kevin Long takes the free kick.

62:21 Substitution

Substitution Jose Ulloa goes off and Craig Mackail-Smith comes on.

62:21 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Barnes is brought on as a substitute for Andrea Orlandi.

62:21

Gary Dicker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Trippier.

61:21

Danny Lafferty crosses the ball, Chris McCann conjures a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

58:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moreno David Lopez by Danny Lafferty. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Moreno David Lopez, Kieran Trippier makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rodriguez Vicente. Dean Hammond delivers the ball.

56:29 Booking

Booking Danny Ings booked for unsporting behaviour.

55:47

Chris McCann takes a shot. Adam El-Abd gets a block in.

55:19

Centre by Keith Treacy.

53:44

Keith Treacy shoots direct from the free kick,

53:44 Booking

Booking Matthew Upson receives a yellow card.

53:39

Matthew Upson challenges Dean Marney unfairly and gives away a free kick.

52:39

A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge, Jose Ulloa takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save.

49:27

Danny Ings crosses the ball, Charlie Austin takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

47:40

The ball is sent over by Keith Treacy, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

47:26

The ball is swung over by Keith Treacy, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

46:15

The ball is crossed by Andrea Orlandi, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

45:46

Centre by Keith Treacy.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Danny Ings replaces Junior Stanislas.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

44:06

Dean Marney has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

40:49

A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge.

40:30

Shot by Junior Stanislas. Save by Lee Grant.

40:14

Handball by Bruno Saltor. Danny Lafferty takes the direct free kick.

39:02

The ball is swung over by Andrea Orlandi, Shot from deep inside the area by Jose Ulloa clears the bar.

38:33

Andrea Orlandi crosses the ball, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

38:24

The ball is crossed by Wayne Bridge, Danny Lafferty manages to make a clearance.

37:03

The ball is crossed by Andrea Orlandi.

36:12

Unfair challenge on Jason Shackell by Jose Ulloa results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Long.

35:19

Moreno David Lopez sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Jose Ulloa goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

34:39

Kevin Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Ulloa. Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.

33:08

Inswinging corner taken by Keith Treacy, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Keith Treacy, Jason Shackell takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

32:09

Kieran Trippier crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Danny Lafferty from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target. Jose Ulloa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Long. Kieran Trippier restarts play with the free kick.

30:56

Corner taken left-footed by Keith Treacy from the left by-line, Jason Shackell takes a shot. Gary Dicker manages to make a clearance.

30:42

Junior Stanislas sends in a cross, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

30:04

Foul by Gary Dicker on Kieran Trippier, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Keith Treacy.

28:02

The ball is crossed by Junior Stanislas, Adam El-Abd manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Junior Stanislas.

26:48

Brian Stock challenges Jose Ulloa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Upson.

26:09

Brian Stock produces a cross, Adam El-Abd manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Keith Treacy, Jose Ulloa makes a clearance.

25:28

The ball is crossed by Danny Lafferty, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.

24:32

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.

24:12

The ball is delivered by Kieran Trippier, Adam El-Abd manages to make a clearance. Centre by Kieran Trippier, Adam El-Abd manages to make a clearance.

22:56

Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Blocked by Bruno Saltor.

19:37

Assist on the goal came from Andrea Orlandi.

19:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Moreno David Lopez - Brighton 1 - 0 Burnley Moreno David Lopez scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton 1-0 Burnley.

18:20

Danny Lafferty sends in a cross, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

16:18

Chris McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodriguez Vicente. Rodriguez Vicente takes the direct free kick.

15:40

Keith Treacy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

14:18

Bruno Saltor concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Marney. Junior Stanislas restarts play with the free kick.

12:50

Centre by Andrea Orlandi, clearance made by Danny Lafferty. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente played to the near post, Andrea Orlandi has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

10:54

Keith Treacy has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

10:25

Kieran Trippier delivers the ball, Bruno Saltor makes a clearance.

10:04

The ball is delivered by Wayne Bridge.

8:44

The ball is crossed by Wayne Bridge, clearance made by Chris McCann. Outswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente.

7:14

Charlie Austin challenges Adam El-Abd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Moreno David Lopez takes the direct free kick.

5:07

A cross is delivered by Junior Stanislas, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save. Corner taken by Keith Treacy from the left by-line.

4:24

The ball is delivered by Charlie Austin.

1:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrea Orlandi by Junior Stanislas. Rodriguez Vicente restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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