Goals from Andrew Crofts and Leonardo Ulloa ensured Brighton claimed their first home win under new head coach Oscar Garcia by beating 10-man Burnley.

Crofts scored for the second game in a row, firing home from 10 yards.

Will Buckley then fired in a shot from 20 yards for the Seagulls but keeper Tom Heaton was well positioned to save.

But Heaton was then dismissed for two bookable offences before Ulloa made sure of victory for the Seagulls with a header from Buckley's cross.

Ulloa scuffed an early angled left-foot shot wide after being put through by Rohan Ince.

Brighton's Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak did well to block a goalbound effort from Danny Ings after Dean Marney cut in dangerously down the right.

Burnley went close after 20 minutes when Keith Treacy smartly set up the advancing Scott Arfield, whose deflected left-foot shot flew just wide of Kuszczak's left-hand post.

The Clarets were relieved to see a rasping low drive from Inigo Calderon go wide after a spell of Brighton pressure, but they were powerless to prevent the hosts breaking the deadlock on 28 minutes.

A surging run down the left by Ulloa had the Burnley defence back-pedalling and, when his low cross came in, Crofts scored easily from 10 yards.

The visitors had a big let-off a minute before the break when Heaton dashed out of the area to bring down the on-rushing Buckley, with referee Darren Sheldrake showing the goalkeeper only a yellow card.

But Burnley were reduced to 10 men on 57 minutes, Heaton shown a second yellow card for handling the ball twice in the process of releasing it under pressure from Ulloa.

The Seagulls sealed the win with a classic centre-forward's goal by Ulloa 17 minutes from time, the Argentine rising superbly to head home a pin-point right-wing cross from Buckley.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia:

"I am very happy to get my first win at home.

"Looking back at the start we made, it was difficult because we couldn't practice many days.

"But during the last two weeks we haven't had a game mid-week and we've been able to practice more."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche:

"Factually I think he [referee Darren Sheldrake] has made the wrong decision [to dismiss keeper Tom Heaton].

"I asked the referee for his view and he said it was for unsporting behaviour, throwing the ball up in the air and catching it twice. I asked him whether he had seen our player impeded in the area.

"The referee has got one chance to look at it and he made a quick decision. Maybe had he spoken to the linesman there may have been a different outcome."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 03 Greer
  • 14 Calderon
  • 17 Ward
  • 20 Upson Booked
  • 08 Crofts
  • 10 Agustien (Caskey - 74' )
  • 21 David Lopez (LuaLua - 66' )
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 30 Buckley (March - 90' )
  • 38 Ince

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 15 Chicksen
  • 28 Maksimenko
  • 18 Caskey
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 27 March

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 02 Trippier
  • 03 Lafferty
  • 05 Shackell
  • 28 Long
  • 08 Marney
  • 14 Jones Booked (Edgar - 79' )
  • 26 Treacy (Cisak - 59' )
  • 37 Arfield
  • 09 Vokes
  • 10 Ings (Stanislas - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Cisak
  • 04 Duff
  • 06 Mee
  • 15 Edgar
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 22 Stock
  • 35 Noble
Ref: Sheldrake
Att: 26,007

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

3 5

Corners

0 5

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:57 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:27

Sam Vokes heads at goal. Tomasz Kuszczak catches the ball.

90:00 +1:34 Substitution

Substitution Solly March comes on in place of Will Buckley.

90:00 +1:20

Shot by Jose Ulloa went over the bar.

86:32

Dean Marney restarts play with the free kick.

86:12

Jake Caskey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney.

79:46

Free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.

79:40

Stephen Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney.

78:40 Substitution

Substitution David Edgar on for David Jones.

74:50

Shot by Kazenga LuaLua went wide right of the target.

73:38 Substitution

Substitution Danny Ings leaves the field to be replaced by Junior Stanislas.

73:02 Substitution

Substitution Kemy Agustien goes off and Jake Caskey comes on.

71:53

Will Buckley provided the assist for the goal.

71:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Jose Ulloa - Brighton 2 - 0 Burnley Jose Ulloa heads the ball into the goal. Brighton 2-0 Burnley.

70:35

Free kick taken by Stephen Ward.

70:20 Booking

Booking

70:20

The referee cautions David Jones for unsporting behaviour.

70:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Jones on Kazenga LuaLua.

65:43 Substitution

Substitution Kazenga LuaLua on for David Lopez.

63:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jose Ulloa.

60:35

David Jones takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak safely holds on.

58:42

David Lopez takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

58:24 Substitution

Substitution Alex Cisak joins the action as a substitute, replacing Keith Treacy.

57:39

Tom Heaton receives a red card for second bookable offence.

57:39 Dismissal

Dismissal

56:32

Handball decision goes against Tom Heaton.

56:10

Jose Ulloa takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Tom Heaton catches the ball.

53:56

Shot by Jose Ulloa cleared the target.

53:05

Shot by Keith Treacy went wide of the left-hand post.

50:28

Inigo Calderon has an effort at goal. Kieran Trippier gets a block in.

49:28

Shot by David Jones cleared the bar.

47:43

Gordon Greer concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Ings.

46:20

Kemy Agustien takes a shot and cleared the goal.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:59

Dean Marney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Tomasz Kuszczak catches the ball.

45:00 +1:29

Tomasz Kuszczak manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:27

Corner from the right by-line taken by Keith Treacy.

45:00 +1:04

Danny Ings takes a shot.

44:59

Direct strike on goal from the free kick by David Lopez goes left of the target.

44:21

Tom Heaton is booked.

44:21 Booking

Booking

44:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Tom Heaton.

41:30

Will Buckley takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

39:45

Dean Marney takes the free kick.

39:35

Danny Ings fouled by Gordon Greer, the ref awards a free kick.

37:34

David Jones takes the free kick.

37:12

Matthew Upson goes into the referee's book.

37:12 Booking

Booking

37:05

Matthew Upson challenges Danny Ings unfairly and gives away a free kick.

34:00

Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.

33:51

Foul by Kieran Trippier on Will Buckley, free kick awarded.

32:55

Corner from the right by-line taken by Keith Treacy.

32:19

Kevin Long takes the free kick.

32:13

Jose Ulloa concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Long.

27:33

Jose Ulloa provided the assist for the goal.

27:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Crofts - Brighton 1 - 0 Burnley Andrew Crofts scores with their right foot. Brighton 1-0 Burnley.

27:23

The ball is swung over by Jose Ulloa.

25:47

Shot by Inigo Calderon missed to the left of goal.

22:31

Header by Andrew Crofts goes over the bar.

22:20

David Lopez crosses the ball in from the free kick.

21:44

Kieran Trippier challenges Will Buckley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

20:45

Gordon Greer takes the free kick.

20:34

David Jones challenges Andrew Crofts unfairly and gives away a free kick.

20:02

Corner taken by Keith Treacy from the left by-line.

19:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Keith Treacy.

19:19

Clearance by Inigo Calderon.

19:11

Corner taken by Keith Treacy.

18:52

Shot by Danny Ings. A parry by Tomasz Kuszczak prevents the goal.

17:54

Free kick crossed by David Lopez.

17:29

Unfair challenge on Rohan Ince by Dean Marney results in a free kick.

13:15

Free kick taken by Dean Marney.

13:07

The official flags Jose Ulloa offside.

12:21

Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.

12:13

Jose Ulloa concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Treacy.

10:22

A cross is delivered by Inigo Calderon.

7:08

Shot by Danny Ings. Tomasz Kuszczak safely holds on.

5:04

Shot by Jose Ulloa went wide right of the post.

1:52

Gordon Greer takes the free kick.

1:45

Sam Vokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Upson.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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