Brighton moved into the Championship play-offs with victory over Charlton.

Jesse Lingard's cool finish, his first home goal for the club, gave the Seagulls an 11th-minute lead, and Leonardo Ulloa doubled their advantage from close range on 43 minutes.

Jake Forster-Caskey's low shot sealed the win as Brighton climbed into sixth, ahead of Ipswich on goal difference.

The fourth defeat of Jose Riga's tenure as Charlton boss leaves his side a point clear of the relegation zone.

And they could have no complaints as the hosts deservedly swept them aside, keeping a 19th clean sheet in the league this season, the most in the Championship.

The Seagulls, who had lost their previous two home games, went in front when on-loan Manchester United forward Lingard skipped past Michael Morrison to score from the centre of the area after good work from Kazenga LuaLua.

LuaLua then forced Ben Hamer to race swiftly from his line, but the Charlton keeper claimed the ball at the winger's feet.

The visitors almost snatched an equaliser when a shot from Reza Ghoochannejhad deflected off Gordon Greer and came back off the bar.

But Ulloa doubled Brighton's lead with his 15th goal of the season after latching onto a short pass from Lingard.

The hosts continued to press after the break, with Hamer turning Lingard's goalbound shot round the post before the forward squandered an even better chance by shooting over.

Substitute Forster-Caskey sealed Brighton's comfortable win in the fourth minute of injury time, firing home following Stephen Ward's through-ball.

Brighton assistant manager Nathan Jones: "We came out of the traps very quickly in front of an outstanding crowd and getting the early goal was vital.

"In a few games, opposing teams have nicked goals at the Amex so it was pleasing to get a second. We look to play possession football and have a cutting edge.

Jones on the Seagulls' play-off prospects: "With four games to go, we are in a fantastic position."

Charlton head coach Jose Riga: "This was certainly not the Charlton we saw on Tuesday in our win against Yeovil.

"But I knew before the game that we have spent a lot of hours travelling this week and that it would be difficult.

"Yet I am not here to complain, I am just here to find a solution and we have to think that we are still able to find a way out of it."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 27 March Booked (Calderón - 89' )
  • 06 Stephens
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 35 Lingard (Rodríguez Sánchez - 92' )
  • 25 Lua Lua Booked (F-Caskey - 64' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 05 Dunk
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 14 Calderón
  • 18 F-Caskey
  • 21 D. López

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Hamer
  • 23 Wilson
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 39 Poyet
  • 05 Morrison
  • 06 Dervite
  • 08 Ghoochanneijhad (Solly - 65' )
  • 24 Cousins
  • 10 Sordell
  • 04 Jackson (Church - 81' )
  • 42 Ajdarevic (Harriott - 45' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 09 Church
  • 11 Harriott
  • 15 Wood
  • 20 Solly
  • 21 Thuram-Ulien
  • 35 Pigott
  • 36 Fox
Ref: Roger East
Att: 28,770

Match Stats

Shots

16 2

On target

5 0

Corners

7 2

Fouls

16 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

90:00 +5:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

90:00 +4:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Charlton Athletic 0. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

90:00 +3:13

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +3:13

Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces Jesse Lingard.

90:00 +1:16

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +1:16

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:49

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Keith Andrews.

88:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Solly March.

86:36

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

86:36

Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:29

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

86:29

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81:28

Delay in match Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

80:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Simon Church replaces Johnnie Jackson because of an injury.

79:27

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

78:33

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:33

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic).

75:42

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

75:42

Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74:07

Delay in match Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

73:29

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:29

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).

71:41

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris Solly.

69:06

Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bruno with a headed pass.

66:36

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

66:36

Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:54

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

65:54

Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Chris Solly replaces Reza Ghoochanneijhad.

63:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

62:38

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

62:18

Attempt missed. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

61:29

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

61:27

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

60:29

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa with a through ball.

59:14

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

59:12

Attempt saved. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross.

58:35

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

58:34

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March.

57:35

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:35

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).

55:19

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

54:23 Booking

Booking Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:06

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

54:06

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:05 Booking

Booking Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:58

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

51:58

Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:27 Booking

Booking Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:17

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:17

Foul by Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic).

50:47

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

49:53

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

49:53

Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Charlton Athletic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Callum Harriott replaces Astrit Ajdarevic.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Charlton Athletic 0.

44:01

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

44:01

Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Charlton Athletic 0. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a through ball.

42:15

Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jordan Cousins.

37:50

Attempt missed. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Solly March with a cross following a corner.

37:16

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

37:15

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March.

35:26

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

32:27

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

32:27

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:51

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:51

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic).

27:16

Hand ball by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

26:29

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

26:29

Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:56

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

22:56

Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:46

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:46

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

18:41

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

17:55

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:55

Foul by Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic).

16:10

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Bruno.

14:24

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

14:22

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

13:35

Attempt blocked. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Sordell with a headed pass.

10:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Charlton Athletic 0. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

6:25

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

6:25

Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:58

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

1:30

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Solly March.

0:21

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:21

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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