Goals from Kazenga LuaLua and Jesse Lingard lifted Brighton into the Championship play-off places and relegated Yeovil into League One.

LuaLua scored in the 77th minute when his left-wing cross eluded keeper Marek Stech and bounced into the net.

Lingard made sure of victory in the second minute of added time, sweeping home Solly March's cutback from the right side of the penalty area.

Brighton move into sixth place until Reading play Doncaster on Saturday.

Albion had the better of the first half, although Yeovil came closest to opening the scoring when Ruben Palazuelos smashed a shot against the crossbar from 20 yards out in the 18th minute.

Andrea Orlandi had the best chance at the other end when his glancing header from Will Buckley's cross went wide of the right post on the half hour.

But almost immediately Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak was forced to save down low to his left from a fierce angled drive from Sam Hoskins.

Joe Edwards had the best chance of the second half for Yeovil when his shot from the edge of the box grazed the top of the bar.

But, with 13 minutes left, the deadlock was broken when LuaLua crossed right-footed from the left and watched the ball bounce in front of keeper Stech, into the back of the net.

It was his first goal since the final day of last season when he scored twice to send Wolves down.

As the game moved into added time Brighton increased their advantage when on-loan Manchester United striker Lingard moved into the centre of the penalty area to connect sweetly with March's cross, his third league goal for the club.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset: "Sometimes people don't realise how much it means [to the fans].

Yeovil boss on relegation emotion

"When you look in their eyes you can see how passionate they are and how supportive they've been.

"The reception we got from the Brighton fans as well was fantastic. They knew we'd given it a right go.

"I had a lump in my throat going to our fans and a lump in my throat going to their fans, when they were clapping us off the pitch."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews Booked
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk
  • 06 Stephens (Forster-Caskey - 76' )
  • 11 Orlandi (March - 64' )
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 30 Buckley (Lua Lua - 74' )
  • 35 Lingard

Substitutes

  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 14 Calderón
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 18 Forster-Caskey
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 27 March

Yeovil Town

  • 01 Stech
  • 02 Ayling
  • 03 McAllister
  • 08 Palazuelos (Lanzoni - 86' )
  • 05 Webster
  • 15 Duffy Booked
  • 04 Edwards
  • 19 Ralls
  • 09 Hayter (Dawson - 87' )
  • 14 Hoskins
  • 11 Lawrence (Davis - 60' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 07 Dawson
  • 10 Foley
  • 18 Lanzoni
  • 21 Davis
  • 23 Grant
  • 24 Dunn
  • 26 Ofori-Twumasi
Ref: Andy Madley
Att: 26,901

Match Stats

Shots

25 8

On target

6 2

Corners

8 3

Fouls

11 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Yeovil Town 0.

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Yeovil Town 0.

90:00 +2:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Yeovil Town 0. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Solly March.

90:00 +1:07

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

90:00 +1:07

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town).

90:00 +0:22

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

90:00 +0:22

Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:30

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

87:42

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

87:17

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:17

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

86:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kevin Dawson replaces James Hayter.

85:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Matteo Lanzoni replaces Ruben Palazuelos.

82:38

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gordon Greer.

80:32

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

80:32

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:08

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:08

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

77:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Yeovil Town 0. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

76:53

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

75:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Dale Stephens because of an injury.

73:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces William Buckley.

72:07 Booking

Booking Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

70:16

Attempt saved. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bruno.

67:57

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

67:50

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Davis with a cross.

66:32

Offside, Yeovil Town. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Sam Hoskins is caught offside.

64:36

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

64:35

Attempt blocked. Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March with a cross.

64:08

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

63:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Andrea Orlandi.

63:10 Booking

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

63:00

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

63:00

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:44

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

60:58

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

59:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Liam Davis replaces Tom Lawrence.

59:00

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

57:11

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:11

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

54:56

Attempt missed. Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross following a corner.

54:18

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Marek Stech.

54:17

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross.

53:37 Booking

Booking Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:20

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

53:20

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

52:20

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

52:20

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:06

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi.

51:41

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a fast break.

51:23

Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

47:14

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

47:14

James Hayter (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:57

Offside, Yeovil Town. Jamie McAllister tries a through ball, but Sam Hoskins is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Yeovil Town 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Yeovil Town 0.

45:00 +0:28

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:28

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

45:00 +0:06

Hand ball by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

44:15

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

42:36

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

42:31

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

41:09

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

40:12

Attempt saved. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

39:27

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

39:27

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

38:13

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross following a corner.

37:42

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

37:39

Attempt blocked. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

36:52

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

36:52

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:02

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Dale Stephens is caught offside.

35:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:30

Delay in match Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

33:10

Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:10

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

31:39

Dangerous play by Ruben Palazuelos (Yeovil Town).

31:39

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:46

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

29:20

Attempt blocked. Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Hayter.

28:46

Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:46

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

28:10

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross.

27:28

Hand ball by Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town).

26:53

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

26:10

Foul by Ruben Palazuelos (Yeovil Town).

26:10

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:23

Offside, Yeovil Town. Joe Ralls tries a through ball, but Shane Duffy is caught offside.

24:45

Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:45

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

23:41

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town).

23:41

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:26

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

20:36

Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross.

20:11

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Byron Webster.

20:09

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

19:53

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

19:16

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

19:16

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

18:08

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

18:08

Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:55

Ruben Palazuelos (Yeovil Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Sam Hoskins following a corner.

17:22

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

16:35

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:42

Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:42

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

12:35

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

12:35

Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:46

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

8:15

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

8:15

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:32

Hand ball by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

3:51

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

3:13

James Hayter (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:13

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

0:22

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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