Giles Coke scored the only goal as Sheffield Wednesday opened their Championship campaign with victory at 10-man Brighton.

Coke found the net in fine style, curling a superb shot over David Stockdale and into the roof of the net.

Up to then, the hosts had been on top.

But Brighton's chances of mounting a successful comeback for new boss Sami Hyypia were wrecked when Andrew Crofts was dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Sam Hutchinson just after the break.

Former Liverpool centre-back Hyypia is back in England five years after calling time on his decade long playing career at Anfield.

Did you know?

Sheffield Wednesday had not previously won at Brighton since 2006, when Paul Sturrock was in charge

The Finn gave debuts to keeper David Stockdale, veteran defender Aaron Hughes, and strikers Chris O'Grady and Shamir Fenelon.

O'Grady, a £500,000 signing from Barnsley, put a left-foot shot on the turn wide and then fed Kazenga Lua Lua to force Keiren Westwood into a brave stop.

Coke gave Wednesday, who confirmed the capture of St Johnstone's Stevie May immediately before kick-off, the advantage just before the break when he produced his amazing goal from 25 yards.

Soon after the restart Crofts received a straight red card for his high tackle on Hutchinson.

And although O'Grady had a chance to level, only to be denied by Westwood, Brighton were unable to build up enough pressure to force an equaliser.

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia:

Sami Hyypia: Brighton boss after Sheffield Wednesday

"We played OK and are on the right path: it's work, work, work.

"I liked the effort of everyone on the pitch, although the red card didn't make it easier.

"There are 46 games in the Championship and I'm not happy we lost as every match is very important."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

"It was an overall team performance and every player put in an eight or nine out of 10 display.

"Brighton manager Sami Hyypia will be disappointed, but we controlled the game and deserved the three points.

"I'm delighted with my team. It shows what team spirit and determination can do."

Referee James Linington sends off Brighton"s Andrew Crofts

Andrew Crofts was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Sam Hutchinson just after the break

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia

The defeat meant it was a bad first game in charge for Brighton boss Sami Hyypia

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 03 Greer
  • 02 Bruno Booked
  • 14 Calderon (Mackail-Smith - 76' )
  • 04 Hughes
  • 24 Ince
  • 18 Forster-Caskey Booked (Agustien - 61' )
  • 08 Crofts Dismissed
  • 23 Fenelon (Buckley - 61' )
  • 11 O'Grady
  • 25 Lua Lua Booked

Substitutes

  • 05 Dunk
  • 10 Agustien
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 15 Chicksen
  • 28 Toko
  • 30 Buckley
  • 31 Walton

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Westwood
  • 08 Palmer
  • 05 Loovens Booked
  • 03 Mattock
  • 15 Lees
  • 19 Maghoma (Semedo - 81' )
  • 20 Lee
  • 14 Coke
  • 10 Maguire
  • 04 Hutchinson
  • 09 Nuhiu (Madine - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Semedo
  • 16 McCabe
  • 18 Zayatte
  • 22 Floro
  • 24 Madine
  • 43 Kirkland
  • 44 Kelhar
Ref: James Linington
Att: 26,993

Match Stats

Shots

11 5

On target

3 1

Corners

4 4

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

90:00 +5:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

90:00 +1:31

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:31

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +0:21

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:21

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

89:43

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

87:47

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

85:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Madine replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

82:51

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

82:51

Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:33 Booking

Booking Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

80:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Jacques Maghoma.

79:45

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

75:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Íñigo Calderón.

75:35

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

75:35

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:44

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

73:44

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

73:04 Booking

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

72:46

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

72:46

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:14

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:14

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

69:36

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Lees.

68:38

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

68:36

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gordon Greer.

66:34

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kemy Agustien tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

64:28

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gordon Greer tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

63:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:46

Delay in match Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

60:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kemy Agustien replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

60:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. William Buckley replaces Shamir Fenelon.

60:11

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

60:11

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:39

David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:39

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

56:45

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Bruno.

54:49 Booking

Booking Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

54:27

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

54:27

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

53:43

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

53:43

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:22

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:22

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

50:24

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jake Forster-Caskey.

49:21 Dismissal

Dismissal Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the red card.

49:05

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

49:05

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:12

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

46:07

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

45:23

Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:23

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

45:00 +0:44

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

44:53

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:53

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

40:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

39:38

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

39:38

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:21

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross following a corner.

37:57

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

37:02

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:02

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

35:30

Foul by Shamir Fenelon (Brighton and Hove Albion).

35:30

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:00

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Chris O'Grady tries a through ball, but Kazenga Lua Lua is caught offside.

31:03

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

29:10

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

28:55

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:45

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion).

25:45

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:54

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

24:54

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:00

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

20:27

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

20:27

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

17:55

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

16:33

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

16:33

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

14:20

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

14:20

Aaron Hughes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:12

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

11:59

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bruno.

11:19

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

11:19

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

10:18

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Palmer following a set piece situation.

9:38 Booking

Booking Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

9:13

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:13

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

7:24

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

7:24

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:31

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jacques Maghoma.

4:30

Attempt blocked. Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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