Championship
Sheff Wed1Brighton0

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Leon Best

Leon Best struck an injury-time winner as Sheffield Wednesday recorded a fourth consecutive home victory with success over play-off-chasing Brighton.

The on-loan striker fired past Seagulls goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak in the first minute of stoppage-time following a powerful surge into the 18-yard box.

Brighton went closest to breaking the deadlock early on when David Rodriguez headed against the crossbar.

Will Buckley also wasted a chance when clean through.

Defeat means Brighton slip to ninth in the Championship table after Ipswich's win, and Oscar Garcia's side are now three points off the play-off places.

After Buckley fired straight at Chris Kirkland with only the Wednesday goalkeeper to beat, Jesse Lingard, who scored four against Wednesday while on-loan at Birmingham earlier in the season, also tested the former Liverpool stopper.

Chances for Stuart Gray's side were rarer but deep into the second half substitute striker Benik Afobe broke clear but his stretched attempt was diverted away by Kuszczak, before Liam Palmer's powerful follow-up attempt whistled marginally over.

Prior to this game, Brighton had never won at Hillsborough in 13 attempts and Best ensured that run would continue when he collected the ball on the left, broke into the penalty area and drove home his fourth Wednesday goal of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"Credit to Leon Best because he's up there on his own against two quality centre-halves in Matthew Upson and Gordon Greer; they're barging him, they're bumping him and his ball retention was excellent.

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Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

"I'm pleased for him because, on the back of the 1-0 defeat to Doncaster when he's missed a good chance to give us the lead, he's just shown the qualities he's got."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia:

"In my opinion, we were the better side and we created enough chances to score but it's a problem that I've been managing from the beginning

"It's not the first game we played most of the game better than the opposition but the players are disappointed because they know if we don't score it's impossible to win."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Kirkland
  • 2Buxton
  • 19Mattock
  • 22Palmer
  • 8Onyewu
  • 36Loovens
  • 18Maguire
  • 20Lee
  • 42Best
  • 41HutchinsonSubstituted forCokeat 45'minutes
  • 17HelanSubstituted forAfobeat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Johnson
  • 14Coke
  • 26Martinez
  • 28Afobe
  • 32Llera
  • 34Nuhiu
  • 35Oshilaja

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 38InceBooked at 90mins
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forDunkat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Rodríguez SánchezSubstituted forLua Luaat 77'minutes
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forMarchat 83'minutes
  • 35Lingard

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 15Chicksen
  • 16Ankergren
  • 21D. López
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 27March
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
18,192

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

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

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

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

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

Hand ball by Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces William Buckley.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces David Rodríguez.

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Buxton.

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leon Best.

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

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Mattock tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Benik Afobe replaces Jeremy Helan.

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

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

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Buxton with a cross.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester37257570353582
2Burnley382213364313379
3QPR38209947321569
4Derby381991066452166
5Wigan371881150361462
6Reading3816111159451459
7Nottm Forest38141595547857
8Ipswich381512115043757
9Brighton371511113931856
10Bournemouth381410144953-452
11Blackburn371312124748-151
12Watford3712131256461049
13Sheff Wed381212144743448
14Leeds37138165156-547
15Middlesbrough381016124743446
16Huddersfield38129174953-445
17Bolton381014144954-544
18Blackpool381011173253-2141
19Birmingham381010184755-840
20Doncaster381010183356-2340
21Charlton35811162644-1835
22Yeovil38711203658-2232
23Barnsley37711193464-3032
24Millwall38711203567-3232
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