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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Charlton Athletic

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.

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Post-match: Brighton coach Jones

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."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 16Ankergren
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 27MarchBooked at 55minsSubstituted forCalderónat 89'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 19Ulloa
  • 35LingardSubstituted forRodríguez Sánchezat 90+2'minutes
  • 25Lua LuaBooked at 53minsSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 14Calderón
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 21D. López

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 39Poyet
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 8GhoochanneijhadSubstituted forSollyat 65'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 10Sordell
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forChurchat 81'minutes
  • 42AjdarevicSubstituted forHarriottat 45'minutesBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 9Church
  • 11Harriott
  • 15Wood
  • 20Solly
  • 21Thuram-Ulien
  • 35Pigott
  • 36Fox
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
28,770

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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.
Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces Jesse Lingard.
Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Keith Andrews.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Solly March.
Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Simon Church replaces Johnnie Jackson because of an injury.
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.
Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic).
Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.
Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris Solly.
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.
Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Chris Solly replaces Reza Ghoochanneijhad.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.
Attempt missed. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dale Stephens.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Michael Morrison.
Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.
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.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Hamer.
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.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Hamer.
Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March.
Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

Booking

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic).
Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dale Stephens.
Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

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

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Callum Harriott replaces Astrit Ajdarevic.

Half Time

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley42231453183
3Derby42229112775
4QPR422110111573
5Wigan411910121467
6Brighton421713121264
7Ipswich42171312864
8Reading411712121363
9Bournemouth42171114162
10Blackburn42151512360
11Nottm Forest42141711459
12Middlesbrough421416121058
13Watford411415121657
14Bolton42131514-254
15Sheff Wed42121416050
16Leeds4214820-950
17Huddersfield42121020-946
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster42111021-2643
20Blackpool42101220-2642
21Charlton40101119-2341
22Millwall4291320-3040
23Yeovil4281222-2536
24Barnsley4181221-2936
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