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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Brighton's Shamir Fenelon (centre) is challenged by Sheffield Wednesday"s Glenn Loovens (l) and Sam Hutchinson (r)
Sheffield Wednesday open the season with victory over 10-man Brighton.

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:

"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

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Stockdale
  • 3Greer
  • 2BrunoBooked at 74mins
  • 14CalderonSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 76'minutes
  • 4Hughes
  • 24Ince
  • 18Forster-CaskeyBooked at 10minsSubstituted forAgustienat 61'minutes
  • 8CroftsBooked at 50mins
  • 23FenelonSubstituted forBuckleyat 61'minutes
  • 11O'Grady
  • 25Lua LuaBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 10Agustien
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 15Chicksen
  • 28Toko
  • 30Buckley
  • 31Walton

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 5LoovensBooked at 55mins
  • 3Mattock
  • 15Lees
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forSemedoat 81'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 14Coke
  • 10Maguire
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forMadineat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Semedo
  • 16McCabe
  • 18Zayatte
  • 22Floro
  • 24Madine
  • 43Kirkland
  • 44Kelhar
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
26,993

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Madine replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Jacques Maghoma.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

  20. Booking

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