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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Fulham

Adrian Colunga
Adrian Colunga (left) was sent off in injury time for Brighton

Darren Bent struck a debut goal for Brighton, but they squandered the lead as Fulham climbed to 16th in the table with victory at the Amex Stadium.

Striker Bent, who joined the Seagulls on loan this week, broke the deadlock on 52 minutes with a first-time finish after Adrian Colunga picked him out.

But Lasse Vigen Christensen created Hugo Rodallega's powerful leveller before netting a deflected winner.

Colunga was sent off late on as Brighton fell into the bottom three.

Sami Hyypia's side have now won just once in their past 12 matches and face a trip to Championship leaders Derby County next week.

The Seagulls have found goals hard to come by, and the fact defender Lewis Dunk is their top-scorer underlined the need for Bent's arrival.

The 30-year-old brings international pedigree and a point to prove to parent club Aston Villa, not to mention more than 150 league goals.

But he was denied in the opening period as Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli saved a header with his legs.

The Cottagers, where Bent spent a spell on loan last season, also threatened through Rodallega - but he wasted a chance moments before the home side took the lead.

Bent drove the ball between Bettinelli's legs to give his new side the lead, but Fulham responded when Rodallega clinically beat former team-mate David Stockdale from 10 yards.

Bryan Ruiz went close with a header for the visitors before passing for Christensen to net his fourth goal of the season with a deflected strike.

Colunga was shown a second yellow card in added time for a foul on Scott Parker, and Fulham saw out the game to secure a sixth victory in 11 games.

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia:

"We need to turn it around very quickly. It is a very tight league and if you win a few games you'll be in mid-table.

"It's not a nice position to be in and the fans have a right to be unhappy. We must try to make everything better.

"We can affect what we do on the training field and we are working hard to correct it.

"Everyone has to toughen up and be more concentrated."

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"We will keep trying to improve on every aspect of the game. We want to get up in a decent place and are certainly going in the right direction.

"In this league you're never out of a relegation battle until you're safe and the players must not be complacent.

"You can get sucked into a scrap and I've seen both sides of it.

"The boys showed real good character after we didn't start well. We weren't clinical enough but our two strikers were excellent in the second half."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 4Hughes
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 19Gardner
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 32BennettSubstituted forMarchat 78'minutes
  • 7ColungaBooked at 90mins
  • 25Lua LuaSubstituted forInceat 23'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 39Bent

Substitutes

  • 9Baldock
  • 14Calderon
  • 22Holla
  • 24Ince
  • 27March
  • 31Walton
  • 33Halford

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 37GrimmerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forZveroticat 85'minutes
  • 6Bodurov
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 8ParkerBooked at 65mins
  • 21Christensen
  • 28HyndmanSubstituted forFofanaat 63'minutes
  • 10RuizSubstituted forWoodrowat 80'minutes
  • 20Rodallega
  • 44McCormackBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 12Fofana
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 25Dembele
  • 27Williams
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
28,802

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home19
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Fulham 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Fulham 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  5. Post update

    Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Adrián Colunga (Brighton and Hove Albion) for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adrián Colunga (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  11. Booking

    Adrián Colunga (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Darren Bent (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

  14. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Elsad Zverotic replaces Jack Grimmer.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

    Ross McCormack (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Bryan Ruiz because of an injury.

As It Stood

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3Brentford1910453024634
4Bournemouth1996437201733
5Middlesbrough1996428141433
6Blackburn198743026431
7Watford198563122929
8Cardiff198562422229
9Nottm Forest197753025528
10Charlton1961032019128
11Norwich197662924527
12Wolves197662229-727
13Sheff Wed1951041415-125
14Reading197392530-524
15Leeds196582326-323
16Fulham196493034-422
17Birmingham195771730-1322
18Bolton1963102228-621
19Huddersfield195682532-721
20Millwall194872126-520
21Rotherham194781626-1019
22Brighton193972125-418
23Wigan193882025-517
24Blackpool1916121331-189
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