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Brighton & Hove Albion 4-3 Birmingham City

Inigo Calderon
Inigo Calderon joined Brighton in January 2009

Inigo Calderon and Joao Teixeira both scored twice as Brighton beat Birmingham in a seven-goal thriller.

Portuguese midfielder Teixeira drove in to put the hosts ahead before Clayton Donaldson steered home a leveller.

Blues' Paul Caddis missed a penalty and they were made to pay as Calderon and Teixeira both scored from close range.

Wes Thomas pulled one back with a low shot but Calderon restored the two-goal lead before substitute Lee Novak scored a consolation for Birmingham.

Brighton, who went into the game without a win in five, move up to 20th in the table, while Gary Rowett's Birmingham have now not tasted victory since the 3-1 win over Wigan on 10 January.

The turning point in the game came on the stroke of half-time when Birmingham were awarded a spot-kick after Albion defender Bruno Saltor brought Andrew Shinnie down in the box.

Caddis stepped up but David Stockdale dived full length to his left to pull off a fine save and keep the score 1-1 at half-time.

Joao Teixeira's international career
Portuguese midfielder Teixeira has represented his country at six different age groups from the under-16s through to the under-21 side

The hosts went ahead early on as Teixeira, on loan from Liverpool, cut in from the left and fired in a low, right-footed shot which went under keeper Darren Randolph.

The advantage only lasted five minutes as Donaldson guided Stephen Gleeson's shot into the net.

After the break, Chris Hughton's Brighton regained the lead as Calderon slotted in from six yards and Teixeira soon made it 3-1 after Randolph could only parry Sam Baldock's goal-bound effort.

Thomas gave the visitors some hope with his sixth goal of the season as he turned neatly inside the area and placed his strike into the bottom left corner.

However former Alicante right-back Calderon all but sealed the win five minutes from time as he scored from Lewis Dunk's flick on.

Novak made for a nervous final couple of minutes with a stoppage-time goal, but Brighton held on to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"To get four goals is very pleasing. I'm delighted with the four goals but at the same time a little frustrated. We should have made the game safer in the second half.

"We knew it would be tough as Birmingham were going for it. The goals we gave away were poor and we need to do better."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"It was not a great performance by any stretch of the imagination.

"The penalty miss gave Brighton a massive lift and although I was pleased with the impact that our substitutes Wesley Thomas and Lee Novak made, a point possibly would have flattered us."

Inigo Calderon
Calderon puts Brighton 2-1 up
Joao Teixeira
Teixeira fires in his second goal of the game
Gary Rowett
Rowett's Birmingham have not won in eight league games

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13StockdaleBooked at 76mins
  • 2Bruno
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 24Ince
  • 28KayalSubstituted forStephensat 73'minutes
  • 14Calderon
  • 17Vilaca TeixeiraSubstituted forLua Luaat 83'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 19BestSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 6Stephens
  • 11O'Grady
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton
  • 32Ledesma

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 23Spector
  • 4Robinson
  • 3GroundsBooked at 85mins
  • 8Gleeson
  • 15KiernanSubstituted forReillyat 78'minutes
  • 33Gray
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forThomasat 63'minutes
  • 40DyerSubstituted forNovakat 63'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 10Thomas
  • 11Cotterill
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 24Arthur
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
25,768

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home19
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Birmingham City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Birmingham City 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Birmingham City 3. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Birmingham City 2. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross following a set piece situation.

  12. Booking

    Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces João Teixeira.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

  20. Post update

    Dangerous play by João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion).