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Burton Albion 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed scored for the first time since playing against Italy for Israel earlier this month

Brighton needed a late Tomer Hemed penalty to get past a dogged Burton Albion side in the Championship.

The Israel striker calmly converted after Jiri Skalak had been sent tumbling in the area by Jackson Irvine.

Hemed and team-mate Bruno also went close, while Irvine forced David Stockdale to save well.

Brighton's Lewis Dunk headed against the bar eight minutes after the break from Skalak's corner as Burton failed to carve out many good chances.

The victory, which kept Brighton in the top six, was the club's second successive 1-0 win, having inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Huddersfield on Tuesday.

Having lost their opening two games of the season, Burton had gone into the match unbeaten in their previous five league encounters, but offered little in terms of clear-cut chances against last season's beaten play-off semi-finalists.

Hemed had a first-half shot that was easily saved, while Bruno and Anthony Knockaert both missed the target for the Seagulls and Brewers forward Jamie Ward stung the palms of Stockdale on the stroke of half time.

Brighton turned the screw on their hosts after the break following Dunk's brush with the frame of the goal as Hemed shot wide and Shane Duffy headed over after a ball in by Knockaert.

But Brighton finally broke through with three minutes left as Hemed scored for the first time since the EFL Cup win at Oxford United on 23 August.

Burton boss Nigel Clough: "It's unbelievably frustrating. We have lost three games now by the odd goal and we just keep shooting ourselves in the foot.

"We contributed to the defeat giving the ball away on the halfway line and we don't need to give Brighton a helping hand.

"They are the best side we have played this season. To hang on in there until the 87th minute with organisation and will not to concede a goal and then to give one away in those circumstances is difficult to take."

REACTION: Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough speaks to BBC Radio Derby

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "We had to really fight for that today. They came into the game with a few injuries but they played to a game plan.

"I don't think anybody would deny that we deserved to win the game. The later the game went the more we thought that it wouldn't be our day but we just had that little bit of something at the end to win it.

"When it gets that late in the game, we certainly felt that we should have put the game to bed earlier than that but you have to give Burton credit, they worked very hard and had a few opportunities themselves."

Line-ups

Burton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 3Brayford
  • 15NaylorBooked at 55mins
  • 2Flanagan
  • 7Williamson
  • 19ChoudhurySubstituted forFoxat 77'minutes
  • 16Palmer
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Dyer
  • 18MillerSubstituted forMyers-Harnessat 60'minutes
  • 12Ward

Substitutes

  • 9Beavon
  • 13Bywater
  • 21Fox
  • 22Myers-Harness
  • 23Delaney
  • 25Barker
  • 26Sbarra

Brighton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoSubstituted forHuntat 73'minutes
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3BongBooked at 90mins
  • 11Knockaert
  • 7KayalSubstituted forNorwoodat 80'minutes
  • 6StephensBooked at 50mins
  • 8Skalak
  • 15MurphySubstituted forMurrayat 66'minutes
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 14Sidwell
  • 17Murray
  • 18Goldson
  • 19Manu
  • 21Norwood
  • 42Hunt
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
4,756

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home8
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home4
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Burton Albion. Marcus Myers-Harness tries a through ball, but Matthew Palmer is caught offside.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  6. Post update

    Jamie Ward (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Burton Albion 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Jiri Skalak draws a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Lee Williamson (Burton Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  12. Post update

    Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  16. Post update

    Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood replaces Beram Kayal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Ben Fox replaces Hamza Choudhury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Rob Hunt replaces Bruno.

As It Stood

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2Norwich8521139417
3Newcastle85031661015
4Barnsley85031911815
5Birmingham8431106415
6Brentford8422135814
7Brighton8422106414
8Reading8422910-114
9Fulham834186213
10Wolves8332109112
11Ipswich833287112
12Bristol City83231211111
13Nottm Forest83231617-111
14Sheff Wed8323911-211
15Leeds8314911-210
16QPR83141014-410
17Burton8233121209
18Aston Villa81528808
19Preston8206712-56
20Derby813427-56
21Rotherham8134920-116
22Wigan81251012-25
23Blackburn81251017-75
24Cardiff8125614-85
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