Championship
Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday1BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion2

Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Anthony Knockaert
Anthony Knockaert scored his fifth goal of the season for Brighton with his strike against the Owls

Brighton beat Sheffield Wednesday to claim their first victory at Hillsborough.

The visitors took the lead midway through the first half as Lewis Dunk's ball over the top was brought down by Sam Baldock, who chipped goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

Anthony Knockaert doubled Brighton's lead from close range.

Gary Hooper fired home to pull one back for the Owls in the fifth minute of stoppage time but Brighton held on.

Listen to Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield

Baldock gave the Seagulls the lead after 26 minutes and Glenn Murray thought he had made it 2-0 with a volley from 12 yards, only to be flagged offside.

The Owls almost drew level when Tom Lees' header following Ross Wallace's corner was cleared off the line by Oliver Norwood.

Knockaert's fifth Championship goal of the season looked to have ensured a comfortable end to the game for Brighton but, after they failed to clear in their own box, Hooper halved the deficit.

However, it was not enough to deny Brighton a fourth victory in six matches as Wednesday suffered just their second Championship loss in their past seven games.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal:

"It was a game that was very balanced, like we expected. It was a tactical game, especially in the first half.

"We had a few chances and Brighton had one or two also, so it was very balanced.

"In the second half, I thought we played better, more offensive and we pressed more. In the moments we pressed more, we created more clear chances and they scored in their solitary moment, the second goal."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"I thought it was a good win and we were worthy winners, it's nice to send our supporters home happy.

"I think any away win against what you regard as one of the best teams in the division is always a big result.

"But I thought we deserved it and we should've had another goal, when Glenn Murray 'scored'. I thought it was onside, so that was a little bit of a blow.

"But I think to have a percentage of control, in what was such a big game, is credit to our players."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1WestwoodSubstituted forDawsonat 45'minutes
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 12Loovens
  • 36PudilSubstituted forHooperat 58'minutes
  • 33Wallace
  • 5Lee
  • 41Bannan
  • 9Reach
  • 45Forestieri
  • 6Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 14Hooper
  • 16Palmer
  • 25Dawson
  • 38Buckley
  • 39Sasso
  • 44Nuhiu

Brighton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoBooked at 51mins
  • 22DuffyBooked at 35mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 11KnockaertBooked at 74mins
  • 21Norwood
  • 14Sidwell
  • 15Murphy
  • 9BaldockBooked at 63minsSubstituted forSkalakat 76'minutes
  • 17MurraySubstituted forHemedat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Skalak
  • 10Hemed
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 18Goldson
  • 19Manu
  • 24Ince
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
25,605

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home25
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Hooper with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  7. Post update

    Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Glenn Murray.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Gary Hooper with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

  14. Post update

    Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

  20. Post update

    Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield11812148625
2Norwich117222115623
3Newcastle1171322101222
4Brighton11632147721
5Bristol City116231912720
6Birmingham11551149520
7Brentford11533189918
8Reading115331215-318
9Sheff Wed115241314-117
10Barnsley115152116516
11Leeds115151213-116
12Wolves114341514115
13QPR114341417-315
14Fulham113531013-314
15Burton113441616013
16Ipswich1134489-113
17Preston114161214-213
18Nottm Forest113351922-312
19Aston Villa111731012-210
20Derby11245610-410
21Wigan112361214-29
22Blackburn112271220-88
23Cardiff11227819-118
24Rotherham111371125-146
View full Championship table

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC