The FA Cup - Third Round
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Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton & Hove Albion in FA Cup third round

By Jack SkeltonBBC Sport

Brighton exploited an error-strewn display by Bournemouth to reach the FA Cup fourth round with a fine away win at the Vitality Stadium.

The hosts dominated for the first half hour until Anthony Knockaert drilled the Seagulls in front and Yves Bissouma added a second three minutes later, beating Artur Boruc from 30 yards.

Marc Pugh's superb strike shortly after half-time reduced the deficit.

But an unmarked Florin Andone wrapped up victory by heading in on 64 minutes.

Lys Mousset missed an open goal for Bournemouth moments before Knockaert's opener, with Eddie Howe's side failing to make the most of their early control.

In contrast, Brighton were clinical, scoring with all three of their shots on target against a Cherries defence that has now conceded 15 goals in their last four games in all competitions.

Brighton keeper Jason Steele also made fine saves from David Brooks and Steve Cook to repel Bournemouth's late surge.

Brighton breeze through shaky Cherries

Brighton striker Florin Andone heads in his side's third goal in victory over Bournemouth
Brighton striker Florin Andone heads in his side's third goal in victory over Bournemouth

After a quiet opening, Bournemouth started to get on top of their fellow Premier League side, Jordon Ibe and Ryan Fraser frequently beating Brighton defenders with surging runs to create openings.

On 28 minutes, Ibe turned and drove into the area, creating space for a shot that was blocked by Shane Duffy straight into the path of Mousset, only for the Frenchman to lift his effort over the bar from eight yards out with Steele stranded.

Brighton were quick to punish that miss as a long pass forward for Jurgen Locadia running in behind was not dealt with by Cook, allowing the Seagulls striker to track the ball down and backheel it for the impressive Knockaert, who drove low past Boruc.

Bournemouth then sat off Bissouma in midfield, giving the Mali international time to work it onto his right foot and fire a dipping effort past Boruc and in off the post, with the Cherries keeper also misjudging the bounce.

Boruc was nervy throughout, failing to reach crosses he came for and putting his defenders under pressure with poor distribution, while Locadia missed a chance to put Brighton 3-0 up by heading against the post.

The hosts were still dangerous in attack and threatened a comeback when Surman slid a pass to Pugh, who rolled his man and smashed his shot inside the far post for his first goal in 17 months.

But their lack of defensive cohesion showed once again, Brighton scoring from their first corner of the game as Boruc flapped loosely at the ball and Duffy was left free at the back post to head it across for Andone to turn in.

Even then, Bournemouth had chances to at least claim a replay, but Steele was equal to everything, diving to his left to deny substitute Brooks and then high to his right to keep Cook's looping header out of the top corner.

'We were 2-0 up against the run of play' - reaction

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "These games always swing on small moments, and the chance that came our way that we missed just before the goal was key.

"We haven't maximised our chances, and we've been easy to score against recently, and that must change.

"We'll go away on the training ground and try to put that right now."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "I'm really delighted to go through - we've got a tough period coming up but I would rather be in the next round than not.

"We didn't start the game too well, we had some problems early on and we probably were 2-0 up against the run of play.

"But we managed the game well in the second half and it's a great result for us."

Brighton end top-flight jinx - match stats

  • Brighton recorded their first FA Cup away win against top-flight opposition since January 1986 (2-0 v Newcastle) - they had lost each of their last eight such games before today.
  • Bournemouth have not won any of their past 10 FA Cup games against top-flight side (D2 L8), since beating Manchester United in January 1984 as a third division side.
  • Brighton have now made it past the FA Cup third round in nine of the past 10 seasons, failing only at this stage in 2015-16 (0-1 v Hull).

What's next?

Brighton host Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday, 12 January at 15:00 GMT, while Bournemouth are in action at Everton on Sunday, 13 January at 14:15.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Boruc
  • 23Clyne
  • 3S CookBooked at 90mins
  • 25Simpson
  • 21RicoSubstituted forDanielsat 78'minutes
  • 24Fraser
  • 6SurmanBooked at 83mins
  • 28TaylorSubstituted forBrooksat 45'minutes
  • 7Pugh
  • 10IbeSubstituted forStanislasat 70'minutes
  • 9Mousset

Substitutes

  • 5Aké
  • 11Daniels
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Brooks
  • 36Butcher
  • 42Travers
  • 54Dobre

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Steele
  • 2BrunoSubstituted forMontoyaat 87'minutes
  • 4Duffy
  • 14Balogun
  • 3Bong
  • 8Bissouma
  • 6StephensBooked at 22mins
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forGyokeresat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Kayal
  • 9LocadiaSubstituted forMarchat 74'minutes
  • 10Andone

Substitutes

  • 17Murray
  • 20March
  • 22Montoya
  • 24Pröpper
  • 27Button
  • 33Burn
  • 42Gyokeres
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
10,522

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Viktor Gyokeres replaces Anthony Knockaert.

  4. Booking

    Steve Cook (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

  6. Post update

    Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Martín Montoya.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Anthony Knockaert.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  11. Post update

    Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Martín Montoya replaces Bruno.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yves Bissouma.

  14. Booking

    Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  16. Post update

    Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Brooks (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Leon Balogun.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Charlie Daniels replaces Diego Rico.

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