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Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield: Late Andone header gives hosts win

Florin Andone
Florin Andone put Brighton ahead with a header in the 79th minute - his third league goal of the season

Brighton manager Chris Hughton said he was "relieved" after his side recorded their first league win of 2019 at home to Huddersfield.

Substitute Florin Andone's superb header was enough to give the Seagulls victory over the Premier League's bottom club.

"I feel relief," Hughton told BBC Sport.

"It feels like a big win but I think any win from now until the end of the season will feel big."

Brighton had earned just two points from seven games since beating Everton in their last outing of 2018.

"It was not so dramatically different to other games where we have had good spells and difficult spells," added Hughton. "It is almost a perfect result."

Hughton's team were sluggish until Alireza Jahanbakhsh hit the crossbar before half-time for the hosts, who dominated after the break.

Jahanbakhsh forced a fine save from Jonas Lossl, before Andone powerfully headed Anthony Knockaert's cross past the Huddersfield keeper.

Brighton rise one place to 15th in the table, while Huddersfield stay 13 points short of safety.

The Terriers had ended a 14-match run without a win with victory over Wolves midweek, and were the better side for much of the first half.

But they faded badly afterwards against a Brighton side who, having looked transformed after half-time, are now five points clear of the relegation zone.

"I am totally angry because we lost the game because of a free-kick," said Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert.

"In the Premier League if you are not switched on, you cannot allow this."

Brighton substitutions add spark

Brighton's form had dipped alarmingly in early 2019, with just two points collected since the start of the year.

And they looked short of confidence for much of the first half, until Jahanbakhsh's brilliant, dipping effort thumped onto Huddersfield's bar.

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Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield: Florin Andone came up trumps - Chris Hughton

The Iranian, Brighton's record signing of £17m from AZ Alkmaar last summer, provided the spark that Chris Hughton's side needed and was a handful on both flanks in his first league start since 3 November.

Glenn Murray had worked tirelessly for the home side, but the appearance of Andone before the hour mark in his place proved to be vital.

The Romanian added energy to Brighton's attack, and he went close to scoring with a fierce shot from outside the area that Lossl did well to parry away.

But it was another of Hughton's substitutions who started the move that ended in the game's turning point, with Jose Izquierdo finding Knockaert to allow the French midfielder time to pick out Andone.

The Brighton manager had responded to the midweek loss at Leicester with three changes, and the resilience of the players at his disposal could prove vital in the closing stages of Brighton's league campaign with the prospect of an FA Cup quarter-final also looming.

Huddersfield's survival chances ebbing away

Steve Mounie's injury-time winner against Wolves in their previous outing had given Huddersfield a glimmer of hope for Premier League survival, breaking an horrendous run of just one point from 14 games.

But while looking the more confident of the two sides, and enjoying 52 per cent of possession before half-time, they lacked the tools to find a way through the Brighton defence.

Their only real threat in the first half came from long range, with shots from distance by Alex Pritchard and Philip Billing forcing Mathew Ryan into action.

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Siewert 'totally angry' after Terriers 'switched off'

The Terriers' possession stats went into reverse after the break - down to just 41 per cent - and it was only after Andone's goal that they threatened to score, with Steve Mounie's header superbly tipped over by keeper Mathew Ryan.

Siewert's team do not lack spirit but the lack of threat in the final of third of the pitch has been a feature of their season and looks increasingly likely to condemn them to relegation.

"From the first minute to the 95th or 96th you have to be switched on," added Huddersfield's German manager.

"Because of injuries, we had early substitutions but we still should have got something out of the game. We had many shots on target, we had possibilities but we lost because of a free-kick."

Man of the match - Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton)

Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Brighton's record signing looked the part, and was unlucky not to score his first goal since arriving last summer with a fine effort that hit the bar

Huddersfield's unhappy hunting ground - the stats you may have missed

  • Brighton are unbeaten in seven home league meetings with Huddersfield Town (W4 D3 L0) since a 2-3 defeat in League One in April 2011.
  • Brighton's win ended a run of seven Premier League games without a victory (D2 L5).
  • Huddersfield have lost 14 of their last 16 Premier League games (W1 D1).
  • Only Derby in 07-08 (14) scored fewer goals after 29 games of a Premier League season than Huddersfield in 2018-19 (15).
  • Anthony Knockaert has registered two assists in his last three Premier League games for Brighton, after managing just one in his last 15 before that.

What's next?

Brighton face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at 12:30 GMT on Saturday, 9 March while Huddersfield host Bournemouth at 15:00 later on the same afternoon.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 22Montoya
  • 4Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bernardo
  • 8BissoumaSubstituted forKayalat 85'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 11Knockaert
  • 17MurrayBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAndoneat 57'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 16JahanbakhshSubstituted forIzquierdoat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 7Kayal
  • 10Andone
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 20March
  • 27Button
  • 33Burn

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 7Bacuna
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 37Durm
  • 27StankovicSubstituted forHadergjonajat 67'minutes
  • 6HoggSubstituted forMooyat 41'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 8Billing
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forKachungaat 62'minutes
  • 24MounieBooked at 63mins
  • 16Grant

Substitutes

  • 9Kachunga
  • 10Mooy
  • 12Hamer
  • 15Löwe
  • 25M Jorgensen
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 41Daly
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
30,182

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

Foul by José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Terence Kongolo.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal replaces Yves Bissouma.

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Bernardo.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Mat Ryan.

Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj with a cross.

Booking

Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a set piece situation.

José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. José Izquierdo replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Attempt blocked. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Christopher Schindler.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Florent Hadergjonaj replaces Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

Attempt saved. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Erik Durm.

Attempt blocked. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Booking

Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Elias Kachunga replaces Alex Pritchard.

Attempt saved. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bernardo.

Booking

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Florin Andone replaces Glenn Murray.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yves Bissouma.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Shane Duffy tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Yves Bissouma tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

goal

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4Man Utd29177558382058
5Arsenal29176661392257
6Chelsea27165647291853
7Wolves29127103735243
8Watford28117103940-140
9West Ham29116123741-439
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11Leicester28105133439-535
12Bournemouth29104153954-1534
13Crystal Palace2996143539-433
14Newcastle2987142636-1031
15Brighton2886143041-1130
16Burnley2986153253-2130
17Southampton2969143249-1727
18Cardiff2974182557-3225
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20Huddersfield2935211551-3614
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