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Brighton v Newcastle – FA Cup live

FA CUP LIVE: Brighton v Newcastle – the action from the Amex Stadium as it happens

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04:00 GMT, 5 January 2013

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11:44 GMT, 5 January 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium to start the weekend's third round action. The Premier League side are favourites going into their clash at the Championship outfit but they will be wary of their exit at Gus Poyet's team in the fourth round of the competition a year ago.

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Weekend opener: Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium

Weekend opener: Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium

Brighton 1 Watford 3 – match report

Brighton 1 Watford 3: Vydra brace sinks Seagulls on south coast

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21:57 GMT, 29 December 2012

Matej Vydra scored twice as Watford cemented their place in the npower Championship play-off places with an impressive win at Brighton.

The Czech striker took his tally for the season to 12 goals with two in the space of two second-half minutes to shoot down the Seagulls.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet was going head-to-head with his old Chelsea team-mate, Watford chief Gianfranco Zola, but a dour first half in the pouring rain left both sets of fans feeling the Blues.

Star: Vydra's brace earned three points for Watford on the south coast

Star: Vydra's brace earned three points for Watford on the south coast

Match facts

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Crofts (Hoskins 75), Orlandi (Barnes 59), Bridcutt, Mackail-Smith, David Lopez (Dobbie 75), LuaLua.

Subs Not Used: Brezovan, Hammond, Dunk, Dicker.

Booked: El-Abd.

Goals: David Lopez 65 pen.

Watford: Almunia, Hall (Neuton 42), Pudil, Hoban, Ekstrand, Chalobah, Hogg, Anya (Mujangi Bia 73), Abdi (Battocchio 80), Vydra, Deeney.

Subs Not Used: Bond, Yeates, Geijo, Forestieri.

Booked: Abdi, Mujangi Bia.

Goals: Deeney 54, Vydra 68, 69.

Att: 26,727

Ref: Oliver Langford (W Midlands).

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However, the game came to life after
the break when Troy Deeney grabbed his 50th career goal and David Lopez
equalised for Brighton with a penalty before Vydra had the final word.

Watford could have gone ahead at the beginning and the end of that scrappy opening period.

Daniel Pudil gave Wayne Bridge the slip from Almen Abdi's early corner but put a free header over the crossbar.

And in stoppage time Albi's deep cross was met by Deeney but, once again, the striker could not get his header on target.

In between time, Vydra was denied by
Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak while, for Brighton, Kazenga LuaLua
stung Manuel Almunia's palms with a fierce, angled drive and Andrew
Crofts blazed over.

Mercifully, the second half was a far more entertaining affair with Watford breaking the deadlock after nine minutes.

Pudil's diagonal ball played in
Deeney, who had peeled off his marker Adam El-Abd, and his low shot was
powerful enough to fizz through Kuszczak's legs via his heel and into
the back of the net.

At it again: Vydra also scored twice when Watford beat Nottingham Forest before Christmas

At it again: Vydra also scored twice when Watford beat Nottingham Forest before Christmas

But out of almost nothing Brighton managed to hit back 10 minutes later.

LuaLua had been forced away from goal
and towards the corner of the penalty area by Almunia, but Tommie Hoban
saw fit to barge the winger over and referee Oliver Langford pointed to
the spot.

Spaniard Lopez stepped up to score his second penalty in as many matches.

Reunion: Former Chelsea teammates Poyet and Zola were in opposite dugouts

Reunion: Former Chelsea teammates Poyet and Zola were in opposite dugouts

But Brighton were level for barely two minutes before Watford got a big slice of fortune.

Vydra was allowed to run unchecked
towards the Brighton area but his shot took a huge deflection of El-Abd
to loop over Kuszczak and into the net.

However, there was nothing lucky
about Watford's third goal a minute later as Deeney, inside his own
half, lifted the ball into the path of Vydra who outstripped the
Brighton defence before coolly beating Kuszczak.

Brighton 0 Nottingham Forest 0 – match report:

Brighton 0 Nottm Forest 0: Hoskins and Calderon spurn chance to steal win in bore draw

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17:40 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 15 December 2012

Brighton and Nottingham Forest missed the chance to move into the npower Championship play-off positions as they played out a goalless draw at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls had plenty of opportunities to break the deadlock, with Inigo Calderon – replacing the injured Bruno – almost marking his return to the side with an early goal, only to see his shot come back off the post.

Will Hoskins wasted a trio of chances and Brighton were almost made to rue their failure in front of goal when Billy Sharp, who brushed the crossbar, and Dexter Blackstock went close either side of half-time.

Goalless: Neither side could take their chances at the Amex

Goalless: Neither side could take their chances at the Amex

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Calderon, Bridge, Greer, El-Abd, Crofts, David Lopez (Barnes 77), Bridcutt (Hammond 84), Hoskins (LuaLua 69), Mackail-Smith, Buckley.

Subs Not Used: Brezovan, Dunk, Dobbie, Harley.

Booked: LuaLua.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Harding (Halford 46), Collins, Moussi, Hutton, Guedioura (Lansbury 59), Cohen, Reid (Gillett 90), Ayala, Blackstock, Sharp.

Subs Not Used: Darlow, McGugan, Majewski, Ward.

Booked: Reid, Halford.

Attendance: 26,684

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

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Kazenga LuaLua, a 69th-minute change
for Hoskins, and Will Buckley almost netted winners late on in a second
half starved of chances, but goalkeeper Lee Camp was on top form to deny
the duo.

The stalemate leaves Gus Poyet's side without a win in three games now and one spot above ninth-placed Forest in the table.

Brighton boss Poyet made three
changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Charlton last week as Calderon,
David Lopez and Andrew Crofts started in place of Bruno, Stephen Dobbie
and Dean Hammond.

Despite beating Burnley 2-0 in their
last outing, Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll made four alterations to his
team with Guy Moussi, Chris Cohen, Adlene Guedioura and Daniel Ayala
playing.

The hosts almost opened their account
in the eighth minute but Calderon saw his left-footed shot from Craig
Mackail-Smith's cutback hit the post.

Brighton went close again shortly
afterwards when Hoskins shot wide from six yards before former England
full-back Wayne Bridge, given space down the left, drilled into the side
netting.

Poyet's outfit continued to dominate
and Hoskins wasted another two opportunities to net the opener,
volleying and heading over from crosses.
Forest midfielder Andy Reid failed to keep an effort down, while
Mackail-Smith went up the other end and fired across goal from a tight
angle after Hoskins set him free.

Camp had to be alert to tip over
Calderon's effort in the 39th minute, but the Seagulls almost went
behind on the stroke of half-time when Sharp clipped the bar from
Cohen's cross.

The visitors started the second half
like they finished the first and were close to netting the opening goal
as Blackstock poked substitute Greg Halford's cross wide.

Camp was on hand to save Calderon's
third effort, while Henri Lansbury – a 59th-minute replacement for
Guedioura – tested Tomasz Kuszczak from 12 yards.

LuaLua almost found the all-important
first goal nine minutes from time when he collected the ball on the
left and cut inside before unleashing a shot which the diving Camp
pushed to safety.

Camp was then on hand to deny Buckley, who had burst through after latching on to a Halford mistake.

Brighton 2 Bristol City 0 – match report

Brighton 2 Bristol City 0: Hammond and Orlandi open accounts to keep run going

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22:17 GMT, 27 November 2012

Dean Hammond and Andrea Orlandi opened their accounts for the season to stretch Brighton`s unbeaten run to seven games.

Hammond nodded home a cross early on from close range to put the home side ahead before Orlandi swung in a free-kick which went through a crowded area to make it 2-0.

Despite the best efforts of the visitors Albion chalked up just their second clean sheet in eight games and picked up three more points.

Opening an account: Dean Hammond scored his first goal of the season

Opening an account: Dean Hammond scored his first goal of the season

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Painter (Calderon – 84' ), Hammond, Orlandi, Bridcutt, Buckley, Hoskins (Crofts 77), Dobbie (Mackail-Smith 59),

Subs not used: Brezovan, El-Abd, David Lopez, Barnes

Goals: Hammond 6, Orlandi 26

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, Bryan, Bates, Kilkenny (Reid 86), Pearson, Elliott (Baldock 80), Adomah, Danns, Davies (Taylor 46),

Subs not used: Gerken, Carey, Wilson, Woolford

Referee: Whitestone

Attendance: 24,044

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Brighton boss Gus Poyet shuffled his
strikers after Saturday`s 1-1 draw with Bolton. Will Hoskins and Stephen
Dobbie were given the nod with with Ashley Barnes and Craig
Mackail-Smith dropping to the bench.

The visitors, buoyed by a shock 3-1
win at Middlesbrough, made two changes with Steven Davies, who stepped
off the bench to score at the Riverside, and Matthew Bates, back from
injury, being recalled to the starting line-up.

It was the home side who started the
brighter and took an early lead after just six minutes. Will Buckley won
a free-kick on the right which was taken short by Orlandi and clipped
into the box by Liam Bridcutt for Hammond to head home.

And 20 minutes later Brighton`s
advantage was doubled from another set-piece. Orlandi`s inswinging
free-kick caught out Tom Heaton completely and the ball went through the
keeper's legs before ending up in the back of the net.

Orlandi, having opened his Seagulls
account for the season, then tried his luck with a curling effort from
the edge of the box that flew inches past the post.

Gotcha: Will Hoskins (top) is tackled by Matthew Bates

Gotcha: Will Hoskins (top) is tackled by Matthew Bates

In the 36th minute City carved out
their first real chance of the match when Stephen Pearson, who netted in
Saturday`s victory, crashed a left-footed effort off Tomasz Kuszczak`s
crossbar from 20 yards out after being teed up by Marvin Elliott.

Just four minutes later Derek
McInnes` men had another big chance to get back into the match but Neil
Danns` effort was cleared off the line by Gordon Greer after the
Leicester loanee was picked out at the back post. And when the ball fell
back to Danns again he was denied by Kuszczak.

Brighton started the second half as they had the first and created two great chances shortly after the break.

First Hoskins nodded Buckley`s ball
down to Orlandi who fired over before Hoskins ran onto Dobbie`s through
ball and his low shot was kept out by Heaton.

Audacious: Hoskins tries an ambitious overhead kick

Audacious: Hoskins tries an ambitious overhead kick

City continued to pile on the
pressure as they looked for just their third away win of the season with
Albert Adomah and Neil Kilkenny both trying their luck from long-range
but to no avail.

Hoskins, making his first start for
the club since January, had the Seagulls` next chance at the end of a
flowing move with an acrobatic effort in the 76th minute which was well
blocked by Bates.

The 395 travelling fans almost had a late goal to cheer about but half-time substitute Ryan Taylor headed Kilkenny`s cross wide.

Wayne Bridge smoking on night out

Career going up in smoke Unwanted by Man City, 90,000-a-week Bridge enjoys a night out on the town… with a cheeky pack of cigarettes

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12:57 GMT, 15 November 2012

If Wayne Bridge has been worried about his career going up in smoke since Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini sent him out on loan to Brighton – he's not letting it show.

The City left back – who still earns a reported 90,000 a week (or about 4.7million a year) – was pictured holding a cigarette on a night out after the Twilight premiere with his girlfriend Frankie Sandford, a pop star in band The Saturdays.

Show me the way to go home: Wayne Bridge, holding his packet of cigarettes, climbs into a taxi as

Show me the way to go home: Wayne Bridge, holding his packet of cigarettes, climbs into a taxi as

Helping hand: Frankie Sandford's sister Victoria (just about) made sure Bridge stayed on his feet

Helping hand: Frankie Sandford's sister Victoria (just about) made sure Bridge stayed on his feet

The pair went to dinner at Pan-Asian restaurant Novikov on a glamorous double date with Vanessa White and Gary Salter, before the 32-year-old emerged looking a tad worse for wear.

He clambered into a taxi carrying a packet of Marlboro cigarettes but appeared Wayne was more composed by the time they left Mahiki at 2.30am.

Newcastle looked at Bridge at the start of the summer until it became clear the money involved was out of their reach.

The other half: Bridge's missus Frankie Sandford

Night out: Bridge certainly looked as if he enjoyed himself

Out on the town: Frankie Sandford (left) and Bridge hit the capital on Wednesday night

Two clubs from Turkey contacted City, and one from Russia but Bridge has ended up at Brighton & Hove Albion.

During the summer Mancini said: 'It would be better for him if he finds a good solution in the Championship. It's important he can find a good solution for the next four months.'

Bridge, who has scored twice in 14 games for Gus Poyet's club, is not the first footballer to indulge in a spot of smoking.

Glory days: Billy Bremner (right) has a smoke in his hotel room with Leeds team-mate Jack Charlton

Glory days: Billy Bremner (right) has a smoke in his hotel room with Leeds team-mate Jack Charlton

Newcastle legend Jackie Milburn
revealed in his autobiography that, prior to the 1951 FA Cup final
against Blackpool, he went to the bathroom at Wembley to have a smoke
and found four of his team-mates had beat him to it.

After his pre-match puff, he promptly went out and scored both goals in a 2-0 Newcastle win.

More
recently, Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov,
and Federico Macheda have all been spotted with cigarettes in hand at
various times when out or on holiday.

Back in the day: Smoking was more popular when Jackie Milburn was banging them in for Newcastle

Back in the day: Smoking was more popular when Jackie Milburn was banging them in for Newcastle

Puffing away: Mario Balotelli

Ash-ley: Cole likes a smoke

Lighting up the game: Mario Balotelli (left) and Ashley Cole have been known to enjoy a smoke

Leicester 1 Brighton 0 match report: Kasper Schmeichel saves Foxes perfect home record

Leicester 1 Brighton 0: King takes lead but Schmeichel saves perfect home record

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21:39 GMT, 23 October 2012

It took a stunning penalty save from Kasper Schmeichel to protect Nigel Pearson’s unblemished home league record at the King Power Stadium.

The keeper, who has struggled manfully to step out of the shadow of his illustrious father, pulled off a superb stop to deny Ashley Barnes on an evening when the Championship leaders almost proved their own worst enemies.

Leading thanks to Andy King’s tenth-minute goal, Leicester became complacent and allowed Gus Poyet’s Seagulls a route back into a game that should have been put beyond them.

Regal: Andy King (right) nets against Brighton

Regal: Andy King (right) nets against Brighton

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 56), Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert, King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Waghorn (Marshall 71), Nugent (Vardy 68). Subs not used: Logan, James, Schlupp, Futacs.

Booked: De Laet.

Goals: King 10.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Bridcutt, Dicker (Dobbie 59), Crofts (Hammond 77), Buckley, Barnes, Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, David Lopez, LuaLua.

Booked: Bridcutt.

Att: 25,726.

Ref: Neil Swarbrick.

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And it seemed that Poyet’s team were
about to stop a run of four matches without victory by becoming the
first team this season to earn a point from a trip to the east Midlands.

But Schmeichel had other ideas,
blocking Barnes’s effort as Leicester looked to build on a top spot
gained after last weekend’s draw against Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

But while the Dane did his job at one
end of the field, it was left to King to separate the sides with a
strike that will have left Poyet fuming.

The midfielder’s effort owed a debt to
forward David Nugent. The former Portsmouth forward has looked a
different player since his goal-drought came to an end last month.

The striker, famously capped once for England by Steve McClaren, turned Liam Bridcutt on the left touchline.

Brighton’s defence stood statically on
the edge of the area. With King at his shoulder, Nugent powered
forward, leaving Bridcutt in his wake.

Eventually, one of Poyet’s defenders sensed there might be some danger and Nugent off-loaded the ball to his team-mate.

The first shot by the Wales
international was blocked. The ball bounced untidily back into the
midfielder’s path and he claimed his third goal of the season, rapping
home from close-range.

Top man: Andy King is grabbed by Lloyd dyer and Danny Drinkwater

Top man: Andy King is grabbed by Lloyd dyer and Danny Drinkwater

Martyn Waghorn blazed over at the near
post and then Anthony Knockaert forced Tomasz Kuszczak into a fine stop
after a well-struck drive from distance.

It was too easy for the Foxes and they
lost urgency, allowing Brighton back into the game. They should have
heeded the undoubted warning from boss Nigel Pearson at the interval.

But Zak Whitbread was guilty of a rash
decision in the 52nd minute when he ploughed into Will Buckley as the
Brighton man attempted to reach the byeline.

Ashley Barnes shouldered the responsibility but Schmeichel was equal to the task, saving to his left.

Right-back Ritchie de Laet bravely
threw himself at the rebound, injuring himself in the process, and was
substituted for his trouble.

Leicester almost grabbed a second goal
after a cross from Lloyd Dyer found substitute Jamie Vardy, but his
headed effort was wide.

The Seagulls kept the pressure up, attackingly strongly in the closing ten minutes.
Striker Craig Mackail-Smith came close in the 87th, but his effort was comfortably saved by Schmeichel.

Barnes then fired off a hopeful shot outside the area, but it was to no avail.

Derby 0 Brighton 0: Seagulls fluff their chances in lacklustre draw

Derby 0 Brighton 0: Seagulls fluff their chances in lacklustre draw

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18:27 GMT, 6 October 2012

Derby and Brighton played out a lacklustre goalless draw at Pride Park in a game where the visitors enjoyed plenty of possession which they failed to convert into goals.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet

Tense draw: It was a frustrating afternoon for Brighton boss Gus Poyet as he watched his side waste a hat-full of chances

For Gus Poyet's men it's a third game without a victory following their five-match winning streak which had seen them lead the way in the npower Championship during September.

But aside from a 20-minute period after the interval where Brighton had a series of good chances, they were unable to find the net as they badly missed injured top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith.

Match facts

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, O'Connor, Coutts, Hendrick, Hughes (Jacobs 46), Bryson, Sammon, Robinson (Davies 76).

Subs Not Used: Deeney, Tyson, Bennett, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Booked: Keogh.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer,El-Abd, Bridge, Bridcutt, Buckley (Dobbie 34), David Lopez, Dicker, Orlandi (Hammond 61), Barnes.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, Agdestein, LuaLua.

Booked: Bridcutt, Bridge.

Att: 22,059

Ref: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

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The home side struggled to break down
a stubborn Albion backline who have now conceded just three times in
five away league games this season, this despite having nine corners in
the game.

Brighton looked a real threat early
on with their patient passing game, but the best they could manage was
Andrea Orlandi trying his luck twice from distance.

The first goalkeeper to be called
into action was Derby's Adam Legzdins, who had to be alert to save David
Lopez's free-kick which he managed to get up and over the wall and saw
it bounce awkwardly in front of the Rams shot stopper.

Derby struggled to get a foothold in
the game in the opening quarter and their first shot only came on 21
minutes when Paul Coutts dragged a right-foot shot wide from 20 yards
out.

Orlandi then headed over the crossbar
at the far post after a deep cross, before the visitors were forced to
make a change as Tuesday night's late goal hero in the 1-1 draw against
Ipswich, Will Buckley, hobbled off injured to be replaced by Stephen
Dobbie – who struck an effort wide just before the break after a flowing
move.

After a disappointing first half,
Albion hit the crossbar minutes after the restart when Liam Bridcutt's
left-foot shot from the edge of the area took a deflection and had
Legzdins rooted to the spot as it came back off the woodwork.

The Rams defence then backed off to allow Dobbie the chance to turn just outside the area and send his shot just over the bar.

The visitors were doing all the
pressing at the start of the second half as they bossed possession and
Lopez was next to go close but steered just wide of the left post after a
neat lay-off by Dobbie.

Brighton were the team looking most
likely to break the deadlock and Gary Dicker's inswinging corner from
the left was met by the head of substitute Dean Hammond but Legzdins
parried away before Gordon Greer headed the rebound wide from six yards
out.

This seemed to wake the hosts, who up
to this point had barely had a shot on goal but then forced Brighton
goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak into two fine saves in a matter of a minute –
the Pole tipping shots from distance by John Brayford and then Craig
Bryson behind for corners.

Both teams endeavoured to find a late
winner and the home side enjoyed a five-minute period of pressure
without ever further troubling Kuszczak as the game ended without a goal
being scored.

Millwall 1 Brighton 2: Ashley Barnes and Adam El Abd send table-topping Seagulls two points clear

Millwall 1 Brighton 2: Barnes and El-Abd send table-topping Seagulls two points clear

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17:01 GMT, 22 September 2012

Goals from Ashley Barnes and Adam El-Abd fired Brighton to the top of the npower Championship.

A goal in each half was enough to sink Millwall and secure a fifth straight win for Gus Poyet's slick side.

However, they were indebted to a stunning late save from former Manchester United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak to secure victory after 10-man Millwall threatened an unlikely comeback.

Power finish: Adam El Abd hits the decisive second for Brighton

Power finish: Adam El Abd hits the decisive second for Brighton

Match facts

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Lowry, Osborne, Malone (Robinson 61), Henry, Wright (Chris Taylor 45), Abdou, Trotter, Keogh (Henderson 76), Wood.

Subs not used: Maik Taylor, Shittu, Batt, Smith.

Sent off: Chris Taylor (68).

Goals: Wood 79.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor (Calderon 45), Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Bridcutt, Buckley, Orlandi (LuaLua 83), Hammond, Barnes, Mackail-Smith (Dicker 43).

Subs not used: Ankergren, Dunk, Dobbie, David Lopez.

Goals: Barnes 17, El-Abd 50.

Att: 12,191.

Ref: Andre Marriner.

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Recalled striker Barnes tucked away his third goal of the season and centre-half El-Abd grabbed his first in nearly two years.

But Chris Wood pulled one back on his
full debut and the on-loan West Brom striker almost made himself an
instant hero in stoppage time only to be denied by Kuszczak.

The Lions also had winger Chris Taylor sent off and a third straight defeat left them in the bottom three.

Wood almost made his mark after just five minutes with a powerful header, but Kuszczak made a smart save.

And Brighton were soon on top with
Wayne Bridge forcing Lions keeper David Forde into a fingertip save with
a low, angled drive before Will Buckley fired narrowly wide.

Brighton's pressure told in the 17th
minute when Buckley beat Scott Malone to the byline and his cutback was
expertly sidefooted into the net by Barnes from 10 yards.

Flying high: Gus Poyet's Brighton have won five on the spin

Flying high: Gus Poyet's Brighton have won five on the spin

The Seagulls should have gone two up
after half an hour when Forde, back in the side at the expense of Maik
Taylor, came racing out to collect a long ball only for Buckley to get
there first.

The winger nodded the ball past Forde
but by the time he steered his shot towards the net, Shane Lowry had
got back to block on the line.

Buoyed by that let-off, Millwall
improved as the first half drew towards a close but Kuszczak was not
unduly troubled as he saved efforts from James Henry and Liam Trotter
while Wood blazed Nadjim Abdou's cross over the bar.

Instead Brighton did double their
advantage at the start of the second half when Millwall failed to deal
with Andrea Orlandi's corner and the ball fell to El-Abd, who swept it
home from six yards.

Barnes had a header cleared off the
line by Trotter following another poorly-defended corner as Brighton
looked to kill the Lions off.

And the hosts' misery was compounded
when substitute Taylor left a foot in when he went in for a 50-50 ball
with Kuszczak, leaving the Brighton keeper in a heap and referee Andre
Marriner waving a red card.

Yet Wood's drive 11 minutes from time
gave the 10 men hope and, in stoppage time, the ball fell to the young
New Zealander again only for Kuszczak to block his point-blank volley to
ensure Brighton took top spot.

Brighton 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Wayne Bridge on target as Seagulls go top

Brighton 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Bridge on target as Seagulls go top

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20:57 GMT, 14 September 2012

Craig Mackail-Smith claimed his fifth goal in three games as Brighton moved to the top of the npower Championship table.

Gus Poyet's in-form side handed Sheffield Wednesday a sound beating
after taking a first-half lead through Wayne Bridge's deflected
free-kick.

Hands up: Craig Mackail-Smith celebrates his goal

Hands up: Craig Mackail-Smith celebrates his goal

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer,El-Abd, Bridge, Hammond, Bridcutt, Dicker, Buckley (Orlandi 77),Mackail-Smith (Dobbie 69), Barnes (David Lopez 82).
Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, LuaLua.

Booked: Saltor.

Goals: Bridge 24, Mackail-Smith 54, Buckley 58.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Mattock, Taylor, Llera, Beevers, Antonio, Semedo, McCabe, Jermaine Johnson (Pecnik 64), Bothroyd (Madine 87), Rodri (Barkley 46).
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Hit man: Wayne Bridge fires in the first goal for Brighton

Buckley forced a sharp stop from Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland
at the end of a 15th minute counter-attack he instigated when a pass to
the unmarked Mackail-Smith might have been the better option.

The visitors weathered some pressure immediately after this chance but fell behind in the 24th minute.

Bridge initially fainted to strike the dead ball from the edge of the
area and, with the Wednesday wall attempting to reorganise, he hit a
shot that looped off Rhys McCabe and beyond Kirkland into the far
corner.

Bruno unconvincingly cleared McCabe's cross as Wednesday sought a
response – something that looked most likely when the lively Jermaine
Johnson was in possession.

Five minutes before half-time, Buckley's surge at the Owls defence forced Mattock to clear his low centre from the goalmouth.

Group hug: Bridge is mobbed by team mates

Group hug: Bridge is mobbed by team mates

On-loan Everton youngster Barkley was introduced in place of Rodri at
the interval as Jones sought a spark, only for Brighton to double their
lead nine minutes into the second period.

Bruno wormed his way through challenges to get inside the box from the
right and his low cross allowed Mackail-Smith to stroke home.

Albion goalkeeper Thomasz Kuszczak was scrambling as a curling Johnson
effort flashed narrowly wide – a brief respite before Brighton made the
points safe in sumptuous fashion.

Bruno's lofted diagonal ball caught out Wednesday's defence and found
the rampaging Buckley, whose excellent first touch set up a cool,
chipped finish.
It was almost four with an hour gone when Kirkland produced a superb reaction save from Mackail-Smith's header.

Wednesday belatedly tested Kuszczak inside the last 15 minutes – the
first stop displaying excellent reflexes to thwart Bothroyd's close
range header before Mattock's stinging drive was touched to safety.

Andrew Crofts re-joins Brighton from Norwich

Crofts back at Brighton after Poyet makes Norwich midfielder fourth summer signing

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17:53 GMT, 2 August 2012

Going back: Andrew Crofts has re-joined Brighton from Norwich

Going back: Andrew Crofts has re-joined Brighton from Norwich

Brighton have signed Norwich midfielder Andrew Crofts for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old rejoins the club two years after leaving for the Canaries and becomes Gus Poyet's fourth summer signing.

Crofts made 50 appearances for Brighton in the 2009/10 campaign before helping Norwich into the Premier League.

Seagulls boss Poyet told the club's official website: 'When we knew about the possibility to bring him back we worked very hard to do that, and it took a few weeks, but we are very pleased to have him.

'We respected his career and helped him when there was interest from Norwich two years ago and he went on to become a very good Championship player as well as proving himself in the Premier League.

'Now I am delighted to have him back and he is going to be a very important player for us. We were always looking to bring experienced players who know this division and the Premiership and Crofty has all of that.'