Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton: Seagulls hold off fightback to reach fourth round
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 05/01/19 3:14pm
Yves Bissouma scored his first goal for Brighton in stunning fashion to help his side to a comfortable FA Cup third round win at Bournemouth.
After the hosts spurned a number of good chances, Anthony Knockaert (31) put Brighton ahead in the tie, converting Jurgen Locadia's cut-back, and Bissouma (34) then quickly doubled the visitors' advantage with a thunderous strike in off the post.
Bournemouth, who had been badly below par after that initial setback, looked to have found a way back when Marc Pugh (55) found the corner with a fine strike from the edge of the box.
However, any hopes of a comeback were ended when Florin Andone converted a close-range header to restore Brighton's two-goal lead.
Brighton debutant 'keeper Jason Steele made a couple of smart saves in the closing stages, doing well to prevent David Brooks from finding the net with a volley, but the Seagulls were ultimately deserved winners over a below-par Bournemouth.
The victory was Brighton's first FA Cup win away from home against a top-flight side since 1986 and they will now look forward to Monday night's fourth-round draw.