Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Brighton: Albion bag first ever win at Hillsborough
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 01/10/16 6:55pm
Brighton made history with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
The victory was their first ever at Hillsborough and the first time they have beaten the Owls in just over four years. Meanwhile, it ended a run of three consecutive home wins for Sheffield Wednesday.
Sam Baldock scored Brighton's first with a delightful lob before Anthony Knockaert scored his fifth of the season, Gary Hooper replying late on for the home side.
Brighton then broke the deadlock when Lewis Dunk found Baldock (26) in the area with plenty of space. The striker turned and lobbed the onrushing Westwood, who could only mange a fingertip on the ball and failed to stop the effort dropping into his net.
Adam Reach carved himself a great opening and, after Fernando Forestieri released him into the box, he cut inside onto his right foot. Seagulls keeper David Stockdale could only parry his shot forward and Jack Hunt was first to arrive but his shot was blocked by Gaetan Bong. The home side claimed it was handball, however referee Oliver Langford pointed to the corner flag.
Half-time saw Sheffield Wednesday swap goalkeepers; after Westwood struggled with an injury in the first 45 minutes he was replaced by debutant Cameron Dawson.
The Owls bad luck continued, when Daniel Pudil was forced off with an injury in the 58th minute, with striker Hooper coming on.
Tom Lees thought he had scored the equaliser when he found space in the box from Wallace's corner but Norwood was on hand for Brighton to clear off the line.
After a spell of Wednesday pressure, Knockaert (73) doubled Brighton's lead with a neat left-footed finish. Bong had got forward from left-back and drove a ball across the six yard box and Knockaert swept the ball home.
Reach missed a glaring opportunity, when a looping ball across the box fell at his feet inside the six yard box, however he failed to keep it down and his shot went well above the crossbar.
Hooper (90+5) scored a consolation goal for the home side, after Brighton failed to clear their lines, he slotted the ball through a crowded area.
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 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."