Brighton & Hove Albion 2 – 0 Leeds United
Sky Bet Championship
Glenn Murray’s 12th goal of the season helped Brighton reach the summit of the Championship with a 2-0 over 10-man Leeds United at the AMEX.
Murray’s penalty broke the deadlock after Kalvin Phillips was sent off for handling on the line.
Tomer Hemed also converted a late penalty to double the lead and round off a comfortable night for the Seagulls, who stretch their unbeaten to 14 games.
Leeds got off to a horrible start as Kalvin Philips was sent off for a handball that prevented Lewis Dunk’s effort from hitting the net. Glenn Murray confidently slammed the resulting penalty into the top left hand corner.
The hosts continued to push, and just before half time Murray had another chance after Sebastian Pogonoli’s pass found its way to him, but the striker’s shot was tipped over the bar by Robert Green.
The half time break did little to change the swing of things, as Knockaert picked out Jamie Murphy, but his shot was well saved by Green.
Brighton then had a great chance to double their lead, as Norwood’s set-piece delivery was met by head of Shane Duffy, but he could only guide the ball straight into Green’s arms.
The hosts did finally double their lead with 8 minutes left as substitute Hemed sent Green the wrong from another penalty after Lewis Dunk was pulled down inside the box.
It was a miserable night for Leeds, whose best chance came in the 90th minute as substitute Liam Cooper headed wide from a Stuart Dallas’s corner.
Brighton now sit two points clear and will hope they remain there after Saturday‘s fixtures. While Leeds remain in fourth spot.
Written by Jamie Phillips