Brighton 1 Fulham 2 (Report)
29/11/14 - 3pm
Brighton dropped into the Championship relegation zone when a lead was lost at the Amex on Saturday when Fulham came back to beat us 2-1, we also ended with 10 men when Adrian Colunga was sent off in the last minute.
Darren Bent was making an impression early on, with an early debut possibly coming had Konstantinos Stafylidis not made a good block as Albion started brightly, we forced several corners in the opening minutes.
Aaron Hughes, who probably wouldn't have been in the starting XI against one of his former clubs had Gordon Greer not missed out through injury, went close again for us but his shot ended up being deflected wide. Defensively he then put in an important clearance as he headed away a dangerous Shaun Hutchinson knock down.
Most of the chances were coming our way and most of our goals this season have come from Lewis Dunk. Back from suspension, and wearing Greer's captains armband, he headed over a corner when he's usually so dangerous with Bent twice denied by Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli as we had to be content with a goalless first half in which we did lose Kaz LuaLua to injury, Rohan Ince replaced him.
The first real moment of worry came for us after the break when Dunk was beaten by Ross McCormack but fortunately for us Hugo Rodallega didn't take his chance, which we did soon after.
Having threatened several times in the first half Bent finally got his goal.
Colunga teed up Bent and this time Bettinelli wasn't going to be keeping out his effort, in the first half the Fulham goalkeeper saved one with his legs but this time he was beaten through his legs as we took the lead that we deserved.
David Stockdale, who we brought in from Fulham over the summer of course, had barely had anything to do all afternoon and then he was beaten as Fulham drew level just 10 minutes after our goal. Lasse Vigan Christensen picked out Rodallega who showed much better composure this time to lash the ball into the roof of the net.
We could have swiftly been behind if Bryan Ruiz hadn't headed wide.
The pressure from Fulham was growing though and eventually this told, McCormack went close before Christensen scored with the help of a deflection to put Fulham ahead. This was a lead that they held to see out the win with the misery compounded when Colunga collected a needless second yellow card to be sent off in injury time.
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