Brighton win at Charlton to move level on points with leaders

Tomer Hemed. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
Tomer Hemed. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
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Brighton & Hove Albion moved level on points with Championship leaders Burnley after a hard-fought 3-1 win at Charlton this afternoon.

The Seagulls are third, behind leaders Burnley and second-placed Middlesbrough only on goal difference, with just two games to go.

Brighton host Derby, before travelling to Middlesbrough for their final game. Burnley are at home to Queens Park Rangers and then travel to Charlton, while Boro head to Birmingham and then host Albion.

Moments after the at Charlton game kicked off, play was stopped as Charlton fans continued their protestsagainst owner Roland Duchatelet by throwing balloons and inflatible balls onto the pitch.

After a six-minute delay, the Seagulls quickly took the lead when Connor Goldson sent Jiri Skalak’s free kick across goal for Sam Baldock to tap home.

Charlton threatened from a couple of set-pieces shortly afterwards as Jorge Teixeira failed to connect with Jordan Cousins’ corner, before an unmarked Morgan Fox shot straight at Seagulls goalkeeper David Stockdale following a Johann Gudmundsson corner.

Anthony Knockaert saw a long-range effort saved by Charlton keeper Nike Pope at the other end before half-time.

In the second half, Baldock dragged a shot wide, before Charlton levelled on 52 minutes when Gudmundsson turned home a low cross at the back post.

Baldock almost restored Brighton’s lead immediately but was denied by Pope, before Albion did go 2-1 ahead on 55 minutes when Beram Kayal teed up Skalak, who side-footed into the top corner.

Gudmundsson sent a half-volley just over with time running out, before Knockaert saw a curling effort superbly kept out by Pope.

The Seagulls made sure of all three points in injury-time when Knockaert was tripped by Rod Fanni and Tomer Hemed netted his 17th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

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