Brighton moved to within three points of the play-off places with a satisfying 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at the Amex on Saturday.
The Seagulls were ahead on 35 minutes when Ashley Barnes scored his first league goal of the season from the penalty spot after Craig Conway was needlessly fouled out wide in the penalty area by Dickson Etuhu.
Jake Forster-Caskey added a second with a header 11 minutes after the break before Barnes doubled his tally for the day with a close-range finish 13 minutes from time.
It was Albion’s first home win since a 3-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers on September 21 – two draws and one defeat coming between victories at the Amex.
The win briefly moved Brighton up to 10th (before Wigan’s Sunday 1-0 win at Yeovil dropped them back down one place to 11th) with the Seagulls just three points adrift of Reading in sixth place. Blackburn, meanwhile, dropped to 13th, leap-frogged by Brighton after their defeat in Sussex.
A a special tribute was paid before kick off to Brighton and Hove Albion fan Lance Corporal James Brynin, who was killed in Afghanistan last month.