Brighton beat Hull to extend lead at the top

TOMER HEMED’S early goal gave Brighton & Hove Albion a 1-0 win at home to Hull City in the Championship this afternoon.

Beram Kayal went close to a late second. By Angela Brinkhurst
Beram Kayal went close to a late second. By Angela Brinkhurst

The Seagulls moved four points clear at the top with their fifth win in six league matches this season.

A moving tribute took place before the game for the 11 victims of the Shoreham Airshow crash, which included Worthing United’s Matt Grimstone, a member of Brighton’s ground staff, and Jacob Schilt, who was a Seagulls supporter.

Large shirts with the pair’s names on where carried on to the pitch before the game by members of Worthing United and Mile Oak, who Matt played for, and by members of Worthing United and the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund, who Jacob played for.

Hemed turned home the only goal on just five minutes after Dale Stephens’ shot was blocked.

Albion could have increased their lead in an opening 15 minutes which they dominated, before Hull had more of the possession in the second half without creating any clear opportunities.

Bobby Zamora made his first Brighton home appearance since April, 2003, and Chris Hughton’s side almost doubled their lead late on but Beram Kayal’s shot was brilliantly blocked by Michael Dawson.

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