“To stay up against Man Utd is unforgettable”

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Brighton’s nightmare run of fixtures to end the season is little more than an inconvenience after the Gulls knocked off Manchester United on Friday.

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Chris Hughton‘s men ensured another season in the Premier League with their 1-0 win, as Pascal Gross nodded just over the line to push Brighton to 40 points.

Brighton celebrated wildly after the win, their first over United since 1982, and French attacker Knockaert put words to their celebrations. From the BBC:

“It was a night we’ll remember all our lives. To stay up against Man Utd is unforgettable.”

“It’s brilliant for us. We have great quality in the team and a player like Pascal Gross who can create things and players who work so hard for each other. Everyone loves each other and that’s what makes the difference.”

Knockaert has three goals and an assist this season, a step back from his 15 and nine in the Championship.

Burnley 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Inching forward

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Brighton and Hove Albion picked up a valuable point in a dull draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Brighton is five points clear of the drop zone with three matches remaining.

Burnley remains comfortably seventh, six points and 16 goals of differential better than Everton.

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Burnley and Brighton had a proper youth soccer ball scrum for within the six yard box in the highlight of a Claret-heavy but uninspiring first half, with handball shouts rightly denied. Rebecca Lowe called it an “almighty scramble” on NBCSN, and she was spot on.

Brighton made some noise to start the second half, with Anthony Knockaert forcing Nick Pope into a 49th minute save.

Mat Ryan made a collection through traffic when Burnley bid to score of a 66th minute corner.

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Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth: Back-and-forth pace in the New Year

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Well, that was a great way to kick off the new year’s Premier League play.

Brighton and Bournemouth settled for a 2-2 draw on Monday at the Amex Stadium, with Callum Wilson‘s second-half strike giving the Cherries a share of the points on the road.

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The Seagulls held a 2-1 lead heading into the finally quarter hour, after Glenn Murray‘s finish three minutes into the second stanza handed Brighton a slim edge.

However, Wilson ruined Brighton’s plans for the new year, when he scored in the 79th minute. 2-2.

Steve Cook scored against his former club in the 33rd minute to level the match for the Cherries after brilliantly heading home his opportunity into the far post from Jordon Ibe’s corner kick.

The hosts were off to a vibrant start inside the opening five minutes when Anthony Knockaert finished off a Jose Izquierdo cross at the far post to give the Seagulls a 1-0 lead.

Bournemouth had its first big chance denied in the 30th minute as Ibe found himself in on goal, but goalkeeper Matty Ryan was in the right place to make the stop.

Izquierdo nearly restored the Seagulls advantage with three minutes remaining in the first half, after Pascal Gross‘ through ball picked out the speedy attacking player inside the six-yard box.

The two clubs remain in the bottom half of the PL table, with Brighton sitting in 12th place, while Bournemouth is not far behind in 13th.

Swansea City 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion: Swans dip into drop zone

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  • Brighton go ninth
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Red-hot Glenn Murray — yep, we said it — led Brighton and Hove Albion past Swansea City for a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The win boosts Chris Hughton‘s men into ninth with 15 points, while Swans slip 18th thanks to Bournemouth’s late win at Newcastle.

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The sides traded early corners, but there wasn’t much danger in the first quarter hour.

A dangerous sliding challenge from behind only drew yellow for Federico Fernandez of Swansea.

Brighton wouldn’t be too bothered, going the direct route to take the lead soon after ensuing free kick from midfield.

Fernandez lost Murray, who saw the ball bound off his knee and over the line.

An even second half saw Swans threaten, and Brighton whiffed on a chance to put the welsh hosts away when Pascal Gross was a bit indecisive before passing to Solly March.

Tammy Abraham smashed a ball off the cross bar in stoppage time, and Swans wasted a corner kick.

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West Ham 0-3 Brighton: Gulls fly past Irons

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Glenn Murray scored twice and Jose Izquiero also scored to lead visiting Brighton and Hove Albion past West Ham United 3-0 at London Stadium on Friday.

The loss will do nothing to ease the pressure on West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

Brighton moves into 10th with 11 points, behind Newcastle United on goal differential. West Ham’s eight points keep them ahead of 16th place Everton, also on goal differential.

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Brighton took a lead in the 10th minute when Premier League veteran Murray lost Pedro Obiang and turned Pascal Gross‘ free kick across a diving Joe Hart and inside the far post.

Murray now has PL goals for Brighton and Hove Albion, Bournemouth, and Crystal Palace.

West Ham had chances from Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio, and — perhaps most dangerous, a left-footed rip from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez that nearly saw its way inside the far post.

And then… well, wow. Izquierdo darted inside from the left and hit his hard shot at Hart, who could only slap the ball inside his goal:

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Manuel Lanzini threatened with a slightly deflected 65th minute free kick, and the Irons wasted the ensuing corner.

A dizzying, creative run by Anthony Knockaert provided Murray a 1v1 with Hart, but a second touch allowed the keeper to close down the Englishman.

Murray earned Brighton a PK within a minute, unable to get past the block of Pablo Zabaleta. He took his shot well.