- Albion continue their unbeaten start to the season
- Kazenga LuaLua fires home his third goal of the campaign
- Uwe Huenemeier and Jamie Murphy make their home debuts
- Tomer Hemed forces a fine save from Rovers keeper David Raya in second half
Brighton & Hove Albion continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at the Amex.
Kazenga LuaLua’s strike after 35 minutes was enough for the Seagulls to claim all three points and ten out of a possible 12 from their opening four league games.
Chris Hughton made one change to the side that drew with Huddersfield in midweek as Jamie Murphy replaced Solly March.
Blackburn’s first opening of the game came when Tommy Spurr launched a long throw into the box, but David Stockdale was alert to the danger and punched clear.
Rovers grew further into the game and former Seagulls loanee Craig Conway was played through on goal, but Stockdale was out quickly to thwart the winger.
Albion still carried a threat going forward, and some neat build-up play involving LuaLua, Murphy and Beram Kayal resulted in Dale Stephens firing a close-range shot wide of David Raya’s goal.
Bruno then whipped in a dangerous ball towards Tomer Hemed inside the six-yard box, but the Rovers defence cleared the danger. The ever-threatening Conway then raced forward on the counter-attack, but fired straight at Stockdale.
LuaLua continued his fine early-season form to give Albion the lead, firing the ball home on the edge of the box following a clever lay-off from Sam Baldock.
The Seagulls began the second half in the same way they ended the first, as Murphy’s corner was cleared straight into the path of LuaLua, whose effort was deflected behind for a corner.
LuaLua was involved in the thick of the action again moments later when he whipped in a superb ball towards Hemed, but the Israeli frontman’s header produced a superb save from Raya.
Rovers remained dangerous on the counter-attack though, as Nathan Delfouneso got beyond the Albion defence, but Stockdale was out quickly to make the save.
Raya was kept busy, making yet another fine stop to keep out a low drive from Stephens.
Hemed could have doubled Albion’s lead in spectacular fashion just before the hour mark with an overhead kick from Murphy’s cross, but the effort did not trouble Raya on this occasion.
LuaLua then drilled a threatening delivery into the box with Baldock closing in on goal, but Raya was out quickly to claim the ball.
Albion then played the clock down to claim all three points, a result which sees the side sitting second in the Championship table.
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