A huge win for the Seagulls on Saturday, but whilst they may not have been at their best, they managed to grind out a win and leapfrog next weekends opponents Norwich, to claim 2nd spot in the league.
Wigan were looking to pick up the 3 points to propel them out of the bottom 3 and nearly went ahead from a corner; Nick Powell had a header saved by David Stockdale, but the Albion keeper parried it straight to the awaiting Dan Burn, but his shot was wonderfully saved in the line by Stockdale, before Steve Sidwell knicked in front of Powell to clear the ball before he could get a tap in. Brightons first chance of the first half was a long range effort from Oliver Norwood, but he skied it into the stands behind the goal, while Sam Baldock had a good effort well saved by Adam Bogdan, although it was straight at the Latics stopper. Nathan Byrne had a curling effort go narrowly wide, which had Stockdale scrambling across his goal. Into the second half, and Byrne had another effort go just wide, although it seemed relatively comfortable for Stockdale this time. Brighton had a chance to take the lead through a Connor Goldson header, but seemed to be distracted by the approaching Bogdan, and couldn’t direct his header on target. The Seagulls did take the lead in the end through Dale Stephens, just 7 minutes into his introduction; a cross from Gaetan Bong was dummied by Sidwell, before rolling out to Jiri Skalak and his precision roll back to the edge of the box, allowed Stephens to guide a lovely side-footed effort into the top corner. Wigan were desperate for a equaliser, and Adam Le Fondre though he could cheat his way to a valuable point for his team when he dived in the box, hoping for a penalty, but referee Simon Hooper was not having any of it and proceeded into booking the Wigan striker for simulation. A 1-0 victory for the Seagulls, a win which put them into 2nd place, ahead of their big game on Saturday at home to Norwich.
Line-Up (Not done as I was away and didn’t attend the match; ratings done by friends);
WAFC - BHAFC; Stephens (68);
Att; 10,430 (937 Brighton)