Brighton came from behind to secure all 3 points and close the gap on leaders Newcastle United to 2 points, after the Magpies slipped up at home to Blackburn Rovers. Albion did have David Stockdale to thank for much of the game, however, after he produced some fine saves to stop Fulham snatching a point or all 3.
Brighton had the first chance of the game, when Glenn Murray powered home a fierce shot, but David Button was strong enough to tip the shot over the bar, after Anthony Knockaert had played in the Albion striker. The visitors did take the lead with their first chance of the game, when Kevin McDonald’s header crossed the line just before Steve Sidwell could get there to clear it; Albion might feel aggrieved as it appeared McDonald fouled his marker, Shane Duffy in the process of winning the ball. Floyd Ayite had a effort well saved by Stockdale moments later, after he was allowed to run at the Brighton defence. Scott Malone salvaged a point last week for the Cottagers, and could of had another one, when he ghosted in past Brighton’s backline after a good pass from Sone Aluko, but Stockdale produced a fine save to deny the left-back. Into the second half, and Brighton finally go themselves going, and were soon level thanks to a spectacular volley from Sam Baldock, after a poor headed clearance from Tomas Kalas. Ayite was denied once again from Stockdale, after he had time and space to drill a hard shot towards goal, but the Albion stopper was able to save his side from going behind once again. Baldock nearly got a second, when the ball fell kindly to him after some penalty box pinball, but his shot hit the post before Button gathered it in. Murray had scored all 10 of his goals this season at home, and made it 11 in 18 games when he put away a fine volley after a good cross from Baldock. Appeals for offside was waved away, with Murray a good 2 yards onside. Final score was 2-1, and Brighton remain unbeaten while Fulham drop down the table to 10th but are only 4 points off a play-off spot.
Stockdale (8); First class performance from the ex-Fulham manl made some terrific saves, and kept his side in it til the end.
Bruno (7); Had some problems with Ayite and Malone with Knockaert not tracking back as much, but was good going forward and had a top second half.
Duffy (7); Feel he was fouled by McDonald for their goal, but other than that it was business as usual against Chris Martin, who never looked really in the game.
Dunk (7); Good covering of Bong when Aluko was beating the left-back, and was generally solid; ventured forward quite a bit too.
Bong (6); Not a good game from him; beaten far too easily by Aluko most of the time, and his passing was standard at the best of times.
Knockaert (7); Not back to his best just yet, but he is showing signs of it, especially when he wriggled out of a challenge from 3 different Fulham players in the first half.
Sidwell (6); Over-run in midfield in the first half, but looked much better in the second.
Stephens (6); Needed a better performance than last week, and it wasn’t quite there; looked a little lost at times, and struggled to find his passing rhythm.
Murphy (7); By far the best outfield player in the first half, and continued that in the second with some good chance creation.
Baldock (7); Well taken finish; wasn’t in the game form much of the first half, but came to life in the second.
Murray (7); Very good volley from him, and had a good battle with Kalas all afternoon.
Skalak (6); Introduced for Knockaert to bring fresh legs into the game.
Norwood (6); Brought on to help defend the lead in the later stages of the game.
BHAFC - FFC; Baldock (52), Murray (79); McDonald (18);