Murray Strike Secures Albion Win At Swansea

Brighton celebrate Glenn Murray's goal

Brighton recorded their second win away from home with a 1-0 victory at Swansea this afternoon.

Glenn Murray put Chris Hughton's side ahead on 29 minutes after being left unmarked in the box, with Luciano Narsingh coming closest to scoring for the home side in added on time at the end of the second half.

With Albion in a fine run of form heading into today's game, Chris Hughton named an unchanged line-up from last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to Southampton.

Paul Clement's Swans had the better of possession in the opening ten minutes but weren't able to create a chance on goal. Their best foray forward saw Shane Duffy clear a dangerous cross from Kyle Naughton, with Tammy Abraham lurking in the box to pounce. The home support showed their frustration with their side's play throughout the game, with misplaced passes met by a chorus of boos and jeers around the ground.

Albion looked to break forward quickly in the opening 45 minutes, and they took the lead with their first effort on goal just before the half hour mark. Anthony Knockaert whipped in a cross towards the back post, with Murray losing his defender and beating the offside trap to tap home his fourth goal of the season.

The Seagulls nearly doubled their lead on 33 minutes, as Lewis Dunk saw his header from a Knockaert corner well saved by Lucas Fabianski.

Swansea pressed for an equaliser at the start of the second half and came narrowly close on 52 minutes. A defence-splitting ball from Nathan Dyer allowed Leroy Fer to put Abraham one-on-one with Maty Ryan, however the Seagulls 'keeper spread himself wide to block the shot from a wide angle. The home side's following corner saw Albion clear the ball from a goalmouth scramble.

Albion found themselves on defensive for most of the second half, absorbing the home side's pressure and looking to create chances on the break. The Seagulls' job was made easier by the wastefulness of their opponents, with set pieces cleared with ease or missing their target altogether.

A late scare in injury time saw the Swans have their best chance of the game, with Narsingh's shot rattling back off the crossbar with Ryan beaten.

A draw would have been an unfair reflection on the home side's performance. Albion move into the top half of the Premier League table heading into the next international break. Their next game is a Monday night clash at home to Stoke on November 20th.

 

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Clucas (Routledge 79'), Fer, Ki, Carroll (Narsingh 59'), Dyer, Abraham, Ayew (McBurnie 62')

Unused subs: Nordfeldt, van der Hoorn, Mesa, Fulton

 

Albion: Ryan; Bruno (C), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 65'); Gross (Brown 85'); Murray (Hemed 78').

Unused subs: Krul, Goldson, Schelotto, Suttner

 

Attendance: 20,822

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