Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Brentford: Seagulls sting Bees to snap winless run
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Brighton & Hove Albion picked up their first Premier League win since September with a 2-0 victory over Brentford at the American Express Community Stadium.

First-half goals from Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay snapped the Seagulls' 11-match winless run while the Bees slipped to a second straight defeat following a midweek loss to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

Brighton scored twice in a six-minute span late in the first half through Trossard's lovely chip over Alvaro Fernandez and leading scorer Maupay with a curler against his former club for his seventh of the season.

Story of the match

Graham Potter made four changes to the Brighton side with Adam Webster, Maupay, Alexis Mac Allister and Adam Lallana all returning.

Brentford had an early chance as Dominic Thompson found Ivan Toney inside the right and he chipped Robert Sanchez only for Dan Burn to clear.

The hosts settled into the contest and in the 18th minute, Mac Allister's corner found the head of Burn, but he sent his shot onto the top of the bar.

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Continuing to dictate play, Brighton made the breakthrough when Trossard timed his run perfectly to get on the end of Enock Mwepu's pass and the Belgian volleyed over an onrushing Fernandez.

The lead was doubled after Lallana won the ball up high, passed to Jakub Moder, who found Maupay 25 yards. The Frenchman advanced the ball and his effort found the top right corner, having now scored in three straight games.

On the hour mark, the Bees had their best chances of the match as a deflected shot by Shandon Baptiste was pushed over the bar by Sanchez and he dove to his right to save from Ethan Pinnock.

Mac Allister nearly made it three with a low drive that was only inches wide of the post. Marc Cucurella then cleared Baptiste's looping header from under the bar.

Man of the match: Enock Mwepu

He assisted on Brighton's opening goal, but the Zambian was particularly excellent in the middle of the park, disrupting Brentford every time they had possession. Was a tireless worker and ran well into attacking areas.

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