Danny Welbeck scored a superb goal as Brighton took a big step in the direction of Premier League survival by ending Leeds’ unbeaten six-game run with a well-deserved 2-0 win.
Former England forward Welbeck rode home 11 minutes at Amex Stadium after finishing an ideal Cruyff turn on a drop ball to safe three priceless points for the Seagulls.
Pascal Gross put Albion on observe for just the third highest home run success of the season by changing an early penalty kick after Ezgjan Alioski pulled Welbeck down within the field.
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Albion’s victory piled additional strain on Fulham in 18th place within the scrap for security and they might have been rather more comfy had Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay not robbed a golden chance.
Center table Leeds, who had no influential midfielder Kalvin Phillips, was well-occupied on the south coast however fell far under their dynamic and created little.
The defeat of the West Yorkshire membership dropped at an end their best flying run since David’sLeary days in November 2001 denying their outward hopes of European football.
England midfielder Phillips’ surprising absence was a serious speaking point earlier than kick-off, whereas Brighton defender Ben White returned from a one-game suspension to face the membership he received the Sky Bet Championship title with throughout the standout loan interval last season.
Leeds had been back in Sussex for the primary time since struggling a disastrous FA Cup third-round exit up the A23 in Crawley’s League Two in January.
Brighton received 1-0 at Elland Highway six days after that sport and began with a team depth wanting to allay relegation fears by recording the league double.
Trossard proved Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier twice in quick succession within the early exchanges earlier than the Seagulls ended a three-game goal drought.
Alioski defeated Welbeck within the space clumsily and Gross discovered the decrease left corner assured with the ensuing penalty, although Meslier went the appropriate means.
The guests step by step labored their means back into the proceedings however had been extraordinarily lucky to not fall additional behind 5 minutes earlier than the break following a defensive wobble.
Pascal Struijk’s quick free-kick deep inside Leeds territory led to the demise of Diego Llorente under strain from Welbeck and, after the ball was labored back throughout the world, Belgian forward Trossard in some way exploded excessive and large with the goal closing.
With Brighton down 20 points from winning positions this season, head coach Graham Potter would have been involved about seeing extra possibilities come and go.
Welbeck flashed a low shot throughout goal just earlier than the whistle, whereas Joel Veltman rode over instantly after the restart.
Leeds top scorer Patrick Bamford was remoted for a lot of the afternoon and Rodrigo replaced him on the hour mark as Marcelo Bielsa sought extra spark within the pursuit of a leveler.
Regardless of the attacking change, possibilities continued to be concentrated on the different end of the field.
White headed for the roof of the net against his former side, whereas unmarked Frenchman Maupay – who has 4 career goals against Leeds, together with the winner within the back-game – wasted large after being teased by Trossard expertly.
Brighton’s incapability to place the sport to mattress meant the consequence stayed within the balance heading right into a nervous final quarter.
Stuart Dallas, who has seven goals for the season, narrowly bowed as Leeds threatened to grab an equalizer.
Finally, Albion followers managed to breathe a sigh of mutual aid just earlier than the competition entered the final 10 minutes courtesy of Welbeck’s magic moment.
The Struijk defender picked up a clearance into the air and, as he went to close the free ball, Welbeck whipped it away with a deft contact earlier than grinding low throughout the goal to the far corner to assert his fifth strike of the season.
Albion’s welcome victory was the primary in 5 video games and Leeds’ lengthy 12-year watch for success at Brighton.