Brighton and Hove Albion v Leeds United: Last five meetings

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As Leeds United travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the hope of ending their winless run at the AMEX stadium, Elliot Horn takes a look at how the whites fared in their previous five meetings at the home of the seagulls.

29th February 2016: Brighton 4-0 Leeds United

FEBRUARY 2016: Dejected Leeds players after the fourth Brighton Goal. PIC: Simon Hulme

FEBRUARY 2016: Dejected Leeds players after the fourth Brighton Goal. PIC: Simon Hulme

United had a first half capitulation at the AMEX stadium as Brighton ran riot. Four goals were scored by the home side in the first 38 minutes in a game which had bookmakers across the country drastically slash odd on whites head coach Steve Evans to be sacked.

Tom Hemed opened the scoring with a chipped penalty, before an unfortunate own goal from Liam Cooper doubled Brighton’s lead. Hemed then added his second of the game before Lewis Dunk sealed a miserable evening for Leeds in front of the television cameras.

24th February 2015: Brighton 2-0 Leeds United

Brighton halted Leeds’ three match winning streak at a stadium that was quickly becoming an unhappy hunting ground for the whites. Leeds, under the guidance of Neil Redfearn, had managed to move up into mid-table after a good run of results that had taken away any immediate threat of relegation. Brighton, struggling themselves in the bottom half of the table, moved six points clear off the bottom three thanks to a Sam Baldock close range finish and Inigo Calderon’s effort on the rebound.

11th February 2014: Brighton 1-0 Leeds United

Only football league approval stood in the way of Massimo Cellino purchasing a 75% buy out of Leeds United when Brian McDermott’s side were defeated thanks to a second half goal from Leonardo Ulloa, in a scrappy game of few chances on the south coast. The result lifted Brighton to the cusp of the play off’s whereas Leeds, play-off contenders up until Christmas, slipped further into mid-table mediocrity.

2nd November 2012: Brighton 2-2 Leeds United

Leeds left Brighton with a point for the second successive season in another hard fought game. Craig Mackail-Smith continued his good form against the whites by opening the scoring from the penalty spot, after captain Lee Peltier brought down future Leeds loanee Will Buckley in the box. A foul on striker Luke Varney soon allowed Leeds the chance to level with a penalty of their own, and El-Hadji Diouf made no mistake. Mackail-Smith made it 2-1 to Brighton before fan favourite Lucciano Becchio equalised for Leeds. Brighton were denied leaving the Amex with all three points when Paddy Kenny denied Mackail-Smith a hat-trick from the penalty spot in 74th minute.

23rd September 2011: Brighton 3-3 Leeds United

Leeds made the weeknight visit to Brighton and fans both in the AMEX stadium and watching at home on Sky Sports were treated to a goal fest. Leeds found themselves 2-0 up at half time thanks to strikes from loanee Andy Keogh and Ross McCormack. Craig Mackail-Smith pulled on back for Brighton early in the second half before winning a penalty, which Ashley Barnes duly converted.

Mackail-Smith added his second of the game to complete the turnaround, before McCormack spared Leeds’ blushes in stoppage time. The points were shared against a Brighton side featuring Leeds stars past and present in the shape of former goalkeeper Casper Ankergren, and current whites captain Liam Bridcutt.

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