Stephens volley makes sure Brighton remain unbeaten
ball out of the air. Liam Rosenior raced in on on the follow-up, but saw his low effort forced out for a corner.
Eventually, Moore was beaten after an impressive finish from Stephens. Brighton’s two central midfielders combined to devastating effect, after a whipped cross from deep, courtesy of Beram Kayal, was flicked inside the far post and past Moore’s outstretched arm by Stephens.
The Albion onslaught continued after the interval, with Kayal’s fierce, bouncing effort held by Moore while Sean Morrison forced a save from David Stockdale with a headed effort, before Baldock sent an effort wide of the far post after an inviting ball from Solly March.
The Seagulls were given a late fright when Dunk had to clear off the line to deny Cardiff substitute Sammy Ameobi, while Gordon Greer could have banked the three points right at the death, but failed to do so,somehow poking wide from two yards.
Bluebirds boss Russell Slade – who managed Brighton for a spell in 2009 – was pleased that his side became the first to take anything from the AMEX this season, and reserved praise for the table-top- pers.
“We got off to a good start in the game but we didn't back that up.We went into our shell a little bit and invited Brighton on in the first period. The second period was a very open game,” Slade claimed.
“They’ve had 19 or 20 shots to our six, so it shows that superiority in terms of possession and threatening our goal, I accept that.
“But nobody’s come here and taken anything from this side. It’s a very good and strong Brighton side, and they deserve to be top of the league.”
FIRST BLOOD: Joe Mason (left) scores Cardiff's opening goal