Stephens volley makes sure Brighton re­main un­beaten

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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

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