Down by Garry Monk’s pro­mo­tion hope­fuls

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Her­nan­dez. In­vis­i­ble dur­ing last week’s 0-0 draw with the Hoops, the Spa­niard was far more in­stru­men­tal here.

Hav­ing crossed for Kyle Bart­ley to head over, Her­nan­dez then forced a ter­rific goal-line clear­ance from Uwe Huen­e­meier.

From the re­sult­ing cor­ner, he whipped a ter­rific ball onto the penalty spot that Wood, ar­riv­ing at pace, should have fin­ished.

Green sub­se­quently spared Liam Cooper’s blushes af­ter the de­fender in­ad­ver­tently met An­thony Knock­aert’s cut-back, but it was a rare sight of goal for the pin­ioned vis­i­tors.

Un­like Leeds’ thump­ing cre­ative heartbeat, Brighton’s was be­calmed. Knock­aert – scorer of 12 goals this term – was swamped like sharks sav­aging a car­cass, un­able to iso­late the re­turn­ing Char­lie Tay­lor. Shorn of his in­flu­ence, Brighton lacked teeth.

Wood again failed to cap­i­talise when Gae­tano Ber­ardi’s cross fell at his feet, but made no mis­take with Tay­lor’s deep cross, shrug­ging off the dither­ing Lewis Dunk to loop a clever header be­yond David Stock­dale.

For a mo­ment, Leeds wob­bled. Knock­aert even­tu­ally wrig­gled free to test Green with a scuffed low strike. Glenn Mur­ray thumped wide, then straight at the keeper. Nor­mal ser­vice swiftly re­sumed, how­ever, and when stand-in right-back Fikayo To­mori spoiled an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance by felling sub­sti­tute Souley Doukara, Wood’s drilled spot kick ended the ar­gu­ment.

“It’s a shame for Fikayo,” said Seag­ulls boss Chris Hughton. “It was his first Cham­pi­onship start and he’s a great prospect who I thought had an ex­cel­lent game.

“For me, I think a draw would have been a fair result. They were bet­ter than us first half but at 0-0 I was rea­son­ably happy. I thought the game would open up, but it was a ques­tion of mo­ments.

“They score a goal from a qual­ity ball, a player in form. We had two or three qual­ity chances and didn’t take them.”

SPOT-ON: Wood scores a penalty for his sec­ond and kills off the Seag­ulls

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