Brighton close to safety after beating Leeds

Danny Welbeck’s five Premier League goals this season is his best return since 2017-18. He last scored more in 2013-14 (nine).

Brighton moved within touching distance of Premier League safety for another season as Graham Potter’s hosts opened a 10-point gap to the relegation places with victory over Leeds United.

With four games to play, the Seagulls – looking to secure a fifth successive season in the top flight – climbed three places to 14th and have a significant margin to 18th-placed Fulham, who face Chelsea later (17:30 BST).

The hosts were rewarded for a positive start at Amex Stadium when Pascal Gross expertly found the bottom corner with a 14th-minute penalty, awarded following Ezgjan Alioski’s clumsy foul on Danny Welbeck.

Potter’s side squandered several chances to extend their advantage, but Welbeck eventually sealed an important victory 11 minutes from time with a composed finish after a sharp turn.

Leeds, missing midfield rock Kalvin Phillips, initially responded to falling behind, but Jack Harrison’s whipped shot was caught comfortably by Robert Sanchez and Dan Burn bravely blocked a thunderous Tyler Roberts strike from the visitors’ best first-half chances.

Brighton’s forward trio of Welbeck, Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay were all guilty of wasting opportunities – but Stuart Dallas’ dipping first-time attempt with 15 minutes remaining was as close as Marcelo Bielsa’s below-par side came to an equaliser.

Brighton all but safe

Having slumped to defeat at bottom side Sheffield United last weekend, Brighton responded with an energetic and determined display that should finally end any nagging threat of relegation for another term.

This victory, against an in-form Leeds aiming to consolidate a top-half finish, ended a tough four-match winless run for Potter’s side, which had also seen them fail to score in their past three despite attempting 51 shots in total.

When it arrived, Gross’ spot-kick ended a six-hour wait for a goal, and though Illan Meslier went the right way the German’s low strike could not have been better placed.

The profligacy that has plagued Brighton’s campaign threatened to cost them once more as Trossard blazed over from Welbeck’s cut-back after he robbed Diego Llorente of possession, and Welbeck dragged a low shot wide of the far post shortly before half-time.

Undeterred, Trossard, Welbeck and Maupay looked fluid and threatening throughout and Welbeck ensured his personal good work was rewarded as a brilliant pivot beat the Leeds defence and presented the Englishman with ample time to pick his spot.

Potter’s faith in the quality of his squad has not wavered despite a lingering threat of relegation – one far from helped by a dismal home record showing just three wins – and now that safety looks all but confirmed they can surely afford to play with freedom as they aim to secure the five points required to better last season’s tally.

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Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number26Player nameSánchez

  2. Squad number3Player nameWhite

  3. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  4. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  5. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  6. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  7. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

  8. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  9. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

  10. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

  11. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  1. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  2. Squad number15Player nameModer

  3. Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh

Leeds United

  1. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  2. Squad number2Player nameAyling

  3. Squad number14Player nameLlorente

  4. Squad number21Player nameStruijk

  5. Squad number10Player nameAlioski

  6. Squad number5Player nameKoch

  7. Squad number15Player nameDallas

  8. Squad number43Player nameKlich

  9. Squad number11Player nameRoberts

  10. Squad number22Player nameHarrison

  11. Squad number9Player nameBamford

  1. Squad number7Player namePoveda-Ocampo

  2. Squad number19Player namePablo Hernández

  3. Squad number20Player nameRodrigo



Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 26Sánchez
  • 3White
  • 5Dunk
  • 4Webster
  • 34Veltman
  • 13GroßBooked at 76mins
  • 8BissoumaSubstituted forMac Allisterat 90+2′minutes
  • 33Burn
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 81′minutes
  • 9Maupay
  • 18WelbeckSubstituted forModerat 90′minutes


  • 7Connolly
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 15Moder
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Alzate
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 23Steele
  • 24Pröpper
  • 29Zeqiri


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 2AylingBooked at 88mins
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forHernándezat 79′minutes
  • 21Struijk
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 45′minutes
  • 5Koch
  • 15Dallas
  • 43Klich
  • 11Roberts
  • 22Harrison
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forRodrigoat 59′minutes


  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 13Casilla
  • 19Hernández
  • 20Rodrigo
  • 28Berardi
  • 37Drameh
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Jenkins
  • 52Huggins

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