Brighton 2-0 Brentford: Maupay scores against former club as Seagulls finally win
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eal Maupay returned to haunt Brentford with a beautiful strike in Brighton’s 2-0 win over the Bees on Boxing Day.
Brentford fired back when two goals came up late, but Robert Sanchez made two brilliant saves and Marc Cucurella acrobatically denied Ethan Pinnock’s header over the goal line.
Those who have chosen to stay away have little missed the first stages. Brentford forward Bryan Mbeumo was cleared by Thompson’s punt, but his effort on Sanchez lacked conviction and was easily cleared by Dan Burn.
Albion captain Burn later saw a deflected header curl over the crossbar, although Bees goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez suffered a foul by Maupay. Brighton finally took control of the game with two sublime goals in the space of nine minutes.
Belgium international Trossard made the initial breakthrough, deftly guiding a skillful first time over Fernandez who advanced after Enock Mwepu’s perfectly weighted ball above the summit.
Brentford was seeking back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time and soon had a mountain to climb thanks to a former hero.
Maupay – who has scored 41 goals in 95 games in two seasons in West London – recovered the ball from Jakub Moder before unleashing an unstoppable push past Fernandez just inside the D.
The stunning finish was Maupay’s seventh strike of the season and the third in as many appearances after saving late points at West Ham and Southampton earlier this month.
Brighton’s long winless streak coincided with Danny Welbeck’s injury absence. The former England striker returned from a prolonged hamstring problem in the second half in place of striker Trossard and was forced to defend for much of a visitors-dominated second period.
Brentford midfielder Shandon Baptiste thought he cut the deficit in half on the hour mark, but Sanchez managed to fend off a deflected effort with his knee.
The Seagulls stopper then came down low to fend off Pinnock’s effort, before another header tied to the goal from the Bees center-back forced a brave last-minute clearance from Cucurella.
Brentford’s frustrating night may have been embodied by Toney who was booked for a simulation inside the 18-yard box as Brighton comfortably held on for a long-awaited triumph.
Additional reporting by PA Media.
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