Leandro Trossard’s sublime lob set Brighton on their way to their first Premier League win in 12 games against a below-par Brentford.
Neal Maupay curled in a wonderful second before the break for Graham Potter’s side, who have found goals hard to come by after a promising start to the season slipped away.
The hosts dominated for long periods and moved up to ninth in the table after making light of a winless sequence dating back to 19 September.
Former Bees forward Maupay and Enock Mwepu were both guilty of slashing other good chances wildly wide, while Dan Burn headed against the crossbar for the Seagulls early on.
Alexis Mac Allister also went close to adding to the scoreline against a Brentford team that sporadically threatened but did not click into gear until it was too late.
Aside from early opportunities for Bryan Mbeumo and Shandon Baptiste, the visitors’ best moments were contained to an eight-minute spell in the second half when home goalkeeper Robert Sanchez superbly saved Baptiste’s deflected drive and turned away Ethan Pinnock’s header.
Another goal-bound Pinnock effort was headed to safety by left-back Marc Cucurella, and Brighton deserved the win to complete the double over their opponents, who have dropped to 13th in the table.
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Brighton & Hove Albion
- 4WebsterBooked at 59mins
- 14LallanaSubstituted forGroßat 85′minutes
- 10Mac AllisterSubstituted forAlzateat 85′minutes
- 11TrossardSubstituted forWelbeckat 45′minutes
- 29Bech SørensenBooked at 38mins
- 6NørgaardBooked at 45mins
- 8JensenSubstituted forOnyekaat 45′minutes
- 2ThompsonSubstituted forGhoddosat 66′minutes
- 19MbeumoSubstituted forWissaat 41′minutes
- 17ToneyBooked at 77mins
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Brentford 0.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Brentford 0.
Attempt missed. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.
Foul by Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Yoane Wissa (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Frank Onyeka.
Attempt saved. Sergi Canós (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Toney.
Attempt saved. Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay.
Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Saman Ghoddos (Brentford).
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steven Alzate replaces Alexis Mac Allister.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Groß replaces Adam Lallana.
Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Adam Lallana.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Adam Webster.
Attempt saved. Shandon Baptiste (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yoane Wissa with a headed pass.
Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard.
Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jakub Moder.
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