Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Barnsley 0

brighton and hove albion 2 barnsley 0Following Tuesday night’s defeat to underachieving Watford, Brighton and Hove Albion desperately needed three points against Barnsley this weekend, to end a nine match winless run – and that was exactly what Gus Poyet’s men got.

Captain Gordon Greer capped a man of the match display with The Seagulls’ opener just before half-time. Ryan Harley then wrapped up the win for the home side 12 minutes after the restart, following up with a rebound after Craig Mackail-Smith’s effort hit the crossbar.

The win lifts Brighton back into the top half of the table and just two points off the play-offs, going into the international break.

Poyet’s side showed their intention from the off, with Craig Noone playing in Harley after 14 minutes, but the midfielder could only find the side netting.

Billy Paynter then saw his volley from a Harley corner go just wide, while the lively Noone had a penalty appeal denied by referee Kevin Wright.

Veteran defender Mauricio Taricco rolled back the years with an impressive performance at left-back, filling in for the injured Marcos Painter, but was flattened by a crunching tackle by Barnsley’s Jacob Butterfield.

The break in play benefitted the visitors and on-loan ‘keeper Steve Harper was tested twice in quick succession; first from a 20-yard effort from David Perkins that he tipped onto the bar and then a Butterfield strike that he pushed over.

It didn’t take long for Albion to get back into the game though and Paynter forced a save from Tykes’ ‘keeper Luke Steele, heading towards goal from a Noone free-kick.

Brighton seemed the most likely to break the deadlock and the opener duly came from another Noone free-kick. He whipped it into the box from the right flank and although Lewis Dunk’s initial shot was blocked, Greer was on hand to net his first goal for the club, on 44 minutes.

Barnsley started the brighter of the two sides in the second half, but speculative efforts from Perkins and Craig Davies didn’t trouble Harper.

The Seagulls found their footing again however and they doubled their advantage after 57 minutes. Mackail-Smith raced through on goal, but his initial shot was deflected onto the bar and his follow-up was then blocked. Luckily Harley was on hand to pick up the loose ball and drive it low past Steele.

Barnsley found a late surge, fronted by substitute Ricardo Vaz Te, who had an effort cleared off the line by Greer and saw a header drift inches wide moments after.

Harper saved from Butterfield late on, but Albion’s defence stood firm and topped off a fine performance by keeping their second clean sheet in three games.

Albion: (4-3-3) Harper; Calderon, Dunk, Greer, Taricco; Bridcutt, Navarro, Harley (Barnes 69); Noone (Buckley 81), Paynter, Machail-Smith. Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Lua-Lua, Vincelot.

Scorers: Greer 44, Harley 57.

Barnsley: (4-5-1) Steele; Wiseman, Foster, McNulty, McEveley; Davies (Vaz Te 60), Addison (Done 61), Drinkwater, Butterfield, Perkins; Gray. Subs not used: Preece (GK), Edwards, Doyle.

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