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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Florin Andone (79')

Brighton earn first win of 2019 by beating bottom side Huddersfield

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Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield: Andone wins it for Brighton (1:12)

Florin Andone's late header was enough to seal victory for Brighton and ease their relegation worries. (1:12)

A 79th-minute header from Florin Andone secured Brighton their first Premier League win of 2019 as they beat seemingly doomed Huddersfield Town 1-0 to stem their recent slide down the table.

Andone rose to meet Anthony Knockaert's chip and power home from near the penalty spot just when it looked like Brighton's familiar failings in front of goal might again deny them again.

Before the game, locally-born world boxing champion Chris Eubank Jr was introduced to the crowd in the hope that he would inspire a fighting performance from a side who had secured just two points since the start of the year.

But Brighton again struggled for a knock-out blow in a lucklustre first half with Iranian Alireza Jahanbakhsh providing the only excitement when his 41st-minute shot fizzed against the bar.

Huddersfield, who beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, were forced into a change with Aaron Mooy replacing the injured skipper Jonathan Hogg.

The Australian had little chance to shine as Brighton cranked up the pressure after the break with Andone having one effort well saved by Jonas Lossl before he finally beat the keeper for the win that moves Brighton five points clear of the drop zone.

Huddersfield remain adrift at the bottom, 13 points behind 17th-placed Southampton.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 +59 88
2 Manchester City 34 +65 86
3 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +29 67
4 Arsenal 34 +25 66
5 Chelsea 34 +21 66
6 Manchester United 34 +15 64
7 Everton 35 +6 49
8 Watford 34 0 49
9 Leicester City 35 +1 48
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 34 -18 39
16 Southampton 34 -17 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -21 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14