Brighton & Hove Albion ended their Premier League scoring drought in emphatic fashion with a 3-1 victory over an in-form West Bromwich Albion.
- Brighton & Hove Albion 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion
- Gross 45', 48
- Hemed 63'
- Morrison 77'
At the end of a lacklustre opening half, Pascal Gross netted the Seagulls' first goal of the season before adding a second just three minutes into the second period.
Tomer Hemed then put the game out of sight for West Brom, who were unbeaten coming into this game, with his 63th minute goal, although James Morrison did score a 77th minute consolation.
It was a measured start to this tie at the Amex from both sides although without anything in the way of a goalscoring opportunity until the 15th minute when Shane Duffy found the back of the net, only to be called up for offsides.
Ben Foster was unable to hold onto a powerful 25 yard free-kick from Solomon March, but Duffy was ahead of the last man when he tapped home.
Foster comfortably dealt with an Antony Knockaert shot from range on 20 minutes before Gareth Barry's volley deflected over at the other end.
Dale Stephens was next to fire off target as this match began to warm up, with Brighton very much on top.
Matthew Ryan was alert to a Barry volley on 38 minutes that he tipped over before Jonny Evans nearly snuck in for an opener after Ahmed Hegazy's flick from the resultant corner.
But it was the home side who were to find the match's first goal, after 315 minutes of top-flight football, with Gross doing well to control a super cross from March, before cutting inside and slotting the ball away.
And amazingly Brighton were two goals to the good after the first real attack of the second half, as Gross stuck a shot from at least 25 yards that beat Foster in to the corner of the net.
Craig Dawson was on hand to clear after the ball dropped to him following a save from Foster from a good Duffy header at the back post.
Still not satisfied with his two goals though, Gross then provided the assist for Hemed's goal just after the hour mark, as he picked out Hemed with a super ball from the left hand side, that he glanced in at the near post.
Needing some kind of response, West Brom turned to attack, and after Allan Nyom saw his shot blocked, all three second-half substitutes contributed to a 77th minute goal.
Morrison slotted home after Oliver Burke had knocked Kieran Gibbs' ball to the back post, down to the goalscorer.
Morrison thought he had scored a late second but Ryan did well to hold onto the ball, ahead of the final whistle and a fully deserved three points for Chris Hughton and his charges.