Brighton 1-0 Leeds: Pascal Gross strike inspires Seagulls to victory

Craig Vickers
Gross celebrates
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Pascal Gross' second half strike powered Brighton to a crucial 1-0 victory over Leeds in the Premier League at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Jesse Marsch named an unchanged side from his side's 3-0 victory over Chelsea last time out, while Graham Potter stuck with his tried and tested starting 11 this term.

And it was the Seagulls who dominated the opening period. Solly March tested Illan Meslier with a low-driven effort inside the opening 25 minutes, but that was before Potter's men passed up a glorious chance from a free-kick to take an early lead.

Adam Webster appeared completely unmarked at the near post as he powered his header towards goal, but it flew inches wide of the post much to dismay of the Seagulls defender.

March continued to test Meslier after he was teed up by Leandro Trossard on the half-hour mark, with Marc Roca cautioned for a foul on the Brighton wide man later in the first half.

Brighton new boy Pervis Estupinan showed great endeavour to get down the left-hand side after the restart, although his driven cross was steered off target by Gross waiting inside the penalty area.

Marsch looked to inject further pace into his side with the introduction of summer signing Luis Sinisterra, with the former Feyenoord man going close immediately after gracing the pitch. Jack Harrison's effort looked to be trickling wide as Sinisterra hared in to toe poke an effort just wide before colliding with the post.

The Seagulls then took the lead with 21 minutes remaining. Danny Welbeck combined with Trossard before the Belgian released a pass down the right for Gross where the German, after eyeing up goal, drilled a neat finish into the bottom corner.

Diego Llorente had a late chance to level proceedings for Leeds after meeting Adam Forshaw's free-kick delivery, but the Spaniard contrived to send his glancing header wide of the post.


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