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Championship: Brighton 0-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth edged closer to promotion to the Premier League after second-half goals from Yann Kermorgant and Callum Wilson sealed victory over Brighton.

The Cherries moved four points clear with four games left, but Norwich and Watford can close the gap on Saturday.

In a match of few chances Leon Best had Brighton’s best effort with his tame effort straight at Artur Boruc.

However, Kermorgant’s stunning 25-yard free-kick and Wilson’s cool finish from close range secured the points.

With five points covering the top four, the promotion race threatens to go to the last game of the season but Bournemouth will reach the top flight if they win their remaining fixtures.

Brighton remain 19th and are still nine points above the relegation zone, although Millwall in 23rd place have two games in hand.

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FA Cup: Brighton 2-3 Arsenal

Arsenal beat Brighton as FA Cup holders march on

Arsenal held firm to see off Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion and book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal took the lead inside two minutes with Theo Walcott rewarding Arsene Wenger’s faith with a fine goal as he controlled before turning to fire past goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Mesut Ozil, another player back in the starting lineup after injury, then slid home a deserved second to give the visitors a 2-0 lead going into the break.

Brighton were given hope five minutes into the second half when Chris O’Grady found space at the edge of the area to turn and fire past Wojciech Szczesny, but Arsenal restored their two-goal cushion within 10 minutes as Tomas Rosicky volleyed home.

Brighton, though, refused to be beaten, and Sam Baldock revived the home fans’ hopes with a dinked finish with around 15 minutes to play.

Alexis Sanchez came close for Arsenal when he came off the bench and hit the woodwork with a deflected free kick, but ultimately the Premier League side progressed with a 3-2 win.

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Championship: Chris Hughton named new Brighton & Hove Albion manager

Chris Hughton has been named as the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The former Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich boss, 56, will take charge of his first game in Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Brentford.

Hughton, sacked by the Canaries in April, replaces Sami Hyypia, who resigned on 22 December following a run of only one win in 18 league games.

Brighton are 21st in the Championship, one place above the relegation zone.

Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom told the club website:  “Chris has an excellent record in coaching and management.

“Chris is also a manager who has a track record for developing talent at all levels from academy upwards and will embrace the work we’ve been doing at the club in this area in recent seasons.

“Importantly, we also felt Chris is someone who can improve our immediate situation, while also having the management credentials and skills to plan our long-term future and help us to get back to progressing in the way we have in previous seasons.”

Since Hyypia’s departure, Brighton have picked up four points in two games under caretaker manager Nathan Jones.

Hughton had previously said he was interested in the vacant post at Brighton, as well as West Brom, having ruled out a return to former club Newcastle.

“It’s a very good club and one that has a tremendous infrastructure,” he told BBC Radio 4.

“Anybody like myself that has been out for a while would be interested in that type of job.”

The former Tottenham, West Ham, Brentford and Republic of Ireland full-back was assistant manager at Spurs before joining Kevin Keegan’s coaching staff on Tyneside.

He became caretaker boss when Keegan left St James’ Park in 2008 and took the job on a full-time basis the following year.

Hughton led the Magpies to promotion from the Championship in 2010, but was controversially sacked in December of that year with the side 11th in the Premier League.

He guided Birmingham to the Championship play-offs in 2011-12 before moving on to Norwich, but was sacked with five games remaining last season, which ended with the club being relegated.

Brighton, meanwhile, finished in the Championship play-offs in the last two seasons, but struggled this term under Hyypia, who was appointed in the summer, two months after being sacked by German club Bayer Leverkusen.

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Championship: Brighton manager Sami Hyypia resigns after one win in 18 games

Sami Hyypia has resigned as manager of Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion after six months in charge.

The Seagulls, who drew 1-1 at Wolves on Saturday, are in the relegation zone after one win in 18 league games.

Former Liverpool and Finland defender Hyypia, 41, was appointed in June on a three-year deal, but won just six out of 26 games in charge.

“Sami offered his resignation, and we reluctantly accepted earlier today,” chairman Tony Bloom said.

Assistant boss Nathan Jones is expected to be named as caretaker-manager.

“Sami is an incredibly honourable man,” Bloom added. “He remains a hugely respected and very popular figure at our club. He has decided to step down for the benefit of the team and the club. We are all very disappointed, but we respect Sami’s decision and we all wish him well for the future.”

Brighton have finished in the Championship play-off places in the last two seasons and former Bayer Leverkusen boss Hyypia has chosen to leave his role with Albion 22nd in the table, despite him having the backing of his players.

After drawing at Wolves with 10 men, on-loan striker Darren Bent told BBC Sussex that Hyypia had the full support of the squad, while earlier in the month left-back Adam Chicksen backed the Finn.

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League Cup: Spurs 2-0 Brighton

Tottenham secured safe passage into the last eight of the Capital One Cup with an unconvincing 2-0 victory against out-of-form Brighton.

This was just a fourth win in all competitions since August for Mauricio Pochettino’s side but they made heavy weather of progressing into the quarter-finals as substitute Erik Lamela and top goalscorer Harry Kane struck in the second half to see off their Sky Bet Championship opponents.

With only two league wins all season and no victory since their round three success over Burton, there could have been much trickier visitors to north London than Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls.

But, with kick-off delayed by 15 minutes due to gridlock on the streets around the ground, it was Tottenham who struggled to get out of first gear with 10 changes from the side that was beaten here by Newcastle on Sunday.

Despite his complaints about the small pitch at White Hart Lane Pochettino deployed two out-and-out wingers in Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon – with the duo looking the most likely to make something happen for the nervous hosts in the opening stages.

Club-record signing Lamela was introduced at half-time and needed just nine minutes to open the scoring before Kane, dropped for the weekend loss, added to his Europa League hat-trick of six days ago to seal the tie.
Mark Clattenburg, dropped from Premier League duty for the coming weekend after his indiscretions following Crystal Palace’s recent draw at West Brom, was in charge and infuriated Hyypia when he failed to give a penalty to the away side after Kyle Naughton appeared to handle in the box.

In truth Brighton never looked like springing a cup upset and go back to searching for form in their league campaign instead of continuing on in the hope of reaching Wembley.

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Championship: Brighton 0-1 Sheff Wed

Giles Coke scored the only goal as Sheffield Wednesday opened their Championship campaign with victory at 10-man Brighton.

Coke found the net in fine style, curling a superb shot over David Stockdale and into the roof of the net.

Up to then, the hosts had been on top.

But Brighton’s chances of mounting a successful comeback for new boss Sami Hyypia were wrecked when Andrew Crofts was dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Sam Hutchinson just after the break.

Former Liverpool centre-back Hyypia is back in England five years after calling time on his decade long playing career at Anfield.

The Finn gave debuts to keeper David Stockdale, veteran defender Aaron Hughes, and strikers Chris O’Grady and Shamir Fenelon.

O’Grady, a £500,000 signing from Barnsley, put a left-foot shot on the turn wide and then fed Kazenga Lua Lua to force Keiren Westwood into a brave stop.

Coke gave Wednesday, who confirmed the capture of St Johnstone’s Stevie May immediately before kick-off, the advantage just before the break when he produced his amazing goal from 25 yards.

Soon after the restart Crofts received a straight red card for his high tackle on Hutchinson.

And although O’Grady had a chance to level, only to be denied by Westwood, Brighton were unable to build up enough pressure to force an equaliser.

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