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A second half goal from Tomer Hemed gave Brighton the victory over a determined Cardiff, which took them back to the top of the Championship.

Cardiff had chances, but failed to convert. In the first half is when they did have a few decent chances. Joe Ralls had Cardiff’s first effort and he went close. Kenneth Zohore then had a really good chance, but he fired straight at David Stockdale after racing clear. Stockdale also saved Sean Morrison’s powerful header from Ralls’ free-kick. He had to tip it over the bar.

Stockdale had to make another good save when Junior Hoilett cut inside and fired at goal, but Stockdale made a fingertip save to push it around the post. Allan McGregor did have to make a save for Cardiff just before half time, as he held Solly March’s shot after he raced clear.

Brighton then came out in the second half and dominated. Hemed missed a really good chance, when he missed from close range from March’s cross. The goal did come for Brighton though, when Oliver Norwood passed to Hemed, who turned past Sol Bamba before smashing it into the net. Straight after the goal, Brighton nearly went two up, but McGregor denied Jamie Murphy from Connor Goldson’s cut-back. Substitute Craig Noone had a shot blocked as Cardiff tried to equalise, but Brighton held on.

This was the first time Cardiff had lost a league game away at Brighton since January 2002.This game had been rearranged after the scheduled meeting on the 30th of December was postponed because of fog.Cardiff remain 16th in the league, eight points above the relegation zone. Next they are away at Reading on the 28th of January. Hopefully they can get back to winning ways.