Brighton holds off Newcastle in 1-0 Premier League win

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Brighton & Hove Albion earned a valuable 1-0 win at home against Newcastle United in front of 30,468 record crowds at the Amex/Falmer Stadium.

Israel international Tomer Hemed scored the only goal in the 51st minute of the second half to give Brighton a much-needed second home win that ended Newcastle’s three match win streak.

Hemed’s second goal of the season in the Premier League gave Brighton manager Chris Hughton a first victory over the club that he previously managed.

“It was a hard-fought victory. Overall we deserved it. There was not a lot in it, but we’ve deserved it. With seven points, it is a decent return. We have learnt a lot in the games we have played so far.” Hughton said

Meanwhile, Hemed, who netted in Albion’s 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at home, was delighted to take his chance and score the winner in a vital 1-0 win over Newcastle.

“All of us work hard and try to do the best we can. As a striker, sometimes you don’t get a lot of chances and you have to be ready for the one you get. I’m happy that I scored the goal and it helped the team get the three points. From the other side, the defense did well and I think we all had a good game and deserved the win.” The 3-year-old said

The triumph lifted the Seagulls to 13th with seven points in the table while the Magpies dropped to ninth.

Moving forward, Brighton is set to visit and face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium while Newcastle will host Liverpool at St. James’ Park on October 1, Sunday.

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