Glenn Murray believes Leeds’ clinical edge in front of goal made a difference as they beat Albion.
But the Seagulls striker would have loved to have scored with a couple of second-half chances as his side chased an equaliser.
Murray saw a fierce blast pushed away by Rob Green and dragged a left-foot effort wide of the far post as Albion sought to cancel out Chris Wood’s opener.
Wood’s late penalty settled the contest as Leeds completed a 2-0 win.
Murray said: “I thought we worked well in our shape. We didn’t create much in the first half.
“In the second half we created a few, so did they, but I think they were probably just a bit more clinical.
Glenn Murray shoots wide
“At 1-0 we always fancied we could get back and get a draw, maybe even nick it.
“But, when we gave the penalty away, we possibly lost heart a little bit.”
Murray said of his two second-half chances: “One I just dragged slightly with my left foot. I’m a little bit disappointed with that.
“The other one, if anything I caught it too sweet and it went down the goalkeeper’s throat. Six inches either way and it’s in.
“There was a great reaction save (by Green) off his own man in the first half.”
Albion failed to capitalise on Huddersfield’s 4-0 defeat at Bristol City and Newcastle’s 0-0 draw at Birmingham.
But the flipside of that was not too much damage was done in the table by their defeat.
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“It’s one less game to go and we are in the same position.
“The disappointing thing is we have got a two-week break on the back of the defeat. It’s one of those where you would like to put it right straight away."