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Late goal sinks Seagulls
Albion were sent to defeat by an 85th-minute strike from Jay Simpson at Hull today.
The substitute turned in a cross from Joe Dudgeon to settle an even tussle.
That outcome was harsh on the Seagulls, who had chances to go ahead in the second half.
Summer signing Sone Aluko went closest to a goal in the first period on his Hull debut.
Aluko, who had a free role behind target man Nick Proschwitz, went outside right-back Bruno and then fired a terrific angled drive which beat Tomasz Kuszczak and crashed back off the crossbar.
Kuszczak pushed away a 25-yarder from Robert Koren soon after.
Albion, missing Vicente due to what the club described as “a minor niggle”, were also inventive in attack.
Andrew Crofts flashed their best effort just past from the post from 25 yards following a patient build-up.
The visitors went even closer on 50 minutes – shortly after Kuszczak had tipped over a Paul McKenna drive.
Wayne Bridge charged forwards down the left, released Craig Noone and his cross was headed against the bar by Craig Mackail-Smith.
Noone, Ashley Barnes and Mackail-Smith all shot narrowly off target as Albion, without an away goal since March 24, sensed they could grab a breakthrough.
But then a clever pass by Koren unlocked the visiting defence and got full-back Dudgeon clear.
Kuszczak brought him down as he crossed low but ref Stuart Attwell played an advantage and Simpson turned home the loose ball.
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