Hemed the hero in second home win

Hemed the hero in second home win”

Rafael Benitez's men arrived at the Amex boasting three straight league wins, but paid the price for Joselu's glaring first-half miss in drawing a blank in front of goal.

"We did enough to get a point at least", Benitez told Sky Sports post-match. They had another chance from inside the box nine minutes later, as Ayoze Perez laid the ball off to Chancel Mbemba, but the Full-back fired over the bar. We had a lot of control and some chances at the end.

"If everyone can remember the game here with Newcastle last season, it's a shame we didn't win", said Israeli striker Tomer Hemed, whose goal decided Sunday's tight encounter that lifted Brighton further away from the relegation zone. "He's pushing and blocking in movement". But we can not change the decision.

'I think we can compete against anyone, and it's important to try to keep the momentum we've got.

It remained goalless as both sides as the sides went in level at half-time, but it didn't stay that way for long after the restart.

Chris Hughton - facing his former club - sent out a side playing with pace and verve in the first half, but he had to wait until after the interval for his forward to make an impact, feeding on the scraps of a well-worked free-kick.

"It was a hard-fought victory".

And Benitez thinks they can do it again.

"There wasn't much between the two teams". Away from home is hard to get points. The one opportunity, we took. The clean sheet [was key].

He said: "We did some good things, we had some chances, they had some chances and we finished the game very strong and created a lot of chances".

Hemed would become the centre of some controversy late on, however.

"There is no doubt that there's been some contact - we can see that - but my first impression is that there's no intent", he added.

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