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Welbeck on target as Brighton edge closer to Premier League survival

Danny Welbeck scored a lovely goal as Brighton all-but secured their Premier League survival with a 2-0 victory over Leeds at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Seagulls needed a victory to end all lingering doubts surrounding their top-flight status and the hosts took the lead in the 14th-minute through Pascal Gross’ penalty, after Welbeck was pulled down in the box by Ezgjan Alioski.

A lack of conviction in front of goal has been Brighton’s problem all season and Graham Potter must have been ready to tear his hair out when Leandro Trossard somehow missed the target when presented with a glorious chance on the stroke of half-time.

Missing Kalvin Phillips through injury, Leeds’ defence was carved open time after time in the second half, but it was the same old story for Brighton as Joel Veltman and Neal Maupay passed up gilt-edged opportunities, before Welbeck finally made sure of the points in the 79th-minute with a cool finish following a beautiful piece of skill.

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Stuart Dallas came the closest for a below par Leeds, who simply couldn’t cope with an excellent Brighton on the day.
Victory pushes Brighton up to 14th in the table and they are now 10 points clear of the drop, while Leeds remain ninth.

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