A second-half strike from Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira earns Brighton & Hove Albion a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Championship this afternoon.
Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira's second-half strike has earned Brighton & Hove Albion a slender 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Championship this afternoon.
Albion's Andrew Crofts looked inventive in the opening minutes and he soon found Bruno on the edge of the area, who saw his long-range effort drift just wide of goal.
The hosts came close again minutes later when Jake Forster-Caskey let fly from way out, only to see his attempt saved by a sprawling Adam Bogdan in the top left corner.
Bolton's Lee Chung-Yong should have taken advantage of a lapse in defending as he found himself with the ball inside the box, but he could only flash his effort high and wide of goal.
In a first half that swung from end to end, Brighton then had the chance to go in front as Crofts struck straight at Bogdan following some incisive play from Bruno.
The visitors capitalised on the miss in the 25th minute, as Matt Mills rose to meet Jay Spearing's cross and head past a helpless David Stockdale to make it 1-0.
Brighton could have pulled level before the break when Forster-Caskey crossed for Gordon Greer, who headed over the bar from the six-yard box.
The miss was not to matter too much however, as Craig Mackail-Smith tapped home from Inigo Calderon's pass to brings proceedings level at 1-1 going into the break.
Teixeira turned the fixture on its head 20 minutes into the second period when he crashed the ball home with his left foot into the centre of goal.
Kazenga Lua Lua's introduction added pace to the game and he provided the perfect chance for Lewis Dunk, who instead headed straight at substitute Trotters keeper Andy Lonergan with the goal gaping.
Bolton's Spearing might have earned his side a late point had his effort not been blocked on its way to goal.
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