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Result: Brighton edge past Birmingham

Brighton & Hove Albion edge past Birmingham City to claim their first victory of the season.

Brighton & Hove Albion grabbed a 1-0 away win over Birmingham City following a solo effort from Andy Crofts, giving Oscar Garcia's men their first victory of the season.

Birmingham had the first chance in the opening stages when Wade Elliott laid off a free kick from the left for Scott Allan, but the West Bromwich Albion loanee saw his shot saved by Tomas Kuszczak.

Brighton soon gathered their heads and were in with a chance a few minutes later as Will Buckley let fly from just inside the Birmingham box, only to see his effort held by Darren Randolph.

Buckley was back in the mix of things again and his cross from the left found the head of Leo Ulloa from six yards, but again Randolph got down low to make a fine save to keep the scores level.

Brighton should have gone one ahead minutes later when Ulloa beat the offside trap but he finished poorly, the ball going wide of Randolph's goal.

Birmingham could have gone into the break with a 1-0 lead after Lee Novak played in Andrew Shinnie down the left, but his low shot was saved by Kuszczak.

City came out of the traps quickest in the second half and should have taken the lead when Shinnie let fly only to see his shot rattle the crossbar following a good buildup play from Allan.

Birmingham fans had their heads in their hands again only a few minutes later when Novak took his turn to hit the bar with a powerful strike from 18 yards.

It did not take too long for Brighton to respond and they would have gone ahead had it not been for a fine save from Randolph, who kept out Kemy Agustien's powerful shot from just inside the box.

Birmingham continued to attack but they were stung against the run of play when Andy Crofts thumped in a low shot from 12 yards to give Brighton a 1-0 lead.

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