Leeds United were frustrated again as Brighton held on to secure all three points, with Neal Maupay scoring the only goal of the game.
The first chance came to the feet of Rodrigo on the seven minute mark as Raphinha turned his man well before releasing Alioski on the left. He smashed the ball across goal toward the front post with Rodrigo lurking, but he couldn’t quite reach the ball to prod it home.
Brighton took the lead ten minutes later through a very good move as Ben White drove forward through the middle before finding McAllister, whose 1-2 with Trossard in the right channel opened acres of space in the middle. Maupay dropped-off his marker and was left with the easiest of tap-ins at the back post.
Didn't ever look like getting anything from that. Tactically, Brighton had the game on a string. A real struggle all over the pitch, which was also not good. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 16, 2021
The visitors hit the crossbar on 24 minutes as Trossard’s cross from the right deflected off Ayling and bounced straight off the bar and over the head of the oncoming Maupay who was darting toward the back post.
Leeds’ best chance came on 51 minutes as The Whites came out the blocks with high energy and an equaliser in mind. Raphinha opened up some room on the left after skinning Veltman. The ball came to Harrison who was incoming from the right, but his left-footed strike curled just wide of the far post.
Leeds kept pushing but struggled to find an opening against a well-organised and intelligent Brighton side. But The Whites must learn from this game and look ahead as they have an extended wait between now and the next fixture. It’s another huge game in ten days time as Leeds United travel to Newcastle United.