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Previous encounters: Brighton & Hove Albion

These two sides have met just the 12 times at Turf Moor with the Clarets coming out on top the most with six wins, writes James Bird.

Last time out

Charlie Austin scored his 16th goal of the season as Burnley beat Brighton 1-0 at Turf Moor. His first attempt from a Josh McQuoid cross was saved but there was no stopping the rebound. Ross Wallace had the best chance to distance the Clarets from the visitors when he fired over from range, meaning Eddie’s men needed Lee Grant to deny Craig Mackail-Smith late on to seal the three points. It was the first Clarets win at home in over a month as they had failed to win since playing Barnsley on Valentine’s Day.

Burnley 1 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion. 06 April 2012.

One for us

Brighton were on the receiving end of a 3-0 thumping when they visited Turf Moor in October 1995. 9,000 were in the ground for the Division Two game that day as David Eyres, Peter Swann and Kurt Nogan struck for the home side. That season was to be the last the Clarets would play in front of the iconic Longside, as it was pulled down that season along with the old Bee Hole End.

Burnley 3 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion. 21 October 1995.

One for them

The last time Brighton won at Turf Moor was in August 2002. Lee Briscoe got the only goal for the Clarets, while the First Division newcomers scored three courtesy of Steve Melton, Paul Brooker and future England international Bobby Zamora. There were some interesting refereeing decisions that day that day, including in the buildup to the visitors second. A red card was also shown as cult hero Arthur Gnohere was dismissed for a headbutt in the second half. It could have been four for the visitors had Zamara stayed onside when he headed past Nik Michopoulos early on, or it could have been Burnley’s day had Dean West capitalised on a chance after a fine Briscoe cross after Glen Little worked some magic to release the left-sided defender. The Clarets continued to look the better side early on as Robbie Blake had a fine start and Gareth Taylor came close with several headers from Briscoe and Blake crosses.

Burnley 1 – 3 Brighton & Hove Albion. 10 August 2002.

Head-to-head at Turf Moor.

Burnley – six wins, 20 goals.

Biggest win – 3-0, three occasions.

Brighton & Hove Albion – three wins, 11 goals.

Biggest win – 3-3, 10 August 2002.

Draws – three.

Worth noting.

  • Half of Burnley’s home wins against Brighton have been 3-0 victories.
  • The Clarets are unbeaten in three at home against the visitors.
  • Brighton have three wins from the last nine at Turf Moor.
  • The first time the two sides met in the league at Turf Moor, Burnley had sealed promotion from the old Second Division under Jimmy Adamson before beating the visitors 3-0 and completing the league double over them. Leighton James, Frank Casper and Martin Dobson were the scorers that day.
  • Brighton won on the road six times last season and only once by more than a one-goal cushion.

Will Eddie’s men bounce back in the league and keep up a solid record against Brighton at Turf Moor? Let us know in the comments.

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