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Championship: Vicente's late free-kick snatched a 1-0 win for Brighton over Hull

Last Updated: 11/02/13 11:27am

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Vicente celebrates after firing winner

Vicente celebrates after firing winner

Former Spain international Vicente fired Brighton to within two points of the play-offs after a 1-0 victory over Hull, who missed the chance to go second.

The 31-year-old midfielder has struggled with a constant stream of injuries since Seagulls boss Gus Poyet persuaded him to move to the south coast 18 months ago after 11 years with Valencia.

But when he does get on the pitch, Vicente is a class act and he proved it by climbing off the bench to grab Brighton's 83rd-minute winner with a free-kick, his first goal of the season.

Hull needed only a point to climb into the automatic promotion spots and would have grabbed all three themselves but for some fine second-half saves from Tomasz Kuszczak.

Tigers goalkeeper David Stockdale was also busy in a first half dominated by Brighton.

Spanish full-back Bruno linked up well with Craig Mackail-Smith to tee up Dani Lopez for a shot which Stockdale got down well to palm away at full stretch.

Hull showed more attacking ambition after the break and Brighton's on-loan Stoke defender Matt Upson had to make a brave defensive header to stop Jack Hobbs getting on the end of Ahmed Elmohamady's dangerous cross.

David Meyler should have done better with another inviting cross from Brady but he sidefooted his effort across goal and wide.

Vicente's arrival sparked Brighton into life and they should have gone ahead in the 67th minute when the substitute's superb reverse pass sent Wayne Bridge to the byline.

Bridge crossed towards Leonardo Ulloa and the ball was only half-cleared to Andrea Orlandi as he arrived in the area, but the former Swansea midfielder's composure deserted him as he blazed over the top.

Kuszczak made a superb save to keep out Ahmed Elmohamady's low drive in the 79th minute.

And the Pole's intervention proved pivotal four minutes later when Orlandi was tripped by Corry Evans on the edge of the area.

Vicente stepped up and slammed a low free-kick past the wall, under the body of the diving Stockade and into the net to secure three valuable points for the play-off hopefuls.

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2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8