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Elland Road (ATT 21,429) 19th August 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Leeds Leeds United vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

Leeds 0

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Brighton 2

J Teixeira (5)
K LuaLua (84)

Sky Bet Championship: Joao Carlos Teixeira scores first goal for Brighton in win over Leeds

Last Updated: 20/08/14 3:49pm

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Joao Carlos Teixeira: Scored on his Brighton debut

Joao Carlos Teixeira: Scored on his Brighton debut

Brighton grabbed their first win of the season as goals by Joao Teixeira and substitute Kazenga LuaLua earned a 2-0 triumph and punished Leeds for a dismal home performance.

Brighton, without a goal or a point from their opening two Championship games, shocked the home crowd by racing into a fifth-minute lead. Fleet-footed Portuguese midfielder Teixeira, making his first start on a season-long loan from Liverpool, confidently swept the ball past goalkeeper Marco Silvestri from a narrow angle after a swift move down the right caught Leeds' defence flat-footed.

And LuaLua completed the scoring with a free-kick six minutes from time to hand new Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia a much-needed boost.

It made happy viewing for Brighton fans watching the Football League's new initiative - a fibre-optic broadcast to the Amex Stadium.

Leeds received international clearance for Giuseppe Bellusci before the game but the Italian central defender from Catania had to be content with a watching brief on the bench.

Brighton handed deep-lying midfielder Danny Holla his first game since leaving Den Haag in early May and the Dutchman settled so comfortably into the role that Leeds struggled to create openings for strikers Billy Sharp and Matt Smith.

Teixeira's darting runs were a feature of Brighton's attacks and he almost set up a goal for former Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who had the ball taken smartly off his toes by Liam Cooper in the goalmouth.

Brighton dominated possession and Inigo Calderon should have doubled their advantage in the 39th minute when Adam Chicksen crossed invitingly to the far post where Calderon headed off target when it seemed easier to score.

Leeds failed to give David Stockdale a first-half shot to save, though the Leeds-born keeper caused a brief scare when his attempted clearance struck Rudi Austin who couldn't take advantage.

LuaLua: Notched Brighton's second

Elland Road head coach David Hockaday attempted to inject some pace by sending on Nicky Ajose at the start of the second half in place of the ineffective Smith.

Hockaday has often described his squad as 'a work in progress' and it certainly looked that way against the Seagulls who replaced the limping Kemy Agustien with LuaLua just before the hour mark.

Leeds saw more of the ball in the second half but when Austin was brought down just outside the box in the 64th minute, Michael Tonge shot into a well-organised wall.

Calderon made a smart clearance from Sharp after the striker had traded passes with Sam Byram but Brighton substitute Rohan Ince squandered a glorious chance by shooting against the left upright when clean through.

The second goal arrived on 84 minutes when Jason Pearce brought down Teixeira 18 yards out and LuaLua powered the low free-kick into the centre of the goal.

Teixeira was injured by Pearce's challenge and was later replaced by Aaron Hughes to deserved applause from Brighton fans.

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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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