Crewe sink Seagulls

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Crewe continued their recent good form with a comprehensive 3-1 home win over Brighton.

It was Crewe's third successive league win and takes them above their opponents on goal difference.

Dario Gradi's men always looked in control after they had assumed the lead early on, and the visitors could only muster a response once they had fallen three goals behind.

Kenny Lunt opened the scoring for Crewe on nine minutes with a delightful free kick.

The midfielder lifted his effort over the wall and into the top corner after Steve Jones had been felled on the edge of the box.

Brighton had chances to level through Mayo and Hinshelwood, but were punished for their profligacy when the hosts moved further ahead on 34 minutes.

Andy White, replacing the injured Dean Ashton, made the most of his opportunity by driving home an emphatic finish from 12 yards.

Leon Knight should have done better with a couple of chances, but the game was ended as a contest 20 minutes from time when substitute Michael Higdon latched on to a Lunt knock-down to nod past Michael Kuipers.

The visitors pulled one back through Albert Jarrett who finished neatly after being sent clear on goal, but it proved too little too late.