Match 24
5th December 2009
Brighton (Home)

Exeter City 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Saturday 5 December 2009
Referee: Rob Shoebridge

Att: 5456 with 607 away fans.

BBC match report –

An injury-time Andrew Crofts goal gave Brighton a much-needed victory.

Exeter dominated for long spells but clear cut chances were limited, Marcus Stewart heading straight at Peter Brezovan inside the opening minute.

Brezovan then upended Stuart Fleetwood in the area but guessed correctly to keep out a weak spot-kick from Stewart.

Albion's Liam Dickinson went close and Adam Stansfield was denied by Brezovan when clear before Jim McNulty crossed for Crofts to nod in from 12 yards.

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"We played well again, so unfortunately that's three games in a week where I'm happy with the performance and disappointed with the result.

"It's definitely a run of results that we didn't want, nor expected, but it's happened and there are small details which you can address but the theme and the style and personality of our team was excellent.

"It's a real shame we missed the penalty, everyone can debate it, but we missed it and we'll have to move on."

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