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Debut Bent goal not enough as Brighton lose to Fulham

Sami Hyypia
Sami Hyypia has endured a poor start at Brighton. Credit: PA

Darren Bent scored on his Brighton debut but it was not enough to prevent the Seagulls slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to fellow-strugglers Fulham.

The former England striker was signed on loan from Aston Villa this week and made an immediate impact at the Amex Stadium with the opening goal early in the second half.

However, Brighton's lead lasted just 10 minutes before Hugo Rodallega struck an equaliser and Lasse Vigan Christensen's goal then turned the match in Fulham's favour.

Defeat for the home side was compounded by the last-minute dismissal of Adrian Colunga as Sami Hyypia's Brighton slipped into the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Hyypia hails Liverpool youngster

Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira marked his first start for Brighton with a goal in a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship victory at Leeds and drew admiration from Seagulls manager Sami Hyypia.

Of course I am grateful to them for letting Joao come to us and get the games he needs, but it works both ways.

They can benefit too because his time with us can hopefully be a stepping stone towards Liverpool's first team.

He is a young player and Liverpool have a very big squad. A player of his age needs to play games to improve. We have a quality player and I am very happy to have him with us.

– Sami Hyypia

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