Adam Webster’s own goal sent Roberto De Zerbi on his worst run in the league with Brighton. Sheffield United, however, escaped from the bottom of table after a 1-1 tie against Albion with 10 men.
Simon Adingra’s brilliant solo run had given the Seagulls an early lead, but Mahmoud Dahoud was sent off and momentum shifted before Webster scored his own goal.
Brighton’s win over Ajax, an European giant, on Thursday is the sixth Premier League match in which De Zerbi remains without a Premier League victory. This marks the longest period of time that De Zerbi went unbeaten since arriving at the South Coast last year.
In the second minute, Jan Paul van Hecke passed across to Gustavo Hamer in his box. However, Hamer’s header was just wide.
Wes Foderingham easily stopped Ansu’s shot after he was released by Dahoud.
Adingra, 35 yards away from the goal and on the left sideline, picked up the football two minutes after the warning. After bouncing off two tackles, he played a onetwo with Facundo Bulanotte and then slotted past Foderingham.
The Seagulls scored 28 consecutive league games, the fourth of the Ivorian season. This was also the Blades’ first loss in 20 Premier League fixtures.
De Zerbi celebrated his victory by leaping into the crowd. He had called on the Brighton fans to take action before the game.
Fati, making his first start in the league since joining on loan from Barcelona, found another gap to exploit down the middle. His toe-poke proved easy for Foderingham. Buonanotte then Billy Gilmour both had chances to score.
United came close to scoring at the half-time break, but George Baldock’s whipped shot was their closest chance.
Joao Peter shot wide almost instantly after coming on during the half. Van Hecke nodded the corner to the ground, and it went over. KaoruMitoma was denied his shot from the near post, and Dahoud’s attempt at range came back off the target.
In the 69th, Dahoud’s dismissal for stamping Ben Osborn’s Achilles changed the nature of the match. John Brooks, the referee for this match, has given more red cards than anyone else this season.
United was level four minutes later. Webster scored his own goal after Jayden Bogle had smashed the ball into the goal. Cameron Archer was waiting for an easy tap in.
Brighton has scored in all 16 of its last 16 games, a record that matches Everton in Premier League. Liverpool’s previous Premier League record was 12 in 1966-67.
Luke Thomas scored a blazing goal and Bogle sent a shot narrowly over the bar, but after their win in stoppage time against Wolves, the Blades were unable to find another late winner.