Brighton close to Premier League safety after beating Leeds

Brighton and Hove Albion's Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium Brighton on Saturday May 1, 2021.

Brighton moved within touching distance of Premier League safety for another season as Graham Potter's hosts opened a 10-point gap to the relegation places with victory over Leeds United.

With four games to play, the Seagulls - looking to secure a fifth successive term in the top flight - climbed three places to 14th and have a significant margin to 18th-placed Fulham.

The hosts were rewarded for a positive start at Amex Stadium when Pascal Gross expertly found the bottom corner with a 14th-minute penalty, awarded following Ezgjan Alioski's clumsy foul on Danny Welbeck.

Potter's side squandered several chances to extend their advantage, but Welbeck eventually sealed an important victory 11 minutes from time with a composed finish after a sharp turn.

Leeds, missing midfield rock Kalvin Phillips, initially responded to falling behind, but Jack Harrison's whipped shot was caught comfortably by Robert Sanchez and Dan Burn bravely blocked a thunderous Tyler Roberts strike from the visitors' best first-half chances.

Brighton's forward trio of Welbeck, Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay were all guilty of wasting opportunities - but Stuart Dallas' dipping first-time attempt with 15 minutes remaining was as close as Marcelo Bielsa's below-par side came to an equaliser.

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