Brighton 1 Leeds 0: Pascal Gross scores again for Seagulls as Graham Potter’s side maintain unbeaten start to season

PASCAL GROSS’ cool finish made things happier for Graham Potter this time against Leeds.

The Brighton boss booed Seagulls fans after that game last season after his side missed a handful of chances to draw 0-0

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Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross broke the deadlock at the Amex Stadium in the 66th minuteCredit: Reuters
Gross walked away in joy after pulling the Seagulls past Leeds

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Gross walked away in joy after pulling the Seagulls past LeedsCredit: Reuters

At times, it looked like this game would go the same way as Albion couldn’t make his dominance pay.

That was until Gross maintained his strong start to the season in the 66th minute to take all three points.

And it left Potter grinning from ear to ear full-time as his side momentarily went top of the Premier League with Manchester City.

Adam Webster was Brighton’s guiltiest party when it came to dismissing good chances.

German ace Gross has now scored three Premier League goals this season

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German ace Gross has now scored three Premier League goals this seasonCredit: Reuters
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The centre-back looked destined to score as he met a free-kick from Gross after 17 minutes, but somehow headed wide with the gaping goal.

Later, the England prospect hung on when defensive buddy Lewis Dunk nodded for another raw set-piece delivery.

Leandro Trossard was also twice played by clever passes from Danny Welbeck but both times opted to cut rather than shoot and the luck was gone.

The hosts’ wasteful finishing continued into the second half and this time it was Solly March who couldn’t find the net.

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Gross played the wing-back with a perfect through ball and while March had the pace to get away from the defender, he couldn’t beat Illan Meslier who made a fine save.

A few minutes later, March missed another chance by hacking a half-volley over Pervis Estupinan’s cross bar.

Ecuadorian Estupinan was making his full debut and impressed with his pace on the straddle, skill in possession and his final ball.

But he almost cost his team a goal minutes later when he was taken into possession, allowing Brenden Aaronson to fire a ball into the net.

Sub Luis Sinisterra was coming to meet him, but on the stretch he could only divert him to the wrong side of the post before he hit the woodwork.

Leeds then had perhaps their best chance of the game as Jack Harrison slotted in against Rodrigo in the 65th minute.

But the Spaniard, on fire so far this season, saw his effort saved by Rob Sanchez.

A minute later, the visitors finally fell behind as Gross applied the compound finish that no one else on the pitch seemed capable of producing on Saturday.

Graham Potter's side are unbeaten in their first four Premier League games

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Graham Potter’s side are unbeaten in their first four Premier League gamesCredit: PA

A nearby Welbeck controlled a forward ball and passed it to Moises Caicedo, who in turn found Trossard.

The Belgian squared it for Gross who found the corner cleanly for his third league goal of the season.

From then on it was Brighton who faced the toughest challenges as they sought to take the lead, with Webster and Alexis Mac Allister both taking the bookings.

Jesse Marsch was growing increasingly frustrated on the touchline and at one point kicked the ball in before sarcastically applauding Michael Salisbury when the rookie referee came over to him.

Salisbury, in charge of only their second Premier League game, then booked the American.

Leeds pressed unsuccessfully for a leveler, with Llorente heading from an Adam Forshaw free-kick just wide late on.

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The Brighton Stadium DJ was caught in injury time thinking Salisbury had blown the final whistle and momentarily kicked off the party music before realizing his mistake.

But they didn’t have to wait too long to press play as Albion finally saw the game for a hard-fought three points – much to Potter’s delight.

Whites boss Jesse Marsch will be disappointed with his side's performance on the south coast

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Whites boss Jesse Marsch will be disappointed with his side’s performance on the south coast1 credit

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