An out-of-sorts Leeds were haunted by Neal Maupay once again as his goal earned Brighton a 1-0 victory at Elland Road which ended their nine-game winless Premier League run.
Maupay tapped home the only goal of the game in the 17th minute after some superb Brighton play, and the striker has now scored more league goals against Leeds – four in five appearances – than against any other opponent in his English career.
Brighton could have added a second goal soon afterwards, but Maupay’s deflected cross off Luke Ayling’s foot hit the crossbar.
For the first time under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds only managed one shot in a half of football during the opening period and although they were improved in the second half, they did not muster their first effort on target until the 63rd minute when substitute Tyler Roberts fired at the goalkeeper.
Both sides had chances late in the game but Leeds were unable to register a third successive home victory in the Premier League and remain winless in 2021, keeping them 12th in the table. For Brighton, they end a run of nine league games without a victory and move above Burnley – who lost 1-0 to West Ham – into 16th place.
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Leeds now have a 10-day break, next facing Newcastle in the Premier League on Tuesday January 26; kick-off 6pm. Brighton are in FA Cup action next weekend, hosting Blackpool on Saturday, before facing Fulham in the league on Wednesday January 27; kick-off 7.30pm.