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Full-time: Brighton 1-2 Newcastle

  • Newcastle return to the top of the Championship and open up an eight-point gap to third-place Huddersfield Town ahead of Saturday's trip to West Yorkshire with dramatic comeback victory at the Amex
  • Christian Atsu tees up substitute Ayoze Perez for an 89th-minute winner after a glorious long pass from Matt Ritchie
  • Behind for the majority of the game, the visitors, who boast the division's best away record, equalise in extremely fortuitious fashion when Atsu's wild shot cannons off Mohamed Diame and spins into the top corner
  • Glenn Murray nets early penalty after being wrestled to the ground by Ciaran Clark at a corner
  • Sebastien Pocognoli limps off in the first half with a groin injury
  • Brighton, who had previously lost only one home league match in 2016-17, drop back down to second and now trail tonight's opponents by two points
  • Chris Hughton's side are six points ahead of in-form Huddersfield, who have a game in hand
Ayoze Perez
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22:07

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22:06

There were no more goals to report from tonight's other two Championship fixtures, with Aston Villa recording back-to-back wins for only the third time this season following a 2-0 home defeat of Bristol City.

A second-half penalty from Craig Conway also extended Derby's winless run to six matches and gave Blackburn renewed hope of avoiding the dreaded drop under new manager Tony Mowbray.

Here is a quick look at the updated standings before we sign off for the evening...

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22:02

Brighton, who are certainly not accustomed to losing at home, drop back to second and two points off top spot. They looked content to hand over control of the game to Newcastle after edging ahead and ultimately paid the price.

They will look to get back to winning ways at Nottingham Forest, no doubt with a keen eye on what transpires at the Kirklees Stadium on Saturday evening. The gap to Huddersfield is now six points, with the Terriers possessing that game in hand.

21:55

What a dramatic finish at the Amex. Trailing for most of the game after that contentious early Murray penalty, away specialists Newcastle persevere and somehow pull off a victory that sees them return to the top of the Championship table and open up an eight-point gap on third-place Huddersfield.

That should come as quite the confidence boost ahead of Saturday's trip to West Yorkshire and further tough games against Reading and Fulham. An instant return to the Premier League surely beckons for Benitez and co.

21:40

Full-time

Brighton 1-2 Newcastle

21:39

Lascelles wins a free-kick that will relieve any sort of pressure on the Newcastle goal.

21:38

Murray shows his frustration and picks up a yellow card. Brighton cannot get the ball forward.

21:37

Four minutes of added time for a shell-shocked Brighton to find the equaliser that would keep them at the Championship summit.

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21:36

Ritchie glides a glorious cross-field pass beyond Bruno to Atsu, who runs at the Spaniard before setting up Perez for a tidy side-footed finish into the bottom corner.

What a turnaround. "We are top of the league" sing the jubilant travelling supporters.

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21:33

Goal: Brighton 1-2 Newcastle (Ayoze Perez)

21:33

Knockaert's race is run. Solly March is introduced instead.

21:32

Daryl Murphy slices an ambitious attempt high and wide after some uncharacteristically sloppy play from Sidwell.

Brighton are looking a bit skittish now.

21:30

Benitez sends on Perez in place of Gouffran. Hughton attempts to solidify his midfield by replacing Baldock with Beram Kayal.

21:29

The away end erupts after perhaps the flukiest equaliser you are ever likely to see.

Ritchie's latest corner is punched away by Stockdale, who would have been better off leaving the ball for Murray. Atsu completely fluffs his attempted volley, which crashes into the unsuspecting Diame before spinning high and into the top corner.

Tomori tried his best, but could not manage to head the ball off the line.

A truly bizarre goal. Diame's first since December.

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21:26

Goal: Brighton 1-1 Newcastle (Mohamed Diame)

21:25

Ritchie pops up on the right wing this time and his near-post cross is met by Daryl Murphy. Stockdale pushes his header wide.

21:23

Daryl Murphy is left completely unmarked in the Brighton box, but he can only head Ritchie's left-wing corner into the grateful hands of Stockdale.

What an impact that would have been. Wretched defending from the hosts.

21:21

Midfielder Colback is the man to make way for Daryl Murphy. An unsurprisingly attacking change from Benitez with time running out.

21:19

Duffy and Diame look a little worse for wear after a heavy aerial collision. Both players will be fine to continue, however.

Daryl Murphy is preparing to come on for Newcastle as they search for that elusive equaliser.

21:18

Brighton strikers Baldock and Murray probe patiently for another opening. Murphy cuts in from the left-hand flank and unleashes a fierce drive that was never likely to trouble Darlow.

21:15

Lascelles vs Murray is turning into an intriguing battle. Sidwell looks incredulous after being whistled for a debatable foul on Gouffran.

21:13

Murray holds off Clark before hitting the deck again under minimal contact from Lascelles. No penalty this time.

21:08

Darlow displays more nerves with a sliced clearance into touch. Brighton then quickly work a corner which is cleared.

The hosts still hold that narrow lead with under 30 minutes left to play.

21:07

Elsewhere in the Championship, Villa now lead Bristol City 2-0 thanks to goals from Kodjia and Conor Hourihane.

A Craig Conway penalty has also given Tony Mowbray's Blackburn a vital lead against Derby at Ewood Park.