Huddersfield undone by Ulloa
Leonardo Ulloa grabbed a sparkling hat-trick to keep Brighton’s
Championship play-off bid on track as they cantered past
The Seagulls were in danger of slipping out of the top six after
Ulloa’s opener was cancelled out by James Vaughan before
But the Argentinian striker, a January signing from Spanish side
Almeria, struck twice more in the space of three second-half
minutes before David Lopez wrapped up Brighton’s third straight win
from the penalty spot.
Gus Poyet’s side looked destined for the play-offs last season
only to slip away during the run-in, but this term they look like
they mean business.
The hosts dominated the opening stages but only had Ulloa’s
20th-minute goal to show for it.
Will Buckley’s header from Lopez’s corner was kept out by Town
keeper Alex Smithies and Adam Clayton blocked a header from
But the breakthrough came from another Lopez corner which was
volleyed towards goal from the edge of the area by Buckley.
Oscar Gobern blocked the fierce effort but the ball fell to
Andrea Orlandi, who whipped in a near-post cross which Ulloa met
with a fine header.
Orlandi almost made it two after a quickly-taken free-kick by
Buckley but his shot was superbly tipped around a post by
And the Seagulls were hit by a sucker-punch three minutes before
half-time when, on a rare Huddersfield foray forward, Gobern
crossed from the right and Vaughan finished from close range.
But Smithies was finally beaten again in the 75th minute when
Ulloa met Lopez’s cross with a powerful header from 12 yards
And three minutes later Ulloa latched onto a long pass from
Inigo Calderon, rounded Smithies and rolled the ball into an open
goal to complete the Seagulls’ first treble at the Amex
Brighton made it four in the 80th minute when Paul Dixon brought
down Craig Mackail-Smith in the area and Lopez coolly tucked in the