FULL-TIME: Brighton 2, Burnley 0
5:02pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in Sport
BURNLEY slipped to their first defeat of the season, and ended the game with 10 men.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton was sent off in the second half for two bookable offences.
At that stage Brighton were leading 1-0 through Andrew Crofts' second goal in as many games.
And the Seagulls made their extra man count as Leonardo Ulloa killed the game off with a second half header.
Heaton was arguably fortunate not to be given his marching orders sooner, after bringing down Will Buckley a minute before the break.
The Clarets keeper had come out to deal with a poor Kevin Long header but Buckley got to the ball first before tripping over Heaton's outstretched right foot.
Burnley, who trailed to Crofts' opener, breathed a sigh of relief when referee Darren Sheldrake brandished only a yellow card.
Brighton were fuming, believing Buckley had been denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.
But the Clarets were down to 10 men in the 56th minute, with the fourth official reporting the second booking was issued for unsporting behaviour.
Assistant manager Ian Woan was sent to the stands for contesting the decision.
Alex Cisak came off the bench to make his Burnley debut, with Keith Treacy's first start of the season cut short as the winger made way.
Burnley were largely on the back foot though, and Brighton capitalised on their one-man advantage in the 72nd minute when Ulloa towered to steer a header beyond Cisak.
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