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FULL-TIME: Burnley 1, Brighton 3
5:08pm Saturday 1st September 2012 in Football
CRAIG Mackail-Smith scored two stunners in either half to consign the Clarets to their first home defeat of the season, with Gordon Greer wrapping it up with a late header.
Burnley were looking for improvements from defeat at Huddersfield in their last Championship game, but ultimately picked up where they left off with a poor first-half performance.
Mackail-Smith's opener was the only real chance of note in the opening 45 minutes, but he took it well, receiving Greer's knockdown on the edge of the box, chesting the ball down and volleying past a helpless Lee Grant.
Burnley had come unstuck by a poor refereeing decision, with Dean Marney harshly penalised for a high foot on Wayne Bridge when he won the ball on the touchline.
But there was no faulting the finish from the striker, who Brighton managed to hold onto despite interest from Norwich City ahead of the transfer deadline.
Burnley were brighter in the second half, boosted by the return of Martin Paterson after a hamstring injury.
It enabled the Clarets to switch from a 4-3-3 formation to 4-4-2, and they got more balls into the box as a result.
The equaliser came courtesy of an own goal, as Greer glanced Junior Stanislas' cross into his own net.
Burnley looked to push on from there, aided by the introduction of Ross Wallace from the bench.
Stanislas missed getting a firm head on the winger's cross into the six-yard box, Austin attempted a diving header from Chris McCann's delivery, and Wallace stung goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak's hands
with a left-foot long range rocket.
Brighton regained the lead in spectacular fashion.
After Grant made a superb save to deny Mackail-Smith, the striker scored with an overhead kick from Saltor Bruno's centre.
Greer found his own net in the 88th minute with a far left post header from substitute Andrea Orlandi's corner to complete the win for the Seagulls.