Lee Bradbury won his first home game in temporary charge of Bournemouth and claimed his side had made Brighton "look decidedly average" in a 1-0 win.
In front of a sell-out crowd, the high-flying Seagulls had their wings clipped thanks to a thunderbolt from Bournemouth's Liam Feeney, who latched onto a perfectly-flighted Rhoys Wiggins cross to volley past Casper Ankergren in the 62nd minute.
"The lads were a different class and they have been since I took over," said Bradbury. "Brighton are one of the best passing teams in the league and we made them look decidedly average."
He added: "I've told them you get out what you put in and they put a lot in and are getting a lot out of it. They are making my job easy.
"We dealt with them well. That's two clean sheets in two games and I can't remember the last time we did that.
"I've got bits of paper all over the house which has upset my wife a bit, but you've got to prepare properly and we got the rewards. It was a fitting goal for a fitting occasion. There were goose pimples all over when he finished that one. I haven`t had a feeling like that since I`ve played.''
Brighton manager Gus Poyet had no complaints with the result and paid tribute to Bournemouth.
Poyet said: "I feel bad because I don't like to lose, but I feel bad we were too slow. We thought that sooner or later we would have chances.
"Sometimes you try to convince the players to have patience and to take an extra pass, but maybe we missed something.
"You have to give credit to Bournemouth for how they played the game. Saying that I don't remember any other great chances for them except the goal. I don't want to take anything away from them. They knew what they had to do, they played their way and they beat us. I have nothing to complain about. "
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