The Seagulls edged out Brentford at the Withdean Stadium - who had debutant goalkeeper Stuart Nelson sent off three minutes from the final whistle. It created an un-wanted Brentford record of ten red cards in a season, but the loss of three points would have hurt Wally Downes more.
Matt Somner took his place in a three-man defence - front man Tony Rougier was dropped despite his heroics against The Seagulls in October. Brentford were the stronger side in the first forty-five minutes and came closest to scoring on the half hour mark, when Stephen Evans hit the woodwork from a free-kick, awarded hwen ex-Bee Danny Cullip fouled Ben May.
Eleven minutes after the break, Albion took the lead. Nathan Jones fed Richard Carpenter, who scored with 25-yard effort on goal.
Despite headers from Ben May and Michael Dobson mid-way through the second half, Albion clung on to the victory. The Bees' finished with ten men after Nelson was dismissed for fouling Jake Robinson. Midfielder Stuart Talbot was forced to take over in goal as Wally Downes had already used all three substitutes.