Football - Garcia dedicates win to fans

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia dedicated his first home win since taking charge to the fans after a goal in each half from Andrew Crofts and Leonardo Ulloa gave the Seagulls a 2-0 victory over 10-man Burnley.

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Albion, after losing their opening three league and cup games, followed up a 1-0 win at Birmingham in convincing style to leave Garcia full of praise for the supporters for sticking by the team.

The Spaniard said: "I am very happy to get my first win at home and to get it in front of our fans makes it even better.

"We wanted the win and I know that the fans are happy. Looking back at the start we made, it was difficult because we couldn't practice many days.

"But during the last two weeks we haven't had a game mid-week and we've been able to practice more."

Burnley were forced to play the final 33 minutes with 10 men after keeper Tom Heaton was sent off for handling the ball twice inside the area in the process of releasing it under pressure from Ulloa.

Garcia stopped short of saying that this was a deserved dismissal, and said: "It was difficult to see."

Heaton received his first yellow card late in the first half for bringing down the on-rushing Will Buckley and Garcia admitted: "It was a quick decision by the referee.Maybe he saw another player near to Buckley.

"Some people have different opinions, but the only one that matters is the referee's."

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