Sparrow gets Seagulls flying

Matt Sparrow scored twice on his debut as Brighton & Hove Albion won 2-1 at Swindon Town in their League One opener.

Last Updated: 07/08/10 at 18:05

Sparrow: Netted a brace on his debut

Sparrow: Netted a brace on his debut

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Midfielder Sparrow struck in the 18th and 74th minutes at the County Ground on Saturday before the Robins struck back through Charlie Austin with 11 minutes left.

Albion boss Poyet was assistant manager at Swindon with Dennis Wise four years ago, and his new side were ahead in the 18th minute when Sparrow, signed on a free transfer from Scunthorpe, blasted a left-foot shot from 20 yards into the top corner of the net.

Sparrow scored his second when Swindon were caught on the counter-attack and he ran on to go around on-rushing goalkeeper Phil Smith before scoring.

Austin, scorer of 20 goals last season, gave Swindon hope when he made the most of a rebound following a free-kick by Michael Rose, but the visitors held firm for the opening-day win.

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