Brighton broke both their Premier League duck and goal drought in style by thumping West Brom 3-1 at the Amex Stadium.

Midfielder Pascal Gross bagged a brace and laid on the third for Tomer Hemed as the Seagulls stunned Tony Pulis’ usually robust Baggies.

German star Gross cost Brighton just £3million from Ingoldstat and the industrious 26-year-old offered a quick-fire return on that smart investment on the south coast.

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What they said

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: “It probably didn’t feel before the game that you needed that relief but that is the case. We’re four games into the season. You want to get that first win and if you don’t, you don’t; we’ve got a group of lads realistic enough to know it’s going to be a tough season. But it is definitely a good feeling to get the win under our belts.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis: “To concede a goal just before half-time and a minute after half-time is a real kick in the goolies for you and it gave them a massive lift. They were the better side but (goalkeeper) Ben Foster didn’t really have a lot to do in the first half. Brighton were better than us, let’s leave it at that.”

Tweet of the match

Moment of the match

Tomer Hemed flicked a savvy ball around the corner to bisect the West Brom defence and Pascal Gross lashed home from 25 yards to put Brighton 2-0 up and send the home faithful into raptures.

Star man – Pascal Gross

Pascal Gross(Daniel Hambury/PA)

The former Ingoldstat midfielder scored twice before teeing up Hemed for the third. On a day when Brighton badly needed to assert some kind of top-flight presence, the German delivered.

Stat of the day

Veteran West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry faced his 45th different team in the Premier League, equalling the record set by Ryan Giggs.

Player ratings

Brighton: Matthew Ryan 6, Bruno 7, Lewis Dunk 6, Shane Duffy 6, Markus Suttner 7, Anthony Knockaert 6, Davy Propper 6, Dale Stephens 7, Solly March 6, Pascal Gross 9, Tomer Hemed 8. Subs: Glenn Murray (for Hemed, 82) 6, Liam Rosenior (for Bruno, 62) 7.West Brom: Ben Foster 5, Allan Nyom 5, Jonny Evans 5, Ahmed Hegazi 5, Craig Dawson 5, Gareth Barry 4, Matt Phillips 5, Jake Livermore 5, Grzegorz Krychowiak 4, Jay Rodriguez 5, Salomon Rondon 3. Subs: Kieran Gibbs (for Hegazy, 57) 7, James Morrison (for Livermore, 70) 7, Oliver Burke (for Rondon, 57) 7.

Who’s up next?

Bournemouth v Brighton, Premier League, Friday, September 15

West Brom v West Ham, Premier League, Saturday, September 16