Andrew Crofts' second-half header secured Brighton's passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup after a narrow victory at Torquay.
Torquay dominated the first half but created few chances with Kieran Charnock seeing his header tipped over the bar by keeper Michael Kuipers
But Crofts broke the deadlock with a fine header from Gary Dicker's corner that flew into the roof of the net.
Nicky Forster also went close but keeper Michael Poke saved his low shot.
In seeing off the Gulls, it is the first time the Seagulls have made the fourth round of the FA Cup in 17 years.
Torquay United manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Devon:
"I'm disappointed not to have gone through. I thought it was going to be a draw because it was a very difficult surface to play on for both teams.
"I thought we more than played our part today and I'm reasonably happy actually.
"We played very well and it's arguable that we were the better side in the first-half and the second-half but it wasn't to be and I'm very proud to have got into the third round again with the players."
Brighton manager Gus Poyet told BBC Sussex:
"We came here to win. We knew it's a difficult place but I have to say it was a professional performance.
"You expect it from the players, doing their best, waiting, and, after scoring, then defending the goal.
"I'm very pleased for the club and especially the players."
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Saturday, 2 January 2010
The FA Cup
22 Smith yellow card (Nicholson 80)
07 Mansell yellow card
14 Hargreaves yellow card
33 Thomson (Stevens 80)
09 Benyon (Sills 80)
23 Virgo yellow card
07 Cox (Navarro 62)
Ref: RussellAtt: 4,028
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:06 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+2:54 Liam Dickinson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Lee Mansell.
90:00+1:24 Tim Sills is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.
90:00+0:18 Wayne Carlisle takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Dicker.
88:47 Unfair challenge on Chris Hargreaves by Adam Virgo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Carlisle. Kevin Nicholson
takes a shot. Save made by Michel Kuipers.
87:52 Shot by Glenn Murray from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
86:38 Kevin Nicholson takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Danny Stevens produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the
area and misses to the left of the target.
86:10 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Glenn Murray.
86:10 Booking Adam Virgo receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
85:47 Adam Virgo concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Stevens.
84:12 Danny Stevens produces a cross, Adam Virgo makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevin Nicholson,
The ball is swung over by Wayne Carlisle.
83:48 The assistant referee flags for offside against Glenn Murray. Kieran Charnock restarts play with the free kick.
83:05 Nicky Forster takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.
82:41 Centre by Lee Mansell, clearance by Adam Virgo.
82:20 Centre by Wayne Carlisle.
80:54 The offside flag is raised against Jim McNulty. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.
80:42 Jim McNulty produces a cross.
79:20 Substitution Adam Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Nicholson.
79:20 Substitution Tim Sills replaces Elliot Benyon.
79:20 Substitution Danny Stevens comes on in place of Jake Thomson.
76:18 Gary Dicker provided the assist for the goal.
76:18 GOAL - Andrew Crofts:Torquay 0 - 1 Brighton Andrew Crofts scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Torquay 0-1 Brighton.
75:50 Nicky Forster takes a shot. Save made by Michael Poke. Corner taken by Gary Dicker from the left by-line played to the near
74:30 The ball is swung over by Chris Hargreaves, Michel Kuipers makes a save.
73:55 Liam Dickinson takes a shot from 25 yards. Michael Poke makes a save.
70:57 The ball is sent over by Jake Thomson, clearance made by Adam Virgo.
68:49 Booking Adam Smith goes into the referee's book.
66:51 Liam Dickinson sends in a cross.
65:54 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.
64:57 Shot by Nicky Forster from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
64:08 James Tunnicliffe takes the free kick.
64:08 Booking Chris Hargreaves goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
64:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Dickinson by Chris Hargreaves.
Correction - 63:36 Wayne Carlisle takes a shot. Blocked by James Tunnicliffe.
63:36 Wayne Carlisle takes a shot. James Tunnicliffe gets a block in.
63:31 The ball is crossed by Lee Mansell, James Tunnicliffe makes a clearance.
61:50 Substitution Dean Cox goes off and Alan Navarro comes on.
60:58 The ball is swung over by Wayne Carlisle.
60:12 The ball is delivered by Jim McNulty, blocked by Lee Mansell. Short corner worked by Dean Cox.
59:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Virgo on Elliot Benyon. Lee Mansell restarts play with the free kick.
58:40 Lee Mansell produces a cross, clearance made by Gary Dicker.
57:27 The ball is crossed by Gary Dicker, Jake Thomson gets a block in.
55:29 Foul by Glenn Murray on Lee Mansell, free kick awarded. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.
53:14 Gary Dicker fouled by Chris Hargreaves, the ref awards a free kick. James Tunnicliffe takes the free kick.
51:01 A cross is delivered by Liam Dickinson.
50:19 Liam Dickinson delivers the ball, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.
47:29 Adam Virgo has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
47:03 Lee Mansell challenges Nicky Forster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Cox.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+1:28 The ref blows to end the first period.
44:16 Jim McNulty crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance. Corner
taken by Dean Cox, Nicky Forster takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Charnock. Corner from right by-line taken by Jim McNulty.
44:16 Booking Lee Mansell receives a yellow card.
43:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Cox by Lee Mansell.
43:15 Nicky Forster produces a cross, clearance by Mark Ellis.
42:46 Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save made by Michael Poke.
40:23 Corner crossed in by Jim McNulty, Lee Mansell gets a block in.
39:21 Effort from outside the penalty box by Jake Thomson goes wide right of the target.
38:19 Gavin Hoyte delivers the ball, Close range headed effort by Liam Dickinson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
35:57 Glenn Murray delivers the ball, Michael Poke makes a save.
35:01 Kieran Charnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Dickinson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jim McNulty, clearance
by Tyrone Thompson.
34:30 Gavin Hoyte sends in a cross, Adam Smith gets a block in.
33:56 The ball is sent over by Jake Thomson, Adam Virgo makes a clearance.
33:20 A cross is delivered by Jake Thomson.
32:43 Nicky Forster delivers the ball, save by Michael Poke.
31:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Murray by Mark Ellis. Direct free kick taken by James Tunnicliffe.
31:10 Centre by Wayne Carlisle, clearance made by Adam Virgo.
28:43 Nicky Forster delivers the ball, save made by Michael Poke.
25:04 Corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson from the right by-line, Kieran Charnock takes a shot. Save by Michel Kuipers. Outswinging
corner taken by Jake Thomson from the right by-line, Jim McNulty manages to make a clearance.
24:58 Wayne Carlisle crosses the ball, Gavin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.
24:22 Jake Thomson delivers the ball, blocked by Jim McNulty. Outswinging corner taken by Jake Thomson from the right by-line played
to the near post, clearance made by Andrew Crofts.
21:54 The ball is delivered by Jake Thomson, Wayne Carlisle has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left
of the goal.
20:22 A cross is delivered by Nicky Forster, clearance made by Mark Ellis.
19:59 The ball is swung over by Lee Mansell, James Tunnicliffe makes a clearance.
19:11 Centre by Glenn Murray, save by Michael Poke.
18:53 Lee Mansell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Cox. Adam Virgo restarts play with the free kick.
17:20 Chris Hargreaves fouled by Andrew Crofts, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Smith.
16:49 The ball is crossed by Lee Mansell, save made by Michel Kuipers.
14:48 Wayne Carlisle produces a cross, blocked by Andrew Crofts.
12:24 Shot by Elliot Benyon from 30 yards. Save made by Michel Kuipers.
11:48 Short corner worked by Jim McNulty.
11:12 Dean Cox crosses the ball, clearance by Kieran Charnock.
9:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Ellis by Nicky Forster. Lee Mansell takes the direct free kick.
7:46 Glenn Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Ellis. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.
7:19 The ball is delivered by Jake Thomson, clearance made by Gary Dicker.
4:25 Jake Thomson produces a cross, Adam Virgo makes a clearance.
4:11 Adam Smith takes a shot. Blocked by James Tunnicliffe.
3:15 Nicky Forster sends in a cross, Kieran Charnock makes a clearance.
2:07 A cross is delivered by Jake Thomson, Michel Kuipers makes a save.
0:16 Glenn Murray fouled by Tyrone Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Virgo restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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