After a torrid few days of being in the news for all the wrong reasons, it was time to get back to the business of football with what is widely known as one of the best Brighton away days in the calendar. Brighton’s record at London Road is good, their fantastic terrace helps create a brilliant atmosphere and Peterborough is surprisingly easy to get to.
Gus Poyet made 4 changes to the side which won at Wrexham in an FA Cup replay on Wednesday. Having gone into extra time and penalties and not getting back to Brighton till 4am on Thursday, they were inevitable.
Fortunately, captain Gordon Greer and was back available for selection along with Lewis Dunk after they both completed their suspensions and regular left-back Marcos Painter made his return after recovering from a hamstring injury.
However, Painters return didn’t last long as after only 5 minutes he was forced off due to his hamstring haunting him once more, Adam El-Abd took his place.
Despite the changes, Brighton seemed like they were back to their best and were creating chances instantly. A corner kick from the training ground nearly opening the scoring with Ashley Barnes hitting his shot over the bar and Matt Sparrow firing wide after some great build up play.
Will Buckley was the hero once more for Brighton netting both his goals in either half. The first coming from a free kick after Sinclair fouled Adam El-Abd on the wide left of the pitch. The set piece was to be aimed at the heads of other Brighton players to hopefully turn in. But the ball curled brilliantly and Joe Lewis was caught off-guard and the ball drifted over his head into the net.
It seemed a strange goal to score, after playing some great football and building up well it was a freak goal that put Brighton 1-0 up.
Peterborough did not take long to make their intentions clear and were soon testing Brezovan. Sinclair sent him low to his left and on-loan Ryan Tunnicliffe sent his shot over the bar.
In the second half Sparrow threatened again but wasted his chance and Posh were able to counter attack, their reputation for scoring for fun was worryingly coming to light for the Brighton fans.
The pressure told 20 minutes from time. Tunnicliffe’s good work on the wing gave him the space to tee up substitute Ball who bundled the ball in from close range. A soft goal to concede by Brighton’s standards.
It seemed it would end that way but it was not to be. Will Buckley, who has scored late winning goals this season against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest, proved why he is so important to the team. Good midfield work opened up the space for Buckley who’s right footed drive flew into the roof of the net after Lewis got a touch sending the away end terrace into a frenzy.
It will be a shame to see such a great terrace be knocked down to be replaced by a seated area. It was one of the best atmospheres I have seen at an away game this season.
Peterborough - 01 Lewis, 02 Little, 04 Bennett, 05 Zakuani, 27 Alcock, 06 Wootton, 08 Tomlin, 14 Rowe (Newell 59), 16 Tunnicliffe, 12 Sinclair (Ball 59), 26 Taylor
Subs - 28 Jones, 11 McCann, 17 Newell, 07 Ajose, 09 Ball.
Brighton – 01 Brezovan, 03 Greer, 05 Dunk, 14 Calderon, 22 Painter (El-Abd 6), 10 Sparrow (Navarro 83), 26 Bridcutt, 35 Forster-Caskey (Agdestein 83), 09 Barnes, 12 Mackail-Smith, 30 Buckley.
Subs - 16 Ankergren, 06 El-Abd, 08 Navarro, 07 Hoskins, 23 Agdestein.