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Match Report: Brighton 2-2 Millwall (Brighton fan's perspective)

By Andy
Friday 17th February 2012
Brighton have made a habit of scoring late goals recently and Tuesday's game against Millwall was no different. Kazenga Lualua, hampered by injuries and the form of other players at the beginning of the season, seemed to return to his old ways with a thumping long range effort two minutes from time to secure a point for the Seagulls.

Gus Poyet surprised a lot of fans with his selection. The in form Will Buckley was left out of the side having not fully recovered from a worrying knock.

In reality, Brighton were poor. The starting line-up had no wingers and the team were lacking a cutting edge in the first half. Millwall were allowed to play their own game and midway through the first half they were ahead, January signing Andy Keogh's close range header beating Peter Brezovan. The Lions should have gone two up shortly after. Keogh once again causing the Brighton defense problems, but he wasted his chance and put the ball wide.

Brighton then had a good spell of pressure and leveled matters seven minutes into the second half. Alan Navarro, the match-winning hero at Elland Road at the weekend was brimming with confidence, his shot was deflected into the path of Wolves loanee Sam Vokes who made no mistake in securing his first goal in a Brighton shirt.

However Millwall were soon back in front. Peter Brezovan, usually cool and calm in front of the posts, completely missed a routine catch, just like he did at Leeds on Saturday, and the ball fell kindly for Liam Feeney who made no mistake and poked the ball into the net for his second goal in three games.

Brighton were in need of cutting edge and power. Enter Lualua. His mazy runs and quick pace causes huge problems for full-backs in any team and his powerful striking ability have given him a great reputation among the Brighton faithful.

Three minutes after coming on, Lualua equalized with an unstoppable 35-yard free kick to claw back a point for a team who played far below their best.

Although many fans were expecting an easy win against a struggling Millwall, there were still many positives to take from the match. Brighton are still unbeaten in 2012 and are two points outside the play-off places with a peach FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Liverpool to look forward to.

A play-off spot is a real possibility now, with a fully fit squad the Seagulls can compete and play well against established Championship sides, and it should be a great run in to the end of the season if the team is able to keep fit.

Gus Poyet expressed his disappointment at his side's performance, he said: "Everything went wrong in this game for us. The effort was great but we made so many bad decisions. It wasn't a good day, we made too many mistakes. But we threw everything into it towards the end and we came away with a great point. Credit goes to Millwall because I like the way they play."

 
Andy

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