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Match Report: Leeds 1-2 Brighton (Brighton Fan's Perspective)

By Andy
Tuesday 14th February 2012
Brighton went to Elland Road on the back of an un-beaten run in 2012 with Will Buckley on fine scoring form for the Seagulls. They were up against a Leeds side only above them on points difference and caretaker manager Neil Redfearn looking for his first home win since taking over from Simon Grayson.

Many fans speculating a close match were not wrong in their predictions. However, Leeds should have taken the lead within 4 minutes, Luciano Becchio missing the target from a close range header. Soon after, they had a big appeal for a penalty turned down after Brighton defender Adam El-Abd clattered into Ross McCormack inside the area.

Brighton had a great 10 spell just before the break but were denied by an in form Andy Lonergan who produced a fine one handed save to deny Ashley Barnes. Kazenga Lualua also had a chance to put the Seagulls ahead, his trademark right-footed pile driver has been somewhat forgotten in recent months, but he showed his hunger and fitness since coming back from injury with a 30 yard strike which just fizzed past Lonergan's post.

Brighton started the second half as they finished the first with a good spell of pressure. Wolves loanee Sam Vokes' right foot shot from inside the area drew a superb save from Lonergan once again.

Poyet sent on Craig Mackail-Smith to replace Vokes, then, 15 minutes later Vicente Rodriquez for Lualua. The last time Rodriquez played at Elland road was in 2001 for Valencia in the Champions League Semi Final, around the same time Brighton were chasing a second successive promotion to what is now the Championship. How times have changed.

The substitutions payed off and Vicente set up Mackail-Smith from a corner and the Scottish International poked the ball in from 3 yards to end his 12 game goal drought.

The lead was short lived and Leeds responded instantly. A corner was not defended properly by Brighton and Becchio was able to head the ball into the net.

More drama was yet to come and it was Brighton who seemed to be the team who wanted the win. Liam Bridcutt won the ball brilliantly and found Vicente, who set up a perfect pass for Alan Navarro to unleash a low drive past Lonergan for his first ever goal for the Seagulls.

Line-ups

Leeds - 01 Lonergan, 14 Smith, 22 Lees, 28 White (Townsend - 81'), 48 O'Dea, 15 Clayton, 16 Pugh, 25 Delph, 10 Becchio, 23 Snodgrass, 44 McCormack (Nunez - 90').

Subs - 24 Taylor, 04 Bruce, 08 Brown, 17 Townsend, 20 Nunez.

Brighton - 01 Brezovan, 02 Mattock, 03 Greer, 06 El-Abd, 36 Jara Reyes, 08 Navarro, 25 LuaLua (Vicente - 61'), 26 Bridcutt, 30 Buckley (Noone - 46'), 09 Barnes, 24 Vokes (Mackail-Smith - 74').

Subs - 16 Ankergren, 14 Calderon, 11 Noone, 15 Vicente, 12 Mackail-Smith.
Andy

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