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Amex Stadium (ATT 20,646) 23rd September 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Probert

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Leeds United Leeds

Brighton 3

C Mackail-Smith (47, 84)
A Barnes (pen 60)


Leeds 3

A Keogh (18)
R McCormack (24, 90+2)

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Last Updated at 9:48 pm, September 23rd 2011

  1. Well I'm sure that you would agree that it was a totally entertaining game here at the Amex. Both teams played their part in a thrilling contest and we can only hope that you guys at home enjoyed that as much as us. Please stayed tuned for all the post match reaction.

  2. 94

    Full time 3-3

  3. 93

    McCormack booked for taking his shirt off while celebrating

  4. 92

    Howson reacts quickest to a knockdown and gets to the byline and squares it for Mccormack how again provides a clinical finish

  5. 90+2

    GOAL!!!! MCCORMACK!!!!

  6. 90+1

    Leeds looked to have somehow thrown this game away from a winning two goal advantage

  7. 90

    Four minutes of added time have been held up

  8. 89

    Mackail-Smith replaced by Vincelot

  9. 88

    Ankergren booked

  10. 87

    CHANCE!!! Vayrynen hits a low drive from the edge of the area that the keeper can only parry into the path of Clayton but on his weaker left foot he can only blaze over

  11. 86

    Snodgrass replaced by Forssell

  12. 85

    LuaLua replaced by Hoskins

  13. 85

    LuaLua replaced by Hoskins

  14. 83

    Lovely movement inside the six yard box to lose Bromby as he side footed home Barnes near post ball

  15. 83


  16. 82

    Nice play in midfield from Snodgrass who tries to play in McCormack but the pass is just over hit.

  17. 81

    Both sides are looking for a the winning goal. Neither of them look like they are going to settle for the draw tonight

  18. 80

    Pugh replaced by Vayrynen

  19. 79

    Painter over hits a ball into the channel that Mackail-Smith again chases down. His energy levels show no signs of dropping.

  20. 78

    LuaLua again shows his ability, he beats his man effortlessly and puts in a cross to the far post but no one is there for any easy tap in. He really does look a player this lad

  21. 77

    Pugh booked

  22. 76

    White forages down the left with a great run but his cross is put out of the danger area by Greer

  23. 75

    Or should I say say anyone's favour

  24. 75

    We are into the last quarter of an hour here and this game could go in any direction

  25. 73

    Bromby is again in the thick of the defensive action as he just gets a tackle in on LuaLua as he tries to wriggle through defenders

  26. 72

    Bromby puts in a stern challenge on Vincente who felt he was fouled but the ref waved play on

  27. 70

    Bromby penalised form climbing all over the defender from a dangerous looking Leeds free-kick

  28. 68

    Vicente looks like a real class act for Brighton and he is sure to enhance their rich blend of attacking football

  29. 67

    Keogh replaced by Becchio

  30. 66

    LuaLua is growing in confidence in this game and is looking increasingly danmgerous

  31. 65

    A clever run from Barnes allows him to get behind the Leeds backline put his shot on his weaker left foot is dragged across the goal.

  32. 64

    A mazy run from LuaLua as he comes in from the touchline but his shot is feeble.

  33. 63

    From the resulting corner Keogh heads the ball over

  34. 63

    CHANCE!!! McCORMACK shot from a free-kick is well saved

  35. 61

    Mackail-Smith is dragging his markers all across the line as they try and quell his all action style.

  36. 60

    Keogh booked

  37. 60

    Brighton are right back in this game and who would bet against them winning the clash now

  38. Barnes scores his second penalty in two days

  39. 59


  40. 58

    Bromby brings down Mackail-Smith

  41. 56

    Poyet will be pleased with the response of his team and the way they have started this second half.

  42. 55

    Lees brings down LuaLua on the left touchline but the referee does not award the free-kick

  43. 54

    Mackail-Smith is chasing every ball down and putting O'Dea under pressure as he tries to let the ball run out.

  44. 53

    CHANCE!!! Lees manages to get a block on Mackail-Smith who is about to get a shot on goal from eight yards in the centre of the goal.

  45. 52

    Howson booked for a challenge on Barnes

  46. 49

    The crowd here at the Amex now have an added gusto in their voice have really created a great atmosphere

  47. 48

    The goal has given Brighton a real lift and now we have a real game on our hands

  48. 47

    Great goal. The Brighton striker produced a lovely turn to lose two Leeds defenders before slotting the ball home

  49. 47


  50. 46

    LuaLua has just hit a dreadful shot from the edge of the box of a Barnes lay off. He tried to curl in the goal from the edge of the box but skewed it wide.

  51. 46

    Brighton get the second half on the way

  52. 46

    Noone replaced by Vicente

  53. Leeds lead 2-0 and totally deserved to be. Their game plan has been fantastic, they have frustrated their hosts and proved clinical in front of goal. Can Brighton find the answers after the interval? Will Leeds continue to torment their hosts? Join us after the break for all the answers and second half commentary.

  54. 45+2

    Leeds are taking the sting out of the game and playing down the clock for the half-time whistle.

  55. 45+1

    Leeds are trying to maintain their lead and would be devastated to lose a goal this late on

  56. 45

    two minutes of added time has been held up by the fourth official.

  57. 44

    Howson puts in a solid tackle on LuaLua this time and the winger is stopped dead in his tracks.

  58. 42

    Great skill and cross from LuaLua on the right side, Lonergan comes to claim the cross but Noone looks to get there before the Leeds keeper. Nothing given though.

  59. 42

    CHANCE!! Noone brought down by Lonergan

  60. 40

    Leeds are still not allowing Brighton to get their heads up and play. Snodgrass and Clayton are chasing them down.

  61. 39

    OUCH!!! Calderon deserved to get sent off as he put an ugly two-footed challenge on Pugh. Not sure the referee saw it properly as he definitely would have acted.

  62. 38

    A corner into the Leeds box falls to Seagulls striker but Lonergan dives at his feet to smoother the danger.

  63. 37


  64. 35

    LuaLua again works his magic and flashes a cross along the Leeds area but Snodgrass is alive to the danger and clears the ball.

  65. 33

    Brighton are starting to step up the pressure on Leeds

  66. 32

    Lovely burst from LuaLua to get to the byline but Lees stays with his man to get a tackle in at the last moment.

  67. 30

    Calderon gives the ball away with a stray pass allowing Leeds to break as Brighton again struggle to find a way through.

  68. 29

    Howson gives a silly free-kick away on Barnes 40 yards from the Leeds goal. Dicker's floated free-kick was too high allowing Lonergan to come and claim the ball.

  69. 28

    Brighton can't find a way through Leeds who have got men behind the ball and making it difficult for the home side to find any gaps in their defence.

  70. 27

    Snodgrass gicves the ball away cheaply which allows Brighton to counter. Barnes tries to get a shot off from the edge of the box which is blocked by Barton

  71. 25

    Another goal for Leeds in this half could kill this game off as McCormack will look to add to his tally of 10 goals in his last 13 games

  72. 24

    Brighton have been rattled by Leeds' fast as the visitors have raced into this early lead.

  73. 23

    McCormack recieved the ball outside the area and produced a lovely turn before thumping home a left effort that flashed into the net. Great strike.

  74. 23


  75. 21

    CHANCE!!! Mackail-Smith runs off O'Dea to meet Noone's cross with a diving header which is just wide.

  76. 20

    Ian Radcliffe says: Get in Leeds....what a start!!!! Leeds, Leeds, Leeds...from sunny Arkansas USA

  77. 19

    Leeds fans are starting to revel in their 1-0 lead

  78. 18

    O'Dea is alert at the back for Leeds as he snuffs out some danger as Mackail-Smith tries to get in behind

  79. 17


  80. 15

    CHANCE!! Snodgrass cuts inside from the left flank and hits one with the outside of his boot but it flew over the bar

  81. 14

    LuaLua does well to beat three players but his stray pass into Noone is intercepted

  82. 13

    Noone plays a long ball up to Mackail-Smith but he's only able to flick it on to Ankergren

  83. 12

    Leeds are working incredibly hard at the moment and Brighton are struggling to find a way through.

  84. 11

    Brighton are passing it along their backline as Leeds close down the space in front of them

  85. 10

    O'Dea pumps a long free-kick upfield but it is easily gathered by Ankergren.

  86. 8

    Mackail-Smith is unable to cushion the ball into the path of LuaLua and chests the ball out of play.

  87. 7

    A long ball is pumped up to Keogh but despite jumping early he is unable to get his head on the ball.

  88. 5

    Calderon is able to continue after recieving treatment as both teams go in search of the opening goal

  89. 4

    Pugh catches Calderon accidentally with his arm but there is no question of an intent. The Leeds man had his eyes firmly on the ball.

  90. 3

    CHANCE! Calderon loses Pugh from the corner and gets an effort on goal which is blocked. The ball fell to Barnes just six yards out and he blasted over

  91. 2

    Bridcutt's long cross is turned out for a corner.

  92. 1

    Leeds are chasing Brighton down from the start and trying to give them little time on the ball

  93. 1

    Leeds get the game going

  94. Both teams have come out now and the anticipation around the ground is at fever pitch.

  95. The atmosphere in the Amex is building up as both sets of fans try to out chant each other.

  96. Ian Radcliffe says: Looking forward to todays game, sat here in Arkansas USA wondering if the mighty Leeds can build on their last couple of league wins. Marching on together, from the USA! Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.

  97. The emails are starting to come in now so keep them flooding in.

  98. And tonight's referee is Lee Probert

  99. Leeds: Lonergan, Lees, Bromby, O'Dea, White, Snodgrass, Howson, Clayton, Pugh, Keogh, McCormack. Subs: Rachubka, Kisnorbo, Vayrynen, Becchio, Forssell.

  100. Brighton: Ankergren, Greer, Dunk, Calderon, Painter, Noone, Dicker, LuaLua, Bridcutt, Barnes, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Brezovan, Hoskins, Navarro, Vicente, Vincelot.

  101. The teams are in......................

  102. Luciano Becchio is poised for his first start of the season after recoverying from a hamstring injury.

  103. For Leeds, Danny Pugh, who has rejoined the club for a second spell and is expected to be handed a start.

  104. Will Hoskins could make the bench after a hip injury but Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and Adam El-Abd (foot) are both out.

  105. Gus Poyet should recall Ashley Barnes to the starting line-up after his goal against Liverpool.

  106. Lewis Dunk, Gary Dicker and Ryan Harley are all poised to return for the Seagulls after being rested against Liverpool.

  107. Will Painter returns to the side after missing the Liverpool game through suspension to regain his left-back slot.

  108. Many of you out there are not shy in coming forward with your views, thoughts and opinions on the game. So please email me at I will do my best to get as many of your emails up as possible.

  109. Leeds have made a sluggish start to the campaign but they will hope to impress on their second outing on the Sky cameras in 48 hours.

  110. Gus Poyet's team will hope to get back to winning ways after two defeats on the bounce in the League and Carling Cup.

  111. Good Evening and welcome to the Amex Stadium for tonight's Championship clash between Brighton and Leeds.

  112. Kick-off is 1945 BST.



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1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6