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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)

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Leeds 3

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

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Last Updated: 23/09/11 11:50am

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Painter: Back after ban

Painter: Back after ban

Team news for Friday night's Championship clash between Brighton and Leeds United at the Amex Stadium.

Marcos Painter returns to the Brighton squad but Will Buckley misses the visit of Leeds.

Painter sat out Wednesday night's 2-1 Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool through suspension and will hope to reclaim his place at left-back even though Romain Vincelot impressed in his absence.

But striker Buckley is sidelined after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury against the Reds.

Boss Gus Poyet rested Lewis Dunk, Gary Dicker and Ryan Harley with the Leeds clash in mind so they should return while top scorer Ashley Barnes, who netted a late penalty after coming on as a substitute, is expected to start.

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

Leeds will include latest recruit Danny Pugh in their squad for Friday night's televised clash at the Amex.

The 28-year-old left-sided player has rejoined the club for a second spell from Stoke on an initial loan with a view to signing permanently in January.

Manager Simon Grayson may opt to throw Pugh straight into his starting line-up - either at left-back or in midfield - while he is expected to hand striker Luciano Becchio his first start of the season following the Argentinian's recovery from a hamstring injury.

Grayson withdrew Becchio, leading goalscorer Ross McCormack and Andy Keogh from the midweek Carling Cup defeat to Manchester United and hinted all three will start against the Seagulls.

Central defender Paddy Kisnorbo is also available after serving his one-game ban and Grayson must decide whether to recall the Australia international or stick with Leigh Bromby alongside Darren O'Dea.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8