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Brighton 1-1 Ipswich

Brighton & Hove Albion
1 - 1
Ipswich Town

Amex Stadium

7.45pm - 02/10/12

Attendance: 24,736

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Will Buckley came off the bench to rescue a point and prevent it from being a case of déjà vu for Albion as they drew 1-1 with Ipswich.

Daryl Murphy handed the visitors a first half lead after he met Carlos Edwards' deep cross with a fine far-post header, and although Albion appeared to be heading for their second home defeat in just 4 days, supersub Will Buckley saved the day by scrambling home a late equaliser.

The match began with a decent tempo, and it was Albion who created the first real opening - some superb link up play between Ashley Barnes and Andrea Orlandi saw the former play a ball into the box where, after a clever dummy by Stephen Dobbie, Kazenga LuaLua could only stab it wide from close range.

Dobbie and Orlandi saw further chances come and go, whilst Ipswich were also threatening on the counter attack - Michael Chopra's header just evading Tomasz Kuszczak's left-hand post. A similar passage of play ended in the game's opener, however.

Veteran full-back Carlos Edwards found space beyond the half-way line, and proceeded to whip in a looping cross from deep, which eventually made its way to Daryl Murphy who stole in ahead of Inigo Calderon to head the Tractor Boys into the lead.

Wayne Bridge nearly put the the Seagulls back on level terms but he saw his right-footed effort deflected wide. It was another half full of frustration for Albion as they headed into the interval needing a source of inspiration from somewhere.

Kuszczak was on hand soon after the break to prevent Murphy from grabbing a second, before Dobbie and LuaLua both saw strikes from range kept out. Barnes nearly produced a fine piece of centre-forward play as he brought the ball down and struck it on the turn, but his effort went just wide.

Poyet threw on Gary Dicker for Dean Hammond, and Kazenga LuaLua made way for late-goal specialist Will Buckley, as the search for the equaliser went on. After continued probing from the home side, the moment finally arrived - and from an unsurprising source.

Inigo Calderon found space in the box, getting to the byline before clipping the ball over Scott Loach, where Will Buckley was waiting to pounce and scramble the ball over the line and level matters going into the final 10 minutes.

Kuszczak denied Jason Scotland late on, but that was the only moment of note as the match fizzled out with both sides seemingly content with the point.


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Date:Tuesday October 2 2012
Time: 11:56PM

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