Vital Football

Latest BHA FC News

Brighton 0-1 Middlesbrough

Brighton & Hove Albion
0 - 1
Middlesbrough

Amex Stadium

20/10/12 - 3.00pm

Attendance: 26,293

Referee:

Albion were frustrated to another fruitless result at home as Middlesbrough escaped as narrow victors through a deflected effort.

Panning out a similar fashion to their last two Amex outings, Marvin Emnes gave the visitors a first half lead as his shot struck an Albion player and diverted past Kuszczak - with the hosts proceeding to throw everything but the kitchen sink at their opponents, but to no avail.

Poyet's men came out of the blocks quickest, with Spaniards Bruno and David Lopez linking well on the right - forcing a host of corners and a couple of half-chances. They were dealt a blow, however, on 21 minutes as 'Boro took the lead with their first meaningful shot.

A misplaced pass from Bruno led to Emnes receiving the ball on the edge of the area, and after purveying the area, the Dutchman elected to shoot, and his effort struck the chest of Gordon Greer, and fortuitously wrong-footed Tomasz Kuszczak in the Albion net.

With the wind now in their sails, 'Boro enjoyed a short of spell of pressure during which Faris Haroun struck wide from distance. Albion soon looked to respond, however, with Dean Hammond heading well over from a David Lopez cross, before the hosts blew their best chance of the half.

A quick counter-attack saw Wayne Bridge released down the left, and after carrying the ball into the final third, the left-back whipped in a perfectly measured cross for the on-rushing Craig Mackail-Smith, only for Luke Steele to deny the striker from 10 yards with an instinctive hand.

Back in the hunt for goals on his return from injury, Mackail-Smith also saw a curling shot from the corner of the area just evade Steele's left-hand post. As the game wore on, the visitors became increasingly determined to protect their advantage, as they camped out in their own half.

The Seagulls should have equalised with 60 minutes on the clock when Ashley Barnes' close range header was somehow kept out by Steele, before a 'Boro defender lashed the re-bound into the chest of the lurking Mackail-Smith, as the ball looped agonisingly over the bar - summing up Albion's afternoon.

Andrew Crofts also wasted a gilt-edged chance when the ball dropped to him 12 yards out with the keeper out of position, but could only skew his effort wide. Barnes then forced another fine stop from Steele with a stinging left-footed effort from outside the box.

As Albion threw men forward, they always ran the risk of being caught short at the back - and Ishmael Miller, on as a sub for 'Boro, had a golden opportunity to wrap up the points, but could only fire wide after finding himself one-on-one with Kuszczak.

And it was to be another narrow home defeat for Albion, as they were unable to convert any of their chances and end the drought.


Writer:EditorBHA
Date:Saturday October 20 2012
Time: 8:12PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Write for Vital BHA
Write For Vital BHA
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Leeds MotM
Suggested By:
Stockdale4%
Rosenior7%
Hunemeier0%
Dunk0%
Tomori30%
Skalak0%
Kayal7%
Stephens0%
Knockaert0%
Baldock7%
Murray0%
Sub-March38%
Sub-Akpom0%
Sub-Norwood7%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Brighton & Hove Albion Results (view all)

Brighton & Hove Albion Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 7 2017 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 5:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 21 2017 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Vital Football Comment