Brighton & Hove Albion - Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Albion
UK time is: 11:31:33
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sheffield Wednesday 3 - Brighton & Hove Albion 1


2/2/13 - 3.00pm

Attendance: 22,044

Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Albion

Albion saw their promising run of league form in 2013 come to an abrupt end on a disastrous afternoon at Hillsborough, as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners.

An early goal for home debutant Leroy Lita saw the Seagulls fall behind in the opening stages, before an Ashley Barnes red card followed by a swift Owls second made the task a nigh-on impossible one. Andrea Orlandi offered a glimmer of hope but it was all over when Michail Antonio headed home a third.

With just 5 minutes of the clock, Lita notched his second in as many games with the first real opening of the game - Michail Antonio's pin-point cross dropping just beyond the head of Matt Upson for the Swansea loanee to loop a header into the top corner past Tomasz Kuszczak.

Despite the early setback, the Seagulls gained a foothold in the game and started to create chances of their own - Leonardo Ulloa forcing a smart stop from Chris Kirkland with a close range effort. The Argentine then fired over after controlling a cross from Dean Hammond - but the linesman flag would've seen it ruled out anyway.

A pivotal moment arrived on 30 minutes, as Barnes saw a straight red. The in-form striker lunged in high and late on Kieran Lee, leaving referee Simon Hooper with little choice but to send him on his way. Virtually seconds later, the Albion's misery was compounded as Wednesday doubled their lead.

From the resultant free-kick, Danny Pugh bent in an in-swinging cross that somehow managed evade a packed six yard box to trickle into the far corner of Kuszczak's net. Certainly a first half to forget for the Seagulls heading into the break.

They responded well after the interval - Ulloa again looking the most likely scorer for the visitors as he saw a right-footed effort well blocked by Anthony Gardner. However, the visitors nearly found themselves 3-0 down when Antonio and Lita again linked up with the latter prodding just wide.

Albion were starting to feel their numerical disadvantage as Dave Jones' men contained the visitors attacks with little trouble. That was, until Craig Mackail-Smith, on as a sub, broke through the Owls' back-line before squaring the ball from a wide right position. The ball eventually fell to Orlandi who smashed home an unstoppable drive from the edge of the area.

However, just as it looked like Albion had turned it into a real contest, Wednesday restored their 2-goal advantage. Kuszczak failed to claim an in-swinging corner, and Antonio found himself ideally positioned to head the ball home from all of 2-yards.

A reckless challenge from Pugh on Inigo Calderon only saw a yellow card, which sparked something of a fracas between the two benches - as first team coach Charlie Oatway and Dave Jones were both sent to the stands. After a couple more half-chances apiece, the referee put the visitors out of their misery as the full-time whistle went.

Still yet to record victory at Wednesday's historic ground, the Seagulls dropped one place to 8th, but remain 5 points off the play-off spots.

The Journalist

Writer: EditorBHA Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 3 2013

Time: 11:19AM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Brighton 2 - 1 Birmingham
Burnley 1 - 1 Brighton
Brighton 2 - 1 MK Dons
Sheff Wed 0 - 0 Brighton
Reading 1 - 1 Brighton
Brighton 0 - 0 Preston

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Brighton 18 10 8 0 +10 38
2. Middlesbrough 18 11 3 4 +15 36
3. Derby County 18 10 6 2 +15 36
4. Hull City 18 10 5 3 +16 35
5. Burnley 18 9 7 2 +9 34
6. Birmingham 18 8 4 6 +5 28
7. Ipswich 18 7 7 4 +3 28

Brighton & Hove Albion Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Chilwell Confident Results Will Turn
Huddersfield : 30/11/2015 11:18:00
Wagner Remains Confident Despite Loss
Huddersfield : 30/11/2015 11:17:01
O'Grady Wants Three On The Spin
Forest : 30/11/2015 11:14:00
Freedman Pleased With Reading Win
Forest : 30/11/2015 11:11:00
Clement & Butterfield On Hull Victory
Derby County : 30/11/2015 11:08:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Stockdale 0%
Bruno 0%
Greer 0%
Dunk 0%
Rosenior 0%
March 80%
Stephens 0%
Kayal 0%
Murphy 0%
Hemed 0%
Zamora 20%
Sub - Calderon 0%
Sub - Wilson 0%
Sub - Ince 0%