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Albion v Leeds - from The Amex
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- Full-time: Albion 2 Leeds 2
- Mackail-Smith (pen) on 16
- Diouf (pen) levels on 36
- CMS net on 48 but Brown levels (66)
- Kenny saves CMS pen and later denies Crofts
- Report and pictures in The Argus tomorrow
Albion had one last chance to grab the win they probably deserved during the five minutes of added time. Mackail-Smith cut the ball back and sub Crofts fired in a shot which point-saver Kenny pawed away brilliantly diving to his left.
Dicker, Crofts and Dobbie were all introduced for the final push and the latter went close with a 25-yarder which flew just over the top corner.
Att: 26,402 (2,062 away fans)
Albion had a glorious chance to go back ahead in the 74th minute when Mackail-Smith was shoved over, seemingly by Byram, as he ran to get on the end of a deep cross by Bruno. Mackail-Smith again took the spot kick but his well-struck effort was brilliantly saved - and held - by Kenny diving low to his right.
Becchio almost put Leeds ahead moments later but was just unable to get his head on a cross which then curled narrowly wide of the far post.
Leeds sent on top scorer Becchio in the 65th minute - and were level a minute later. White had just seen his shot deflect narrowly wide when, as the attack continued, BROWN slid a precise finish low past Kuszczak.
Albion remained on top - and their fans responded with terrific noise booming around The Amex.
Bruno then went close to his first goal for the Seagulls with a ferocious free-kick just over from the edge of the box.
Albion were ahead in the 48th minute - and Orlandi went a long way to atoning for his first-half miss. His clever reverse pass released Buckley down the right and the winger's low cutback was fired in by MACKAIL-SMITH via deflection.
Second half is in progress
Albion, though, created one last attack before the interval and almost regained the lead. Bruno's cross from the right was headed down by Barnes for Mackail-Smith to fire in a shot which went just wide via a slight deflection.
It was Leeds' first on-target effort of the game but it clearly lifted them and the hosts struggled to deal with Diouf's cross a few minutes later.
The bright start was punctuated, though, amid controversial scenes when Varney went down off the ball and ref Mason pointed to the spot. DIOUF directed his penalty into the bottom corner past Kuszczak's right hand.
Albion deserved a second goal - and it should have come on 26 minutes. This time Buckley started the move on the left by cutting infield near halfway and sliding a pass carefully into the path of Bruno, who was charging down the right. The right-back's cross to the far post was inch perfect but Orlandi miscued his close range volley into the ground and saw it bounce up and just over the bar.
Buckley was causing all sorts of problems. He outpaced the Leeds defence and passed inside to Mackail-Smith, whose shot took a deflection and hit the outside of the post.
It was an up tempo start by Albion and they got the breakthrough they deserved on 16 minutes. Buckley was clipped inside the area and MACKAIL-SMITH smashed the spot kick hard and straight past the diving Kenny.
Premier quality from Bridge again. Left White and Austin for dead and a decent cross at the end of it, which Barnes steered wide.— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 November 2012
Brown was the first Leeds man in the book in the tenth minute for bringing down Orlandi on the edge of the box. The Spaniard took the centrally placed free-kick himself but his effort deflected harmlesly wide off the wall.
Better tempo set by Albion in early stages. Good to see Orlandi in the box too.— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 November 2012
It was a dynamic start to the game by the hosts. Barnes saw his drive across goal blocked behind for a corner, then the same player whisked a shot about a foot wide after Bridge had gone on a long run and crossed low.
Buckley was in the thick of the action from the second minute. He was booked for a foul on Brown, from which Austin's 25-yard free-kick flew well over. Then the winger got on the end of a slick Albion move and beat three men before seeing his chipped cross evade Mackail-Smith and drift wide of the far post.
Albion to attack the North Stand in the first half.
Most unusually the teams are changing ends.
Leeds in their change kit of black with luminous lime green trim. They have about 2,000 fans here tonight filling a shade over half of the South Stand plus the corner section.
I also noted plenty of debate on Twitter among Leeds fans over the fact Becchio is only on the bench.
Some surprise that Crofts is the midfielder to miss out after getting forward a bit more at Blackpool last week.
Hat and gloves time, for some of the players as well as supporters. I drove through hailstorms in Eastbourne earlier today.— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 November 2012
Full line-ups and team news are online on this site.
It's a fresh night at The Amex. And time for Albion to get on a fresh winning run on the pitch after six games without victory. I'll be running you through the action this evening. There is one change to the XI as Orlandi replaces Crofts in midfield
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