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Kuszczak shines as Albion stun leaders
Tomasz Kuszczak had an inspired night in South Wales as Albion stunned the Championship leaders.
The Pole made several key saves to help the Seagulls wrap up a coveted 2-0 win at Cardiff City.
Andrea Orlandi and Leo Ulloa scored late in each half, each time assisted by David, to give Albion’s play-off push a major boost.
Orlandi met David’s right-wing cross in the 43rd minute with a deft left-foot touch which glanced the ball just inside the far post.
That neat finish broke the deadlock – but the game was only even at that stage thanks to the work of Kuszczak.
He dived high to his right to push away a Peter Whittingham curler but topped that in the 32nd minute after Craig Bellamy latched on to Dean Hammond’s weak back pass.
Bellamy seemed to have rounded the diving Kuszczak until the keeper stuck out his left hand to swat the ball away from the striker, then recovered to block a follow-up from the same player.
Kuszczak also denied sub Craig Conway after the break by tipping his searing 20-yard drive away from the top corner.
He also made other smart saves and handled well.
Albion had to withstand periods of concerted pressure from the leaders.
But they had their moments too in the first half and David Marshall dived high to his right to push away Ulloa’s shot.
Ulloa settled the outcome deep in added time when his shot deflected in after David had intercepted a Cardiff pass, broken away down the right and picked out the centre-forward in front of goal.