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Barnes off as Albion suffer cruel defeat
Albion suffered a play-off setback today – and lost another striker.
The Seagulls were sent to a harsh 1-0 defeat at Bolton by Marcos Alonso’s 21st-minute drive.
Albion dominated possession and put plenty of balls into the box.
But their frustration boiled over just seconds from full-time when Ashley Barnes was sent-off for trying to trip the referee.
Albion went behind just seconds after they were inches from taking the lead.
Andrew Crofts, who had already seen a volley well saved by Andy Lonergan, fired low against the post from Bruno’s pull-back.
Within seconds, Bolton’s own Spanish full-back – former Real Madrid youngster Alonso - fired a low drive from the left corner of the box which went across Tomasz Kuszczak’s dive and inside his far post.
David Ngog stabbed a decent chance over the bar from an Alonso cross later in the half.
But that would have been very harsh on the Seagulls, who asked the home defence plenty of questions.
David volleyed just over and sub Will Buckley narrowly wide as they piled players forward after the break.
But the Seagulls could not grab an equaliser.