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Albion In Spain: Ince sent-off off but Seagulls still win
Albion shrugged off the dismissal of youngster Rohan Ince to beat Sporting Gijon 2-1 in Segovia tonight.
Leo Ulloa scored an 88th minute winner after Ince had been given his marching orders 13 minutes earlier for a second bookable offence which gifted Sporting an equaliser from the penalty spot.
Albion chased the ball for most of the game, as Sporting dominated possession, but the Spanish Second Division side's final ball and shooting was woeful.
Route one, rather than the Seagulls' renowned passing style, gave them the lead after eight minutes.
Ashley Barnes finished superbly from a punt upfield by keeper Peter Brezovan, with instant control and a snapshot from 20 yards.
The striker's short fuse then cost him a caution in the 39th minute for an aerial challenge on Sporting defender Ivan Hernandez.
Andrea Orlandi had earlier almost doubled the lead with a free-kick which flicked off the head of a Sporting defender against the far post.
Head coach Oscar Garcia fielded a totally different eleven for the second half, with the exception of Ince.
He moved from the centre of defence to the holding midfield role in place of Liam Bridcutt, who had his first 45 minutes of pre-season following a foot injury.
Ince was booked in the 65th minute for kicking the ball away to prevent Sporting taking a quick free-kick.
It proved expensive ten minutes later when he tripped Alex Barrera inside the box to collect a second yellow and concede a penalty.
Ignacio Cases, the attacking midfielder intermittently linked this summer with a move to Albion, sent Casper Ankergren the wrong way from the spot.
Adam Chicksen was allowed to come back on by the Spanish referee in place of Ince, so Albion still had 11 men when Ulloa thumped in a header from a Solly March corner, earned by George Barker.
The Seagulls have now won all three of their friendlies so far without conceding in open play ahead of Wednesday's visit to Crawley.
Albion First Half (4-1-2-3): Brezovan; El-Abd, Greer, Ince, Chicksen; Bridcutt; Richards, Orlandi; Buckley, Dickenson, Barnes.
Second Half (4-1-2-3): Ankergren; Calde, Upson, Dunk, Maksimenko; Ince; Crofts, March; Barker, Ulloa, LuaLua.
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