Albion v Huddersfield - from The Amex

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Town even sensed a winner as Ward turned nicely and went away down the right but Bruno made a crucial interception as he crossed low.

Final: Albion 0 Huddersfield 0


With the game in added time, LuaLua skipped past Smith who grabbed his arm and clung on for dear life.

The defender was booked but David's free-kick was cleared.


The resulting free-kick was teased towards the far post by Lopez and flicked off a defender for a corner.
Lopez delivered that too and Upson headed just over.

Bridcutt cut short a Town counter attack by fouling Holmes and was booked.


Woods was booked for bringing down LuaLua


Att: 27,155 (425 away)


Huddersfield suddenly enjoyed a bit of possession – and won a corner right in front of their fans.
It was cleared – and Norwood overhit his cross when the ball was played back out to him.

Norwood, though, dug in as play moved to the other end. He got to the ball before LuaLua, who caught him late and was booked.




Ulloa was cheered to the touchline as he prepared to come on – but the ball did not go out for about five minutes as he waited for action!
When he entered the fray, in place of Buckley, it was for a corner, although Albion felt it might have been a penalty as LuaLua’s cross was blocked by what could have been the defender’s arm as he slid in.
On the next attack, LuaLua cut in from the left and into the area but then lacked composure as he thumped the ball across goal and into a defender when it seemed he must shoot.

David made room cleverly and charged forward before laying the ball right to Barnes - whose skied cross or shot into the North Stand brought howls of disappoval from the stands.

Town made a defensive-minded change as Woods replaced Hammill



Barnes sent a rather more difficult chance wide when he forced a shot wide at the near post under pressure after Buckley crossed low.
Then Bruno galloped forward and fired a terrific cross to the far post but Wallace got his head to it and his clearance bounced behind off the back of Barnes.


Albion’s first change came in the 65th minute as LuaLua replaced Agustien. The Dutchman’s influence had waned in the second half but he was afforded a good ovation by home fans.
Immediately Town had their best chance of the game as a long ball got Vaughan in behind El-Abd. The striker looped the ball over Brezovan as the giant keeper charged at him but could not direct it goalwards.



Home fans rose to cheer a goal again on 58 minutes – but again the roar stuck in their throats.
Again David was the provider, with a superb chip into the path of Barnes at the far post. But the striker headed wide from close range, albeit with Smithies and two defenders getting across quickly to cover that side of the goal.
Town sent on Ward for Paterson and then Holmes for Clayton.
Barnes was having a tough day – but there were applause for him as he battled through a tackle before getting in a low shot which Smithies held easily.





Albion should have gone ahead in the 50th minute after a terrific move. David measured a superb cross in from the right into path of Agustien. His diving header was parried by Smithies diving to his left and hit the following-up Barnes right in front of goal before looping agonisingly over the unguarded net.


The pattern of much of the first half was repeated very early in the second as Albion had a lot of possession but had busy Town players snapping at them all the time.


There were no substitutions at the break.






Dixon was doing well going forward. He was given room by Hammill’s clever free-kick and cut inside – but shot past the far post.
Then Bruno again looked for Barnes’ run and put a long pass on to his right foot but the ball just squirmed away from the striker and Smithies dived bravely at his feet to snatch it.
Town finished the half brightly. Hammill’s free-kick from their left flicked off a defender in a congested goalmouth for a corner, which saw Gobern’s header deflect behind.
Barnes got an important header to the next corner and Albion cleared the danger.
Half: Albion 0 Huddersfield 0




Dixon showed great tenacity to beat Bridcutt to a 50-50 ball and fire in a low cross which bounced behind off David for a corner on the Town left.
Hammill guided the flag kick to Norwood centrally placed just outside the box for a volley. But the ball skidded off Norwood's boot and curled well wide, an effort met with derision by the North Stand.



Ince, reluctant to shoot earlier, fired over from outside the box after Clayton had dwelt in possession and seen the ball nicked away from him by Buckley.


Town’s left wing back Dixon was the first man in the book on 31 minutes for a cynical step on David Lopez’s ankle after the Spaniard had been sent past him by Bruno’s back heel.


With that escape out of the way, Huddersfield attacked and fed the ball into Vaughan with his back to goal. Town were convinced the striker was barged over from behind by El-Abd and, while there was contact between the players, it looked minimal – with Vaughan’s fall theatric.
Former Albion and Huddersfield defender Kieran O’Regan, working for BBC Radio Leeds, was convinced it should have been a penalty.
Town then won a corner, their first of the match, on their right and Vaughan met it cleanly six yards out but headed wastefully wide.
The visitors were growing in confidence and, when Albion got the ball off them, a promising counter attack was cut short by an unusually mis-directed pass from Bridcutt.
Norwood, who has a history of long range goals, fired way over from outside the box after neat build-up from Huddersfield.


Ward chased seemingly a lost cause to win a corner off Hammill and it almost brought a breakthrough as Barnes met David’s super delivery with a header which hit Vaughan and bounced towards his own goal before being cleared off the line by Paterson guarding the post.
David aimed the subsequent corner at Ince but Town got it away for a third flag kick – which was cleared more comfortably.



Agustien was playing some nice passes. His latest got Buckley to the byline and when he eventually cut the ball back Ince looked to let fly from just outside the box until he was closed down.
As the attack continued, Agustien looked to catch out Smithies from 30 yards but his drive looped comfortably over the bar.
Bruno combined neatly down the right with David and Bridcutt and then whipped in a cross but Wallace got there before Barnes, who tugged him back.
Wallace, brought into the side in the absence of Lynch and Clarke, was sticking very tight to Barnes.



The game quietened down then for a while – and Paterson shot weakly wide when Albion obligingly allowed him time to shoot from a central position 25 yards out.



Brezovan had to gather a hopeful header goalwards by Gobern in the first minute.
But Albion almost unlocked Town in just the second minute – thanks to a glorious angled ball by Bruno. His 50-yard delivery was right on to the chest of Barnes, who took the ball down well but saw his left-foot blast well blocked by a terrific challenge from Gerrard.

Bruno was less effective on Albion's next attack as he called for David Lopez to play a corner short but then sliced his cross into the South Stand.

Then Bruno found his range again with another fine pass but Buckley, popping up on the right, saw his cross deflect off a defender to keeper Smithies.

In a free-flowing start, Vaughan got the ball outside the box and cut in from the right before shooting straight into Brezovan's midriff.



No change of ends. We are about to get under way with Albion going North to South in the first half.



Rain sweeps across The Amex as the teams walk out, Albion led by Liam Bridcutt again in the continuing absence of Gordon Greer. There is a vibrant atmosphere around the ground though as Sussex By The Sea belts out.



It’s very grey, rather wet – but mercifully not as windy here inside The Amex as it is outside the stadium. Could that all add up to a free-flowing spectacle here as Albion chase a third successive win?
Well we’ve had five goals in each of the last two meetings here in Sussex. There was a 3-2 win for Town on the final day at Withdean and a slow-burning 4-1 win success here for the Seagulls earlier in 2013.
Let’s hope we stay dry and see some entertainment today. There’s more chance of the latter, I would suggest!

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4:00pm Sat 21 Dec 13

tug509 says...

It looks like Huddersfield are taking their shots at every opportunity ,i hope we do the same in the second half ,seems like the perfect game for some Kaz pace ,to upset their defence . UTA
It looks like Huddersfield are taking their shots at every opportunity ,i hope we do the same in the second half ,seems like the perfect game for some Kaz pace ,to upset their defence . UTA tug509

5:00pm Sat 21 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

shame---goals just would not go in--one of those games. Appears we should have won by a mile?? And that would have meant we were in the play off places. Missed opportunity---but another clean sheet. A bit frustrating to watch I guess??
shame---goals just would not go in--one of those games. Appears we should have won by a mile?? And that would have meant we were in the play off places. Missed opportunity---but another clean sheet. A bit frustrating to watch I guess?? mikeygit

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