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Albion v Bournemouth - direct from The Amex
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- ALBION 1 BOURNEMOUTH 1
- Albion fight back for deserved point
- Ward heads late leveller
- Grabban converts gift penalty (14)
- S.Ward heads leveller (90)
- Seagulls hit woodwork three times
- Camp denies LuaLua, Ulloa, Agustien
- Five pages of coverage in The Argus tomorrow
Still Albion charged forward and Camp blocked a close range drive from Agustien after Orlandi’s delivery from the left had caused more problems.
Final: Albion 1 Bournemouth 1
Then, in added time, Barnes rose at the far post and headed on to the top of the bar.
Daniels countered and fired in a shot which flicked off El-Abd and into Kuszczak's arms.
Back came Albion and Orlandi cut the ball back for Bridcutt, who fired straight to Camp.
Just as hope was running out, Stephen WARD turned to nod Albion level from close range in a chaotic goalmouth scramble.
Well-organised Bournemouth had created next to nothing but Arter threatened a second goal with a low shot from 20 yards which Kuszczak parried diving to his left.
Bridcutt was again progressive in his passing as he sent Barnes away in the inside right challenge but his low cross was smothered by Camp before Ulloa could pounce.
LuaLua’s last act was to force Francis into conceding a corner but Agustien’s delivery failed to beat the first defender. LuaLuaa was replaced moments later by Orlandi.
Bournemouth sent on Pitman for striker Grabban in the 82nd minute
Suddenly Albion carved out their best chance of the half – and again Camp denied them. Ince threaded a pass into Agustien on the left edge of the box and his precise cross was headed goalwards by Barnes but the keeper blocked.
Bridcutt was booked for a foul.
Both the most recent subs were quickly on the ball. Fraser saw a shot deflect into Kuszczak’s arms.
Then Barnes looked to curl the ball in from the left for Ulloa but his cross was overhit.
Bournemouth have looked secure since the break. #bhafc struggling to create openings. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2014
Bridcutt’s diagonal pass invited Stephen Ward to go on a run which led to a corner.
David’s inswinging delivery caught on the breeze and had to be headed away inside his own six-yard box by Elphick. And his clearance cannoned off El-Abd and behind for a goal kick.
Bournemouth sent on Fraser for Ritchie while Albion introduced Barnes for David.
Today's attendance at the Amex for #BHAFC v #AFCB is 28,282, with 1,668 in support of Bournemouth. Thank you all for your support.— @OfficialBHAFC 01 January 2014
As Cherries countered, Daniels was bodychecked just before he could into the box by El-Abd and was booked. But Francis drilled the free-kick tamely wide.
Crofts was replaced by Agustien before the game could resume.
ALBION SUB - Kemy Agustien replaces Andrew Crofts - "Sensible sub from Garcia" says Johnny Byrne #BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 01 January 2014
Right behind LuaLua's effort. Cut inside onto right-foot. Curve and pace on the shot. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2014
That led to a couple of corners which Bournemouth dealt with – and then they countered. But Ritchie shot over from long range.
Suddenly LuaLua weaved some magic as he cut inside from the left edge of the box and unleashed a shot which beat Camp but rattled back off the underside of the bar
Leo Ulloa shows his frustration after coming close against Bournemouth. #BHAFC v #AFCB http://t.co/ovgstnIeV2— @OfficialBHAFC 01 January 2014
As the rain continued to sweep down, Pugh eased past Calderon down the left wing but El-Abd got across to tidy up.
Bournemouth had made a bright start to the half. Ritchie had a hopeful long-ranger blocked and then Grabban saw a tight-angled drive parried by Kuszczak, who grabbed the loose ball.
Then Arter looked to threat Grabban into the box and Upson had to respond quickly get in front of him and hook the ball out for a throw.
It was just the start to the half the visitors would have wanted.
There were no substitutions ahead of a second half which would see Albion attack towards the North Stand.
Elphick needed treatment after a collision with LuaLua in the opening minute of the period but was able to continue.
Ulloa could have had a hat-trick. Should have scored at least once, if not twice. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2014
Former Albion striker Johnny Byrne "It was a poor ref decision but the Albion can't be too despondant and keep going." #BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 01 January 2014
Camp came to Bournemouth’s rescue again in added time. Crofts picked out Ulloa with a superb ball over Elphick and Ulloa took it down.
But Camp was out quickly and blocked his volley away for a corner.
There was still time for David to angle a long ball between the central defenders and Ulloa seemed to have taken it down, only for it to bounce away from him.
Half: Albion 0 Bournemouth 1
The contest, and home crowd, had gone very flat again.
Eddie Howe’s side were doing a good job of frustrating the hosts and keeping the ball at times.
The Seagulls looked to LuaLua for inspiration. He was fouled tight to the touchline but Camp fisted away David’s inswinging free-kick away from almost under his own bar under pressure.
Arter, back from a suspension, was first into the book on 31 minutes for scything through Bridcutt after the home man had played a pass.
But Cherries were seeing more of the ball now and the Albion pressure had eased.
RT @OfficialBHAFC: TV replays show Calderon's tackle was perfectly timed. A very harsh decision in the extreme. #BHAFC— @CamChappers 01 January 2014
LUALUA CHANCE - BBC Sussex's Johnny Cantor "The Albion will have to do something special to beat Lee Camp this afternoon."— @BBCSussexSport 01 January 2014
LuaLua let fly from outside the box but the ball passed fairly comfortably wide as Camp dived to cover the bottom corner.
Elphick did well to head away at the far post after David stood up an inviting ball to the far post.
The clearance fell to LuaLua outside the box and his right-foot drive was superbly helped around the post by Camp.
Albion kept pushing forward. David picked out Upson with a free-kick and his header was deflected for a corner which caused chaos before Camp dived on the loose ball as Ulloa rather optimistically claimed he had been impeded.
What made it worse is that Hooper was well placed with a clear view. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2014
Shocking decision by referee Simon Hooper. Calderon clearly got the ball and not Pugh as it ran out for a corner. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2014
Bournemouth had offered little threat – but they went ahead after a laughable penalty decision by referee Simon Hooper. He stunned both sides by pointing to spot after Calderon slid in to nudge the ball away left-footed from Pugh. After lengthy arguments, GRABBAN drilled the spot kick into the bottom half.
Albion responded well and Ulloa had a right-foot blast well saved by Camp.
ALBION 0 CHERRIES 0 (Crofts chance) BBC Sussex's Johnny Byrne "Great shot by Crofts and he certainly gave it a real go." #BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 01 January 2014
Elliott Ward did more good work when he cut out a low cross by David Lopez who had been sent away down the right by Bridcutt’s fine pass.
LuaLua had a first run at Francis and his low ball in deflected to ulloa, whose touch let him down as the ball ran away from him for a goal kick right in front of the away fans.
Ulloa’s control was then awry when David drilled an intelligent low ball into him on the edge of the box.
But Albion kept coming – and Crofts’ use of the conditions so nearly brought a breakthrough.
He looked to keep a shot low as he let fly from 25 yards and the ball seemed to skid under Camp’s dive before smacking against the post.
A poor pass by David Lopez on the edge of his own box put Albion in a spot of bother but they managed to slither the resulting cross to safety before the gaze of a slightly anxious North Stand.
A simple ball over the top then got Ulloa in behind the Bournemouth defence to the right of goal but Elliott Ward made up ground quickly to slide in and nudge the ball out for a corner – from which Albion were penalised for a shove.
No change of ends. We will be under way just as soon as Bournemouth have completed their huddle.
Elphick gets the expected warm welcome from Albion fans as his name is read out.
Keep an eye on The Argus website for the latest January transfer window developments. Particularly relevant today. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2014
Reports are filtering through from the Emirates that Vincent Tan is wearing a blue jumper!
So which will be the colour of success here today?
Albion are putting their faith in Kazenga LuaLua for some attacking width but I suspect some fans will be disappointed not to see the Ulloa/Barnes pairing which started at Blackpool.
Arter is a busy midfielder and Cherries will be glad to have him back after a one-game ban.
There could be a first in the offing here at The Amex in the first match of 2014.
Albion could move into the top six for the first time this season (if you exclude the in-running league table after about 15 minutes of the opening game).
Or Bournemouth could complete a hat-trick of away wins in the second tier for the first time in their history.
We know Woodingdean boy Tommy Elphick will enjoy his first match at The Amex.
And that Leo Ulloa will start a game here for the first time in exactly three months.
Other than that, though, it’s a hard one to call as the Seagulls, who have been fallible at home, take on a Cherries side set up to defend in numbers and break forward quickly.
It was 3-2 to the Seagulls when these sides met at Withdean on New Year’s Day 2008.
Let’s see if Albion can, er, “Revell” in the wet conditions today.
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