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They made it! Ulloa's late strike sends Albion into the play-offs

The Argus: Leonardo Ulloa roars his delight at scoring the winner (Photo Simon Dack) Leonardo Ulloa roars his delight at scoring the winner (Photo Simon Dack)

Leo Ulloa scored the goal which secured Albion’s play-off place in extraordinary circumstances today.

But the Seagulls left it very late before pipping Reading to sixth spot.

Ulloa nodded home a Craig Mackail-Smith cross in added time to secure a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

Meanwhile rivals Reading could only draw 2-2 at home to Burnley.

Albion did it the hard way with a rare come-from-behind win.

They fell behind on 22 minutes, just after news filtered through that Reading had seen an early lead cancelled out.

Tomasz Kuszczak was at fault as Matt Derbyshire’s header, which he seemed to have covered, bounced gently in off his thigh beneath the gaze of the disbelieving away fans.

By then Ulloa had already dragged a good chance wide after being sent clear to the right of goal.

Ulloa had a potential equaliser ruled out for offside as he turned in Will Buckley’s low cross. But it was a nervy and disjointed first half by Albion, whose supporters were clearly aware Reading had fallen 2-1 down.

Stephen Ward drilled Albion level early in the second half to nudge them into sixth spot.

But Reading then levelled through Garath McCleary.

That was how it stayed as Inigo Calderon saw a late volley parried by Dorus De Vries.

But then Albion countered from the edge of their own area and Ulloa nodded home to spark delirium among almost 2,000 Seagulls fans behind that goal.

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2:39pm Sat 3 May 14

Hugothepug says...

How I'm still alive with blood pressure as it is is beyond me.

Quality support from our faithful as always.

Play off on my birthday.

Come on!!

UTA
How I'm still alive with blood pressure as it is is beyond me. Quality support from our faithful as always. Play off on my birthday. Come on!! UTA Hugothepug
  • Score: 22

2:40pm Sat 3 May 14

albionfan33 says...

wow my hearts still pounding. we played absolute cack all game! do i care?? nope. bring on derby we have no pressure on us to get through. we owe derby a beating come on u super seagulls
wow my hearts still pounding. we played absolute cack all game! do i care?? nope. bring on derby we have no pressure on us to get through. we owe derby a beating come on u super seagulls albionfan33
  • Score: 23

2:40pm Sat 3 May 14

ash696 says...

Kept calm and got the job done. Excellent ending to the game, great to see CMS back. Well done for reaching the play offs, a successful season no matter what happens now. Fingers crossed for the play offs, it's a lottery from here on in. UTA!
Kept calm and got the job done. Excellent ending to the game, great to see CMS back. Well done for reaching the play offs, a successful season no matter what happens now. Fingers crossed for the play offs, it's a lottery from here on in. UTA! ash696
  • Score: 20

2:42pm Sat 3 May 14

AlanDuffy says...

Never in doubt.........
Never in doubt......... AlanDuffy
  • Score: 10

2:47pm Sat 3 May 14

To baldly go says...

We are there by the skin of our teeth! Bring on Derby Thursday night, we have to score at least a couple of goals to be in with a chance when we go to their ground.
Have to say though, we played poorly imo, only picked up when Kaz and Cms came on, these guys put fear into the opposition and allow Ulloa the space he needs to show what he is capable of, they have to start.
Having said that, to come from behind away from home shows real character and fair play to the lads, well done.
Can we do a Palarse, I think we can, and take a premiership place for next season. UTA
We are there by the skin of our teeth! Bring on Derby Thursday night, we have to score at least a couple of goals to be in with a chance when we go to their ground. Have to say though, we played poorly imo, only picked up when Kaz and Cms came on, these guys put fear into the opposition and allow Ulloa the space he needs to show what he is capable of, they have to start. Having said that, to come from behind away from home shows real character and fair play to the lads, well done. Can we do a Palarse, I think we can, and take a premiership place for next season. UTA To baldly go
  • Score: 11

2:48pm Sat 3 May 14

rolivan says...

Nigel are you keeping Up!
Nigel are you keeping Up! rolivan
  • Score: 21

2:50pm Sat 3 May 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

Better that we played crap and won, than played well and didn't. What a cross from Macka !

Last season we deserved to go up through the play offs and didn't. This season we don't, so we probably will.
Better that we played crap and won, than played well and didn't. What a cross from Macka ! Last season we deserved to go up through the play offs and didn't. This season we don't, so we probably will. PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: 14

2:52pm Sat 3 May 14

Gaz the great says...

Far too stressful for words to describe-great job by the team despite one of the worst displays of the season! Derby on Thursday, can't wait!
Far too stressful for words to describe-great job by the team despite one of the worst displays of the season! Derby on Thursday, can't wait! Gaz the great
  • Score: 8

2:53pm Sat 3 May 14

ringtone says...

Where are Arnie and Vegas.

You boys have been Oscars biggest fans since the start.

Lets hear from you
Where are Arnie and Vegas. You boys have been Oscars biggest fans since the start. Lets hear from you ringtone
  • Score: -13

2:55pm Sat 3 May 14

KeefyH44 says...

Where are all the doom sayers now! To make the playoffs two years running is something special. If we don't make it all the way to the PL now, surely we must spend a bit of money next year to ensure we do then, or at least have a good chance of an automatic spot!
Where are all the doom sayers now! To make the playoffs two years running is something special. If we don't make it all the way to the PL now, surely we must spend a bit of money next year to ensure we do then, or at least have a good chance of an automatic spot! KeefyH44
  • Score: 8

2:57pm Sat 3 May 14

elljam says...

Fantastic outcome regardless of the display.
However I hope Oscar tells our boys before Thursday that you are allowed to try & prevent crosses coming into our box. I couldn't believe how many times we backed off & allowed them to cross the ball unchallenged.

Still HAPPY DAYS !
Fantastic outcome regardless of the display. However I hope Oscar tells our boys before Thursday that you are allowed to try & prevent crosses coming into our box. I couldn't believe how many times we backed off & allowed them to cross the ball unchallenged. Still HAPPY DAYS ! elljam
  • Score: 7

2:58pm Sat 3 May 14

KeefyH44 says...

rolivan wrote:
Nigel are you keeping Up!
LOL!!!!
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Nigel are you keeping Up![/p][/quote]LOL!!!! KeefyH44
  • Score: 7

3:02pm Sat 3 May 14

SMF20 says...

Omg..... I have no nails left and my heart is still pounding.

Woeful display given the boys couldn't string 2 passes together but what a result.

Another hour for Orlandi and hopefully Stephens back for Thursday. Great to see Macca chipping in with an assist too.

Let's put Derby to bed early at the Amex.... I think we have it in us.

Uta
Omg..... I have no nails left and my heart is still pounding. Woeful display given the boys couldn't string 2 passes together but what a result. Another hour for Orlandi and hopefully Stephens back for Thursday. Great to see Macca chipping in with an assist too. Let's put Derby to bed early at the Amex.... I think we have it in us. Uta SMF20
  • Score: 7

3:15pm Sat 3 May 14

rolivan says...

Could somebody explain why so many of our players are slipping at vital moments prior to kicking the ball it seems to be happening more often.
Could somebody explain why so many of our players are slipping at vital moments prior to kicking the ball it seems to be happening more often. rolivan
  • Score: 0

3:21pm Sat 3 May 14

sussexram40 says...

Congrats to all.
Now it's a battle of 2 men.
No players, forget them. There's no point even having players on the pitch.
This is personal.
McClaren v Oscar
Simple.
The pragnatic, experienced, umbrella using English manager versus the wily, bearded, Spanish rookie.
Book your seats.
Congrats to all. Now it's a battle of 2 men. No players, forget them. There's no point even having players on the pitch. This is personal. McClaren v Oscar Simple. The pragnatic, experienced, umbrella using English manager versus the wily, bearded, Spanish rookie. Book your seats. sussexram40
  • Score: -7

3:50pm Sat 3 May 14

Aldrington Halt says...

In your face...
In your face... Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 1

4:47pm Sat 3 May 14

Vince says...

Amazing and unbelievable climax to the season - and great to see a quality cross put in by Craig MS following a surging run by Kazenga for Ulloa to ghost past the Forest defence and plant a great header into the net.
It just shows what we could have achieved if we had had a quality crosser of the ball from the start of the season. Our crossing this season has been absolutely woeful, and with all the injuries, and players coming back from injury getting injured again and again it is nothing short of a miracle that we ended up where we deserve to be.

I think we can win the play-offs and reach the Premiership. We have already demonstrated that we are as good as any in the top 5.

But whatever happens in the play-offs, the sheer drama of today's game will live long in the memory. Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR.

SEAGULLS!!!!!!!!
Amazing and unbelievable climax to the season - and great to see a quality cross put in by Craig MS following a surging run by Kazenga for Ulloa to ghost past the Forest defence and plant a great header into the net. It just shows what we could have achieved if we had had a quality crosser of the ball from the start of the season. Our crossing this season has been absolutely woeful, and with all the injuries, and players coming back from injury getting injured again and again it is nothing short of a miracle that we ended up where we deserve to be. I think we can win the play-offs and reach the Premiership. We have already demonstrated that we are as good as any in the top 5. But whatever happens in the play-offs, the sheer drama of today's game will live long in the memory. Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR. SEAGULLS!!!!!!!! Vince
  • Score: 10

5:55pm Sat 3 May 14

brightonup says...

Sussexscum40 still loitering with intent. Nothing interesting to contribute though.....
Sussexscum40 still loitering with intent. Nothing interesting to contribute though..... brightonup
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Sat 3 May 14

Merdalf the Wizard says...

Never a dull moment supporting the Albion. Oscar most animated I've seen him all season!
Only the big boys to play now, and we know we're best against them.
Regardless of what happens, we proved today that we wont give up and the players will do their best, we played c**p and won, is that not the mark of a good team.
If we judge a manager(head coach for the anal) by the teams final position, then we cannot moan about Oscar.
Happy Bunny tonight, and will be for a while, till the wine wears off and I remember I've got to go to work tomorrow!
Freeloaders, ringpiece or whatever name your using this week, I don't judge a supporter by his attendance, just his support. I didn't see you at the game, was looking for a neon sign to mark you out as special, but couldn't see one, maybe I should've gone to specsavers!
UTA
Never a dull moment supporting the Albion. Oscar most animated I've seen him all season! Only the big boys to play now, and we know we're best against them. Regardless of what happens, we proved today that we wont give up and the players will do their best, we played c**p and won, is that not the mark of a good team. If we judge a manager(head coach for the anal) by the teams final position, then we cannot moan about Oscar. Happy Bunny tonight, and will be for a while, till the wine wears off and I remember I've got to go to work tomorrow! Freeloaders, ringpiece or whatever name your using this week, I don't judge a supporter by his attendance, just his support. I didn't see you at the game, was looking for a neon sign to mark you out as special, but couldn't see one, maybe I should've gone to specsavers! UTA Merdalf the Wizard
  • Score: 3

8:13pm Sat 3 May 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

Just like 1991 - and Deano involved yet again!!!!! This time lets repeat the feat and get to Wembley only this time we go all the way - no Harrow Schoolmaster Referee to worry about this time giving dodgy corners.!!

C'mmon you Seagulls - Great season thank you. Hope Steve brings his 'brolly'!
Just like 1991 - and Deano involved yet again!!!!! This time lets repeat the feat and get to Wembley only this time we go all the way - no Harrow Schoolmaster Referee to worry about this time giving dodgy corners.!! C'mmon you Seagulls - Great season thank you. Hope Steve brings his 'brolly'! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 4

12:41am Sun 4 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

Had to be on site today so left for work shortly after the match ended, congrats to the players an to Oscar, and well done the Brighton fans, lots of verbal support.
Rehardless how the playoffs finish up, we have had a very good season, when all things are considered.
Had to be on site today so left for work shortly after the match ended, congrats to the players an to Oscar, and well done the Brighton fans, lots of verbal support. Rehardless how the playoffs finish up, we have had a very good season, when all things are considered. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

4:27pm Sun 4 May 14

sussexram40 says...

Bring on the Rams.
Its too close to call. It will be all about tactics.
We could yet be joining up with great Gus in the top flight.
The question will be whether Oscar is the right man to lead the Albion in the premier league or whether we should make an audacious swoop for David Moyes while he's still available?
Bring on the Rams. Its too close to call. It will be all about tactics. We could yet be joining up with great Gus in the top flight. The question will be whether Oscar is the right man to lead the Albion in the premier league or whether we should make an audacious swoop for David Moyes while he's still available? sussexram40
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Sun 4 May 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Did not realise the game was on Sky until midday recorded it as weather too good, twenty minutes into the second half used fast forward to limit viewing time as game was poor both sides giving possession away,quite surprised when we scored the winner a usually one goal is our limit.
Concerned now that this puts us in with a chance that we could be in the Premiership next season,think Cardiff,Swansea,Bolt
on,Birmingham and their half empty stadiums a result of relegation,somewhat relieved that we are up against Derby who are favourites,we have come a long way and can continue in the Championship with a healthy attendance to give us financial security.
Did not realise the game was on Sky until midday recorded it as weather too good, twenty minutes into the second half used fast forward to limit viewing time as game was poor both sides giving possession away,quite surprised when we scored the winner a usually one goal is our limit. Concerned now that this puts us in with a chance that we could be in the Premiership next season,think Cardiff,Swansea,Bolt on,Birmingham and their half empty stadiums a result of relegation,somewhat relieved that we are up against Derby who are favourites,we have come a long way and can continue in the Championship with a healthy attendance to give us financial security. Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 0

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