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Albion fans still hopeful after defeat

The Argus: Albion fans still hopeful after defeat Albion fans still hopeful after defeat

ALBION fans remain optimistic despite slipping to defeat in the first leg of their bid to reach the Premier League.

More than 27,000 fans crammed into the American Express Community Stadium as the Seagulls fell to a 2-1 loss in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final to Derby County.

Despite the foul weather and the fact the game was being televised, the Albion faithful were still in full voice as they tried to cheer their team on to the final and the chance to play for an expected £100 million boost.

Albion now travel to the iPro Stadium on Sunday and fans are confident they can pull back the one goal deficit.

One fan making the trip north is Adam Murdoch from Brighton.

He said: “We can definitely do it. “The Derby fans were celebrating as if they’d already won it but this is not over by any means.

“One early goal and it’s effectively nil-nil so it’s game on.”

Darren Sharpe, from Brighton said: “It’s still winnable, but we won’t celebrate like they did.

“They are making out as if they are already up.”

Before the game the fans avoided the elements by flooding into the club shop to pick up some extra layers to stay warm.

The North Stand was awash with white and blue and one man in amongst the sea of fans was Karl Gardener, from Brighton.

He said: “I’m obviously disappointed with the loss but we’re being told we’re playing badly – getting to the play-offs is by no means a bad season.

“We can turn this deficit around.”

The referee, Roger East, came in for some criticism from the Albion faithful and one of the biggest cheers of the night came when Jake Forster-Caskey sent the ball high into the night sky having crashed it into the official’s head.

It was not all positive from fans, with Robbie Morgage labeling the performance “embarrassing” and Jesse Akehurst believing the Seagulls have left themselves too much to do in the second leg.

Darren Trussell, from Brighton, said: “I think it comes down to them having a better attack than us. “We failed to penetrate the final third and we keep bringing on wingers who cross the ball badly.”

One youngster who will never forget his night is Callum Clubb, who graced the turf of the Amex as captain’s mascot.

He posed for a photograph with Gordon Greer before kick-off as he celebrated his 10th birthday.

Callum, who was bursting with excitement before the game, thinks the Albion have got what it takes to make the final.

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7:42am Fri 9 May 14

TheWerewolf says...

'Despite the foul weather'. Was this journalist even at the game? No rain for at least an hour before the game! We are definitely still in this. Derby were excellent on the break but I'm not convinced their fans will let them do that for 90 mins at home. We again frustrated with our crossing and set plays but still hit the bar and forced their keeper into a couple of World class saves. They scored from a penalty and a shot which deflected in off Kuzs back! Draw would have been fair on the night but encouragingly Derby leak goals so I think my nails will suffer again on Sunday! Assuming they have grown back from last Saturday by then.
'Despite the foul weather'. Was this journalist even at the game? No rain for at least an hour before the game! We are definitely still in this. Derby were excellent on the break but I'm not convinced their fans will let them do that for 90 mins at home. We again frustrated with our crossing and set plays but still hit the bar and forced their keeper into a couple of World class saves. They scored from a penalty and a shot which deflected in off Kuzs back! Draw would have been fair on the night but encouragingly Derby leak goals so I think my nails will suffer again on Sunday! Assuming they have grown back from last Saturday by then. TheWerewolf
  • Score: 13

7:49am Fri 9 May 14

Broadwater Juice says...

Robbie Morgage, with a comment like that, you my friend are the embarrassment by labelling that performance embarrassing. Clearly you are out of your depth when talking about football, so best stick to the table version eh!? Bless.
Robbie Morgage, with a comment like that, you my friend are the embarrassment by labelling that performance embarrassing. Clearly you are out of your depth when talking about football, so best stick to the table version eh!? Bless. Broadwater Juice
  • Score: 8

7:59am Fri 9 May 14

Sheil says...

Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.
Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was. Sheil
  • Score: 3

8:17am Fri 9 May 14

graham w says...

Another frustrating evening, , ref was so poor why do we have to suffer these refs. .we started the game at a really good pace and looked strong .I still dont see jfc especially when he was playing as he did last night swopping holding roll much prefer the strength and pace of ince
..its not over ...yet...and to answer gate question the gate was propped up by 2800 derby fans.i would say .bums on seats was well under 27000.
Another frustrating evening, , ref was so poor why do we have to suffer these refs. .we started the game at a really good pace and looked strong .I still dont see jfc especially when he was playing as he did last night swopping holding roll much prefer the strength and pace of ince ..its not over ...yet...and to answer gate question the gate was propped up by 2800 derby fans.i would say .bums on seats was well under 27000. graham w
  • Score: 2

8:48am Fri 9 May 14

fratsomrover says...

Sheil wrote:
Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.
I too would like to know the attendance.
Looked a record crowd to me and couldn't understand why it wasn't announced.
Fantastic entertainment, just not the result we were hoping for, but it was close enough to give us a fair chance of getting the result we need on Sunday
[quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.[/p][/quote]I too would like to know the attendance. Looked a record crowd to me and couldn't understand why it wasn't announced. Fantastic entertainment, just not the result we were hoping for, but it was close enough to give us a fair chance of getting the result we need on Sunday fratsomrover
  • Score: 2

9:10am Fri 9 May 14

Max Ripple says...

Sheil wrote:
Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.
I'll tell you why they didn't give the figure. Because they completely f*****ed up the whole ticketing process! Nobody know what the hell was happening. We were told we had to register for Gold Membership by 3pm on Saturday, then by 7pm on Sunday. Non season ticket holders would be allowed to purchase from Monday but A mate of mine managed to get three tickets on Sunday for people who weren't season ticket holders. Website was very unclear. Phone lines were abysmal. No wonder they were trying to flog tickets from a caravan at Brighton station on Friday morning! This game should have been a sell out but they gave the impression that tickets would be VERY hard to get and I think a lot of people just thought they wouldn't have a chance. There were more people at the Yeovil game! And why was that game £40 in Lower West but last night only £34? Last night should have been like a cup final. It felt like it but sad to see clumps of empty seats around the ground. I question the clubs business acumen.
[quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.[/p][/quote]I'll tell you why they didn't give the figure. Because they completely f*****ed up the whole ticketing process! Nobody know what the hell was happening. We were told we had to register for Gold Membership by 3pm on Saturday, then by 7pm on Sunday. Non season ticket holders would be allowed to purchase from Monday but A mate of mine managed to get three tickets on Sunday for people who weren't season ticket holders. Website was very unclear. Phone lines were abysmal. No wonder they were trying to flog tickets from a caravan at Brighton station on Friday morning! This game should have been a sell out but they gave the impression that tickets would be VERY hard to get and I think a lot of people just thought they wouldn't have a chance. There were more people at the Yeovil game! And why was that game £40 in Lower West but last night only £34? Last night should have been like a cup final. It felt like it but sad to see clumps of empty seats around the ground. I question the clubs business acumen. Max Ripple
  • Score: 4

9:13am Fri 9 May 14

pablobrowno says...

graham w wrote:
Another frustrating evening, , ref was so poor why do we have to suffer these refs. .we started the game at a really good pace and looked strong .I still dont see jfc especially when he was playing as he did last night swopping holding roll much prefer the strength and pace of ince
..its not over ...yet...and to answer gate question the gate was propped up by 2800 derby fans.i would say .bums on seats was well under 27000.
Why on earth would bums on seats be well under 27,000? Are you suggesting hundreds of people actually bought tickets for the game and didn't bother to come?
[quote][p][bold]graham w [/bold] wrote: Another frustrating evening, , ref was so poor why do we have to suffer these refs. .we started the game at a really good pace and looked strong .I still dont see jfc especially when he was playing as he did last night swopping holding roll much prefer the strength and pace of ince ..its not over ...yet...and to answer gate question the gate was propped up by 2800 derby fans.i would say .bums on seats was well under 27000.[/p][/quote]Why on earth would bums on seats be well under 27,000? Are you suggesting hundreds of people actually bought tickets for the game and didn't bother to come? pablobrowno
  • Score: 5

9:20am Fri 9 May 14

Max Ripple says...

graham w wrote:
Another frustrating evening, , ref was so poor why do we have to suffer these refs. .we started the game at a really good pace and looked strong .I still dont see jfc especially when he was playing as he did last night swopping holding roll much prefer the strength and pace of ince
..its not over ...yet...and to answer gate question the gate was propped up by 2800 derby fans.i would say .bums on seats was well under 27000.
Yes JFC - I'm sorry but he just doesn't cut the mustard. Smacked of inexperience last night and made a whole series of howlers. Might as well have been playing for Derby with the number of times he passed the ball to them. We had the fight and determination last night but were just too slow again. They defended well admittedly, but it was the old story of slow build up giving them time to regroup and get men behind the ball. Trying to shoot through up to nine pairs of legs. Never going to work.
I was talking to a Catalan Barcelona supporter last night who has seen our last two games. He said this slow build up style IS the Barcelona way. So if we want Oscars Barcelona style - this is what we will get.
[quote][p][bold]graham w [/bold] wrote: Another frustrating evening, , ref was so poor why do we have to suffer these refs. .we started the game at a really good pace and looked strong .I still dont see jfc especially when he was playing as he did last night swopping holding roll much prefer the strength and pace of ince ..its not over ...yet...and to answer gate question the gate was propped up by 2800 derby fans.i would say .bums on seats was well under 27000.[/p][/quote]Yes JFC - I'm sorry but he just doesn't cut the mustard. Smacked of inexperience last night and made a whole series of howlers. Might as well have been playing for Derby with the number of times he passed the ball to them. We had the fight and determination last night but were just too slow again. They defended well admittedly, but it was the old story of slow build up giving them time to regroup and get men behind the ball. Trying to shoot through up to nine pairs of legs. Never going to work. I was talking to a Catalan Barcelona supporter last night who has seen our last two games. He said this slow build up style IS the Barcelona way. So if we want Oscars Barcelona style - this is what we will get. Max Ripple
  • Score: 5

12:26pm Fri 9 May 14

Jules boy says...

Sheil wrote:
Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.
cos it was rubbish, should be filling them seats
[quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.[/p][/quote]cos it was rubbish, should be filling them seats Jules boy
  • Score: -2

4:29pm Fri 9 May 14

c.s.holmes says...

Hardly crammed into the stadium, did you not see the empty seats ? Derby fans did not have a smug look on there faces either thinking they have won it, it's called supporting your team with something other than that dull, dreary Albionnnnnn you lot chant as if your falling asleep !! Get your dummy back in and stop sulking, "we're Derby County we'll sing when we want"
Hardly crammed into the stadium, did you not see the empty seats ? Derby fans did not have a smug look on there faces either thinking they have won it, it's called supporting your team with something other than that dull, dreary Albionnnnnn you lot chant as if your falling asleep !! Get your dummy back in and stop sulking, "we're Derby County we'll sing when we want" c.s.holmes
  • Score: 1

5:05pm Fri 9 May 14

Free money says...

Jules boy wrote:
Sheil wrote:
Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.
cos it was rubbish, should be filling them seats
100% correct.Just more mason lies from the Argus.Anyone that really goes to games can see from last night that gates are really just about 22k tops most games.
[quote][p][bold]Jules boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.[/p][/quote]cos it was rubbish, should be filling them seats[/p][/quote]100% correct.Just more mason lies from the Argus.Anyone that really goes to games can see from last night that gates are really just about 22k tops most games. Free money
  • Score: -3

5:15pm Fri 9 May 14

Free money says...

c.s.holmes wrote:
Hardly crammed into the stadium, did you not see the empty seats ? Derby fans did not have a smug look on there faces either thinking they have won it, it's called supporting your team with something other than that dull, dreary Albionnnnnn you lot chant as if your falling asleep !! Get your dummy back in and stop sulking, "we're Derby County we'll sing when we want"
Outstanding post my friend.The Brighton team and fans are a pure joke.Its a small time club with no real singing end of working class fans.Its just groups of upper middle class people with knew Glasses on.What very few lads Brighton do still have would soon run away from any real big firm.
[quote][p][bold]c.s.holmes[/bold] wrote: Hardly crammed into the stadium, did you not see the empty seats ? Derby fans did not have a smug look on there faces either thinking they have won it, it's called supporting your team with something other than that dull, dreary Albionnnnnn you lot chant as if your falling asleep !! Get your dummy back in and stop sulking, "we're Derby County we'll sing when we want"[/p][/quote]Outstanding post my friend.The Brighton team and fans are a pure joke.Its a small time club with no real singing end of working class fans.Its just groups of upper middle class people with knew Glasses on.What very few lads Brighton do still have would soon run away from any real big firm. Free money
  • Score: -2

5:21pm Fri 9 May 14

Free money says...

Max Ripple wrote:
Sheil wrote:
Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.
I'll tell you why they didn't give the figure. Because they completely f*****ed up the whole ticketing process! Nobody know what the hell was happening. We were told we had to register for Gold Membership by 3pm on Saturday, then by 7pm on Sunday. Non season ticket holders would be allowed to purchase from Monday but A mate of mine managed to get three tickets on Sunday for people who weren't season ticket holders. Website was very unclear. Phone lines were abysmal. No wonder they were trying to flog tickets from a caravan at Brighton station on Friday morning! This game should have been a sell out but they gave the impression that tickets would be VERY hard to get and I think a lot of people just thought they wouldn't have a chance. There were more people at the Yeovil game! And why was that game £40 in Lower West but last night only £34? Last night should have been like a cup final. It felt like it but sad to see clumps of empty seats around the ground. I question the clubs business acumen.
Outstanding post my friend.Lots of people at the club should be out of work today end of.Just more vile freeloaders within the club taking free money because their familys know the right people.
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: Why no attendance figure given at the match? Please tell me if I missed it what it was.[/p][/quote]I'll tell you why they didn't give the figure. Because they completely f*****ed up the whole ticketing process! Nobody know what the hell was happening. We were told we had to register for Gold Membership by 3pm on Saturday, then by 7pm on Sunday. Non season ticket holders would be allowed to purchase from Monday but A mate of mine managed to get three tickets on Sunday for people who weren't season ticket holders. Website was very unclear. Phone lines were abysmal. No wonder they were trying to flog tickets from a caravan at Brighton station on Friday morning! This game should have been a sell out but they gave the impression that tickets would be VERY hard to get and I think a lot of people just thought they wouldn't have a chance. There were more people at the Yeovil game! And why was that game £40 in Lower West but last night only £34? Last night should have been like a cup final. It felt like it but sad to see clumps of empty seats around the ground. I question the clubs business acumen.[/p][/quote]Outstanding post my friend.Lots of people at the club should be out of work today end of.Just more vile freeloaders within the club taking free money because their familys know the right people. Free money
  • Score: -3

8:20pm Sun 11 May 14

Captain Haddock says...

Free money wrote:
c.s.holmes wrote: Hardly crammed into the stadium, did you not see the empty seats ? Derby fans did not have a smug look on there faces either thinking they have won it, it's called supporting your team with something other than that dull, dreary Albionnnnnn you lot chant as if your falling asleep !! Get your dummy back in and stop sulking, "we're Derby County we'll sing when we want"
Outstanding post my friend.The Brighton team and fans are a pure joke.Its a small time club with no real singing end of working class fans.Its just groups of upper middle class people with knew Glasses on.What very few lads Brighton do still have would soon run away from any real big firm.
You are the joke, you tedious little boy/
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]c.s.holmes[/bold] wrote: Hardly crammed into the stadium, did you not see the empty seats ? Derby fans did not have a smug look on there faces either thinking they have won it, it's called supporting your team with something other than that dull, dreary Albionnnnnn you lot chant as if your falling asleep !! Get your dummy back in and stop sulking, "we're Derby County we'll sing when we want"[/p][/quote]Outstanding post my friend.The Brighton team and fans are a pure joke.Its a small time club with no real singing end of working class fans.Its just groups of upper middle class people with knew Glasses on.What very few lads Brighton do still have would soon run away from any real big firm.[/p][/quote]You are the joke, you tedious little boy/ Captain Haddock
  • Score: 1

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