Crofts sent off in Albion defeat

Andrew Crofts trudges off after being shown a straight red card (photo Simon Dack)

Andrew Crofts trudges off after being shown a straight red card (photo Simon Dack)

First published in Sport
Last updated
by

Albion’s new season is off to a sorry start after they lost at home – and had Andrew Crofts sent-off.

The Seagulls were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday, for whom Giles Coke curled into the top corner on 40 minutes.

Crofts was shown a straight red in the 50th minute for his foul on Sam Hutchinson, which was deemed dangerous by ref James Linington.

Albion only threatened to get back into game in a flurry of activity around the 70th minute. Chris O’Grady saw his shot on the turn brilliantly finger-tipped wide by debut-making Owls keeper Keiren Westwood.

The resulting corner led to Inigo Calderon flashing in a low cross which flew just wide off a defender.

But that was the sum total of the Seagulls’ second-half threat.

Kazenga LuaLua had a first-half effort saved by Westwood.

And the same player rolled a shot just wide of the far post in first-half stoppage time.

But by then Wednesday led through Coke's first time left-foot effort from just outside the box on a somewhat concerning afternoon for home fans.

Comments (18)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

pjwilk says...

Sounds like Brightons team was a shambles,no pace no organisation,no idea.We failed to prepare and you know the rest.
Sounds like Brightons team was a shambles,no pace no organisation,no idea.We failed to prepare and you know the rest. pjwilk
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was.

A calamitous start to the season, as many feared.
Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co.
Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November?
Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear.
A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham.
Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.
Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was. A calamitous start to the season, as many feared. Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co. Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November? Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear. A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham. Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews. sussexram40
  • Score: -15

5:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

arc12 says...

1 chance on target on the second half is distinctly worrying even if we were down to 10 men. Where's the creativity???
1 chance on target on the second half is distinctly worrying even if we were down to 10 men. Where's the creativity??? arc12
  • Score: 8

5:13pm Sat 9 Aug 14

heshootshescores says...

Today was just a reflection of what has happened at this club during the past three/four months. Oscar quitting; Ulloa being sold; failure to sign quality players to replace those who have left.

Until we get a competitive squad, we won't be able to judge Sami as a manger...but I was gobsmacked when I saw Fenelon's name on the team sheet rather than CMS. Bit of a gamble to take in the first game of the season.

Pre-season was poor and, to be honest, I'm not at all surprised by today's result. Wednesday will finish in the bottom half of the table so that's three points down the drain just for starters.

Absolute disgrace that the club failed to get Ward back for the start of the season. Wolves may well be playing silly buggers over the transfer fee but sounds like our Board are a bunch of penny-pinchers too.

They better splash a bit of cash in the next 22 days otherwise we'll be in trouble. Problem is most of the best players available have already been snapped up.
Today was just a reflection of what has happened at this club during the past three/four months. Oscar quitting; Ulloa being sold; failure to sign quality players to replace those who have left. Until we get a competitive squad, we won't be able to judge Sami as a manger...but I was gobsmacked when I saw Fenelon's name on the team sheet rather than CMS. Bit of a gamble to take in the first game of the season. Pre-season was poor and, to be honest, I'm not at all surprised by today's result. Wednesday will finish in the bottom half of the table so that's three points down the drain just for starters. Absolute disgrace that the club failed to get Ward back for the start of the season. Wolves may well be playing silly buggers over the transfer fee but sounds like our Board are a bunch of penny-pinchers too. They better splash a bit of cash in the next 22 days otherwise we'll be in trouble. Problem is most of the best players available have already been snapped up. heshootshescores
  • Score: 8

5:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

A weeks a long time in football--COULD all change by next week?? Here´s hoping!!
A weeks a long time in football--COULD all change by next week?? Here´s hoping!! mikeygit
  • Score: 2

5:22pm Sat 9 Aug 14

pablobrowno says...

Adgestein?!! Oh my god!!!!! Not a footballer!!! Disgrace!!
Adgestein?!! Oh my god!!!!! Not a footballer!!! Disgrace!! pablobrowno
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Sat 9 Aug 14

hongkong_seagull says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was.

A calamitous start to the season, as many feared.
Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co.
Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November?
Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear.
A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham.
Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.
You use the words calamitous, crisis twice and impotent. One game in. You are already predicting our manager going after one game.
A very disappointing result yes, but come on.... We do need players, everyone can see that, but a tad of an over reaction?
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was. A calamitous start to the season, as many feared. Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co. Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November? Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear. A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham. Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.[/p][/quote]You use the words calamitous, crisis twice and impotent. One game in. You are already predicting our manager going after one game. A very disappointing result yes, but come on.... We do need players, everyone can see that, but a tad of an over reaction? hongkong_seagull
  • Score: 24

5:30pm Sat 9 Aug 14

brighton777 says...

11 players sold/let go since the end of last season not to mention the three sold mid season last. Only four signed this season (so far) and a new manager given no time to asess the squad. What realistic expectations should we have for the season?
11 players sold/let go since the end of last season not to mention the three sold mid season last. Only four signed this season (so far) and a new manager given no time to asess the squad. What realistic expectations should we have for the season? brighton777
  • Score: 5

5:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

We weren't that bad, and we were definitely the better off the two teams. We looked much more industrious than last season but we simply don't have the class or creativity in midfield or up front to do the job.

Not Sami's fault at all, I think he's making his mark, but the usual disastrous pre-season activity from Bloom, Barber, and Burke is, and will, have an impact. Until we can add a quality creative midfielder or two and replace Ulloa up front we will see plenty of games like this one.

First team is too early for Fenelon based on what we saw today, but I applaud Hyypia's experiment, Forster Caskey just doesn't cut it, and Agustien still looks unfit a year down the road ? In an ideal world none of those 3 would be in the match day squad, but until the three suits get recruitment sorted we will have under par players making the squad.

Sheffield Wednesday must be favourites for relegation on what was evident today, and although we lost we were not in that category, but could easily be if the cheque book isn't flashed around pretty quickly.
We weren't that bad, and we were definitely the better off the two teams. We looked much more industrious than last season but we simply don't have the class or creativity in midfield or up front to do the job. Not Sami's fault at all, I think he's making his mark, but the usual disastrous pre-season activity from Bloom, Barber, and Burke is, and will, have an impact. Until we can add a quality creative midfielder or two and replace Ulloa up front we will see plenty of games like this one. First team is too early for Fenelon based on what we saw today, but I applaud Hyypia's experiment, Forster Caskey just doesn't cut it, and Agustien still looks unfit a year down the road ? In an ideal world none of those 3 would be in the match day squad, but until the three suits get recruitment sorted we will have under par players making the squad. Sheffield Wednesday must be favourites for relegation on what was evident today, and although we lost we were not in that category, but could easily be if the cheque book isn't flashed around pretty quickly. PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: 13

5:38pm Sat 9 Aug 14

jarmonesque says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was.

A calamitous start to the season, as many feared.
Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co.
Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November?
Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear.
A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham.
Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.
Sussex Rambo you are clueless. 6 pointer, 2nd game of season. d1ckhe@d.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was. A calamitous start to the season, as many feared. Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co. Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November? Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear. A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham. Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.[/p][/quote]Sussex Rambo you are clueless. 6 pointer, 2nd game of season. d1ckhe@d. jarmonesque
  • Score: 18

5:46pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Phillip Smith says...

Everyone goes on about how great TB is for investing such money into the club. Yes he has helped bring about our new stadium for which I am very grateful, but he also needs to take some responsibility for the mess he has left us in over the last two pre-seasons. If TB doesn’t have the funds to now invest in the squad he should move over and let someone else take the reins.
Everyone goes on about how great TB is for investing such money into the club. Yes he has helped bring about our new stadium for which I am very grateful, but he also needs to take some responsibility for the mess he has left us in over the last two pre-seasons. If TB doesn’t have the funds to now invest in the squad he should move over and let someone else take the reins. Phillip Smith
  • Score: -13

5:47pm Sat 9 Aug 14

pablobrowno says...

pablobrowno wrote:
Adgestein?!! Oh my god!!!!! Not a footballer!!! Disgrace!!
Haha sorry Adgestein I meant Augustein! Kemy! Embarrassment!!
[quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Adgestein?!! Oh my god!!!!! Not a footballer!!! Disgrace!![/p][/quote]Haha sorry Adgestein I meant Augustein! Kemy! Embarrassment!! pablobrowno
  • Score: -3

5:59pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Cliify0002 says...

I don't see any players signing ffp has this club scared. All the good players already snapped up and we kept kemy and let olandi go jeeeeeze writings on the wall
I don't see any players signing ffp has this club scared. All the good players already snapped up and we kept kemy and let olandi go jeeeeeze writings on the wall Cliify0002
  • Score: -2

6:20pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Lawro was God says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was.

A calamitous start to the season, as many feared.
Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co.
Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November?
Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear.
A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham.
Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.
Get a grip we lost by the odd goal with 45 games to go. On a positive note Sky reporting Clayton deal to Boro stalling because he would prefer to join us. Here's hoping.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was. A calamitous start to the season, as many feared. Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co. Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November? Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear. A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham. Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.[/p][/quote]Get a grip we lost by the odd goal with 45 games to go. On a positive note Sky reporting Clayton deal to Boro stalling because he would prefer to join us. Here's hoping. Lawro was God
  • Score: 13

6:22pm Sat 9 Aug 14

brightonup says...

hongkong_seagull wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was.

A calamitous start to the season, as many feared.
Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co.
Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November?
Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear.
A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham.
Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.
You use the words calamitous, crisis twice and impotent. One game in. You are already predicting our manager going after one game.
A very disappointing result yes, but come on.... We do need players, everyone can see that, but a tad of an over reaction?
Don't bother with Sussexscum40.
He is no fan of the Albion and delights in this bad result! Sad - but that's his hobby!
[quote][p][bold]hongkong_seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was. A calamitous start to the season, as many feared. Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co. Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November? Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear. A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham. Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.[/p][/quote]You use the words calamitous, crisis twice and impotent. One game in. You are already predicting our manager going after one game. A very disappointing result yes, but come on.... We do need players, everyone can see that, but a tad of an over reaction?[/p][/quote]Don't bother with Sussexscum40. He is no fan of the Albion and delights in this bad result! Sad - but that's his hobby! brightonup
  • Score: 11

6:25pm Sat 9 Aug 14

brightonup says...

jarmonesque wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was.

A calamitous start to the season, as many feared.
Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co.
Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November?
Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear.
A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham.
Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.
Sussex Rambo you are clueless. 6 pointer, 2nd game of season. d1ckhe@d.
Difficult to know where to start with you jarmonesque. First the pointless presumption of victory, now bothering to confront an idiotic triffid! How about a little quiet reflection - then post!
[quote][p][bold]jarmonesque[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Was there a bright point? A positive? Please tell me what it was. A calamitous start to the season, as many feared. Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co. Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November? Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear. A 6 pointer next week - away at fellow strugglers Birmingham. Disaster will turn to crisis if we lose at St Andrews.[/p][/quote]Sussex Rambo you are clueless. 6 pointer, 2nd game of season. d1ckhe@d.[/p][/quote]Difficult to know where to start with you jarmonesque. First the pointless presumption of victory, now bothering to confront an idiotic triffid! How about a little quiet reflection - then post! brightonup
  • Score: 3

6:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

JoeBlow says...

Moaning minnies out in force I see. One game, one nice goal against, no need to panic, Messrs Mainwaring.
Moaning minnies out in force I see. One game, one nice goal against, no need to panic, Messrs Mainwaring. JoeBlow
  • Score: 6

8:13pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Sheil says...

Spot on JoeBlow!

Makes me laugh when posters are saying S W will be bottom of the league when this is the 1st game of the season! Utterly ridiculous along with comments regarding their goal....it was a cracker-one could not blame the goalie for that.

Keep the faith!
Spot on JoeBlow! Makes me laugh when posters are saying S W will be bottom of the league when this is the 1st game of the season! Utterly ridiculous along with comments regarding their goal....it was a cracker-one could not blame the goalie for that. Keep the faith! Sheil
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree