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- LEEDS 0 ALBION 2
- SECOND HALF
- Stylish first half from Albion
- Teixeira stuns Leeds (5)
- LuaLua adds free-kick (84)
- Teixeira and Holla get first starts
- Dunk and Agustien recalled
- New boy McCourt on bench
- Full coverage in The Argus tomorrow
And that is it.
Very impressive from Albion!
Teixeira made way for Hughes
Leeds’ reprieve did not last long. Teixeira was hacked down inches outside the box and LUALUA thumped the free-kick past a helpless Silvestri.
Albion were having to defend – but they could easily have gone two up with a classic counter attack. Bruno dealt with a Leeds cross by taking it down perfectly, bringng it out of defence and sliding a pass into Mackail-Smith who was pulling wide to the right.
The latter fed a clever pass inside to send Ince charging clean through but he dragged his shot just too wide of the advanced Silvestri and it kissed the outside of the post before going wide.
Leeds sent on Poleon for Sharp and Cook for Murphy before play resumed.
There is some dispute as to whether Tonge's effort was actually going on target or just wide!
Hard to see from here.
The away contingent in that attendance figure I gave you is 444 according to Darren Balkham, alias @suspolfootball
Ince is on for Holla
Byram was booked for a foul which halted a counter attack.
The right-back almost made amends by creating the equaliser. His cut back was diverted goalwards and past Stockdale by Tonge – but Calderon cleared from just in front of the line.
It was Leeds' first on-target effort of the contest.
Now Leeds were stepping it up a gear. They forced a free-kick five yards outside the box, centrally placed, but Tonge drilled it into the wall.
Agustien needed attention after a midfield tussle and eventually made way for LuaLua.
Leeds were coming a little more into the game – as their increasingly impatient fans demanded – and a deep cross just eluded Murphy beyond the far post.
From a long ball forward, Mackail-Smith’s volley was held by Silvestri at his near post.
Murphy was booked for a foul early in the second period as Albion now defended the Kop end.
The Seagulls had yet to get their passing game going again in this half.
Leeds send on Ajose for Smith for the second half.
Here we go...
HT: Leeds 0 Brighton 1. Very poor from Leeds and the possession stats in Brighton's favour must be ridiculous.— @PhilHayYEP 19 August 2014
Boos ring out from most of Elland Road...
The one reservation about Albion's first-half performance to date is that they are only 1-0 up.
Albion deserved and arguably needed a second goal – and it should have come on 39 minutes.
They managed to confuse themselves around the edge of the box after creating a shooting chance.
Bruno retrieved the situation with a dragback and pass back out to the left and Chicksen’s pinpoint cross found Calderon unmarked at the far post – but his header was off target.
Then Teixeira sent a curler way, way wide after more good work by the revitalised Chicksen.
Holla was booked for taking Bianchi's legs away on halfway in the 36th minute. It looked a fair enough decision.
Different players and a different team to the one we have seen so far. Holla impressing too. Still 1-0 and #bhafc still in control (33).— @AndyNaylorArgus 19 August 2014
Great block by Holla on the edge of his own box after Sharp set up a shooting chance.
Then Leeds won a corner which got their fans going – but was cleared.
Super skill from Teixeira left Byram for dead and he got into the box, then showed tenacity to win the ball back when Leeds thought they had seen it out of play.
His efforts got the ball back to Mackail-Smith, whose hurried stab at a shot sent it across the six-yard box.
Leeds have just had their first shot, dragged well wide by Tonge.
Albion players have so many options when they get into the Leeds half. Agustien probably took the right one just then when he shot from 25 yards as defenders backed off.
But the execution was wrong and he dragged his effort wide.
I don’t know what Chicksen has done for the local community here in previous years – but he appears to have been granted the freedom of Elland Road!
He is being found in space at will whenever Albion get the ball on their left, which is our side of the pitch, and it is driving the home fans around us mad.
Hyypia has been permanently on his feet in the technical area so far, a more visible presence than previously. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 19 August 2014
So lots of good pass-and-move from what, despite the orange shirts, looks more like an Albion side tonight SO FAR.
Holla also showed the muscular side of his game with a crunching, but clean, tackle in midfield.
Albion have so much movement they are hard to pigeon hole in a formation but it's along these lines...
CALDERON GREER DUNK CHICKSEN
BRUNO AGUSTIEN TEIXEIRA
I didn’t have time to record a good advantage played by ref Adcock in the run-up to the goal after a foul on Mackail-Smith.
He had to go off for treatment but is now back out there as , technically, the lone frontman – but with players moving off him.
So Teixeira takes five minutes into his full debut in English football to score the first league goal of the season for #bhafc. Some impact.— @AndyNaylorArgus 19 August 2014
Albion look a different team!
More lovely passing, including a Bruno back heel, leads to Holla shooting over from outside the box.
...what a start!
TEIXEIRA is played in down the right by Bruno's slide-rule pass and thrashes a low shot past Silvestri at his near post.
I want to give you a revised Albion formation ASAP but, in the meantime, a good move in midfield and a run by Teixeira bring the first yellow as Austin brings down the Portuguese.
Holla whips the free-kick over the top corner from 25 yards.
The South Stand to our left has filled up late and Leeds fans behind that goal are in good voice.
Albion's supporters are on the same side of the ground as us, away to our right.
It's under way with Albion playing towards the Kop end
So is tonight the night we have lift-off? It could yet be a significant night for the Seagulls as they give a first start to two new signings.
The Kop end, or Don Revie Stand, to my left is filling up nicely as the teams emerge here at Elland Road (with Albion in their bright orange strip).
I can’t really say the same for the rest of the stadium but it should be a decent sized gathering here tonight.
Most are hoping to see Leeds make it two wins in a row, of course.
A first goal and/or a first point are the first ambitions for the Seagulls.