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Albion v Ipswich - from The Amex
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- Full-time: Albion 1 Ipswich 1
- Murphy heads in against run of play on 27 mins
- Sub Buckley levels on 80 to reward pressure
- Calderon at fault for Ipswich goal, tees up the leveller
- Seagulls worth a point - but probably no more
Albion worthy of a draw - but no more. Could have been worse.
Buckley has been excellent.
El-Abd booked on 90 for a foul as we went into five added minutes.
There was no obvious sign Albion would go on and get the winner. In fact Ipswich looked the brighter side.
Ricochet off a defender was the break Albion needed for Calderon to cross for Buckley to tuck in. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
Buckey brought the house down on 80 minutes. And fair play to Calderon. At fault for the Ipswich goal, he showed persistence down the right, forced the ball across goal and Buckley netted from close range. 1-1.
Albion's final switch saw the limping and tired Orlandi replaced by David Lopez
But that was not the signal for prolonged pressure as Albion struggled to find way through. Buckley was initially sent to the left before switching to the right flank.
Dobbie did more than anyone to lift the hosts after that tough start to the period. He shot wide on the run, then let fly with a better effort which deflected, looped past Loach but flew just wide. Dobbie also threaded a lovely little pass to release LuaLua, whose shot was straight at the keeper.
Contest could have been close to over in the first few seconds of the second period but Kuszczak made a great save low down from Murphy, who again met a cross beyond the far post. Hammond booked for a foul soon after as Ipswich started the half brightly.
Second half about to get under way.
Albion began brightly but lost their way once behind. Murphy's goal reminiscent of many scored by Lambert for Saints last season. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
Far too many misplaced passes from Albion so far tonight.
Talking of Saturday, Albion again looked to Bridge to offer attacking spark as the half wore on and he got into the box before seeing a shot seemingly take a double deflection and flash off target.
Elsewhere it appears Birmingham set out to do to Cardiff what they managed here - and were doing it effectively until Craig Bellamy found a way through on 40 mins.
We had no goalscoring chances in the period after the goal but Ipswich had clearly grown in confidence and were playing some nice stuff as runners fed off Chopra. Albion giving the ball away more easily than we are used to seeing.
Was always a chance that could happen with #bhafc full-backs so advanced. #itfc have to keep defending as unit and attempt to counter (32)— @Stuart_Watson 02 October 2012
Calde at fault for Ipswich's goal. Caught wrong side at far post for Murphy's diving header. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
Murphy was coming in from beyond the far post to meet that inch-perfect cross from Edwards, a renowned attacking right-back, and got there before Calderon to nod inside the other post.
Ipswich went ahead in the 27th minute with a terrific goal. Right back Edwards made ground down his flank and sent over a great cross into the path of Murphy, to head back across Kuszczak from the far post.
That better spell saw Calderon have a blast which was on target but blocked by a defender. The resulting corner came to nothing.
Orlandi looking lively, creative - and bit quicker than he has shown in previous games.
Orlandi has been operating more as a right winger than right midfielder. It's fluid and adventurous from Albion. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
Not sure if he was going for goal but Orlandi saw his inswinging free-kick tipped over by the agile Loach on 20 minutes. It was going in! That set piece, won by Calderon, offered promise of a brighter spell for the hosts.
Game has not really going yet but enough hints of threat from both sides to keep defences on their toes. El-Abd had to make a spectacular volleyed clearance to get a dangerous cross away.
It looks better going forward. Didn't like using Dobbie as a straight swap for CMS on Sat. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
Orlandi showed a bit of pace to launch a counter attack and bring the crowd to life. Barnes got up in support and the move ended with an angled shot by Dobbie which Loach held quite comfortably.
Tactical adjustments. Barnes through middle, Dobbie in behind with freedom to roam, Orlandi pushing on down right. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
Kuszczak then had to make a comfortable save low to his right but the game has settled now.
Lua should have at least hit the target inside first minute after Barnes linked up with Dobbie. Good chance. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
Bright start by Albion and LuaLua had a very presentable chance in the very first minute which he dragged wide with a rather hurried right foot shot.
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Albion will, as usual defend the North Stand in the first half. All set to kick off.
Looks like a lot of people are struggling to get here for kick-off time. More empty seats than we are used to seeing at this time.
Slick pitch cries out for a zippier start than Albion's rather pedestrian first half against Birmingham. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
These two teams were involved in probably the match I most enjoyed covering at Withdean - when Albion stayed up on the final day of 2004-05. A piece about that day is being shown now on the big screens.
Highlights of the under-21s' 1-1 home draw v QPR last night have just been shown on the big screens. Looks like the Seagulls should have won it.
Pitch will be pretty slick tonight. We have more rain falling.
Full team news story now going live on this website
Michael Chopra starts for Ipswich on his return from a thigh injury.
Still no Crofts. The hamstring injury he suffered at Burnley has taken longer than envisaged. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
Albion: Kuszczak, Calderon, El-Abd, Greer, Bridge; Bridcutt, Hammond, Orlandi; LuaLua, Barnes, Dobbie, Orlandi. Subs: Ankergren (GK), Dunk, Painter, Harley, David, Buckley, Dicker.
Albion bring in Orlandi and LuaLua for Buckley and Dicker.
Traffic has been busy around Brighton all day - and on the A27 of course. It will be a slow journey here for many.
She looks beautiful tonight #bhafc http://t.co/ElJpDOKb— @SamOsborne_ 02 October 2012
It is over a year since a Championship rival came from 1-0 down at The Amex to get a result. Go ahead tonight and home win beckons. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 02 October 2012
"Saturday’s result proved that by letting the standard slip, even by just a small amount, we will get punished. That defeats hurts us all." Gus Poyet writing in tonight's match programme.
There was no shortage of possession, territorial advantage, crosses and corners versus Birmingham. But Albion missed Craig Mackail-Smith as a focal point of the attack and he will be absent again tonight due to a hamstring injury. Albion had chances to create chances on Saturday if that makes sense but failed to really test Butland, the City keeper. It will be interesting to see if they find that cutting edge in the last 20 yards or so tonight.
Welcome to a mild but intermittently wet evening at The Amex as we await game nine of the long Championship season. Albion's five-match winning sequence was blown out of the water by a Birmingham smash-and-grab operation here on Saturday and we wait with interest to see how they respond.