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Keepers excel on record-breaking Amex night
Albion shared a goalless draw with Cardiff on a record–breaking night at The Amex.
And both goalkeepers played their part in ensuring the game ended 0-0 with stunning second-half saves.
First Cardiff keeper David Marshall somehow stuck out a foot to divert a 20-yard drive through a crowd of players by Bruno.
Then Tomasz Kuszczak somehow stopped a Joe Mason snapshot and bravely blocked Etien Velikonja’s follow-up.
It was entertaining fare for a crowd of 25,510 – the best yet at The Amex and Albion’s biggest home league attendance in 30 years.
But the Seagulls are still searching for their first goal of the season.
They made a slow start – then had chances to go ahead in a thoroughly entertaining first half.
Craig Mackail-Smith headed off his own line from Mark Hudson and Heidar Helguson shot a great chance over the bar early on.
Albion were given new heart by a fine move on 22 minutes which should have brought the lead.
Andrew Crofts cleverly dummied over Liam Bridcutt’s pass but Mackail-Smith saw his quickly hit shot pushed to safety by keeper David Marshall.
Thast sparked a spell of home pressure as they attacked towards the South Stand.
Ashley Barnes was just unable to bring down a superb Gordon Greer through ball in time to get a shot off.
Then Barnes headed Craig Noone’s cross from the right over the bar.
Noone cut inside next time and his left-foot shot was parried by Marshall, with Bruno hammering the rebound into the side-netting.
Cardiff, though, remained an intermittent threat and Kuszczak had to be alert to push Peter Whittingham’s free-kick away from the top corner.