Russell Slade pinpointed a super penalty save as the key moment in Albion's 4-2 home defeat to Stockport today.

The Seagulls chief felt defender Tommy Elphick was unlucky to be sent-off but had no sympathy for team mate Colin Hawkins, who also saw red.

He also criticised his side's defending as they remained 23rd in the early-season League One table.

Nicky Forster saw his spot kick brilliantly pushed on to a post by Owain Fon Williams with the scores still level at 1-1.

Slade said: "The penalty was a massive turning point.

"Key moments in games at the minute are not going our way.

"That would have put us in front, probably would have given us a bit more momentum.

"However we have to defend better as a team, not just the back four although the back four dropped out of it too much today.

"We need to do a lot of work to rectify that situation.

"On the plus side I thought creating 24 chances was a good return."

He added: "It was incredible really. You couldn't write the script could you?"

Asked about the red cards, Slade said: "I think we have to look at them separately.

"With Tommy Elphick, I was disappointed the referee gave him the yellow card for the challenge with the keeper.

"With the second one, I think that is down to my player.

"He knows he has got a yellow card, he has to be careful.

"You can't go through the back of players and the second one was a yellow card.

"With regard to Colin Hawkins, it was a sending-off."