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Nov 2, 2012 at 7.45pm UK at ​Falmer Stadium
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
LeedsLeeds United
Mackail-Smith (15' pen., 48')
Buckley (2'), Bridcutt (65'), Crofts (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Brown (66'), Diouf (36' pen.)
Brown (10'), Pugh (84')

Live Commentary: Brighton 2-2 Leeds - as it happened

Live Commentary: Brighton 2-2 Leeds - as it happened
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Sports Mole brings you live coverage of the Championship, as Leeds United travel to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcomes Leeds United to the Amex Stadium tonight looking to break into the top six in the Championship.

There were three penalties in the game, which was action packed from the first whistle.

Craig Mackail-Smith twice put the Seagulls ahead, only to be pegged back by goals from El-Hadji Diouf and Luciano Becchio.

Gus Poyet's men could still have won the game, but Paddy Kenny was equal to Mackail-Smith's 73rd-minute penalty, denying the Scot his hattrick.

You can read how the action unfolded below.

7.31pmGood evening readers of Sports Mole! Welcome to our coverage of Leeds United's trip to face Brighton in the Championship.

7.33pmGus Poyet's men lie 10th in the Championship, one place above tonight's opponents. However, they are without a win in six games. Victory tonight will see them go back into the top six.

7.36pmLeeds are also in the midst of a winless streak spanning four games. However, a midweek win over Southampton in the League Cup will have done wonders for their confidence.

7.43pmLet's bring you some team news...

BRIGHTON:Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt, Hammond, Orlandi; Buckley, Mackail-Smith, Barnes

KICKOFFThe game is now underway...

3 minsBuckley made a great burst into the Leeds box and stood a ball up to the back post but no one was there to benefit.

4 minsCHANCE! Barnes had the chance to drive at goal from inside the box, but pulled his left-footed shot across the goal. The ball hit a Leeds man and went out for a corner.

10 minsMackail-Smith chases down a ball over the top and causes a degree of panic. Leeds half-clear it but Orlandi picks up the pieces and drives at goal. He goes down as if tripped and the referee awards a freekick from around 20 yards out.

11 minsOrlandi's freekick hits the wall and goes out for a corner.



16 minsIt was Buckley who won the penalty, getting on the end of a through ball before being brought down by Peltier. Correct decision. Well done ref.

19 minsPOST! Buckley storms down the right once again before teeing up Mackail-Smith. His poked effort rebounds off the post.

20 minsIt's been a tremendous start by Brighton and Buckley in particular.

21 minsOrlandi has a chance the whip a freekick into the box.

22 minsEl-Abd tries to get on the end of it but is penalised for a high foot.

25 minsCHANCE! Brighton break from midfield once more and Buckley feeds Bruno down the right. He sends the ball over to Barnes, but he hits his shot into the ground and over the bar. Sitter!

33 minsBrighton could feasibly be 3-0 up. Leeds haven't had a chance, but they're still not out of it. You feel Poyet's boys need another while they're on top.


35 minsThe ball was rolled into Varney and he fell under a challenge from Bruno. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Diouf steps up...


37 minsKuszczak guessed the right way but there was too much power on it. Brighton have been punished for their profligacy in front of goal.

LEEDS SUBSTITUTIONTom Lees is replaced by Danny Pugh.

44 minsCHANCE! Barnes knocks down Bruno's cross nicely for Mackail-Smith, but his effort just whistles past the post. It got a nick on the way through and the referee awards a corner.

HALF TIMEBrighton 1-1 Leeds

8.34pmThe first half ends level, although Brighton will feel that they should be in front. It's all the play for in the second half!

8.37pmYou can read out Half-Time Report by clicking here.

8.49pmThe players are back out and ready to resume battle.

SECOND HALFLeeds get the second half underway.


48 minsOrlandi slipped Buckley through with a delightful reverse pass and the winger cuts the ball back to Mackail-Smith, who tucked it away nicely. Pearce nearly got the block in but Brighton are back in front!

50 minsBuckley goes down under a challenge from Michael Brown, who has already been booked. He dragged the winger down and could have easily seen red then. Freekick from 20 yards out.

51 minsSHOT! Bruno's freekick is struck fiercely but was always rising.

55 minsReports from pitchside have shed some light on Tom Lees injury. He is having trouble with his eyes after a challenge with Barnes. He is to be taken to a specialist eye unit for treatment.

57 minsDiouf gets a yard of space in the area but can't find the killer ball. He's still plugging away and has been Leeds' biggest threat tonight.

59 minsCLOSE! Barnes takes the ball down on his chest and slips in Mackail-Smith, who plays the ball across goal but Leeds clear the danger.

60 minsByram is down following a challenge from Barnes. It looked as if he got a bit of a bash there and he just needs a second to clear his head.

62 minsSHOT! Buckley and Mackail-Smith link up well and the Scot is able to drive at goal, but Kenny gets down to save it.

63 minsSHOT! White gallops into midfield and hits a left-footed shot but Kuszczak sees it wide.

BRIGHTON SUBSTITUTION:Luke Varney makes way for Lucciano Becchio.


67 minsThe ball fell to the midfielder on the edge of the box and he swept it home with his right foot. However, the ball seemed to take a deflection off Becchio. Who will claim that one?

68 minsCHANCE! Becchio nearly gets his head to a dangerous cross but is just inches away from making contact!


73 minsByram brought down Mackail-Smith and the referee had an easy decision to make!


75 minsIt was a poor penalty. It had plenty of pace but it was a nice height and nowhere near the corner.

77 minsThe referee is giving Diouf and El-Abd a talking to. El-Abd looks like he is trying to get under his skin, which is not hard to do in truth.

DOUBLE BRIGHTON SUBSTITUTION:Orlandi makes way for Gary Dicker, while Andrew Crofts comes on for Dean Hammond.

78 minsSHOT! Byram drifts inside and shoots at goal but it doesn't trouble Kuszczak.

LEEDS SUBSTITUTION:El Hadji Diouf is withdrawn and David Norris comes on to replace him.

BRIGHTON SUBSTITUTION:Steven Dobbie comes on for Ashley Barnes.

84 minsCHANCE! Tonge gets a foot to Buckley's corner and Bruno nearly steals in at the front post but just succeeded in scrambling it wide.

86 minsCHANCE! Dobbie crosses for Mackail-Smith and has a chance to get a shot on goal from inside the box... but the linesman puts his flag up. The Scot was adjudged to have handled the ball in bringing it under control.

87 minsSHOT! Dobbie comes inside on his left foot and unleashes a shot from 25 yards... but it goes narrowly over. Close!

92 minsBOOKING! Crofts brings down Brown who was making a burst into Brighton's final third. Freekick from 25 yards out...

92 minsByram strikes it well but it goes over.

93 minsBrighton are pushing forward searching for a winner...

94 minsSAVE! Mackail-Smith darts into the box and sets up Crofts and it looked as if Brighton were going to win it, but Kenny was alert to the shot! Great stop!

FULL TIMEBrighton 2-2 Leeds

9.41pmBrighton will be disappointed to have lost that one. They played the better football but Leeds held firm.

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