Brighton 2 Cardiff City 2

Played on: Wednesday 7th March 2012

Cardiff came agonisingly close to securing their first away win of 2012 but Sam Vokes’s 89th minute equaliser denied the Bluebirds three much needed points. City led twice through Mason and a trademark Whittingham screamer but couldn’t hold on for the win.

I nearly went to the game as me and a friend wanted to see Brighton’s new stadium as I think the AMEX looks fantastic. However as I’m currently in university in Stoke, a match ticket and train fares would have cost over £70 which is ridiculous really. I am a student after all! So I decided to listen to the game on the radio.

Huddle before kick-off

The first half was very uneventful and upon hearing I was currently very happy that I hadn’t forked out the cash to travel to the game. Craig Mackail-Smith was class when Brighton beat us at home back in August and the striker had the first good chance of the match this time around. The Scotsman found space in the penalty box but his shot was well saved by compatriot Marshall in the Cardiff goal.

The best chance of the half came seven minutes before the break. A cleverly worked set-piece found Brighton’s Gonzalo Jara in acres of space at the back post. He cut inside and fired a low left footed shot at goal, only to cannon off the post and out of danger.

The second half however I would have been happy paying for. With both sides struggling to create chances it was going to take a moment of brilliance to break the deadlock. Cue Joe Mason. After Brighton failed to clear Cowie’s cross, the ball fell to Mason who ran between two defenders before slotting home the calmest of finishes. This was the young striker’s ninth goal of the season and gave Cardiff the lead 57 minutes in, albeit against the run of play.

The goal seemed to bring the game to life and Gus Poyet’s triple substitution gave Brighton renewed vigour. It was no surprise that Craig Noone would play a part in any goal Brighton were to score after Cardiff failed in an attempt to buy the winger in January. Noone’s cross found Barnes who acrobatically hit the ball in first time with the outside of his boot to equalise for the Seagulls on 72 minutes.

Brighton’s lead wouldn’t last long, less than a minute in fact as Whittingham restored City’s lead with a beauty of a strike. The ball fell to the midfield maestro just outside the box who hit an unstoppable 20-yard half volley into the top left corner of the net. He really “does what he wants” with another world class strike to add to his own personal goal of the season competition.

Liam Lawrence set up Cardiff's second goal on his debut

The Bluebirds seemed to have won it but Whittingham’s strike, a goal worthy of winning any game, was cancelled out by Vokes 90 seconds from time. With McNaughton caught ball watching, Barnes was allowed to nip in at the far post and knock the ball across goal for Vokes to tap in to preserve Brighton’s unbeaten record in 2012.

We’ve been stuttering in form of late and the defence is beginning to look vulnerable. I have complete and utter faith in Malky who has performed miracles this season with the club exceeding expectations. Yet I would like to see him freshen things up a bit. We’re becoming predictable to play against and tiredness is beginning to show. So why not play some fresh players who will be eager to take their chance and might well make a difference. Three points need to be won against Bristol in the Severnside Derby on Saturday, and I think we will win.

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 02 Mattock
  • 03 Greer
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 36 Jara
  • 08 Navarro
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 28 Razak (Buckley – 60′ )
  • 09 Barnes
  • 12 Mackail-Smith (Vokes – 60′ )
  • 13 Assulin (Noone – 59′ )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 14 Calderon
  • 11 Noone
  • 30 Buckley
  • 24 Vokes

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 03 Taylor
  • 05 Hudson Booked
  • 25 Turner Booked
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 08 Cowie Booked
  • 13 Lawrence
  • 17 Gunnarsson (Kiss – 80′ )
  • 09 Miller
  • 20 Mason

Substitutes

  • 22 Heaton
  • 04 Kiss
  • 11 Conway
  • 19 Vuckic
  • 23 Blake
Permission for pictures given by Jon Candy
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