REPORT: ALBION 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 2
Brighton & Hove Albion were defeated 2-1 by high-flying Middlesbrough at the Amex.
A goal in either half from Lee Tomlin and Albert Adomah kept Boro’s unbeaten Amex record intact despite a late consolation from Albion captain Gordon Greer.
Sami Hyypia made five changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Watford before the international break and his side made a lively start.
Kazenga LuaLua was first to try his luck with a long-range drive that fizzed over in the third minute.
Soon after, the returning Inigo Calderon found Gary Gardner in the box, however the midfielder mistimed his effort and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos easily saved.
Seven minutes into the game Boro took the lead when Tomlin fired home from the edge of the area after some good work from Adam Reach.
Danny Holla had a chance to equalise five minutes later but he curled his effort wide from LuaLua’s cross.
LuaLua was the provider once more, this time for Calderon, but Boro defended well to block the Spaniard’s shot before Joao Teixeira volleyed over in the 25th minute.
Five minutes before the break, Boro had a penalty shout turned down when they claimed Kike’s effort struck the arm of Lewis Dunk, however referee Andy D’Urso had otherideas.
Two minutes into the second half LuaLua created space for a shot but Konstantopoulos saved low to his left to deny the winger from the edge of the area.
Substitute Paddy McCourt then rode a number of challenges in an excellent run from deep but drilled his shot just wide of the target.
Albion had the wind taken out their sales when Adomah doubled his side’s lead and finished off an excellent counter-attacking move from Boro in the 52nd minute.
This seemed to stop the flow of the game, and Albion’s possession, as Boro continued to frustrate and force the hosts into long-range efforts.
Joe Bennett had a chance to score against his former club but the Villa loanee saw his header saved by Konstantopoulos in the 82nd minute.
Two minutes later Bennett drilled a dangerous ball across goal but Sam Baldock failed to take advantage and fired wide of the target from 12 yards out.
With five minutes remaining Calderon’s cross almost found the back of the net but Konstantopoulos was alert to palm away the danger.
In the 87th minute Greer headed home from Bennett’s corner to give Albion hope and set up a late Brighton rally.
Greer almost snatched a late point for the Seagulls but this time he directed his header wide.
Despite late pressure and one-way traffic from the Seagulls, Boro held on to claim all three points and move up to third in the Championship table.
1st prize (£1000) 16505
2nd prize (£100 store voucher) 13390
3rd prize (Magnum Champagne) 16595
4th prize (Bottle Champagne) 15620
5th prize (Bottle Champagne) 14395
1st prize (£550) 1983
2nd prize (£50) 5339
3rd prize (£25) 1503