REPORT: ALBION 1 CARDIFF 1
Brighton & Hove Albion were held 1-1 at the Amex thanks largely to a superb performance from David Marshall in the Cardiff City goal.
Bruno gave the Seagulls the lead in the first half through an excellent first-time volley, however Kenwyne Jones equalised almost immediately to level the scores.
Albion started brightly and Lewis Dunk had a chance after just three minutes but he headed wide from Jake Forster-Caskey’s corner.
In the eighth minute, Joao Teixeira and Craig Mackail-Smith linked up excellently and the latter picked out Kazenga LuaLua who skied his effort from eight yards.
Six minutes later LuaLua was in the thick of it once more, this time fizzing his shot goalwards, only to be denied by Marshall in the Cardiff goal.
Albion had a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Neil Swarbrick in the 17th minute after Forster-Caskey’s shot appeared to hit the arm of Sean Morrison.
However, Brighton deservedly took the lead on the 20-minute mark in emphatic style when Bruno guided a first-time volley into the top corner, from an acute angle, after an excellent 60-yard cross-field ball from Dunk.
Cardiff were back level with their first attempt on goal; Jones out-jumping Albion keeper David Stockdale on the edge of the area to head into an empty net.
Just after the half-hour mark the Villa loanees – Gary Gardner and Joe Bennett – linked up well with the latter drilling his effort inches wide of the post.
In the 51st minute Marshall made two excellent saves in quick succession firstly from a Bennett header then from the head of Dunk to keep his side level.
Four minutes later Stockdale was called into action to make an excellent one-on-one save from Anthony Pilkington after Dunk had misjudged a high ball.
In the 58th minute Gardner hit a 25-yard strike from distance but Marshall got down well to parry the midfielder’s effort away from goal.
Nine minutes later he was at it again, getting down to make a superb save to deny Bennett from close range before stopping another long-range Gardner effort a few minutes later.
Albion continued to pile on the pressure and in added time the ball fell to Forster-Caskey just inside the box but the midfielder fired over.
Then, in the dying moments, Albion had a second penalty shout turned down when LuaLua was felled in the box, but the visitors held on for a point.
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