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KEELEY: A GAME I'LL NEVER FORGET

4 December 2018

Former Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper John Keeley reflected on the part he played in the record-breaking encounter with Crystal Palace in 1989, which saw five penalties awarded during 90 minutes.
 
Referee Kelvin Morton entered footballing folklore after pointing to the spot five times, with four being given to Palace, and Keeley gave his recollections on a bizarre game of football ahead of tonight's meeting with Roy Hodgson's side at the Amex Stadium. 
 
He said, “I will never forget the penalties that were awarded, especially Mark Bright’s second one.
 
“I remember how I saved Mark Bright’s second penalty, which went to my left, hit my backside and bounced over the bar!
 
“The referee was booking everyone and giving so many penalties. I remember Truss [Mike Trusson] getting sent off just before half time, and after that point it was one penalty after another.”
 
 
 
Despite being a man and two goals down at the break, Keeley explained how the feeling in the dressing room was still upbeat and that there was a sense of belief that something could be salvaged from the game.
 
“Barry [Lloyd] never really lost his temper as manager and was normally quite calm in a situation like that. He always thought exactly about what he was saying, so there wasn’t that sort of explosion at half time, and we all felt that we could get back into the game.
 
“We were a bit lucky to only be 2-0 down at half time and thought that any goal we could get would put them under pressure, which is what happened.”
 
After a crazy first half which already saw three penalties and one sending off, Albion were awarded their only spot-kick of the game after Kevin Bremner was brought down in the box. Curbishley duly converted the resulting penalty, but was left to rue a late chance to secure an unlikely point.
 
“Curbs had a brilliant chance right at the end, which Perry Suckling saved at his feet, and nine times out of ten you’d expect Curbs to score.
 
“When you get down to ten men you can go four or five down quite easily, but we did well to stay in the game. Ultimately though, we left the game feeling very disappointed.”
 
The former Seagulls shot-stopper looked ahead to tonight's encounter, and is backing his former club to claim a result.
 
“I think Brighton have got a great chance on Tuesday. The way they play at home means they’re a match for anyone, and Chris sets the team up to stay in games.
 
“They don’t concede many goals and have a back four that defend for their lives. They’ve also got brilliant creative players and Glenn [Murray] upfront, who is always in the right place in the right time.
 
“Hopefully they can get the job done."

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