Report: Brighton 2-2 Millwall

BRIGHTON fought back from 2-0 down to deny Millwall victory in a thrilling game at the Amex Stadium.

Chris Wood scored two stunning goals either side of half-time to put the Lions in control, but Kazenga LuaLua gave the Seagulls hope and David Lopez converted a late penalty to equalise.

Kenny Jackett's side remain sixth in the Championship table by virtue of goal difference, having drawn level on points with fifth-placed Leicester City.



Boss Jackett made three changes to his side, bringing in Josh Wright, Chris Taylor and Jack Smith for Jimmy Abdou, Scott Malone and Dany N'Guessan respectively.

Striker Andy Keogh had initially been named in Millwall's starting line-up, but damaged the broken toe he has been carrying for the past three weeks in the warm up.

The Lions could have been in front inside 60 seconds when James Henry's cross picked out Liam Trotter unmarked, but the midfielder planted his header straight into the arms of Tomasz Kuszczak.



The visitors had a penalty appeal for handball turned down in the 14th minute when Josh Wright's volley from the edge of the area was blocked in front of goal.

Will Buckley registered Brighton's first effort on goal with a wayward header from Lopez's corner, before Lowry's shot was deflected away from danger at the other end.

But in the 25th minute, Millwall took the lead. Henry's slide-rule pass set Lowry away down the left, the left-back whipped a teasing ball across the face of goal and Wood steered home with the inside of his boot.

Despite being regarded as one of the Championship's best passing sides, the Seagulls continued to look most threatening from set-pieces.

And in the 32nd minute, Lopez's free-kick was headed onto the underside of the bar by Gordon Greer as Gus Poyet's side went close to producing an immediate response to falling behind.

After Adam Smith's piledriver had been held by Kuszczak, Craig Mackail-Smith spurned a glorious chance to equalise when he scuffed substitute Kazenga Lua Lua's cross wide from close range.

However, Trotter nearly made it 2-0 in the 41st minute when he powered Henry's cross inches wide of the far post with Kuszczak rooted to the spot.

Brighton came out with renewed energy at the start of the second period and were denied by the woodwork again in the 56th minute when Lopez's 25-yard free-kick hit the angle of post and bar.

But out of nothing, Wood doubled Millwall's lead with a goal all of his own making. After collecting possession on the edge of the area, the West Brom loanee bent an inch-perflect shot across Kuszczak and into the top corner.

However, Brighton pulled a goal back just four minutes later when LuaLua unleashed a low drive that nestled inside the far post.

Inevitably, the home side surged forward after reducing the deficit but the Lions continued to look dangerous on the break, with sub Liam Feeney and Henry both trying their luck from the edge of the area.

Adam El-Abd thought he had grabbed the equaliser for the Seagulls in the 78th minute but his header trickled across the line before being cleared for a corner by Henry.

It could easily have been 3-1 when Trotter's 20-yard shot took a wicked deflection, but the ball sailed over the roof of Kuszczak's net and behind for a corner.

But in the 88th minute, Mackail-Smith went down under the challenge of Feeney inside the area and Lopez converted the penalty to make it 2-2.

Brighton: Kuszczak, El-Abd, Dunk (LuaLua, 39mins), Greer, Bridge; Bridcutt (Hoskins, 76mins), Hammond, Crofts (Barnes, 66mins), Lopez, Buckley, Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: Brezovan, Dobbie, Harley, March.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Henry, Wright, J.Smith, C.Taylor (Feeney, 51mins), Trotter, Wood (Henderson, 89mins). Subs not used: M.Taylor, Malone, Osborne, Batt.

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8 thoughts on “Report: Brighton 2-2 Millwall

  • December 18, 2012 at 22:41
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    The ref was another belter! I'd have taken a point beforehand and given the injuries we suffered before and during the match, I'm not too disappointed but 2-0 up, still a bit of a gutter - COYL - Roll on Saturday

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  • December 18, 2012 at 23:11
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    2-0 up and a penalty in the dying minutes makes for a feeling of disappointment. However, altogether I'm forcing myself to admit that it could've been worse. A 2-2 draw away against a top six contender isn't a bad result. Also good to see Chris on the scoreboard again, though I'm afraid every goal is going to up the bidding. What a signing for the future! John, if you read this, I beg you to up the offer and push WestBrom for the transfer! I promise to be a really good boy and listen in on all the games on LionsPlayer from over here in Norway!
    Amen.

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    • December 18, 2012 at 23:50
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      I personally don't think the fee is going to be the problem but more if someone comes in offering Woody silly wages or Premiership football. He say's he likes it at Millwall, he's playing well and regularly so we're in with a chance of keeping him.

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      • December 19, 2012 at 07:18
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        Agreed, Chris does seem to like it at Millwall, and him fitting in so well is a success factor. He should be careful thinking he'll achieve automatic success elsewhere. Unfortunately it seems WestBrom are holding out for something better now that he's being successful.

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        • December 19, 2012 at 12:07
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          He has to think about the long term, if he signs at Leicester he may get the odd go in the team but chances are they will buy someone else come the summer and he will be a Bench warmer, same with Brighton, is he going to be starting week in week out the way they operate, especially when he is competing with CMS? our style of football suits him perfectly and if he were to have a good season with us 20+ goals he could be looking to move back to premiership side and we could be receiving a 7-8 million transfer fee.

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  • December 20, 2012 at 21:19
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    AlexMayger : Doubt we'll EVER accept a 7/8 million bid haha. Even if Wood does develop and become Premiership quality, we are too small a club to turn down a bid of say 3/4 million. All of this of course is based upon the assumption that Wood signs and scores bare goals and ting on a regular basis.

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