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Brighton and Hove Albion

Coca-Cola Football League Championship
Game 28: Saturday 14 January 2006

Brighton and Hove Albion 2 - 1 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 1)
Crowd: 7415
Referee: A D'Urso (Billericay)
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Match Facts
Brighton and Hove Albion Team Leeds United
Michel Kuipers   Neil Sullivan
Joel Lynch   Gary Kelly
Guy Butters   Stephen Crainey
Alexandre Frutos   Matthew Kilgallon Booked - 68 minutes
Richard Carpenter   Paul Butler
Booked - 27 minutes Dean Hammond   Liam Miller Subbed - 69 minutes
Booked - 33 minutes Sebastien Carole   Jonathan Douglas
Pablo Cesar Aimar   Shaun Derry
Subbed - 81 minutes Goal - 10 minutes Paul Reid   Eddie Lewis Subbed - 82 minutes
Booked - 76 minutes Goal - 80 minutes Gary Hart   Robbie Blake Penalty - 38 minutes Subbed - 78 minutes
Paul McShane   Richard Cresswell
Florent Chaigneau   Ian Bennett
Kerry Mayo   Danny Pugh Sub - 82 minutes
Gary Elphick   Simon Walton
Colin Kazim-Richards   David Healy Sub - 78 minutes
Sub - 81 minutes Jake Robinson   Rob Hulse Booked - 86 minutes Sub - 69 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Brighton 2 - 1 Leeds
The Guardian Leeds' four-game roll hits Brighton rock
The Independent Hart's late goal leaves Leeds on south coast rocks
The Observer Hart breathes life into Brighton fight Whites slump at Withdean
The Sporting Life Brighton 2 - 1 Leeds
The Sunday Times Hart proves good values
The Times Leeds lose their way in the bog
Yorkshire Evening Post Strugglers leave United all at sea

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Leeds' four-game roll hits Brighton rock - John Ashdown

Copy from Football Unlimited of 16/01/2006.

Just when Leeds were beginning to look partially threatening to the top two's Championship hegemony they stumble unexpectedly. Again. Four consecutive wins had given Kevin Blackwell's side momentum, but a somewhat disjointed performance in the rustic surroundings of Withdean was punished by Gary Hart's late winner.

"Every good run comes to an end," said Shaun Derry, who had enjoyed the better of a pitched midfield battle. "We wanted to make it five on the bounce but Brighton are fighting for their lives and they put up a good performance. Everybody seems to raise the bar against Leeds when we go places - that's something we've combated this season, but we've just come a little unstuck today."

Before Christmas Leeds won four in the row before losing at home to Cardiff, a surprise result that served to suck the wind temporarily from their sails. Recovery was swift and needs to be so again. Momentum may have been lost again but the blow was at least cushioned by Sheffield United's failure to win at Ipswich.

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Hart breathes life into Brighton fight - Anna Kessel

Copy from Football Unlimited of 15/01/2006.

"There's something about this place," muttered a disgruntled Leeds manager, Kevin Blackwell, after a record-breaking crowd at the Withdean witnessed Brighton's fifth league win of the season. And what a vital win it was, as the hosts climbed out of the relegation zone to revitalise their survival chances.

If the result was a surprise, Brighton's Paul Reid was an unexpected scorer of the game's opening goal in the 10th minute. The Australian defender had not got on the scoresheet for his club since the end of the last season, but he expertly steered Alexandre Frutos' low cross past Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan with the outside of his right boot to send the Withdean wild.

An unlikely scorer then, but when you are struggling for goals, you have flogged your top striker, Leon Knight, and you cannot attract a replacement, any scorer will do.

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