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Brighton Dev. 1-4 Swansea Dev.

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2012 by jackpinnock

Brighton development manager Luke Williams said there was too much quality in the Swansea team for his players to handle after the Seagulls slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the AMEX stadium.

Williams said “There was a lot of quality out there, particularly in the Swansea side, and there finishing was outstanding, and if you’ve got players like Danny Graham in your side, you expect that”.

Williams, whose side had the tightest defence in the League 2 South Development league until this game, also added “When Swansea overloaded us in midfield, we struggled to cope, and the quality of the finishing compared to ours was the big difference”.

Swansea, who until this match were the lowest scorers in the division, struck first when midfield maestro Kurtis March’s piledriver was no match for goalkeeper Dan East.

The Swans’ second came shortly afterwards, when a stunning 25 yard free kick from Lee Lucas was too hot to handle for East.

Brighton’s best chance in the first half came from winger, Kazenga LuaLua, when his fierce drive from just outside the box was expertly saved from Swans’ shot stopper, David Cornell, so the south coast outfit found themselves 2-0 down at the interval.

The second contained a plethora of goals, firstly a rasping shot from Swansea hitman, Danny Graham, who is looking to get back into Michael Laudrup’s first team, was brilliantly turned away from East, only for him to parry it towards wing wizard Rory Donnelly who headed home to the Swans 3-0 up.

Brighton captain, Torbjorn Agdestein and striker Shamir Goodwin both came close to reducing the deficit, however, Donnelly forced a mistake from defender, Matthew McGiveron, who’s cross found Graham, who tapped home to claim maximum points for the away side.

Anton Rodgers gave Brighton a late consolation from LuaLua’s cross, with a sublime finish from the edge of the box, but it was too little too late, who’s first game at the AMEX came to a grinding halt.

Agdestein said that “the players were very sloppy, and that you have to give credit to Swansea, because when they got their chances, they took them.”

Brighton will be looking for a positive response in the next game, as they travel to bottom side Barnet.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Despite his comments made in the press before the Merseyside derby, Everton manager David Moyes still believes that most managers would agree with him about Luis Suarez’s theatrical diving, and that the Liverpool forward was a lucky man to even stay on the pitch in this thrilling 2-2 draw.

Suarez wasted no time in silencing his critics when his first goal came after just 14 minutes.  Spanish left back, Jose Enrique’s low cross found the feet off the South American, whose drilled shot took a wicked deflection off Everton’s Leighton Baines.

Suarez doubled his tally 5 minutes later, when Leon Osman’s foul on Liverpool’s promising young winger, Raheem Sterling, lead to Suarez glancing a tremendous header past Tim Howard from a superb Steven Gerrard free kick.

However, David Moyes’ men responded in dramatic fashion, and in the space of 14 minutes, the tie was all square.

First, Leon Osman’s drilled effort took a slight deflection off summer signing Joe Allen and past Brad Jones’ goal.

Then, on 35 minutes, exciting talent Kevin Miralles’ cross was expertly controlled by the returning Maroune Fellaini, whose low cross was latched onto by former Rangers striker Steven Naismith to put the Toffees on level terms.

With the loss of Miralles at the interval, Everton lost their flair and creative spark in the second half, and Liverpool capitalised on that in the second half, with good possession play, and creating multiple chances.

At the start of the second half, Sterling had a golden opportunity to put the Reds back in the lead, with a one- on- one chance that he wasted, much to the disappointment of Suarez, who felt the ball should have been squared to him to put Liverpool 3-2 ahead.

Man of the match Suarez then angered much of the Everton faithful when his late challenge on veteran defender Sylvain Distin should have been more than just a bookable offence.

However, another referee howler was to come on the 93rd minute when Steven Gerrard’s free kick was met by Argentinian defender Sebastien Coates, whose header reached Suarez, who tapped in, only for the fourth official and referee Andre Marriner to judge it was offside.

Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers was surprisingly grateful for the point despite Marriner’s decision by saying “overall, it’s a good point at a difficult place, and its anpther strive forward”.