Another tight and tense game resulted in another bore draw, which has left Brighton’s automatic promotion hopes hanging in the balance. In treacherous conditions, it was all about the 2 solid defenses rather than the attackers, with only a few clear chances created.
The first chance of the game came from Jamie Murphy when he took in a pass from Liam Rosenior and cut inside, but his shot was blocked and just went over the crossbar. Murphy has another chance soon after; a cross from Anthony Knockaert was headed clear, only to Murphy who vollied his shot marginally wide of Kieran Westwood’s post. The 2nd half started in the same fashion; cagey and needing something to spark the game into life, and the introduction of Kazenga LuaLua might just of been that sark, but it was Wednesday who threatened to adjust the score line; Barry Bannan cut away from Dale Stephens and hit a crisp shot towards the top left-hand corner of David Stockdale’s post, but the latter got good hands to it to parry it to safety. Bannan tested Stockdale again moments before the end, when he hit a low driving shot towards goal, but Stockdale saved well. LuaLua, who had been extremely quiet since coming on, had a shot well blocked by Tom Lees, a shot which looked to have Westwood worried as it was traveling towards the bottom corner. No more chances for either side, but in all fairness it was the result most would of backed, and it was evident on the pitch that it was going to end this way. One thing is for certain, I definatly would not like to play Wednesday in the play-offs.
Stockdale (7); 2 good saves from Bannan, other than that he was relatively quiet.
Bruno (6); Not much attacking joy for him, but stuck well with his defensive duties.
Goldson (7); Solid defending against a tough opponent in Joao; wasn’t afraid to bring the ball out of defense and was calm when given the ball.
Dunk (7); Good defensive headers when crosses came in during the 2nd half; put his body on the line a couple of times when blocking shots.
Rosenior (7); Attacked as much as he could, but was thwarted most of the time with the solid Liam Palmer in his way; good defensively.
Knockaert (6); Did non-stop running once again, but needed the support of the midfield and Hemed when chasing down defenders.
Stephens (6); Looked good in the 1st half, but pretty slack in the 2nd; basic passing went astray and seemed to be overrun by the likes of Bannan.
Sidwell (5); Very poor from the on-loan midfielder; passing was drab and lost possession far too easily, he doesn’t need telling that it was a terrible performance.
Murphy (6); Attacked well with Rosenior, but Palmer stood in the way. Couple shots, but weren’t really going to trouble the keeper.
Baldock (5); Hard to do a job like he does when Wednesday keep the ball so well, and make it hard for teams to play through them; this resulted in a lot of long balls skidding off the wet surface rewardless running.
Hemed (5); Wednesday defense was on him like a rash; he could shrug them off and it hindered his runs and movement.
Zamora (5); Little for him to do, other than getting caught offside a coupe of times.
LuaLua (5); Was slow to get into the game, but that maybe from the lengthy lay-off from the injury.
Wilson (4); Not much time given to make an impact.
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