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Report: Brighton 3-0 Wednesday

3 - 0

The Amex Stadium

14/9/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 26,594


Wednesday slipped to their second Championship defeat on the spin as Brighton and Hove Albion put the below-par Owls to the sword at the Amex Stadium on Friday night.

Wayne Bridge had fired the Seagulls into a first-half lead before two goals in four minutes, from Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Buckley, sealed the win for Gus Poyet's men to send them top-of-the-table and leave the Owls with a long journey back to South Yorkshire.

Dave Jones's men were second best throughout and the Owls boss will be looking for a big improvement when Huddersfield Town make the trip to Hillsborough for a Yorkshire derby next Wednesday.

Jones included new signings Martin Taylor and Jay Bothroyd in the starting eleven while Joe Mattock was given his first competitive start for the Owls against his former club.

Wednesday started brightly enough, and tested Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak early on with Jermaine Johnson and Rhys McCabe having long-range efforts dealt with.

But the hosts soon started to stamp their authority on the game and should have taken the lead in the 15th minute only for Chris Kirkland to come to Wednesday's rescue with a fine save to deny Buckley when through on goal.

Their next real chance came ten minutes later and it resulted in a goal, albeit in somewhat fortunate circumstances.

Former Chelsea and England full-back Wayne Bridge lofted in a free-kick and it took a wicked deflection off McCabe, wrong-footing Kirkland and finding its way into the back of the net.

Goals change games, and the Seagulls built on their opener by controlling possession and limiting Wednesday to any chances on their goal to level the scores.

The floodgates didn't open - Wednesday defended well as the hosts looked to add a second, but Brighton were in full control.

They could have doubled their lead before half-time but Kirkland again produced a good save, this time to deny Ashley Barnes.

Half-Time: Brighton 1-0 Wednesday

Jones made his first change at the interval, eager to change the flow of the game, with Rodri being replaced by new signing Ross Barkley, who arrived from Everton earlier in the day.

His impact was immediate, with the highly-rated youngster forcing an early save from Kuszczak, an early warning shot as the visitors looked to grab the next crucial goal.

But Poyet's men hit Wednesday with a sucker-punch of two goals in four-minutes to all-but seal the points.

First, Bruno Salter provided former Peterborough man Mackail-Smith with an easy tap-in on 54 minutes then, just minutes later, the same provider put Buckley in to make it 3-0 to the hosts and leave the Owls wondering just what had hit them.

Things could have got worse for Wednesday with Kirkland producing another top-drawer save to deny Mackail-Smith his second of the night.

The Owls did at least have the chance for a consolation goal, and a first for the on-loan Bothroyd, but the QPR man saw his powerful header superbly saved by Kuszczak to keep the Brighton clean sheet in tact.

Full-Time: Brighton 3-0 Wednesday

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, Hammond, El-Abd, Barnes (Lopez 81), Mackail-Smith (Dobbie 70), Dicker, Bridcutt, Bridge, Buckley (Orlandi 76). Unused substitutes: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, LuaLua.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Mattock, Taylor, Llera, Beevers, Antonio, Semedo, J Johnson (Pecnik 61), Rodri (Barkley 46) Bothroyd (Madine 87). Unused substitutes: Bywater, Lee, Maguire, O`Grady.

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Date:Saturday September 15 2012
Time: 10:54AM

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Can't understand why he didn't play lee and mattock together in there right positions, first time I've doubted dj, But the way we played yesterday was Irvine days, flat, useless and no idea what to do. Shipping in too many goals which could prove costly by the end of the season. On a good note Kirkland was good and Barkley looks like a good player. Saying all that Brighton looked a quality side great passing football and made us look like a league one outfit.
15/09/2012 14:23:00
Easy to tell which side was the established championship team and which team is fresh from league 1, Brighton played us off the park. Highlight for me was bumping into Milan Mandaric at half time, shaking him warmly by the hand and thanking him for everything he's done for Wednesday, legend.
15/09/2012 21:47:00
Ouch! We'd have needed to score three to earn a point and that was never on the cards at such a tough venue. I wasn't there but I've read many fans claiming Kirkland was our best player, hmm. Think back to last season when Weaver got injured, RO'D came in and played well enough, pulled off a few impressive saves but couldn't keep a clean sheet and we dropped valuable points. Bywater came in and we went on a great run that saw us climb the table. He was pretty consistent towards the end of the season too, so he seems unlucky to be left out now if you ask me. Gets me thinking back even further, to when Tricky Trev splashed out to bring Chris Woods in when most of us thought we already had two great keepers on the books! Still, if DJ gets the defence sorted and Kirkland manages to shut out both Udders & Bolton this week, and we can add six more points to our tally, then it won't matter, will it?
17/09/2012 09:32:00
I didn't understand his team selection. Madine on last 3 mins, should of played cog, works hard and pressures the opposition. As good as Brighton are we didn't turn up, we have one plan and that's our wingers, every team knows this do we need to change things up and we can't because we haven't got a plan b. dj the man for the job but we need that little creativity.
17/09/2012 09:54:00
Yeah, curious isn't it? Last year GM brought in loanees as and when cover was needed for injuries (Bywater, Llera, Tavernier etc) whereas DJ has brought his in early and obviously feels compelled to select them even though healthy competition already exists, up front in particular. Meanwhile, injuries have disrupted our back four and we're having to cope with players out of position. Sounded like we were doing okay Friday until they scored off a (dodgy) deflected free kick but after that we were caught out trying to play catch-up. Never mind, eh? We probably needed the wake up call. I still fancy our chances for the season though.
17/09/2012 10:52:00
yeah i think will finish within top ten, its frustrating for me when theres a left and right back within the team selection but doesnt play them, surely playing those who play that position week in week out for previous clubs is better than playing one on his weaker side and cb at left back, puzzling. on the upside barkley looked good but unless we have him for the season or at kleast 6 months i wouldnt play him. anyway going on weds and cant wait. uto.
17/09/2012 15:04:00
Talking to a Brighton season ticket holder on Saturday and he said our left back was a bit iffy, errr that's because he's actually a center back who gets exposed against pace down the wing. From what I saw Friday night and from the goals we've conceded this season left back is definitely a problem position, even when Reda's there.
17/09/2012 16:34:00
Not good.
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