Sunday 10 October 2010

Honest, we wuz robbed...

Albion 1 - Cherries 1: So, a hotly disputed 92nd minute penalty sees Bournemouth grab a late equaliser and a share of the spoils at a sun soaked Withdean. The early televised 12.15pm kick off meant that we just about had enough time for the traditional hot cuppa and plate of soggy chips. Albion had most of the possession in a fairly entertaining first half but Bournemouth, who had clearly come for the draw, restricted the Seagulls to only a few first half chances. Cherries striker Michael Symes was lucky to finish the first half on the pitch after breaking Albion goalkeeper Ankergren's nose in a collision and followed that a few minutes later by a clear elbow into the face of Albion centre half Tommy Elphick. The second half saw Albion dominate possession again and they took a deserved lead with a set piece straight from the training ground, a free kick passed to Kesenga Lua Lua who a hit a ferocious and unstoppable shot into the back of the net from fully 25 yards. From that point on it looked as if there would be only one winner in this south coast derby but in the last minute a penalty was awarded to Bournemouth for a handball on the edge of the penalty area. It was hard to tell if it was Cherries striker Fletcher or Seagulls defender Elphick who committed the offence but one thing was clear, it was definitely outside the area, not inside. The ref initially gave a free kick but the linesman then flagged for a penalty, to the disbelief and amazement of the 7,500 Withdean crowd. Marc Pugh fired home from the spot in what was effectively Bournemouth's only shot on target in the entire match. Albion will see it as two points dropped but they are still three points clear at the top of League One after Peterbourgh failed to grab the opportunity to go top by managing to lose away at Hartlepool.

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