Wednesday 17 August 2011

Three Is A Magic Number

Two goal hero Ashley Barnes celebrates
Cardiff 1, Albion 3 - Wednesday 17th August:
Brighton continued their excellent start to the Championship campaign by winning away at strongly fancied Cardiff City. This made it a hat trick of league wins and the Albion have now gained the nine point maximum from their first three games. On paper this looked like it would be the toughest test yet for the newly promoted Seagulls but the team from Sussex played some clever football and deservedly won the match.

Albion's opening goal in the first half was a real cracker, superbly scored by Ashely Barnes from fully 25 yards, it was probably his best ever goal for the club. Then the prolific Barnes scored another goal from the penalty spot in the second half to put the Albion 2-0 up. Say what you like about Barnsey, he'll miss chances but he does get himself in some good scoring positions and will always be capable of getting you a goal when you need it. To end a fantastic evening for Brighton and the 700 Seagull fans who made the long midweek journey to Wales it was second half substitute Will Hoskins who scored on his Albion debut to unbelievably make it 3-0.

Despite a bit of late pressure and a last minute injury time penalty reply from Cardiff it was Albion who ran out winners to go joint top of the Championship. A brilliant result for Gus Poyet whose tactics and team selection were spot on.  Next up are Blackpool this Saturday at the Amex, I just can't wait.

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