LuaLua steals draw at Charlton
Substitute Kazenga LuaLua snatched a point for Brighton in a 2-2
draw at Charlton, who twice threw away the lead.
The Addicks were leading through goals from Lawrie Wilson and
Bradley Pritchard, either side of Craig Mackail-Smith’s strike, but
eight minutes after climbing off the bench, former Newcastle winger
LuaLua marked his first appearance since October with the
Just two minutes later the home fans were cheering again when
Dale Stephens whipped in a cross which flew in at the far post with
Wilson claiming the final touch.
It could have got worse for Brighton, but for Tomasz Kuszczak,
who palmed Rob Hulse’s header over and from the resulting corner,
Michael Morrison headed too high.
But the visitors responded well and should have equalised when
Mackail-Smith found Gordon Greer in front of goal, only for the
defender to scoop his effort over from all of four yards out.
The leveller came in the 28th minute when Morrison made a mess
of his clearing header and Mackail-Smith nipped in to tuck away his
10th goal of the season.
Brighton were still in the ascendancy after the break and Hamer
parried a fierce drive from Will Buckley before Dobbie fired
Dobbie was left kicking the post in frustration just before the
hour mark after wasting another good chance.
Dean Hammond slipped in Buckley to cut the ball back for the
former Swansea striker, who slid in to meet the ball but lifted it
over the top.
Charlton had hardly troubled Kuszczak since their goal, but with
their first genuine chance of the second half they went ahead
Johnnie Jackson’s low cross ricocheted through the Brighton
defence and Pritchard was on hand to sweep the ball into the net
for his first league goal.
But three minutes later LuaLua grabbed a point for the Seagulls
when his deflected shot wrong-footed Hamer and crashed into the