Crawley end Glovers run

BY foxsports • March 13, 2013

Gus Poyet insisted that Brighton only had themselves to blame for a 2-1 defeat at struggling Barnsley.

Jason Scotland and Chris Dagnall scored either side of Leonardo Ulloa's leveller, before the Brighton striker saw his late penalty saved.

Brighton have taken just one point from the last nine available but Poyet refused to point the finger elsewhere.

"I was convinced we had a great chance and I believe we lost the chance of

getting three points," Poyet said.

"We knew we would have to fight and compete and I got the feeling that we gave the game away with the goals that we gave away, but that is how it has been for a while so I am not surprised.

"Unfortunately I am getting used to this, we have played three games away from home in a week. The first game was terrible, then we were by far the better team at Bolton and lost 1-0 and today if anyone said Barnsley deserved to win then I should retire.

"The good thing is the only people to blame is ourselves. It's not the opposition, the pitch, the referee or the weather. We have another nine games and we'll see. We'll try our best."

The Bees came from behind courtesy of second-half strikes from Sam Saunders and top scorer Clayton Donaldson to clinch the points in a classic game of two halves.

The visitors looked comfortable after Simon Ferry out-muscled Harlee Dean on the edge of the box to hammer home into the bottom corner in the 32nd minute.

They might have made it 2-0 shortly afterwards when Gary Roberts got on the end of an Alan McCormack knock down to fire against the upright.

Uwe Rosler's side were second best for an hour but rallied after Donaldson was hauled down by goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, who escaped with a yellow card.

Substitute Sam Saunders fired his 72nd-minute penalty down the middle to bring the Londoners level and spark an intense finale.

Four minutes later Donaldson, who missed a gilt-edged first-half chance, was in the right place to run onto Bradley Wright-Phillips' ball forward and lash home at the near post from a tight angle.

The big striker almost returned the compliment but Wright-Phillips' goal-bound effort was somehow blocked at point-blank range by Foderingham.

Saunders curled a free-kick over the wall and against the crossbar as Brentford's tails were up, and there was still time for Donaldson to miss another clear chance to put the game beyond doubt when he fired straight at the keeper.

The Glovers saw their seven-game winning home run come to an end after goals from Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow cancelled out Byron Webster and Paddy Madden's first-half strikes.

The hosts took the lead after only five minutes when towering defender Webster powerfully headed home debutant Ben Gordon's cross.

Crawley's misery was compounded when Madden clinically converted Luke Ayling's delivery to notch his 20th goal of the campaign.

However, the visitors - who came into the game on the back of four wins in their last seven away games - threatened and missed some gilt-edged chances before half-time.

Billy Clarke rattled the crossbar with a free-kick before Brentford loanee Paul Hayes twice spurned glorious openings, including one from only five yards out.

Seconds after the break, though, the visitors reduced the deficit after Walsh nodded home a Mat Sadler free-kick.

Sparrow then completed the comeback with a confident strike before both sides rattled the woodwork twice in a dramatic late flurry.


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