Albion 2 – 1 Doncaster

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If this is what a typical football day out with the Albion is going to be like then I will be frazzled come April 2012. This opening ‘proper’ game had just about everything. A 20,000 plus gate, wall to wall fan noise and colour, reckless tackles, a manager getting sent off, weird bookings, and two pieces of footballing genius that would grace any level of the game.

If you haven’t set your freeview box to tape The Football league Show series, you’re doing yourself an injustice, failing that watch the fucker live late on Saturday nights, last night’s was a cracker.

Yesterday downtown pre-match was again a pain in the arse, pubs were letting one-in-one-out at one point. The trains pulling out en-route to Falmer were so rammed with Albion fans (and the odd Rovers fan), that it felt like a railway scene from Gandhi. The expectation was everywhere in and around the stadium. We took our seats and it was like cup final day, check out these phone photos. It was so tense in there that I think it rattled both teams on the park.

Donny dominated the first half possession, and if this is a team – long injury list notwithstanding – tipped for the drop to League One, then the Albion will have a fight on every single game. The referee also seemed rattled, and he wasn’t doing either team any favours. His booking of LuaLua for diving in the box was laughable, and I didn’t need to reaffirm that opinion watching the TV replay this morning. Poyet dropped an egg after that and foolishly pegged down the line miles from his technical area to abuse the officials – off he went. Doncaster opened the scoring after Gary Dicker gave the ball away cheaply in the centre circle and Billy Sharp slotted it luckily under the diving Ankergren.  Hefty challenges were going in, but although the one that rather upsettingly has left Rovers’ top striker Sharp with three separate fractures wasn’t the worst looking, it was still a nasty, clumsy tackle from Lewis Dunk anyway you want to look at it, and I feel really sorry for Sharp, rotten luck.

Second half and Albion started to dominate slowly, although I would have settled for a draw at this point. Step up the terrible twins – Craig Noone and Will Buckley. When these two came on they totally outran and out-foxed a quickly tiring visiting side. Buckley’s low drive for the first was only bettered by a fucking beautiful bit of skill from Nooney to put Buckley through for his second, the time on the clock was 90+ minutes, but there was no ‘Fergie Time’ involved here, injuries and slow medical responses were the only really annoying thing about the whole game, instead of the seven given it could easily have been ten minutes added on. I noticed that around me in the East Stand – already marked out as the ‘quiet stand’ – old boys and kids were dancing around like loons, it really was that good an atmosphere. Gillingham on Tuesday night will be an anti-climax compared to this one, I’ll not forget this game for a long time. Cheers.

The Hovian’s Team performance : 8 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match : Will Buckley

Attendance: 20,219

Npower Championship table
Saturday, 6 August 2011 19:20 UK
P GD PTS
1 Ipswich 1 3 3
2 Southampton 1 2 3

3 Brighton 1 1 3
4 Derby 1 1 3
5 Peterborough 1 1 3
6 Blackpool 1 1 3

7 Leicester 1 1 3
8 Burnley 1 0 1
9 Middlesbrough 1 0 1
10 Millwall 1 0 1
11 Portsmouth 1 0 1
12 Reading 1 0 1
13 Watford 1 0 1
14 Barnsley 1 0 1
15 Nott’m Forest 1 0 1
16 Cardiff 0 0 0
17 West Ham 0 0 0
18 Birmingham 1 -1 0
19 Crystal Palace 1 -1 0
20 Doncaster 1 -1 0
21 Coventry 1 -1 0

22 Hull 1 -1 0
23 Leeds 1 -2 0
24 Bristol City 1 -3 0
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2 Responses to “Albion 2 – 1 Doncaster”

  1. john Says:

    2 great goals Brighton could bring a new atmosphere to the championship badly needed hope it keeps up for the fans
    cheers

    • The Hovian Says:

      Cheers mate, really good game yesterday, the Championship is wide open – West Ham losing today and Saints winning big against Leeds, there’ll be a lot of teams turning each other over

      Cheers

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