Football giveth and she taketh away. Today, she was cruel.
The Great Escape is on ice, more specifically, under an iceberg. We went into the game with some wind in our sails, but a long ball which sailed passed Dervite led to Brighton's first goal. Our first chance came from a challenge on our skipper, Darren Pratley, which could and should have sent the Brighton defender for an early bath. An Emile Heskey goal was a pleasant surprise, taking a large deflection. A Brighton dive was waved away by the referee, and rightly so. Then, just before half time, Anthony Knockeart capitalised on our defence looking out of its depth and teed up Tomer Hemed.
After half time, the Wanderers team came out with some fight and, from a poor clearance after a floating corner, Jay Spearing sunk the ball into the net with a skimming shot. Liam Feeney went one on one with David Stockdale, only to place the ball squarely on his chin. A criminal miss that led to Brighton getting the winner. Mark Davies moronically gave the ball away on the edge of box allowing Beram Kayal to slot home and punish his former manager. With bucket and spade in hand, Wanderers dug themselves a hole. After that, Brighton looked to steady the ship and the game slowed down significantly.
A 63 minute round of applause for Phil Gartside was observed without fault.
Brighton are, apparently, a good team. They didn't play particularly well today but we did, twice, level the game against a side chasing promotion. Maybe that is a cause for hope, or maybe it's just an excuse for the shambolic defending that led to today's defeat. Unnecessarily giving the ball away in the midfield cost us in just another frustrating match.
Back on bottom, we go again?