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Bournemouth Echo: SPOT ON: Lewis Grabban scores from the penalty spot SPOT ON: Lewis Grabban scores from the penalty spot

THIS was a game that defied the atrocious conditions, a clash between two of the best footballing sides in the Championship.

In the end, a controversial penalty aside and one that Oscar Garcia’s Brighton will question for some time, Cherries will consider themselves unlucky to have departed the Amex Stadium with only a single point.

In the second half, they were the better team. They hustled and pressed Brighton, counter attacking and playing with a confidence and certainty that had come from two successive wins on the road and a productive festive period that has now yielded eight points from 12.

Like the trips to Reading and Sheffield Wednesday, this was so nearly a perfect away performance.

At half-time, it had looked as if Cherries would have to weather a storm fiercer than the wind and rain that swirled around the Amex.

Brighton fin-ished the first half looking as if an equaliser, and possibly more, was on the cards.

But the longer the game went on, the more comfortable Cherries looked defending their lead. They did struggle to hold on to possession at times, which can often come back to bite against a side boasting the same kind of intricacy and footballing principles.

But Brighton failed to take advantage of Cherries’ little mistakes and, but for a 10-minute period at the start of the second half, it looked for all the world as if the visitors would aquaplane back on to the A27 with all three points.

After Andrew Crofts had seen his early shot spooned on to the post by Cherries keeper Lee Camp, the half-time debate revolved around a highly-contentious opening goal.

In the 14th minute, Marc Pugh went to ground inside the penalty area under a robust challenge from Inigo Calderon.

Calderon looked to have won the ball, before Pugh hit the deck as the Spaniard slid along the wet turf in front of him.

But referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot as the boos rang out from the home supporters.

Lewis Grabban stepped up and made it 1-0, sending Tomasz Kuszczak the wrong way.

It was Grabban’s 10th goal of the season.

Three minutes later, as rage in the stands continued, Leo Ulloa’s shot was beaten away by Camp – the second of several key saves from the Cherries goalkeeper, whose loan spell has now expired. The club should push the boat out to sign him.

Rohan Ince fired wide moments later, before Camp was on hand to dive at full stretch to his left and deny Kazenga LuaLua. It was a wonderful stop.

Midway through the half, the Brighton players appealed for a penalty of their own but Ulloa appeared to have made a meal of the challenge. After Pugh had blazed wide from distance, Andrew Surman went down under a tackle from Liam Bridcutt, but referee Hooper also waved away those pleas for a spot kick.

Harry Arter, back in the starting line-up having missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Ipswich due to a one-match suspension, entered the referee’s notebook for a silly challenge on Bridcutt after 31 minutes.

Boss Eddie Howe turned away and shook his head over what was a crazy sliding tackle in poor conditions.

Arter’s disciplinary record continues to blight him.

As the half drew to a close, Camp raced off his line to smother another Ulloa chance.

The match officials were led into the sanctuary of the players’ tunnel by a fearsome chorus of boos before being welcomed back on to the playing surface by more of the same at the start of the second half.

Cherries fashioned the first chance but Grabban was denied by Kuszczak, while on 56 minutes, LuaLua sparked some positive life into a frustrated home crowd when his stunning 25-yard curler thumped against the crossbar. Camp, for the first time, was well beaten.

As the atmosphere crackled in the rain, Matt Ritchie’s own long-range effort failed to trouble Kuszczak. Adam El-Abd then joined Arter in Hooper’s notebook after a cynical foul on Charlie Daniels, who had looked to bomb towards the Brighton penalty area.

Ritchie was replaced by Ryan Fraser, whose 74th-minute shot through a crowd of players was easily gathered by Kuszczak, before Camp bettered his opposite number’s effort when his hand denied substitute Ashley Barnes a header inside the six-yard box following Kemy Agustien’s cross in the 79th minute.

Ten minutes to play and Cherries still seemed perfectly happy in their work.

An Arter shot four minutes from time was pushed away by Kuszczak but Cherries were dealt a blow when Stephen Ward nodded home, via the head of Simon Francis, in the 89th minute. Cherries will be disappointed with the goal. They had chances to clear, through both Tommy Elphick and Elliott Ward.

In a frantic spell of stoppage time, Barnes’s looping header hit the bar, before Daniels ran the length of the pitch, only to shoot straight at Kuszczak. Calderon skewed his own shot horribly wide at the other end.

Completing a superb individual performance, Camp made yet another point-blank save moments before the final whistle.

The draw was a fair result given the controversial nature of Cherries’ penalty. There should be minimal disappointment with a point here – despite leading with a minute to go.

Looking at the bigger picture, Cherries marked the dawn of the new year by proving they have grown into a Championship side. They now look comfortable in this division after the ups and downs of the first half of the season.

Their aim between now and the beginning of May will be to really make it feel like home.

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: (4-1-4-1) Kuszczak; Calderon, Upson, El-Abd, S Ward; Ince; Lopez (Barnes, 71), Crofts (Agustien, 64), Bridcutt, LuaLua (Orlandi, 85); Ulloa.

Unused subs: Andrews, Dunk, Chicksen, Brezovan (g/k).

Booked: El-Abd, Bridcutt.

Cherries: (4-1-4-1) Camp 8*; Francis 7.5, Elphick 7.5, E Ward 7.5, Daniels 7.5; O’Kane 7.5; Ritchie 7 (Fraser, 70), Surman 7, Arter 7, Pugh 7; Grabban 7.5 (Pitman, 82).

Unused subs: Harte, MacDonald, Addison, Rantie, Allsop (g/k).

Booked: Arter.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 28,282.

STAR MAN – LEE CAMP

The chances of Lee Camp signing a permanent deal at Dean Court appear to be slimming. On this performance, it would be worth the club sitting down with Camp and trying again to tie him to a contract.

This was his best performance in a Cherries shirt and he was key to Eddie Howe’s men leaving the Amex with a point.

In a game where the hosts created the better chances, Camp was the difference.

He was twice assisted by the woodwork when seemingly well beaten, but was brave when needed and made a terrific first-half save to deny Kazenga LuaLua. Sign him up.

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9:37pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Ferndown Steve says...

Why does the chance of signing Lee Camp, appear to be 'slimming' ?
Thought the the talks are 'on-going' - As Eddie and Lee have commented already ? I'm still hopeful of a positive outcome and signature this coming week !
UTC
Why does the chance of signing Lee Camp, appear to be 'slimming' ? Thought the the talks are 'on-going' - As Eddie and Lee have commented already ? I'm still hopeful of a positive outcome and signature this coming week ! UTC Ferndown Steve
  • Score: 5

9:53pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

It was absolutely nerve racking to listen too. Difficult to make my mind up as to whether it was a good draw, or two points dropped, Brighton hitting the woodwork three times makes me feel draw was a good result. Either way it just shows how far we've come this season, that we are picking up the results we are. Not that far off beating these teams as I've been saying for months. Just that bit of quality missing up front, which is basically the difference!!! UTCIAD
It was absolutely nerve racking to listen too. Difficult to make my mind up as to whether it was a good draw, or two points dropped, Brighton hitting the woodwork three times makes me feel draw was a good result. Either way it just shows how far we've come this season, that we are picking up the results we are. Not that far off beating these teams as I've been saying for months. Just that bit of quality missing up front, which is basically the difference!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 9

9:58pm Wed 1 Jan 14

sdlay2 says...

Totally agree that Camp would be a great addition if we can get him, seems wages are the main stumbling block though. Whether this goes ahead or not, would definitely play Allsop in the upcoming cup game against Burton. Rocky will surely end up being number 1 at some point over the coming year or two if he stays, so will be good to see if he has learned anything from Camp. UTCIAD
Totally agree that Camp would be a great addition if we can get him, seems wages are the main stumbling block though. Whether this goes ahead or not, would definitely play Allsop in the upcoming cup game against Burton. Rocky will surely end up being number 1 at some point over the coming year or two if he stays, so will be good to see if he has learned anything from Camp. UTCIAD sdlay2
  • Score: 2

10:09pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Oakdale12 says...

Every win, every loss, every tie, no matter what, it all counts and I'll be there . Com on u reds.
Every win, every loss, every tie, no matter what, it all counts and I'll be there . Com on u reds. Oakdale12
  • Score: 8

4:22am Thu 2 Jan 14

ASM says...

i'm very worried about the goalkeeping situation. if camps wage demands are too high I hope we can give him a six month contract. If we are forced to play allsop, jalal or flahaven then we will be back in the relegation mix up before long
i'm very worried about the goalkeeping situation. if camps wage demands are too high I hope we can give him a six month contract. If we are forced to play allsop, jalal or flahaven then we will be back in the relegation mix up before long ASM
  • Score: 2

8:29am Thu 2 Jan 14

pokesdown1 says...

To me, hitting the woodwork is the same as a miss.
To me, hitting the woodwork is the same as a miss. pokesdown1
  • Score: 1

8:49am Thu 2 Jan 14

susi.m says...

Got soaking wet and was a scary drive home in horrid weather, but so much better than just listening on radio. haven't drunk all Xmas so I could afford the trip.
It appeared to me at the end of the game that Camp was saying goodbye to the fans. I truly hope he wasn't. He is the best goalie I have seen in a Bmth shirt.
Got soaking wet and was a scary drive home in horrid weather, but so much better than just listening on radio. haven't drunk all Xmas so I could afford the trip. It appeared to me at the end of the game that Camp was saying goodbye to the fans. I truly hope he wasn't. He is the best goalie I have seen in a Bmth shirt. susi.m
  • Score: 4

8:56am Thu 2 Jan 14

AfcbBlues says...

Nice comfy seats yesterday, but still got wet in row 3 !!

Where was the atmosphere, 28,000 Brighton fans and you only heard them when they scored.
Nice comfy seats yesterday, but still got wet in row 3 !! Where was the atmosphere, 28,000 Brighton fans and you only heard them when they scored. AfcbBlues
  • Score: 0

9:37am Thu 2 Jan 14

pokesdown1 says...

Take away the hardcore,home and away,and you have left the della fairweather club on special monthly season ticket deals.
Take away the hardcore,home and away,and you have left the della fairweather club on special monthly season ticket deals. pokesdown1
  • Score: -4

9:47am Thu 2 Jan 14

bobsworthforever says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
To me, hitting the woodwork is the same as a miss.
Well its not as for the goalkeeper will be hard to replace if he doesn't sign, do what we can to get him not many better keepers at DC over the years
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: To me, hitting the woodwork is the same as a miss.[/p][/quote]Well its not as for the goalkeeper will be hard to replace if he doesn't sign, do what we can to get him not many better keepers at DC over the years bobsworthforever
  • Score: -1

9:51am Thu 2 Jan 14

lockandload says...

It was a fair result yesterday. I was there and what a great stadium but in the middle of nowhere and getting out of there was a nightmare.
However we weren't great and if Allsop had been in goal then it would have been a remake of the Watford trashing at the start of the season. The defensive weaknesses remain. The lack of finishing is still there. Brighton hit the post 3 times plus their endless attacking on our goal leaving Camp by myself to deal with it wasn't good. Look at the stats if you don't believe it.
So a good day out and a fair result but we need to be Real
It was a fair result yesterday. I was there and what a great stadium but in the middle of nowhere and getting out of there was a nightmare. However we weren't great and if Allsop had been in goal then it would have been a remake of the Watford trashing at the start of the season. The defensive weaknesses remain. The lack of finishing is still there. Brighton hit the post 3 times plus their endless attacking on our goal leaving Camp by myself to deal with it wasn't good. Look at the stats if you don't believe it. So a good day out and a fair result but we need to be Real lockandload
  • Score: 3

10:04am Thu 2 Jan 14

a real supporter says...

Oh look!! Rantie was on the bench despite being in hospital ( "I cant say why") he's in South Africa, He's missing home & family, International duty National Service. Truly a load of tosh is written by so many out there.
Oh look!! Rantie was on the bench despite being in hospital ( "I cant say why") he's in South Africa, He's missing home & family, International duty National Service. Truly a load of tosh is written by so many out there. a real supporter
  • Score: 2

10:41am Thu 2 Jan 14

Dukecherry says...

ASM wrote:
i'm very worried about the goalkeeping situation. if camps wage demands are too high I hope we can give him a six month contract. If we are forced to play allsop, jalal or flahaven then we will be back in the relegation mix up before long
Maybe you should write to EH asking him what he plans to do with our top signing of a striker who has been warming the bench and getting the biggest wage package, making resources more limited. Or, maybe it is not important because it is in EH we trust. In yesterday's interview he tells the Echo he will do with what he has as players. Hmmm tis reminds me of post on here advocating this approach.
What is very disappointing is the hypocrisy and gullibility some fans display in their comments. So after eight games and not one single clean sheet we hail our new messiah in goal, and the young "super star" between the sticks is relegated to the status of being good enough to put us in a survival battle. And the goalkeeper who kept us in the professional league and was involved in three promotion campaigns, kept 48 clean sheets in 147 games is not even given one single chance to prove his worth to the club.
But hey, some of us fans know nothing about football especially when we make comments about our director of football bought players having seen them on FL DVD's.
The problem is not with who is between the sticks. It is with who should be knocking the goals in and with who sits in front of defence to marshal the midfield.
A better approach to using available resources would have seen us sitting at a much better position than where we are now. That is what one can call work in progress.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: i'm very worried about the goalkeeping situation. if camps wage demands are too high I hope we can give him a six month contract. If we are forced to play allsop, jalal or flahaven then we will be back in the relegation mix up before long[/p][/quote]Maybe you should write to EH asking him what he plans to do with our top signing of a striker who has been warming the bench and getting the biggest wage package, making resources more limited. Or, maybe it is not important because it is in EH we trust. In yesterday's interview he tells the Echo he will do with what he has as players. Hmmm tis reminds me of post on here advocating this approach. What is very disappointing is the hypocrisy and gullibility some fans display in their comments. So after eight games and not one single clean sheet we hail our new messiah in goal, and the young "super star" between the sticks is relegated to the status of being good enough to put us in a survival battle. And the goalkeeper who kept us in the professional league and was involved in three promotion campaigns, kept 48 clean sheets in 147 games is not even given one single chance to prove his worth to the club. But hey, some of us fans know nothing about football especially when we make comments about our director of football bought players having seen them on FL DVD's. The problem is not with who is between the sticks. It is with who should be knocking the goals in and with who sits in front of defence to marshal the midfield. A better approach to using available resources would have seen us sitting at a much better position than where we are now. That is what one can call work in progress. Dukecherry
  • Score: -9

11:23am Thu 2 Jan 14

North stand badger says...

a real supporter wrote:
Oh look!! Rantie was on the bench despite being in hospital ( "I cant say why") he's in South Africa, He's missing home & family, International duty National Service. Truly a load of tosh is written by so many out there.
He did have a stomach problem and he is struggling to adjust to life over here so not all tosh.
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: Oh look!! Rantie was on the bench despite being in hospital ( "I cant say why") he's in South Africa, He's missing home & family, International duty National Service. Truly a load of tosh is written by so many out there.[/p][/quote]He did have a stomach problem and he is struggling to adjust to life over here so not all tosh. North stand badger
  • Score: -2

1:27pm Thu 2 Jan 14

a real supporter says...

North stand badger wrote:
a real supporter wrote: Oh look!! Rantie was on the bench despite being in hospital ( "I cant say why") he's in South Africa, He's missing home & family, International duty National Service. Truly a load of tosh is written by so many out there.
He did have a stomach problem and he is struggling to adjust to life over here so not all tosh.
Yea well I had the **** over xmas and dont like living in England when it's **** down with rain does that mean im struggling as well. It's tosh matey of which you have no proof apart from a bloke down the pub told you or the other the rubbish you have read on here.
[quote][p][bold]North stand badger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: Oh look!! Rantie was on the bench despite being in hospital ( "I cant say why") he's in South Africa, He's missing home & family, International duty National Service. Truly a load of tosh is written by so many out there.[/p][/quote]He did have a stomach problem and he is struggling to adjust to life over here so not all tosh.[/p][/quote]Yea well I had the **** over xmas and dont like living in England when it's **** down with rain does that mean im struggling as well. It's tosh matey of which you have no proof apart from a bloke down the pub told you or the other the rubbish you have read on here. a real supporter
  • Score: 0

2:55pm Thu 2 Jan 14

holdinkæft says...

a real supporter wrote:
Oh look!! Rantie was on the bench despite being in hospital ( "I cant say why") he's in South Africa, He's missing home & family, International duty National Service. Truly a load of tosh is written by so many out there.
do you believe everything you read. the ANC starts on the 11th jan untill 1st Feb,
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: Oh look!! Rantie was on the bench despite being in hospital ( "I cant say why") he's in South Africa, He's missing home & family, International duty National Service. Truly a load of tosh is written by so many out there.[/p][/quote]do you believe everything you read. the ANC starts on the 11th jan untill 1st Feb, holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

4:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

ASM says...

Dukecherry wrote:
ASM wrote:
i'm very worried about the goalkeeping situation. if camps wage demands are too high I hope we can give him a six month contract. If we are forced to play allsop, jalal or flahaven then we will be back in the relegation mix up before long
Maybe you should write to EH asking him what he plans to do with our top signing of a striker who has been warming the bench and getting the biggest wage package, making resources more limited. Or, maybe it is not important because it is in EH we trust. In yesterday's interview he tells the Echo he will do with what he has as players. Hmmm tis reminds me of post on here advocating this approach.
What is very disappointing is the hypocrisy and gullibility some fans display in their comments. So after eight games and not one single clean sheet we hail our new messiah in goal, and the young "super star" between the sticks is relegated to the status of being good enough to put us in a survival battle. And the goalkeeper who kept us in the professional league and was involved in three promotion campaigns, kept 48 clean sheets in 147 games is not even given one single chance to prove his worth to the club.
But hey, some of us fans know nothing about football especially when we make comments about our director of football bought players having seen them on FL DVD's.
The problem is not with who is between the sticks. It is with who should be knocking the goals in and with who sits in front of defence to marshal the midfield.
A better approach to using available resources would have seen us sitting at a much better position than where we are now. That is what one can call work in progress.
If you are talking about Jalal, he was brilliant and got us promoted once, he wasn't first choice last season, because unfortunately he hasn't found form since he got injured and dropped by bradbury. You obviously don't watch us play if you can't see Camp has been magnificent and Allsop has been lost.
As for Rantie, those of us who have watched the games would see that he does a lot. He runs at defences and attacks opposition and is brilliant on the counter attack. He is not a goal scoring striker, but he is working on that aspect of his game, he is a hard working and honest player who will come good. I SEEM TO REMEMBER GRABBAN GETTING LOADS OF STICK LAST SEASON, ON THE ECHO FORUM, FOR NOT SCORING. JUST LIKE RANTIE, WHEN HE DOES A LOT MORE THAN SCORE GOALS AND WHEN RANTIE GETS A COUPLE, HE WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT GRABBAN IS DOING THIS SEASON!
[quote][p][bold]Dukecherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: i'm very worried about the goalkeeping situation. if camps wage demands are too high I hope we can give him a six month contract. If we are forced to play allsop, jalal or flahaven then we will be back in the relegation mix up before long[/p][/quote]Maybe you should write to EH asking him what he plans to do with our top signing of a striker who has been warming the bench and getting the biggest wage package, making resources more limited. Or, maybe it is not important because it is in EH we trust. In yesterday's interview he tells the Echo he will do with what he has as players. Hmmm tis reminds me of post on here advocating this approach. What is very disappointing is the hypocrisy and gullibility some fans display in their comments. So after eight games and not one single clean sheet we hail our new messiah in goal, and the young "super star" between the sticks is relegated to the status of being good enough to put us in a survival battle. And the goalkeeper who kept us in the professional league and was involved in three promotion campaigns, kept 48 clean sheets in 147 games is not even given one single chance to prove his worth to the club. But hey, some of us fans know nothing about football especially when we make comments about our director of football bought players having seen them on FL DVD's. The problem is not with who is between the sticks. It is with who should be knocking the goals in and with who sits in front of defence to marshal the midfield. A better approach to using available resources would have seen us sitting at a much better position than where we are now. That is what one can call work in progress.[/p][/quote]If you are talking about Jalal, he was brilliant and got us promoted once, he wasn't first choice last season, because unfortunately he hasn't found form since he got injured and dropped by bradbury. You obviously don't watch us play if you can't see Camp has been magnificent and Allsop has been lost. As for Rantie, those of us who have watched the games would see that he does a lot. He runs at defences and attacks opposition and is brilliant on the counter attack. He is not a goal scoring striker, but he is working on that aspect of his game, he is a hard working and honest player who will come good. I SEEM TO REMEMBER GRABBAN GETTING LOADS OF STICK LAST SEASON, ON THE ECHO FORUM, FOR NOT SCORING. JUST LIKE RANTIE, WHEN HE DOES A LOT MORE THAN SCORE GOALS AND WHEN RANTIE GETS A COUPLE, HE WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT GRABBAN IS DOING THIS SEASON! ASM
  • Score: 3

10:19pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Dukecherry says...

so you are willing to put 1.5m of your money in the bank and wait until they decide what interest you will get. Grabban did not cost us a ransom!
Yes I am talking about Jalal. You seem to have got your information wrong. He was there during the Great Escape from relegation to the Conference, automatic promotion to L1, the missed opportunity of the play-off and played 19 games in the promotion campaign to the Championship. And you seem to have watched more games when Camp was playing than when Jalal was between he sticks!!!
you also found it very convenient not to comment on the other aspects of our game that I made reference to in the post.
so you are willing to put 1.5m of your money in the bank and wait until they decide what interest you will get. Grabban did not cost us a ransom! Yes I am talking about Jalal. You seem to have got your information wrong. He was there during the Great Escape from relegation to the Conference, automatic promotion to L1, the missed opportunity of the play-off and played 19 games in the promotion campaign to the Championship. And you seem to have watched more games when Camp was playing than when Jalal was between he sticks!!! you also found it very convenient not to comment on the other aspects of our game that I made reference to in the post. Dukecherry
  • Score: 0

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