Leeds United 1 Brighton 2: Albion secure play-off spot as Diouf sees red

By Wayne Gardiner, Press Association

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Brighton's place in the npower Championship play-offs was confirmed as Gus Poyet's men emerged from a bad-tempered meeting with Leeds with the victory they wanted.

Leonardo Ulloa's 87th-minute header won the day for Albion after El-Hadji Diouf's penalty had cancelled out Will Buckley's opener.

That was only half of the story, though, as Leeds ended with nine men and Brighton 10 after a series of nasty incidents.

Naughty: El-Hadji Diouf lived up to his reputation as he was sent off for allegedly abusing Brighton fans

Naughty: El-Hadji Diouf lived up to his reputation as he was sent off for allegedly abusing Brighton fans

Match facts

Leeds: Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Warnock, Tonge (Brown 85), Austin, Green, Diouf, McCormack, Varney (Morison 62).

Subs Not Used: Cairns, Drury, White, Poleon, Hall.

Sent Off: Austin (13), Diouf (76).

Goals: Diouf 74 pen.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor (Calderon 68), Upson, Greer, Painter (Dicker 46), Lopez, Hammond, Orlandi, Buckley (Vicente 65), Ulloa, Barnes.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, El-Abd, Crofts, LuaLua.

Sent Off: Calderon (73).

Booked: Painter, Dicker.

Goals: Buckley 10, Ulloa 87.

Att: 24,904

Ref: Graham Scott.

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Leeds' Rodolph Austin left the action 13 minutes in following an off-the-ball collision with Ashley Barnes, while Inigo Calderon joined him for his last-man foul on Diouf in the build-up to the penalty.

The Spaniard had a head-to-head with the fourth official as he left the field, but he had barely reached the dressing rooms before Diouf was following him down the tunnel - the Senegalese dismissed by Graham Scott for allegedly abusing the Brighton fans in the wake of his goal.

But once the debris has been cleared the league table will show that Brighton are headed for at least three more games this season after reaching an insurmountable 72 points. A draw would have been all-but enough, but Ulloa's header made sure.

With what was at stake it was of little surprise that Brighton set off quickly. Just 29 seconds had gone when they mounted their first attack with Ulloa getting free on the right and crossing for Andrea Orlandi who, after slipping in unnoticed, bundled a close-range effort onto Paddy Kenny's post.

Austin responded with a wayward free-kick and that kicked off a horror five minutes for the home side, starting with the 10th-minute opener.

Tom Lees failed to notice Buckley's looming presence as he sized up a backpass to Kenny and, in failing to do so, feathered the ball back allowing the former Rochdale man to nip in, set himself and score across the keeper's body.

What a feeling: Leonardo Ulloa scores in the 87th minute to send Brighton into the play-offs

What a feeling: Leonardo Ulloa scores in the 87th minute to send Brighton into the play-offs

If Lees was careless then Austin was reckless three minutes later, appearing to aggressively cut across the front of Barnes as the pair chased a ball. The striker collapsed to the floor and Austin headed for the changing rooms.

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Leeds had to reshuffle and actually looked the better side up until the interval, claiming three penalties in a minute as the half-hour approached.

Two of them were tenuous handballs but when Luke Varney fell under David Lopez's jump, they had a reasonable shout, just as they did when Diouf was felled by Marcos Painter.

Neither were awarded, though, and Ross McCormack had their best chances with a back-to-goal half-volley which skipped just wide and a rising shot over the top.

By not scoring before the interval, Leeds passed 1000 minutes without a first-half goal and would have been two down at the other end had Ulloa found his range just inside the box after the restart.

Buckley then dragged wide and Kenny saved well from Lopez as the game became stretched, but it took until the 73rd minute for Leeds to get the equaliser they had threatened, although it brought another dose of controversy with it.

Diouf was about to hook a volley goalwards when he was dragged down by Calderon, with referee Scott responding by pointing to the spot and sending off the last-man. He had a head-to-head with the fourth official as he left the field before looking back to see Diouf convert the penalty he had won.

The drama was only just starting, though, as Diouf ignored his team-mate's congratulations to jog to the Brighton fans. An alleged hand gesture later and he was sent off on the advice of the linesman.

Brighton now had as much space as they needed and, with three minutes of regular time left, Ulloa headed in Orlandi's cross to put the lid on the afternoon.

 

 

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Your comments:Brighton and Hove one of the nicest places to live and they now have a decent football team as well. Best parts to live, Hove Park and the roads off Hove seafront off church road. - juleshove, brighton and hove, United Kingdom, 27/4/2013 21:08--------jules this the Sport/football section. I think you have managed to wander into the wrong section, you need to be in the Estate agent section or perhaps the Escape to the Country website.

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Well said jules, Leeds has lovely............roads to exit Leeds! - dcdel, glasgow, 28/4/2013 8:04----------Coming from someone who comes from Glasgow, the boil on the Rs hole of West Scotland.

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Your comments:Brighton and Hove one of the nicest places to live and they now have a decent football team as well. Best parts to live, Hove Park and the roads off Hove seafront off church road. - juleshove , brighton and hove, United Kingdom, 27/4/2013************* Brighton is one of the most miserable places to live, The area you mention has recently had a spate of arson with cars and vans being torched. We are saddled with a loony Green Party Council and MP who want to provide safe rooms for junkies to take their drugs and food and drinks will be provided, courtesy of the tax payer of course. The Council will bend over backwards t provide anything for minority groups with an 'alternative lifestyle' but it is the long suffering tax payer who foots the bill. The football team isn't bad though and are playing well under Gus Poyet

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Leeds United. What a bitter club and fans. Chips for tea.

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Well said jules, Leeds has lovely............roads to exit Leeds!

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was at the game, fastest run all day came from the ref and his assistants to get of the pitch at the end. He was a disgrace without replays! with ?

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- juleshove, brighton and hove, United Kingdom, 27/04/2013 20:08 Your Comments: get over yourself Juleshove

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Brighton are no where near premiership standard. It was easy to forget that Leeds had only 10 men for much of the game. Brighton will have to do a lot better than that if they want to go up and stay up.

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That's because he's easy to wind up - you would have thought he'd learned by now.

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I dunno who's a more horrible human being, Suarez or the sewer rat.

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