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Posted Sat 12 Aug 06 at 19:19 PM


A goal three minutes into stoppage time from Chris Moore gave Brentford a point on the south coast as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Moore's second in two games for the club came as he latched onto a hopeful long ball forward from Adam Griffiths, which was misjudged by Adam El-Abd, and slotted it past Wayne Henderson

That completed a great comeback from The Bees, who could not have made a worse start and found themselves two goals down inside the first fifteen minutes.

The first goal came in the tenth minute, Brighton were awarded a penalty when Tony Stokes, who is on loan from West Ham United, surged into the box and went down under the challenge of Thomas Pinault. Dean Hammond sent Stuart Nelson the wrong way from the spot.

The home side deserved to be in front, they were dominant in midfield and dangerous in attack and when they doubled their lead in the 13th minute it was no surprise.

Central defender Adam Lynch, who was superb throughout, went on a darting run from twenty yards out and slipped seamlessly past a couple of challenges, he pulled the ball back to Gary Hart who diverted it into the top of the net.

Brentford were struggling to get to grips with the game but after a tactical change from manager Leroy Rosenior they began to have an influence.

The Bees' boss moved Gavin Tomlin into a more central area just behind the front two, changing to a diamond midfield system and Brentford improved greatly.

When they pulled a goal back seven minutes before the break it was the least they deserved and it was quite a goal. Jo Kuffour was brought down by Stokes on the edge of the penalty area after a fine run and Kevin O'Connor curled the free-kick over the defensive wall and past a statuesque Henderson.

The Bees could even have been level before the break when Andrew Frampton met a swinging Sam Tillen free-kick but his header was straight at Henderson.

They came out after the interval and continued to press their hosts back, Frampton had a free-kick turned over the bar by Henderson and Tillen fired wide.

Brighton had offered little in attack since going two goals ahead, Stokes and Kerry Mayo had fired shots wide but Jake Robinson could have wrapped the game up with twenty minutes left.

He skipped past two challenges on a fine slalom run but chose to shoot weakly wide rather than finding a colleague.

Nelson then kept Brentford in the game with a fine save from a stinging Stokes shot and that proved to be crucial when Moore popped up with the last gasp goal.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Henderson; Reid, Lynch, El-Abd, Mayo; Hammond, Carpenter, Stokes; Revell, Hart (sub Cox 75 mins), Robinson (sub Loft 86 mins)

Subs (not used): Kuipers, Gatting, Lowe


Brentford: Nelson; O'Connor, Heywood, Frampton, Griffiths; Tomlin (sub Willock 66 mins), Skulason, Pinault (sub Brooker 75 mins), Tillen (sub Rhodes 84 mins); Moore, Kuffour

Subs (not used): Masters, Osborne

Bookings: Pinault (14 mins), Skulason (50 mins)

Attendance: 6,745

Written by Chris Wickham

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