Brighton & Hove Albion came from behind last night to win 2-1 at St. Andrew’s after being behind in the second half until the 82nd minute.
That’s when Anthony Knockeart equalized for Brighton and they went onto to get the winner in the 95th minute through Glenn Murray to stay just one point behind Newcastle on 48 points with Reading 3rd on 40 points.
And after the loss to Newcastle yesterday by a score of 2-1 Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough believes Newcastle and Brighton are the best two teams in the Championship and that they will go up in the top two places in the league and the rest of the clubs will need to fight it out for the 3rd promotion place.
Nigel Clough – Burton Albion manager
That will be in the knockout rounds for the teams that finish in 3rd to 6th position.
But Clough believes they had no luck yesterday and believes they should have had a penalty in the last minute of the game when he thinks Jonjo Shelvey brought down John Brayford during that last-ditch corner – but referee Lee Probert didn’t give it.
Nigel has been talking and this is some of what he has said as reported in thew Chronicle today:
“I think they’ll go up – we think Newcastle and Brighton are the outstanding teams in this division.”
“We expect those two to go up and then everybody else to fight it out for the other spots.”
“We’ve got Newcastle out of the way at home when really you don’t expect to get anything from them.”
“But I think the nature of the performance will give us a boost in a strange sort of way.”
“We deserved at least a point and it’s difficult for the players, who have put in so much effort.” “It’s difficult to take.”
“We were close, just not close enough.” “It’s extremely difficult when you’re battling against the likes of Newcastle and Villa.”
“The likes of Newcastle punish you for errors.” “You might get away with them against some other teams, but when you’ve got the likes of Dwight Gayle getting on the end of them.”
“He ran into Kyle McFadzean, picks himself up, sprints 40 yards, lets it run through his legs and then puts it in.”
“The luck we need might be getting that penalty in the 94th minute when John Brayford gets dragged down.”
“It might be that we haven’t been given those decisions early on in the season.”
Here’s the standings with our next game being on the evening of Boxing Day a week tomorrow at St. James’ Park against Sheffield Wednesday with a 7:45 pm kick-off – the game is already a sell-out.