Brighton 0 – 0 Charlton – brief report


Only a brief one on this (sorry)

Chris Powell's magnificent away record continued last night at Brighton and Hove Albion's shiny new ground.

Although the match ended 0-0 there was no shortage of goal bound efforts in a hard fought point for the Addicks.

Charlton's Ben Hamer was our motm, pulling off a string of classy saves to deny a strong Brighton side 2 points for their play off push.

The other star of the night was Brighton's new ground for this newbie. My one away game this year (sorry part timer here) was a delight due to the modern facilities, sensible organisation and warm welcome from the staff and fans at the Falmer Stadium. The first kiosk I encountered was Pie and a Pint, with a cask of ale to hand. Another bar presented a guest ale (South) London Pride, complete with an A4 sheet introducing it and displaying a Charlton badge. Another sign in the away end welcomed us also with a club badge, great attention to detail - I hoped this welcome would extend to vital 3 points..

Charlton's Dale Stephens made a welcome return coming on late in the second half, and although not yet back to his best, forced a save from a long distance effort which appeared to be dipping under the bar. Charlton's other heroes laboured but rarely looked like challenging the Albion keeper aside from a strong 10 minute spell where youth product Harriot showed he will be a hit for the Addicks in coming years. Despite Brighton dominating for periods, the Addicks defence fought bravely to maintain a welcome clean sheet.

The main villain of the night was the local Park and Ride in particular the queuing system for the train station in both directions, which seemed to be very hard work for all concerned on an unseasonally cold April night.