Lawro sorrow gives Albion win

Liam Lawrence missed a last-gasp penalty as Portsmouth went down 1-0 at home to south-coast rivals Brighton on Saturday.

Last Updated: 13/08/11 at 17:49

Lawrence: Passed up late penalty

Lawrence: Passed up late penalty

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Craig Mackail-Smith, Albion's £3.25million record signing from Peterborough, struck the winner moments before half-time at Fratton Park to make it two Championship wins out of two for Gus Poyet's side.

Pompey should have grabbed a point but Lawrence hit the post with his spot-kick, and their miserable week, during which they were dumped out of the Carling Cup by Barnet, ended in derby-day defeat.

The hosts had received a huge boost before kick-off when former crowd favourite Benjani was paraded to the fans after rejoining on a free transfer from Blackburn this morning.

Their afternoon almost got even better inside the first minute when Kanu teed up David Norris, but the midfielder put his shot narrowly wide.

Home skipper Lawrence then almost punished a defensive mix-up from the Seagulls but Lewis Dunk managed to get a block in.

Brighton were dealt a blow after 24 minutes when dangerman Will Buckley, who scored both goals in their opening-day win over Doncaster, limped out of the action.

But they came close to grabbing the lead on the half-hour when Gary Dicker's free-kick found Romain Vincelot, whose shot forced a fine save from Jamie Ashdown.

And the Seagulls did break the deadlock in first-half stoppage-time when Ashdown blocked a shot from Ashley Barnes and Mackail-Smith was on hand to toe the ball over the line.

There was still time for Lawrence to force a save from Albion goalkeeper Casper Ankergren before the half-time whistle.

After the break, veteran Pompey full-back Hermann Hreidarsson charged forward, skipping past three Albion defenders, only for his shot to hit Barnes and go out for a corner.

Norris should have done better when he was teed up by Lawrence but put his effort too high.

At the other end Craig Noone's angled drive was arrowing into the net until Ashdown dived to his right to pull off a superb save.

Pompey came close to a leveller in the 80th minute when Lawrence fizzed the ball across goal and the stretching Dave Kitson was inches from getting the decisive touch.

Some dozy Albion defending then gifted Norris another opportunity with four minutes remaining, but the summer signing from Ipswich blazed his shot over the crossbar.

In the fifth minute of injury time, they were thrown a lifeline when Dunk handled in the area but Lawrence could not find the target from the spot.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Birmingham 0 0 0
2 Blackburn 0 0 0
3 Blackpool 0 0 0
4 Bolton 0 0 0
5 Bournemth 0 0 0
6 Brentford 0 0 0
7 Brighton 0 0 0
8 Cardiff 0 0 0
9 Charlton 0 0 0
10 Derby 0 0 0
11 Fulham 0 0 0
12 Huddersfld 0 0 0
13 Ipswich 0 0 0
14 Leeds 0 0 0
15 Middlesbro' 0 0 0
16 Millwall 0 0 0
17 Norwich 0 0 0
18 N Forest 0 0 0
19 Reading 0 0 0
20 Rotherham 0 0 0
21 Sheff Wed 0 0 0
22 Watford 0 0 0
23 Wigan 0 0 0
24 Wolves 0 0 0

Updated Mon, 14 Jul 2014

Footer 365

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Louis van Gaal faces a tough task at United

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will struggle to win the Premier League, says Carlo Ancelotti.

Frank Lampard may be set for loan spell at Manchester City and he can expect a warm welcome

Kaveh Solhekol reports from the States as Manchester City close in on a dramatic loan signing.

Louis van Gaal says he is content with Manchester United squad

Louis van Gaal may not sign any more new players after being impressed with Manchester United’s pre-season form.

Mail Box

Are Villa Fans The Lowest Of Them All?

With the possible exception of Blackpool, are any club's fans feeling any more depressed about the start of the season than Villa? We also have a bizarre suggestion and...

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property