Brighton and Hove Albion 2 - 2 Leeds United

Match info: Championship at Amex Stadium

Date: 02/11/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: L Mason Att: 26,402

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Craig Mackail-Smith 16 (pen),48



El-Hadji Diouf 37 (pen)
Luciano Becchio 66

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: November 2 2012, 23:16 GMT

Brighton boss Gus Poyet hit out at the performance of referee Lee Mason and labelled Neil Warnock "a hypocrite" after his side's winless run was extended to seven games in a 2-2 draw against Leeds.

Poyet fury over penalty call

Record signing Craig Mackail-Smith twice put the Seagulls ahead with a 16th-minute penalty and a second three minutes after half-time, but resilient Leeds hit back on both occasions.

El-Hadji Diouf scored with a spot-kick of his own after 37 minutes and Luciano Becchio rounded out the scoring by deflecting Michael Brown's shot home.

Diouf's penalty came when referee Mason penalised Bruno Saltor for a push on Luke Varney but Poyet was adamant the Leeds man had taken a dive.

He also claimed that midfielder Brown, booked early on for a foul, should have been sent off later in the game.

"The referee was too nice," said the Uruguayan.

"He gave a penalty that was not and also kept a player on the pitch who should not have been there, and who then scored the equaliser."

When told Warnock's was certain Varney had been shoved, Poyet reacted angrily.

"He would say that. He is a hypocrite," he continued.

"He is on the list of hypocrites now. He's funny, Mr Warnock. Very funny. You cannot go one way only when it suits you.

"Then there is Mr Brown who had a fantastic game but he shouldn't have been on the pitch, and everybody knows that. You cannot be nice if you are refereeing. Everybody talks about the refs but they don't look at themselves."

This was the first time that Brighton had conceded two goals in the Championship this season, but Poyet was quick to admit that with all the chances they created, this was a game they should have won easily.

"There was a bit of tension among the players as we need to win. The players are a little bit frustrated because they know they've done practically everything right," he said.

"It's up to us. It was a decent Leeds team but we didn't do enough to beat them.

"I hope we get a win soon or I will be pulling out my hair."

Leeds have only take three points from their last four league games but boss Warnock was satisfied with a point from a match he described as "a fabulous game of football".

On the issue of the Diouf penalty, Warnock said: "Varney got pushed, he did not dive. Gus is not happy because he wants to win a game of football.

"The referee didn't get much wrong. He's done well. It was a quick game.

"This match shows what the Championship is all about. It was a superb point for us. We were pummelled in the first 20 minutes and it showed that we put so much work into our previous cup tie against Southampton.

"But all credit to us: we showed a never-say-die attitude and came back strongly in the first half.

"It was a great game to watch, Brighton looked a really strong outfit. We more than played our part and there are no easy matches in the Championship."

Warnock had special praise for his keeper Paddy Kenny, who ensured his side took a point by crucially saving a late penalty from Mackail-Smith following a foul by Sam Byram on the Brighton striker.

Enthused Warnock: "I think Paddy Kenny would be the best keeper in the Premier League, never mind the Championship. He showed what a cheap buy he was and it's great to have him on board."

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