#22: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Brighton 24/10/2005

Monday 24th October 2005 Image result for

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PRESENTER Jeff Stelling GUEST Kevin Blackwell
COMMENTATORS Ian Crocker & Tony Gale REPORTER Greg Whelan
7.45pm Kick Off; Hillsborough, Sheffield      7.30-10pm Football League Live on Sky Sports 1

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Context of the Match: Mark McGhee’s 100th match in charge of Brighton came at the historic Hillsborough ground as the last two winners of the Third Tier Play Off Finals met in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday had struggled early on back in the Championship, with Brighton not faring much better; both sides were in the bottom five prior to kick off. Despite this, Brighton had only lost once away so far in the League, perhaps suggesting the players are happier and more comfortable playing in big stadiums with larger crowds than the Withdean home can currently provide. This included a memorable win the previous week away at arch-rivals Crystal Palace! However Brighton had never won at Hillsborough. This was due to be a big week for the Albion as a decision was pending on the planning permission for the new stadium site in Falmer. This decision came three days after tonight’s match, with deputy prime minister John Prescott overruling the advice of two planning inspectors and granting permission for the club to build a 22,000 seater stadium. However, we all know that it didn’t quite work out like that and objections were raised later in the year as the fight carried on.

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The Teams: Mark McGhee made one change from the win over Crystal Palace last midweek for tonight’s match, with French midfielder Alex Frutos coming in on the wing for his full debut. On-loan Irish defender Paul McShane got the only goal of that game. Brighton lost two key players over the summer who were instrumental in staying in the Division last season; player of the season Adam Virgo joined Celtic(!) for £1.5million(!) and left-back Dan Harding moved to Leeds. Nineteen-year-old striker Jake Robinson recently signed a three-year contract to remain at the club and he led the line up front alongside top scorer Leon Knight. Goalkeeper Wayne Henderson’s on loan from Aston Villa, covering for long-term casualty Michel Kuipers. Charlie Oatway captained the side in midfield in a 4-4-2 formation. On the bench was summer transfer Colin Kazim-Richards, signed using the infamous £250,000 won by a Brighton supporter in a promotional event by League sponsors Coca-Cola; hence his nickname the Coca-Cola Kid. Sheffield Wednesday were unbeaten in three and unchanged from their previous match. As Jeff Stelling remarked in his opening intro, it’s all a bit ornithological tonight with the Seagulls versus the Owls who have Eagles, Partridge and Peacock all in their squad. Eagles being on-loan Manchester United winger Chris. On the other wing, Chris Brunt scored three goals in his previous two home games. Nigel Miller refereed.

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Presentation Team: Coverage from Hillsborough was hosted by Jeff Stelling. From this season Stelling had secured an improved contract which included presenting all Monday night matches on Sky Sports, regardless of the League or competition, on top of his main Soccer Saturday gig. This came about after he was headhunted by ITV to replace Gabby Logan as their number one anchor for the World Cup at the end of this season. By his own account Stelling was very close to accepting but Soccer Saturday is his baby and he found it very difficult to relinquish so Sky offered him this and Live games. Jeff’s taken to it very well and brings a bit of personality and wit to proceedings. His guest tonight at the stadium was the Leeds United boss Kevin Blackwell. They shared a joke about him having to sneak in to the ground tonight due to being a former Sheffield United manager. Blackwell appears on Sky’s Football League Review and Live coverage a few times a season and always comes across well and knowledgeable. On the touchline was Sky’s number one Football League reporter Greg Whelan. He came in when the League rebranded from Division One to the Championship having previously been a Soccer Saturday reporter. In the commentary box tonight were Tony Gale alongside Ian Crocker. Crocker became Sky’s main Football League commentator when they regained the rights in 2002, having previously been their voice of Scottish football. He always has a memorable turn of phrase or soundbite ready. His co-commentator, former West Ham defender Tony Gale, also covered Brighton’s last Live match; the final day draw with Ipswich back in May.

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The Coverage: Monday night matches under the helm of Jeff Stelling were all presented from the stadium, like the vast majority of Sky’s Football League games. Coverage began fifteen minutes before the 7.45pm kick off and there was not an advert break until the end of the first half. This was the norm for short build ups of this period. The build up was enough time to feature Greg Whelan’s interviews with both managers, which saw him push Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock on a potential new signing which by kick was confirmed not to be going ahead. Each team had one player featured during their warm-ups, which Stelling and guest Kevin Blackwell highlighted. This was winger Chris Brunt for the home side and Leon Knight for Brighton. The studio in the corner of the ground was open air and tiny mics were stuck to the faces of our presenters, which meant that when the atmosphere was building up with loud music and sirens, they were really having to raise their voice to be heard. Then it was over to the commentary team to talk us through the team news using this season’s lovely new flashy graphics.

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These were introduced on the opening weekend of the season and represent the biggest overhaul of graphics in Sky’s history. For the past two sets, the Premiership graphics were more advanced and fully animated whilst the Football League ones were an imitation of these. But this new set were all-singing, all-dancing; same animations, same swooshes but with their own Football League colours of red and white as opposed to the others being red and blue. I really love these ones; they’re modern, sleek and animate so well, nobody else has anything like this at the moment. Some elements from before have survived, including the 3D spinning club crests and the replay and goal graphics. The presenter’s name aston now has a 3D rotating trophy alongside the Sky Sports logo and the majority of all graphics tilt back and forth towards the screen after the entry animation. This is a big leap forward in Sky’s presentation. The coverage is now sponsored by Sky Bet taking over from Powerade but the theme tune remains as The Farm’s All Together Now, with the titles being tweaked every so slightly from those that were introduced half way through last season. After the game there was around fifteen minutes or so left to wrap up the match and get some reaction from the players and managers before coming off air at 10pm.

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Story of the Match: Whilst it was the Brighton fans who were in better voice amongst the 20,000 crowd, it was the home side who enjoyed much of the early play. Sheffield Wednesday’s position as the lowest scorers in the Championship was to make them pay as for all the possession and good play, they just couldn’t score. Striker Lee Peacock had a few half chances early on, and Chris Brunt fired in a fantastic cross which was crying out to be tapped in but there were no attackers in a good enough position. Brighton held on and slowly grew more confident. Winger Seb Carole’s dipping shot almost bounced over the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms but Lucas was able to tip behind for a corner in the 24th minute. Much of the first half was restricted to long-range shots for both teams. “Not one for the absolute football purists” commented Stelling at half time. The breakthrough goal the game sorely needed came ten minutes after the break, but unfortunately it went to the home side. Chris Brunt went on a run from the half way line beating two Brighton defenders before getting the shot away outside the box. His long range effort was parried straight back out in front of him by Henderson where Lee Peacock was waiting to pounce in the right place at the right time in the centre of the goal. He reacted quicker than the Brighton defence to lift the shot up over the goalkeeper for one-nil and his 100th League goal to wake that crowd up. Peacock should’ve put the game to bed in the 72nd minute when a quick free kick resulted in a cross into the middle waiting for him to tap home but he placed the shot wide. The chances were piling up for Wednesday as a minute later Chris Eagles run forward to the corner fo the box and shot agonisingly wide of the far post. A streaker on the field tried to halt the momentum but the Sky cameras were having none of it. Four minutes were added on at the end of the match, which was the cue for Paul Sturrock to disappear down the tunnel for superstitious reasons. It seemed his defence may have joined him in heading off as they were caught out two minutes into injury time. Seb Carole delivered a good cross in towards the penalty spot where substitute Colin Kazim-Richards was waiting. He angled his header powerfully towards goal and brilliantly beat David Lucas as the ball nestled in the bottom corner of the goal. Brighton rescued a point from nothing, the Coca-Cola Kid struck for the first time! The unbeaten away run was extended to a sixth match and valuable points were not gained by a relegation rival.

Peacock Kazim-Richards

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3 Responses to #22: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Brighton 24/10/2005

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