Will Buckley scored for the second successive Championship game as Brighton won at Peterborough to remain in touch of the play-off places.

Buckley netted both his team's goals at London Road, grabbing his first after a mistake by goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Peterborough substitute David Ball equalised from close-range, giving the hosts hope of a draw.

But Buckley bagged the winner with a clinical finish from the edge of the penalty area.

Changes were inevitable for Brighton after they were taken to extra-time and penalties by Wrexham in the FA Cup in midweek , and boss Gus Poyet made four.

But Brighton looked fresh and created chances from the start, with Matt Sparrow and Craig Mackail-Smith each coming close.

The visitors eventually went ahead after Sinclair fouled Adam El-Abd wide on the left, and Buckley floated the resulting free-kick over Lewis's head into the net.

Peterborough responded well and Peter Brezovan had to get down to deny Sinclair before Ryan Tunnicliffe sent a shot over the crossbar.

Sparrow threatened again early in the second half but Posh were soon on the offensive again and Taylor tested Brezovan with a 20-yard drive.

Ball levelled after 72 minutes, scoring from close range after being teed up by Tunnicliffe.

It looked like that would be enough to earn a point but, with two minutes remaining, Buckley beat Lewis with a drive from the edge of the box that flew into the roof of the net.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Peterborough United

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Little
  • 04 Bennett
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 27 Alcock Booked
  • 06 Wootton (McCann - 46' )
  • 08 Tomlin Booked
  • 14 Rowe (Newell - 59' )
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 12 Sinclair Booked (Ball - 59' )
  • 26 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 28 Jones
  • 11 McCann
  • 17 Newell
  • 07 Ajose
  • 09 Ball

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 03 Greer Booked
  • 05 Dunk
  • 14 Calderon
  • 22 Painter (El-Abd - 6' Booked )
  • 10 Sparrow (Navarro - 83' )
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 35 Forster-Caskey (Agdestein - 83' )
  • 09 Barnes
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 30 Buckley

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 08 Navarro
  • 07 Hoskins
  • 23 Agdestein
Ref: Tierney
Att: 9,474

Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

5 3

Corners

1 4

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:10

David Ball delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Craig Alcock misses to the left of the goal.

87:42

Torbjorn Agdestein provided the assist for the goal.

87:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Buckley - Peterboro 1 - 2 Brighton Will Buckley fires in a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Peterborough 1-2 Brighton.

86:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Zakuani on Ashley Barnes. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

85:34

David Ball is ruled offside. Peter Brezovan takes the indirect free kick.

84:09

Lee Tomlin is adjudged to have handled the ball. Peter Brezovan restarts play with the free kick.

82:45 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Alan Navarro coming on for Matthew Sparrow.

82:45 Substitution

Substitution Jake Forster-Caskey goes off and Torbjorn Agdestein comes on.

81:34

Ashley Barnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett. Mark Little takes the free kick.

79:51

Craig Mackail-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Lewis. Joe Lewis takes the direct free kick.

78:14

Handball by Mark Little. Free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.

77:23

Adam El-Abd fouled by Joe Newell, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Brezovan takes the free kick.

74:34

Centre by Inigo Calderon.

71:43

Assist by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

71:43 Goal scored

Goal! - David Ball - Peterboro 1 - 1 Brighton Goal scored by David Ball from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Peterborough 1-1 Brighton.

69:53

Grant McCann fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Joe Lewis makes a comfortable save.

69:53 Booking

Booking Gordon Greer is given a yellow card.

69:28

Inigo Calderon produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gordon Greer on Paul Taylor.

67:31

David Ball delivers the ball, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

66:47

The ball is sent over by Ashley Barnes, save by Joe Lewis.

62:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Lee Tomlin. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

61:25

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Lewis Dunk.

58:41 Substitution

Substitution Tommy Rowe leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Newell.

58:41 Substitution

Substitution David Ball is brought on as a substitute for Emile Sinclair.

58:17

Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Joe Lewis makes a comfortable save.

56:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Tomlin on Jake Forster-Caskey. Lewis Dunk restarts play with the free kick.

56:16

Centre by Tommy Rowe.

55:52

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Peter Brezovan.

55:34

The ball is sent over by Inigo Calderon, clearance made by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

55:09

Unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Ryan Bennett results in a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.

54:10

Will Buckley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett by Lewis Dunk results in a free kick. Joe Lewis restarts play with the free kick.

52:36

Will Buckley has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.

51:50

Matthew Sparrow produces a cross.

47:14

Matthew Sparrow produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

46:23

Lee Tomlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes. Free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.

45:20

A cross is delivered by Emile Sinclair.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Grant McCann joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Wootton.

45:00 +3:06 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:40

Ashley Barnes is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ryan Bennett takes the direct free kick.

42:52

Corner taken right-footed by Will Buckley from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gabriel Zakuani.

42:09

Effort on goal by Ryan Tunnicliffe from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

41:45

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Taylor from the right by-line to the near post, Craig Mackail-Smith manages to make a clearance.

41:33

Ashley Barnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Little. Free kick taken by Mark Little.

40:45

Unfair challenge on Emile Sinclair by Gordon Greer results in a free kick. Ryan Tunnicliffe takes the direct free kick.

40:40

Inigo Calderon delivers the ball, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.

39:16

Gabriel Zakuani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith. Gordon Greer restarts play with the free kick.

37:09

Emile Sinclair takes a shot. Save by Peter Brezovan.

36:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Sinclair on Lewis Dunk. Direct free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.

34:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Tomlin on Ashley Barnes. Free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.

33:51

The ball is crossed by Ryan Tunnicliffe, clearance by Lewis Dunk.

31:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Buckley - Peterboro 0 - 1 Brighton Will Buckley fires in a goal from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Peterborough 0-1 Brighton.

31:03

Will Buckley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing,

31:03 Booking

Booking Caution for Emile Sinclair.

30:55

Emile Sinclair concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam El-Abd.

29:08

Craig Mackail-Smith has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

27:23

Will Buckley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Shot from deep inside the area by Ashley Barnes clears the crossbar.

26:57

The referee blows for offside. Joe Lewis takes the free kick.

24:55

The ball is swung over by Adam El-Abd, Matthew Sparrow takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.

22:59

Matthew Sparrow has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

22:16

Emile Sinclair challenges Inigo Calderon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

21:30

Centre by Craig Mackail-Smith, clearance by Tommy Rowe.

20:05

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Matthew Sparrow misses to the left of the target.

19:52

The ball is sent over by Will Buckley, clearance made by Tommy Rowe.

19:23

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Sparrow from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Emile Sinclair.

18:57

Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Bridcutt.

18:57 Booking

Booking Booking for Craig Alcock for unsporting behaviour.

18:31

Craig Alcock challenges Will Buckley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

17:58

Mark Little gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Forster-Caskey. Lewis Dunk takes the direct free kick.

16:29

The ball is sent over by Inigo Calderon, save by Joe Lewis.

14:57

Scott Wootton crosses the ball, Ryan Bennett has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

14:57 Booking

Booking Booking for Adam El-Abd for unsporting behaviour.

14:43

Adam El-Abd challenges Lee Tomlin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

10:52

Joe Lewis takes the free kick.

10:52 Booking

Booking Lee Tomlin receives a yellow card for dissent.

9:57

Unfair challenge on Lee Tomlin by Matthew Sparrow results in a free kick.

9:18

Tommy Rowe produces a cross.

7:23

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey on Mark Little, free kick awarded. Ryan Bennett takes the free kick.

5:43 Substitution

Substitution Adam El-Abd on for Marcos Painter.

4:37

The ball is crossed by Jake Forster-Caskey.

1:32

The ball is crossed by Liam Bridcutt, clearance made by Tommy Rowe.

1:10

The ball is swung over by Marcos Painter, clearance made by Craig Alcock.

0:44

Foul by Scott Wootton on Jake Forster-Caskey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.

0:10

Mark Little crosses the ball, clearance by Lewis Dunk.

0:00

The match begins.

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