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John Terry and Frank Lampard pelted with coins and hot dogs during Chelsea versus West Ham match at Stamford Bridge

Coins and hot dog thrown at Terry and Lampard by West Ham fans during London derby at Stamford Bridge

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

20:18 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 17 March 2013

Chelsea were embroiled in yet another police probe last night after John Terry was hit by a missile in the win over West Ham.

Hammers fans launched coins and bottles at Blues players as they celebrated Frank Lampard's 200th goal for the Blues.

Metropolitan Police chiefs confirmed they have opened an investigation after receiving an official complaint regarding the incident.

Incident: Police have launched an investigation after coins were thrown at Chelsea's Frank Lampard as he celebrated in front of West Ham fans in Sunday's derby at Stamford Bridge

Incident: Police have launched an investigation after coins were thrown at Chelsea's Frank Lampard as he celebrated in front of West Ham fans in Sunday's derby at Stamford Bridge

Unsavoury: A hot dog (right of shot) was hurled from the West Ham fans at Chelsea captain John Terry as he warmed up near the corner flag

Unsavoury: A hot dog (right of shot) was hurled from the West Ham fans at Chelsea captain John Terry as he warmed up near the corner flag

The FA are will consider this morning whether to begin their own investigation into the ugly scenes.

Tensions between Terry and visiting
supporters were already boiling point as Hammers fans directed torrid
abuse towards the Blues skipper as he warmed up early in the first-half.

In response, Terry mimicked lifting a number of trophies – a reference to the three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, two League Cups and European Cup he has won at Chelsea.

Silverware: John Terry lifts an imaginary trophy in response to West Ham taunts

Silverware: John Terry lifts an imaginary trophy in response to West Ham taunts

John Terry pretends to lift a trophy in front of the West Ham fans

Take that: Terry responds to the West Ham fans while his Chelsea teammates celebrate Frank Lampard's opening goal

Take that: Terry responds to the West Ham fans while his Chelsea teammates celebrate Frank Lampard's opening goal

There were no arrests or ejections
yesterday, but Chelsea security staff will this morning study CCTV
footage to identify the culprits.

A statement from West Ham read: 'West Ham will be working with Chelsea to investigate reports of missile throwing.

'Any individual found to have acted in
an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their
actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future
matches.'

Confrontation: The hot dog appears to land some way from Terry as he limbered up in front of the away end

Confrontation: The hot dog appears to land some way from Terry as he limbered up in front of the away end

Missiles: The West Ham fans also aimed coins at Terry

Missiles: The West Ham fans also aimed coins at Terry

The incident is the fourth police investigation Chelsea have been involved in this season.

Police opened an investigation into
allegations referee Mark Clattenburg racially abused Jon Obi Mikel
during the now infamous clash against Manchester United on October 28.

The same match spawned another police
probe as a steward sustained a knee injury after he was crushed in the
aftermath of Javier Hernandez's winner.

Likewise, South Wales Police
investigated Eden Hazard kick on a ball boy during the Capital One Cup
semi-final second leg clash against Swansea on January 23.

Angry words: Terry was the subject of taunts from the away fans

Angry words: Terry was the subject of taunts from the away fans

Hammers fans were clearly outraged by Lampard's decision to celebrate his milestone moment in front of them yesterday.

But Lampard said: 'I wasn't hit by anything. I went quite close to the West Ham fans but that was the natural curve of my run.'

On the incident, Blues manager Rafa Benitez said: 'When you score 200 goals, you don't think about where you go. You celebrate.

'Afterwards, he realised it would be better to be in another part (of the ground). I don't think he was hit (by a missile).'

Derby 1 Chelsea 2: Alex Kiwomya"s late strike sends holders into FA Youth Cup semi-final

Derby 1 Chelsea 2: Kiwomya's late strike sends holders into FA Youth Cup semi-finals

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

02:06 GMT, 9 March 2013

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02:08 GMT, 9 March 2013

Chelsea's defence of the FA Youth Cup remains alive after they negotiated a tricky quarter-final assignment at Derby County thanks to Alex Kiwomya's late strike.

The Blues were matched all the way by a talented Derby side but eventually prevailed when Kiwomya, nephew of former Arsenal player Chris, found the bottom corner with a sweet drive on 82 minutes.

Extra time looked likely as Derby, who claimed a Premier League scalp in Manchester City in the last round, sniffed another when the excellent Mason Bennett equalised Lewis Baker's 16th minute penalty.

Traget man: Chelsea's Jeremie Boga has an effort on goal

Traget man: Chelsea's Jeremie Boga has an effort on goal

But when Kiwomya received a through ball from substitute Charlie Colkett, he spun and fired beyond Rams goalkeeper Ross Etheridge to kill their hopes.

The win means Chelsea will face either Hull City or Liverpool in the last four as they seek to emulate last year's success.

Chelsea took the lead in controversial circumstances just after the quarter-hour – Reece Mitchell burst through the heart of the Derby defence and was clattered by Etheridge inside the box.

The keeper was fortunate not to be sent off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, referee Chris Sarginson showing mercy with just a yellow card.

Lewis Baker wasn't so sympathetic, however, finding the bottom corner with a textbook penalty while Mitchell hobbled off.

The Premier League side should have added to their lead as they controlled the first half, and Alex Kiwomya was guilty of missing two golden opportunities within a minute of each other.

Goal-den boy: Alex Kiwomya celebrates his strike

Goal-den boy: Alex Kiwomya celebrates his strike

First, neat interplay between Baker and Jeremie Boga on the edge of the box teed Kiwomya up 12 yards out, but he somehow missed the target.

On Chelsea's next break, the front man was presented with an even easier chance by Baker, but his powerful shot directly in front of goal was blocked by Etheridge.

And there was nearly a sting in the tale when Bennett rose above Alex Davey to head an Andrew Dales cross against the post in the second minute of stoppage time.

It was their best effort of a first half in which they struggled to keep the ball for any length of time.

Jamie Hanson, goalscoring hero in the victories over Ipswich Town and Manchester City in the last two rounds, curled a vicious free-kick over the bar, but other sights of goal had been few and far between.

The hosts were energised by the half-time break and 16-year-old Bennett, the club's youngest first team debutant and goalscorer, and an England Under 17 starlet, began to show his class.

He warmed the hands of Mitchell Beeney with a hit from 30 yards and then scored the equaliser on 55 minutes – although whether he meant it only he knows.

Blues brothers: Chelsea are through to semi-finals

Blues brothers: Chelsea are through to semi-finals

Tearing down the left side after robbing Fankaty Dabo of the ball, Bennett cut inside and surely intended to pick out a teammate in the centre with a low ball. It took a deflection off a Chelsea foot, however, and left Beeney helpless.

With his next touch of the ball, Bennett crossed for Andrew Dales inside the box. The midfielder unleashed a powerful effort which cannoned back off the crossbar.

But when Kiwomya struck it was a decisive blow, Derby unable to respond despite the encouragement of a 4,000-strong crowd.

In fact, Chelsea could have added to their lead in stoppage time when Jeremie Boga's lopping shot struck the top of the crossbar.

With the last kick of the game, Hanson was nearly Derby's hero again but his free-kick on the left clipped the top of the bar.

Blues brothers: Chelsea are through to semi-finals

Darren Wassall, Derby youth team coach, said: 'On the balance of the second half chances and play, then certainly we could have taken it to extra time.

'We said to the lads at half time you've seen how the crowd have got up in the last five minutes of the half and that's without scoring. So if you do score, this 4,000 crowd will be right behind you.

'When we equalised and when Mason went through, we had a real lively 20 minutes after the break. We had hit the bar and had a couple of chances we easily could have scored from. That's when we were in the ascendancy and that's when we should have taken advantage of that situation.

'Chelsea have got unlimited resources and they've got a lot of qualities – they played some great stuff, but so did we. We gave them a real fight. We competed against them for 95 minutes and I'm very proud of all the players.'

Wassall singled out Bennett for special praise: 'He was almost unplayable tonight for 20 minutes early in that second half. He scored the goal and caused havoc. It's all about progression into the first team and we're delighted with his performance tonight.'

Tottenham players targeted by laser pen at Leeds, FA launch investigation

FA launch probe after Tottenham players and referee are targeted by laser pen at Leeds

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

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02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

The Football Association has contacted Leeds United after Spurs' players were targeted by lasers during their FA Cup defeat at Elland Road.

Right-back Kyle Walker was one of the victims along with referee Kevin Friend as Neil Warnock's side booked themselves a fifth round trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City following their 2-1 victory.

Friend mentioned the incident to the fourth official and also in his match report and now the authorities want Leeds' view before deciding what action to take.

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

There is no suggestion of any sanctions at this stage. The FA want to establish the facts of the situation before deciding whether to take the matter any further.

A spokesman said: 'We are aware of what took place and have contacted Leeds to request their observations in relation to this.'

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Zambia 1 Ethiopia 1: Africa Cup of Nations match report

Zambia 1 Ethiopia 1: Champions stall in opener as they throw away half-time lead

winners after he raced onto a through ball, beating the defence and fired his half-volley into the bottom corner, but it was all-square when Ethiopia's captain Adane Girma found the net at the near post.

Bizarrely, Tassew saw red while being taken off on a stretcher, after haring out to the ball and flattening Zambia's Chisamba Lungu a full 40 yards from his goal.

Zambia's Collins Mbesuma (green) fires past Ethiopia keeper Zerihun Tadelle for the opener

Belter: Zambia's Collins Mbesuma (green) fires past Ethiopia keeper Zerihun Tadelle for the opener

Zambia's keeper Kennedy Mweene dives to save a penalty kick from Ethiopia's Saladin Said

Crucial: Zambia's keeper Kennedy Mweene dives to save a penalty kick from Ethiopia's Saladin Said

Match Facts

Zambia: Mweene,
Nkausa, Himoonda, Sunzu, Musonda (Jacob Mulenga), Sinkala, Lungu,
Chansa (Mukuka Mulenga), Kalaba, Mbesuma, Christopher Katongo (Mayuka).

Goal: Mbesuma 45

Ethiopia: Tassew, Bune, Elias, Hailu, Tesfaye, Bekele (Tadele), Megersa, Adane Girma, Teshome, Kebede (Hintsa), Said.

Goal: Girma 65

Red Card: Tassew 37

Tassew's sending off caused an
11-minute delay as the Group C match descended into near chaos with
angry Ethiopian fans throwing bottles and vuvuzelas on to the pitch.

They were already upset after their
key player Saladin Seid missed a penalty in the 25th minute having
already been deprived of an earlier goal when the ball bounced over an
open goal on the hard surface.

Ethiopia made a bright start to their
first game in the finals for 31 years and midfielder Minyahile Teshone
should have put them ahead after four minutes but somehow hooked a great
chance over the crossbar.

In the 17th minute Zambia keeper
Kennedy Mweene was caught out and the ball fell to Seid who found
himself with an open goal but his hooked shot towards the gaping net
bizarrely bounced over the bar.

Ethiopian came in their numbers to the Mbombela Stadium
What a following! Ethiopian came in their numbers to the Mbombela Stadium

Seid had another chance to score eight
minutes later when Gabon referee Otogo Castane awarded Ethipoia a
penalty after Lungu fouled Seid, but Mweene easily saved his poor kick.

The game then took an unedifying turn
after 32 minutes when Tassew raced out of his goal and poleaxed Chisamba
Lungu with a reckless tackle which evoked memories of the infamous foul
West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher performed on France's Patrick
Battiston in the 1982 World Cup semi-final.

Ethiopia's keeper Jemal Tassew is carried off after receiving a red card for his outrageous foul

Off: Ethiopia's keeper Jemal Tassew is carried off after receiving a red card for his outrageous foul

After an 11-minute stoppage allowing
treatment to the goalkeeper, the referee waited until Tassew was on the
stretcher before showing him a red card – provoking the Ethiopian fans
to throw missiles on the pitch and an official to run on the field and
remonstrate with the referee.

Just to add to the mayhem a jet fighter buzzed the stadium before order was finally restored.

Apart from Tassew's rash attack, and
some panicky moments in defence, Ethiopia played some neat football
against the champions who paid for not taking their chances.

Ethiopia's Adane Girma celebrates his equalising goal

Important: Ethiopia's Adane Girma celebrates his equalising goal

Zambia's Chisamba Lungu is challenged by Ethiopia's captain Adane Girma

Playing the ball: Zambia's Chisamba Lungu is challenged by Ethiopia's captain Adane Girma

Greek children score amazing team goal

VIDEO: Greek children score an amazing goal that looks like it came straight from the Nou Camp

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

Could this team be the next Barcelona Judging by this effort, they could well be.

These Greek children score a goal as good as any team effort in years gone by.

In Argentina v Serbia World Cup 2006 style, the ball gets played from one side of the pitch to the other, back to the goalkeeper and then ends with a composed finish into the bottom corner.

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greek boys goal

greek boys goal

Most goalkeepers of that age in that position would have panicked and tried to clear their lines as quick as poosible, yet this ‘keeper has the confidence to take on two players.

It is a goal that wouldn’t be out of place in the Nou Camp or the Bernebau.

If you’re a fan of ‘putting the ball in the box’ then maybe this goal is not for you. But you can’t help but admire the confidence of these kids.

Leicester 0 Cardiff 1 – match report

Leicester 0 Cardiff 1: Bellamy goal sends Bluebirds clear at the top after win at Foxes

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17:28 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:33 GMT, 22 December 2012

Cardiff bounced back from their surprise home defeat to Peterborough with a smash-and-grab victory at Leicester to move three points clear at the top of the npower Championship.

Leicester laid siege to the Bluebirds' goal in the first half with chance after chance going begging.

David Marshall made a handful of saves to keep the Foxes at bay and, when he was beaten by Andy King's long-range effort, a post came to his rescue.

Flying high: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring the only goal of the game

Flying high: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring the only goal of the game

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Whitbread, De Laet, Dyer (Lingard 68), King, Drinkwater, Knockaert (Marshall 68), Nugent,Vardy (Waghorn 51).

Subs not used: Logan, James, Moore, Futacs.

Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Connolly, Kim (Cowie 55), Whittingham, Mutch (Gunnarsson 76), Conway, Bellamy, Helguson (Gestede 51).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Noone, Mason.

Booked: Turner, Connolly, Whittingham.

Goal: Bellamy 25.

Attendance: 25,055

Referee: Graham Salisbury

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Craig Bellamy looked a threat on the counter-attack throughout and it was he who grabbed the only goal of the game against the run of play after 25 minutes.

The Wales international showed great technique after collecting Craig Conway's pass to find the bottom left-hand corner of the net from 12 yards out.

That seemed to knock the stuffing out of Leicester, who created very little afterward.
The Foxes were unchanged from the side that started last weekend's defeat at Millwall, although striker Martyn Waghorn was fit enough for a place on the bench following surgery to remove his appendix.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made three changes after seeing his side's 100 per cent home record ended by struggling Peterborough.

Mark Hudson returned to skipper the side after suspension, which saw Matt Connolly revert to right-back and Kevin McNaughton drop to the bench.

Kim Bo-kyung was also restored to the starting line up in place of Craig Noone, while Jordon Mutch took the place of Don Cowie.

Leicester started brightly with Danny Drinkwater firing over early on.

David Nugent became the first home player of the afternoon to be frustrated by Marshall when the Scot parried his effort from the edge of the area.

Smash and grab: Craig Bellamy scores the only goal of the game

Smash and grab: Craig Bellamy scores the only goal of the game

King struck a post after 13 minutes when the ball broke to him outside the area after Marshall had kept out Wes Morgan's header.

Marshall then twice denied Anthony Knockaert when the Frenchman let fly from long range before Bellamy delivered the killer blow for the Foxes.

Jamie Vardy might have done better than head over the crossbar before half-time in what turned out to be Leicester's final real chance.

Pearson's side tried to push for an equalising goal in the second half, but were always wary of the threat caused by Bellamy's pace, perhaps preventing them from committing as many players forward as they would have liked.

Nugent and substitute Ben Marshall fired in shots from outside the box but never worried the Cardiff keeper.

Back-to-back defeats are a blow to Leicester's automatic promotion aspirations, which will come under intense scrutiny again on Boxing Day when they travel to Pearson's former club Hull.

The victory gives Cardiff a slight cushion ahead of their home game against title rivals Crystal Palace in four day's time.

Rio Ferdinand coin: Football must bring in netting after Manchester derby fallout – Martin Keown

It is only luck that has stopped a footballer from losing their sight… now it's time we brought in netting to stop yobs

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12:05 GMT, 10 December 2012

Sadly, throwing coins is nothing new. We shouldn't be surprised by what happened at the Etihad Stadium.

Just like a small minority of supporters shout racist abuse, some supporters have been throwing missiles at football matches for a long time.

It is highly, highly dangerous. Rio Ferdinand was so lucky his eyes were shut as he could have been blinded by that 2p coin.

Hit: Ferdinand was struck by a coin in the dying moments of the derby while celebrating Robin van Persie's winner

Hit: Ferdinand was struck by a coin in the dying moments of the derby while celebrating Robin van Persie's goal

Confrontation: A City fan makes his way on to the pitch but is held back by Man City stopper Joe Hart

Confrontation: A City fan makes his way on to the pitch but is held back by Man City stopper Joe Hart

It was the thing that scared me most of all on a football pitch. You have no control over what can be thrown at you from the stands, and you cannot defend yourself against what is coming. It is only luck that has stopped a footballer from being blinded.

Earlier this season, working for ESPN alongside Peter Reid, a member of the crowd threw a coin at him which hit him just above the eye. This was at a lower league FA Cup tie so it can happen anywhere.

Ferdinand

Ferdinand

Under siege: The United defender holds his head after being struck by a coin thrown from the crowd

It leaves you feeling so exposed, particularly for anyone who is taking a corner or a throw-in. Earlier in the match, long before Ferdinand was hit, Wayne Rooney was being pelted by coins before he took a corner.

I think it's time we brought in netting to deal with this around the corner flags and certainly behind the goals. When there was fencing up at old grounds you could hear the coins hitting the fencing. It was all part of the intimidation back then but safety has to be paramount. You cannot ever completely stop it, and you cannot have nets at every ground in the lower leagues, but it will surely help as a deterrent.

Target: Rooney holds aloft a coin after being pelted with objects whilst taking a corner for Manchester United during the derby

Target: Rooney holds aloft a coin after being pelted with objects whilst taking a corner for Manchester United

CCTV should be able to capture the guilty fans but you also need crowds to police themselves, just like when dealing with racism.

The last thing we want to stop is spontaneous celebration. We cannot lose that from football. When you score a goal you're not always able to remember where your fans are. In many situations you don't necessarily even mean to celebrate in front of the away fans. Sometimes there's no time to think.

At places like Old Trafford, the away fans only get about 10 seats up in the gods so what are you to do when you score You can't apologise for the goal.

Lionel Messi beats Muller"s goalscoring record as 86th strike of 2012 opens scoring for Barcelona at Real Betis

EIGHT SIX goals in ONE year… and he's not done yet! Messi breaks Muller record with early double strike against Betis

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21:25 GMT, 9 December 2012

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Lionel Messi has surpassed Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals for club and country in a calendar year after scoring twice in the opening 25 minutes for Barcelona against Real Betis.

The Argentinian, who started the match on 84 goals, required just 15 minutes to break the deadlock and equal the record.

Collecting the ball on the inside right channel, he drove diagonally into the penalty area, beating three defenders before picking out the bottom corner.

His 86th arrived ten minutes later in a move he started and finished before firing the ball into the same corner.

Messi has also become Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga, with his tally now standing on 192, two ahead of Cesar Rodriguez.

Messi has been in hot pursuit of Muller's record, set in 1972 when he scored 85 goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in all competitions.

Record breaker: Lionel Messi needed just 25 minutes to get the two goals he needed to break Gerd Muller's calendar year goalscoring record

Record breaker: Lionel Messi needed just 25 minutes to get the two goals he needed to break Gerd Muller's calendar year goalscoring record

Double trouble: Messi scored the two goals after 15 and 25 minutes as Barcelona seized control of their match at Real Betis

Double trouble: Messi scored the two goals after 15 and 25 minutes as Barcelona seized control of their match at Real Betis

Teamwork: Messi is congratulated by his Barcelona teammates after breaking the record

Teamwork: Messi is congratulated by his Barcelona teammates after breaking the record

There had been some doubt about
whether Messi would make the team after bruising his left knee in the
midweek Champions League draw with Benfica.

But he was able to train with his
teammates on Saturday after making a swift recovery and coach Tito
Vilanova passed him fit to make the journey to Seville.

Barcelona can establish a six-point lead at the top of La Liga if they beat fifth-place Betis.

Clash of eras: Messi (top) has broken the record set by Bayern Munich and West Germany striker Gerd Muller set in 1972 (bottom)

Clash of eras: Messi (top) has broken the record set by Bayern Munich and West Germany striker Gerd Muller set in 1972 (bottom)

O"Neill faces "tough fight" to save Sunderland with crucial Reading match up next

O'Neill faces 'tough fight' to save Sunderland with crucial Reading match up next

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21:19 GMT, 8 December 2012

Sunderland face a make or break
confrontation with fellow strugglers Reading on Tuesday that could
define their season … and Martin O'Neill's future.

But, as his team dropped into the
bottom three for the first time since he took over at Stadium Of Light
12 months ago, almost to the day, the 60-year-old manager insisted:
'We'll fight our way out of it. I think we've got enough talent and more
important I think we've got enough self-belief.

'We've dropped into the bottom three. It's a tough fight on, a really tough fight.'

Nail-biting: Martin O'Neill knows his Sunderland side will have to fight to stay up

Nail-biting: Martin O'Neill knows his Sunderland side will have to fight to stay up

Harking back to last season's struggles, he recalled: 'We got some fantastic results and it seemed by mid- February that we had calmly taken ourselves out relegation problems, but I never saw it like that; I thought every game was a fight.

'It is exactly this now; every game is a fight for us. And when we have a foothold in games, we need to try and make it count. I think that's the major point.'

Sunderland have won only two of their past 23 games.

Against Chelsea they never recovered from conceding goals either side of half-time to trail 3-0; the goal which made it 2-0 a penalty conceded by a needless Seb Larsson challenge on Ramires.

'It's heavy punishment when we make mistakes,' added O'Neill. 'I said to Seb that if you go to ground like that, you run the risk. It was a ball into the corner and the best they were going to get out of that was a corner kick. Suddenly they're going in 2-0 at halftime, so it is frustrating.'

No argument: Sunderland's Seb Larsson concedes a penalty with a challenge on Chelsea's Ramires

No argument: Sunderland's Seb Larsson concedes a penalty with a challenge on Chelsea's Ramires

O'Neill still has the backing of the fans, observing: 'Because we were playing Chelsea and we were the underdogs in the game, the supporters were terrific. The players were talking about it in the dressing room at the end; just talking about the boost they still get from that; that they kept with us.

'There will be anxious moments during the game on Tuesday night and we've got to be really strong. There will be frustrating moments but I think we can cope with that.

'Even though we've been defeated we can certainly feel we've taken something out of the game and something to take with us for Tuesday.'

Charlton 2 Brighton 2: LuaLua pulls Brighton level at the Valley

Charlton 2 Brighton 2: LuaLua pulls Brighton level at the Valley

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17:59 GMT, 8 December 2012

Chris Powell’s side moved down into 12th place in the Championship as Brighton held them to a draw in the Valley.

The Seagulls dominated possession but failed to convert chances into goals, allowing Charlton to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.

Both sets of fans joined in a minute's applause at 3.07pm to commemorate the moment Colin Walsh hit the net 20 years ago this week, Charlton's first goal since they returned to their Valley ground after a seven-year absence.

Charlton went 1-0 up within ten minutes, with Lawrie Wilson driving the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak into the bottom right corner.

Lawrie Wilson celebrates after a goal against Brighton

Lawrie Wilson took Charlton ahead in the first, but earned himself a yellow card in the second

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Morrison, Solly, Dervite, Jackson (Kerkar 80), Stephens, Pritchard, Wilson, Frimpong, Haynes (Kermorgant 73), Hulse.

Subs not used: Button, Taylor, Cort, Green, Wright-Phillips

Goals: Wilson 9, Pritchard 70

Booked: Wilson

Brighton: Kuszczak, Bruno (Calderon 76), Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Hammond, Bridcutt, Buckley, Hoskins (LuaLua 67), Dobbie (Barnes 62), Mackail-Smith

Subs not used: Brezovan, Crofts, Harley, David Lopez

Goals: Brown 27, Ledley 65, Samaras 74

Booked: Hammond

Referee: Darren Sheldrake

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Craig Mackail-Smith hit back for
Brighton in the 28th minute, firing it into the net from inside the box
after Michael Morrison fluffed a clearance.

Dean Hammond slipped in Buckley to cut the ball back for the former Swansea striker, who slid in to meet the ball but lifted it over the top.

Will Hoskins then teed up Buckley for another crack at goal but his shot was also too high, before Mackail-Smith had an effort deflected wide.

Bradley Pritchard took Charlton ahead
again against the run of play.

Johnnie
Jackson's low cross ricocheted through the Brighton defence and Pritchard was
on hand to sweep the ball into the net for his first league goal.

But once again Brighton equalised, with
Kazenga LuaLua drilling it down the centre of the goal in his first appearance for the club since October.

The goal came only eight minutes after the Brighton man had made his way off the bench.

It was a frustrating effort from Brighton, as chance after chance in front of goal was wasted, leaving Stephen Dobbie kicking the post in anger just before the hour mark.

There were bookings on both sides in
the second half, with Dean Hammond receiving a yellow card for
unsporting behaviour and Lawrie Wilson also booked for an unfair
challenge.