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09:17 17th June 2012

Barnsley vs Brightons

Albion were held to a goalless draw at Barnsley this afternoon, but it was enough to secure their best league finish for over 20 years. Indeed, the point ensured 10th place in the club's first season back in the Championship after a five-year absence - and a strong and vocal Seagulls following clearly enjoyed the campaign's finale, with a number in fancy dress attire. In a low-key start, it was Barnsley who carved out the game's first opening on15 minutes when Jim O'Brien create space for himself but dragged his 25-yard effort wide of David Gonzalez's goal. And moments later came another chance for the Tykes when Stephen Dawson exchanged passes with former Seagull Craig Davies. The Albion defence opened up as Dawson broke into the box but Lewis Dunk made a terrific last-ditch sliding tackle to deny a strike on goal. Albion reacted to the warning signs and started to take the game to the home side, as they searched for a fitting finish to the season. Midway through the first half Gus Poyet's men managed to carve out their first chance when the ever-creative Vicente delivered from the left and Will Buckley headed the ball back across goal. It fell to Ashley Barnes, but the Albion top scorer dragged his half-volley wid


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