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Rodriguez Vicente fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Brighton 2-0 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from Kazenga LuaLua.
Craig Mackail-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tal Ben-Haim from right channel, clearance made by Gordon Greer.
Unfair challenge on Scott Allan by Adam El-Abd results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Scott Allan from right channel.
David Norris leaves the field to be replaced by Dave Kitson.
Unfair challenge on Joe Mattock by Chris Maguire results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Mattock.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kazenga LuaLua from the left by-line, clearance by Chris Maguire.
Ashley Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Tal Ben-Haim. Chris Maguire comes on in place of Marko Futacs. Kazenga LuaLua is brought on as a substitute for Will Buckley. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Will Buckley played to the near post.
Foul by Ricardo Rocha on Ashley Barnes, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente.
Foul by David Norris on Rodriguez Vicente, free kick awarded. Rodriguez Vicente hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton 1-0 Portsmouth.
Craig Mackail-Smith fouled by Ricardo Rocha, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Mattock takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Barnes takes a shot.
(Brighton) makes a substitution, with Craig Mackail-Smith coming on for Sam Vokes.
Rodriguez Vicente takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
Outswinging corner taken by Scott Allan from the right by-line.
Rodriguez Vicente takes a inswinging corner.
Joel Ward takes a shot.
David Norris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes. Peter Brezovan takes the direct free kick.
Greg Halford fouled by Sam Vokes, the ref awards a free kick. Rodriguez Vicente on for Craig Noone. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Craig Noone takes a outswinging corner.
Effort from inside the area by Joe Mattock misses to the left of the target.
Tal Ben-Haim concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Noone. Craig Noone takes the free kick.
Alan Navarro concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Allan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tal Ben-Haim from right channel, Gordon Greer makes a clearance.
Alan Navarro takes a shot. Mishit right-footed shot by Sam Vokes. Clearance made by Ricardo Rocha.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes by George Thorne. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Corner taken by Craig Noone, save by Jamie Ashdown.
Marko Futacs handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Navarro.
Scott Allan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Handball decision goes against Tal Ben-Haim. Tal Ben-Haim receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara Reyes.
Corner taken right-footed by Scott Allan to the near post, clearance by Adam El-Abd.
Long range effort by Scott Allan goes harmlessly over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Allan from the right by-line, Sam Vokes manages to make a clearance.
Joe Mattock fouled by Marko Futacs, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Mattock takes the direct free kick.
Adam El-Abd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marko Futacs. Direct free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
Corner from left by-line taken by Scott Allan.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Scott Allan takes a short corner.
George Thorne produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside against Sam Vokes. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Will Buckley takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Jason Pearce.
Short corner taken by Will Buckley.
Luke Varney has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Halford on Craig Noone. Liam Bridcutt crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Greg Halford challenges Craig Noone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Bridcutt from left channel.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes by Joel Ward results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Will Buckley takes a outswinging corner.
Craig Noone challenges George Thorne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.
Craig Noone challenges Scott Allan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.
Dicker missing for Seagulls
Brighton are still without Gary Dicker for the visit of Portsmouth.
Manager Gus Poyet has pencilled in the influential midfielder for a return to action against Derby on March 20 after nearly five months out recovering from a broken leg.
Full-back Marcos Painter is not yet back to fitness following a hamstring injury and defender Tommy Elphick is a long-term absentee with an Achilles problem.
But Poyet has no new injury concerns following Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with fellow play-off hopefuls Cardiff.
Striker Sam Vokes scored as a substitute in midweek to push his claims for a return to the starting line-up.
Wingers Will Buckley and Craig Noone could also be recalled after their lively appearances from the bench.
Tal Ben-Haim could return to the Portsmouth squad for the trip along the south coast.
The Israeli defender missed Tuesday night's narrow 1-0 defeat at Reading after coming down with a virus on the morning of the game.
Boss Michael Appleton will hand Ben-Haim a late fitness check but is hopeful he will be available to boost a threadbare Pompey squad.
Veteran strikers Kanu and Benjani look set to miss out again.
Kanu is still struggling for fitness due to a back problem and Benjani has a calf injury.
Winger Kelvin Etuhu was an unused substitute at the Madejski Stadium in midweek after recovering from a hamstring tear so he could be added to the starting line-up.
Vicente seals Seagulls victory
Vicente came off the bench to score a brace and fire Brighton into the npower Championship play-off places with a 2-0 victory over Portsmouth
The Seagulls stretched their unbeaten league record in 2012 to 12 games against Portsmouth although a bore draw looked to be on the cards before Vicente was introduced midway through the second half.
The former Valencia winger forced a fine save from Pompey goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown before his free-kick found the bottom corner.
Vicente then put the game to bed in injury time with a low finish after being teed up by fellow substitute Kazenga LuaLua.
Beleaguered Portsmouth overcame a nervous start and had several first-half chances but they were forced to defend for large spells in the second half and the pressure eventually told.
The visitors have lost their last three matches and remain bottom of the Championship, eight points adrift of safety.
Will Buckley, Craig Noone and Sam Vokes all returned to Brighton's starting line-up, with Gai Assulin, Abdul Razak and Craig Mackail-Smith making way.
Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton also made three changes to his line-up as Ashdown, Tal Ben Haim and Marko Futacs replaced Stephen Henderson, Aaron Mokoena and Hayden Mullins.
The visitors, bottom of the Championship after being deducted 10 points last month for going into administration, were firmly on the back foot in the early stages.
Yet, they were the first to have a real sniff at goal as Luke Varney curled narrowly wide of the right-hand post from 25 yards.
Scott Allan then made some room for himself just outside the area before his rasping drive was tipped round the post by Seagulls goalkeeper Peter Brezovan.
The visitors were starting to grow in stature as the half wore on and Allan's decent delivery from a corner somehow managed to evade everyone.
The midfielder then narrowly lobbed over from just outside the box after a poor clearance from Gordon Greer.
But on the stroke of half-time, the hosts nearly took an undeserved lead as an almighty scramble in Portsmouth's penalty box created by Alan Navarro's long-range shot ended with Vokes being denied by Ashdown from close range.
After a relatively quiet 45 minutes, the second half began in much the same way, with neither side able to stamp their authority on the clash.
However, Brighton right-back Joe Mattock's volley from Buckley's cross produced a marvellous save from Ashdown before Pompey cleared their lines to ensure the score remained goalless.
Seagulls manager Gus Poyet introduced former Spain international Vicente for Noone in an effort to break the deadlock.
And the replacement almost had an immediate impact as, after Ashley Barnes's strike was blocked by Ben Haim, Vicente's follow-up was saved by Ashdown.
The 30-year-old was not to be denied, though, and his strike put Brighton well on their way to three points.
After David Norris had fouled Vicente on the edge of the area, the winger picked himself up before drilling past Ashdown in the 75th minute.
Portsmouth did push forward in an attempt to force an equaliser but their failure to test Brezovan was telling and their misery was compounded in injury time.
LuaLua picked out Vicente from the left by-line and he made no mistake from close range.
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