Vokes strike pegs back Bluebirds

Sam Vokes came off the bench to net a vital equaliser as Brighton twice came from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 home draw against Cardiff.

Last Updated: 07/03/12 at 22:43

Vokes: Celebrates his strike against Cardiff

Vokes: Celebrates his strike against Cardiff

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Vokes tapped home from Ashley Barnes' pass in the 89th minute to salvage a share of the spoils for the Seagulls after Peter Whittingham's fine strike looked to have won the game for the visiting Bluebirds.

Earlier, Barnes had levelled matters for Gus Poyet's hosts following Joe Mason's opener for the visitors, but a point does neither side much good in their bid for a place in the npower Championship play-offs.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay handed a debut to on-loan midfielder Liam Lawrence in place of the injured Rudy Gestede, who missed out because of a hamstring injury, while Brighton were unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 at Doncaster.

After a scratchy first 15 minutes, Brighton came close to taking the lead when Craig Mackail-Smith's drilled effort was turned round the post well by David Marshall.

It took until 24 minutes for the visiting Bluebirds to put together a decent passage of possession, at the end of which Peter Brezovan did well to hold onto Kenny Miller's snapshot.

Mackail-Smith blasted a free-kick well over the crossbar and Gonzalo Jara Reyes hit a post following a Liam Bridcutt free-kick, as Cardiff chose to sit back and absorb long spells of pressure from their hosts.

After making it through until half-time with the score goalless, Cardiff found their feet and went ahead after 56 minutes.

Mark Hudson found Mason in the area and the former Plymouth striker produced a clinical finish past Brezovan to give the Bluebirds the lead.

Poyet responded to going behind by making a triple substitution, with Craig Noone, Will Buckley and Vokes entering the game, and the Seagulls were almost level soon after.

First, Vokes' effort from 18 yards was claimed by Marshall before Barnes was denied twice in a matter of seconds, first by a crucial block from Hudson and then by another fine Marshall save.

However, Cardiff could not hold out for long and Brighton levelled when Noone picked out Barnes 12 yards from goal and the dangerous forward slotted beyond Marshall.

The Welsh outfit were not on level terms for long, though.

Just two minutes after the restart the ball broke to Whittingham on the edge of the box and he picked his spot in the top left-hand corner of the net.

It appeared Cardiff would claim the win necessary to lift them back into the top six, but with a minute remaining Vokes found space to slide home Barnes' neat centre to snatch a point.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company