Ashley Barnes (72 mins)
Sam Vokes (89 mins)
Joe Mason (57 mins)
Peter Whittingham (74 mins)
, Mar 7, 2012
Ground: Amex Stadium , Kickoff: 19:45 , Att 18,786
Seagulls in decent shape Brighton have no new injury worries for the visit of Cardiff.
Full-back Marcos Painter is on the mend after a hamstring injury but will not be ready while midfielder Gary Dicker is also edging closer to fitness following a broken leg.
Spanish midfielder Vicente Rodriguez is short of match fitness and will not be involved, and centre-half Tommy Elphick remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles problem.
Craig Mackail-Smith is set to keep his place in attack after ending his recent drought with two goals in his last two appearances.
Sam Vokes is pushing to join him up front after coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw with Doncaster on Saturday, while winger Craig Noone could also be recalled.
Cardiff could hand a debut to new loan singing Liam Lawrence.
Portsmouth captain Lawrence joined the Bluebirds last week as the beleaguered south coast club looked to ease the financial burden at Fratton Park, but missed the Bluebirds' 2-0 home defeat to West Ham with a minor calf injury.
However, the Republic of Ireland midfielder will be part of the Cardiff matchday squad for the first time at the Amex Stadium.
Otherwise, manager Malky Mackay will be without striker Rudy Gestede, who limped out of the clash against the Hammers with a hamstring problem and has been ruled out for a week. On-loan Newcastle frontman Haris Vuckic is in line for a place in the starting line-up.
Brighton vs Cardiff
Last modified 22:12 07/03/12
Late Vokes strike earns Seagulls point 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 draw with Cardiff.
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.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|36||Gonzalo Jara Reyes||5/10|
|28||Abdul Razak(sub 59)||5/10|
|13||Gai Assulin(sub 58)||5/10|
|12||Craig Mackail-Smith(sub 59)||5/10|
|11||Craig Noone(sub 58)||6/10|
|24||Sam Vokes(sub 59)||5/10|
|30||Will Buckley(sub 59)||6/10|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|17||Aron Gunnarsson(sub 79)||6/10|
|4||Filip Kiss(sub 79)||5/10|