Match Report for BHA 0-0 Rotherham

Last updated : 03 February 2007 By FootyMAD
The Seagulls have now scored only once in their last seven games and it is nearly five-and-a-half hours since they have found the net at home.

New signing Bas Savage could not change the trend as Rotherham kept their first clean sheet since October. Brighton were able to sign Savage after the January transfer window closed as he was out of contract at Gillingham.

The big target man failed to make much impression against a Rotherham defence well marshalled by their deadline day capture Craig Fleming from Norwich.

While Savage laboured up front, Brighton's other new boy, Australian midfielder Nick Ward, caught the eye in the first half. His slide-rule pass put Jake Robinson clean through but he could not beat keeper Neil Cutler.

Cutler also parried a fierce drive by Brighton captain Dean Hammond before the break as Brighton dominated without making the most of their possession.

Dean Cox, the smallest player on the pitch, also missed a good chance to give Brighton the lead when he headed wide from Robinson's cross.

Brighton continued to control the match after the break but there was no end product and they were almost caught out twice.

Keeper Michels Kuipers - the undisputed number one after Wayne Henderson's move to Preston - looked unconvincing and he spilled the ball at the feet of Ian Henderson after confusion with on-loan Arsenal defender Joe O'Cearuill. Fortunately for Kuipers, Guy Butters was on hand to block Henderson's effort.

Rotherham almost snatched victory in the first minute of stoppage time when Eugen Bopp crashed a shot from 25 yards against the top of the bar with Kuipers beaten.