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Tuesday, 16 October, 2001, 20:57 GMT 21:57 UK
Swansea 1-2 Brighton
Swansea City's brave performance ended in the heartbreak of an 89th-minute goal by Lee Steele that gave Second Division front-runners Brighton a win in the first round of the LDV Vans Trophy.

The Swans, in serious financial trouble, put their worries behind them and took an eighth-minute lead through midfielder Jonathan Coates.

Frenchman Mamady Sidibe sent Michael Howard clear with a short pass and Howard laid the ball off to Coates who cut through a gap in the Brighton defence to beat goalkeeper Michel Kuipers from 15 yards.

Brighton, showing eight changes from the side that started in Saturday's 2-1 win at Huddersfield, struggled to come to terms with a determined Swansea side.

But they drew level a minute before half time when Dirk Lehmann met a Robbie Pethick cross with a glancing header.

The match still seemed destined for extra-time until a minute before the whistle when Matthew Wicks hit the crossbar from a Nathan Jones cross and the ball came out to Steele who drove home from 12 yards.

Swansea: Freestone, Howard, Todd, Bound, De-Vulgt, O'Leary, Phillips, Cusack, Coates, Sidibe, Williams. Subs: Cole, Romo, Keegan, Mumford, Appleby.

Brighton: Kuipers, Pethick, Watson, Crosby, Wicks, Pitcher, Rogers, Jones, Melton, Lehmann, Steele. Subs: Packham, Marney, Virgo, Wilkinson, Hammond.

Referee: R Olivier (Sutton Coldfield).

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