Brighton moved up to seventh in the Championship table after a last-minute goal from defender Stephen Ward earned them a draw against Bournemouth.

Andrew Crofts had a chance to put the hosts ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, but his shot hit the post.

The Cherries, aiming for a third away victory in a row, scored through Lewis Grabban's penalty after Inigo Calderon was deemed to have fouled Marc Pugh.

However, Ward headed in Rohan Ince's cross for a dramatic late equaliser.

The point moves the Seagulls up one place in the table and they are only kept out of a play-off position because they have have a worse goal difference than sixth-placed Ipswich.

Oscar Garcia's side have now lost only two of their past 13 matches, but they had to work hard to break down Eddie Howe's resilient visitors.

The Cherries took a fortunate lead when they were awarded a 14th-minute penalty, despite Calderon appearing to win the ball with a clean, last-ditch challenge on Pugh.

Home improvements needed

Despite being seventh in the table, Brighton have only won two of their last eight home games in the Championship.

Bournemouth went close to doubling their advantage just after half-time when Grabban forced Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak into a diving stop at the near post.

The hosts were then unlucky not to score with Kazenga LuaLua hitting the crossbar, before Garcia increased his attacking options by bringing on substitutes Kemy Agustien and Ashley Barnes as his side pushed to equalise.

They got their reward in the 89th minute when Ward headed past Lee Camp following Ince's cross to grab the Seagulls a point.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia:

"Everybody saw what happened with the penalty decision. We had to manage the game differently after that. But it is normal for the referee to mistakes.

"They tried to play higher in the first half, and in the second they sat back which made it harder for us, but we deserved to win."

"I am a positive person. I always thought we would score and we would get the goal."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"Our initial reaction is one of disappointment because we led for so long.

"We performed well and we were hardly under pressure until the equaliser at the end.

"But you did fear something would happen. They scored and then had a couple of chances after that where we could have been beaten, so we have to look at the bigger picture.

"To be disappointed with a point here is a marker of how far we've come since I've been here. I told the players that and I know we are developing and improving all the time."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 14 Calderón
  • 17 Ward
  • 38 Ince
  • 06 El-Abd Booked
  • 20 Upson
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 08 Crofts (Agustien - 64' )
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 21 D. López (Barnes - 72' )
  • 25 Lua Lua (Orlandi - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 04 Andrews
  • 05 Dunk
  • 09 Barnes
  • 10 Agustien
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 15 Chicksen

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 11 Daniels
  • 08 Arter Booked
  • 05 Elphick
  • 22 Ward
  • 30 Ritchie (Fraser - 71' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 09 Grabban (Pitman - 82' )
  • 04 Surman
  • 07 Pugh

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 10 Pitman
  • 14 Harte
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 20 Fraser
  • 24 Addison
  • 28 Rantie
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 28,282

Match Stats

Shots

24 12

On target

8 3

Corners

10 2

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Bournemouth 1.

90:00 +5:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Bournemouth 1.

90:00 +4:27

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

90:00 +4:09

Attempt saved. Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +4:08

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:13

Attempt missed. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

90:00 +2:28

Attempt saved. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross.

90:00 +2:08

Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

90:00 +0:53

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the box. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

90:00 +0:15

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Simon Francis.

89:08

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

88:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Bournemouth 1. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross following a set piece situation.

88:10

Attempt missed. Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Kemy Agustien with a cross.

87:57

Attempt blocked. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

87:54

Attempt blocked. Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

87:33

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:33

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

86:32

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

86:32

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:08

Attempt saved. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

84:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrea Orlandi replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

84:11

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leonardo Ulloa tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

83:27

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Simon Francis.

82:56

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

81:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Lewis Grabban.

80:20

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kemy Agustien with a cross.

78:52

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kemy Agustien with a cross.

75:18

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

75:18

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:14

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Arter.

73:25

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

73:04 Booking

Booking Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:58

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

72:58

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Ashley Barnes replaces David López.

70:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

70:34

Attempt missed. Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the left side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

70:01

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

63:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kemy Agustien replaces Andrew Crofts.

63:33

Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Daniels following a set piece situation.

62:35 Booking

Booking Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:28

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

62:28

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:33

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

57:46

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Simon Francis.

57:04

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

56:47

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

55:19

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

48:02

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

47:48

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

46:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:09

Delay in match Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Bournemouth 1.

45:00 +2:22 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Bournemouth 1.

45:00 +1:43

Attempt missed. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

45:00 +1:41

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David López.

45:00 +0:24

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lee Camp.

45:00 +0:21

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

40:06

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

38:29

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

38:29

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:46

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:46

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

32:06

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:06

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

30:59 Booking

Booking Harry Arter (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:24

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:24

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

29:06

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

29:06

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:24

Offside, Bournemouth. Lewis Grabban tries a through ball, but Marc Pugh is caught offside.

27:35

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

25:13

Attempt blocked. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David López.

23:14

Attempt missed. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

23:00

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

22:56

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David López with a cross.

22:36

Hand ball by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

21:40

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lee Camp.

21:39

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

20:48

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:48

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

20:02

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

18:48

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

17:55

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

17:55

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:50

Hand ball by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

16:07

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lee Camp.

16:05

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

15:40

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

13:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Bournemouth 1. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

12:12

Penalty conceded by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

12:12

Penalty Bournemouth. Marc Pugh draws a foul in the penalty area.

11:08

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

11:08

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:57

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

9:57

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:02

Attempt saved. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

6:41

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

6:41

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:15

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:15

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

4:28

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

4:28

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:12

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

3:12

Elliott Ward (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:45

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Elliott Ward.

2:01

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:01

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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