Burnley lost ground on the top two in the Championship as they were held to a goalless draw by Brighton.

Michael Kightly hit the post for the Clarets in the first half after a clever corner routine.

Brighton midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey then headed the ball off his own post in the second half from David Jones's free-kick.

Andrea Orlandi had the chance to win the game for the visitors but Tom Heaton kept his close-range shot out.

A rare blank

The Seagulls have only failed to score in only three of their past 17 games in all competitions

The Clarets are unbeaten at home in the league since March but are now three points off QPR and 11 behind leaders Leicester.

Their first big chance came when Kightly played a short corner to Danny Ings, who backheeled it to him before the winger hit the base of the post from an angle.

Sam Vokes headed a Jones free-kick wide and Michael Duff toe-poked an Ings cross over from close range.

Visiting keeper Tomasz Kuszczak saved a Vokes header on the line and Jones's free-kick was diverted onto the post by the Seagulls' Forster-Caskey.

Brighton almost won it when Heaton denied Orlandi and Burnley's Ashley Barnes then put an overhead kick wide against his old side.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"That's the nature of the division, we're the surprise package. I certainly don't think Leicester are and I certainly don't think QPR are.

"We are that surprise package and that can be favourable to us. We have got a team who play without that feeling that them other clubs have got because there is that demand on those clubs to get the job done.

"Ours is slightly different - we have our own expectation, of course - but the outside expectation is lesser so on Burnley than them boys who are up there now."

Brighton assistant boss Nathan Jones:

"I don't think we were defensive-minded in any way. We never set up to defend and to just get a point. We came here to win the game.

"Credit to them, they put long balls in, put us on the back foot with aerial play so we had to defend well and we defended fantastically well.

"Ironically, we had a great chance at the end to take all three points but, I'm being brutally honest, that would have been slightly harsh on Burnley."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 06 Mee
  • 14 Jones
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 19 Kightly (Barnes - 75' )
  • 08 Marney
  • 09 Vokes
  • 10 Ings
  • 37 Arfield

Substitutes

  • 11 Stanislas
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 22 Stock
  • 28 Long
  • 30 Barnes
  • 33 Hewitt

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 38 Ince
  • 18 F-Caskey
  • 19 Ulloa Booked
  • 21 D. López (Orlandi - 67' )
  • 25 Lua Lua (March - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 05 Dunk
  • 10 Agustien
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 14 Calderón
  • 22 Obika
  • 27 March
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 11,054

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

6 5

Corners

9 2

Fouls

7 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burnley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

90:00 +4:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

90:00 +2:34

Hand ball by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

90:00 +1:46

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +1:46

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:19

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +1:19

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:19 Booking

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

90:00 +0:13

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +0:13

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:47

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Vokes with a headed pass.

88:20

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

88:20

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:39

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross.

85:46

Attempt saved. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

84:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81:57

Delay in match Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

80:49

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:49

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

78:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

77:27

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

77:27

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

77:10

Attempt saved. Ben Mee (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

76:55

Michael Duff (Burnley) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by David Jones following a set piece situation.

76:34

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

76:34

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Michael Kightly.

73:50

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

73:20

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

73:16

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

70:11

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

68:55

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

68:02

Attempt saved. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Jones with a cross.

67:29

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Keith Andrews.

66:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrea Orlandi replaces David López.

66:13

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a headed pass.

64:04

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

64:04

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

62:28

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

62:28

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:07

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

61:07

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:19

Attempt missed. Michael Duff (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Ings with a cross.

59:52

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

58:47

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

56:31

Attempt blocked. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:41

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

54:15

Foul by David López (Brighton and Hove Albion).

54:15

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:27

Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Ings.

52:45

Attempt saved. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross.

52:05

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:05

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

48:31

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Jones with a cross following a set piece situation.

47:52

Hand ball by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

46:47

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

46:47

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

45:00 +2:32 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

45:00 +1:18

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

45:00 +1:18

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:42

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

44:42

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:45

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

42:45

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:57

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

35:43

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:43

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

35:14

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross following a corner.

34:37

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

33:40

Attempt missed. Kieran Trippier (Burnley) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.

33:08

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

33:08

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:49

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

30:49

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:05

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

28:58

Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:58

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

27:58

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:01

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David López with a cross.

26:27

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

26:25

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

24:53

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Upson tries a through ball, but Kazenga Lua Lua is caught offside.

24:05

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David López with a cross.

23:25

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

23:20

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

18:26

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:26

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

16:00

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

15:57

Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Ings.

15:36

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Bruno.

13:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

11:51

Delay in match Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

6:08

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

2:46

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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