A late strike from Yannick Sagbo averted an upset as Premier League Hull snatched a draw and a replay away to Brighton in the FA Cup fifth round.

Sagbo had hit the bar for the visitors before Brighton took the lead, Leonardo Ulloa galloping clear to stroke home.

Hull rallied as Curtis Davies went close, but were spared when Ulloa wasted a fine chance on half-time.

It looked like the Argentine's goal would be decisive, but Sagbo fired in to cap a spell of late Hull pressure.

For much of the second half it seemed that Brighton were destined for a reunion with former manager Gus Poyet, whose Sunderland side await the tie's winners in the last eight.

Oscar Garcia, Poyet's replacement at the Amex Stadium, has guided the Seagulls to the fringes of the play-offs in the Championship and, after he appeared to prioritise promotion with seven changes to his starting line-up, his team turned in a performance of quality and tenacity to take Hull to the brink.

Brighton rock-solid

Hull have not won away to Brighton since 1965 - a run that now stretches to 21 games.

However the Tigers, who badly missed cup-tied strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, found their attacking edge just in time as Sagbo reacted well to convert Sone Aluko's cross and could have won it when Robert Koren and David Meyler went close late on.

That frantic finale was in contrast to a disjointed first 20 minutes in which only Jake Forster-Caskey's hooked volley over the bar and a wayward Will Buckley effort stirred the home crowd into life.

But Sagbo's improvised volley against the bar was the signal for the match to step up a gear.

Brighton responded with a slick counter-attack as Ulloa flicked the ball into the path of Buckley before accelerating past Tom Huddlestone, controlling the return and deftly scooping the ball over the advancing Allan McGregor.

Friends reunited?

Gus Poyet at Brighton

There will be a manager up against their old club in the next round whoever comes through to face Sunderland in the last eight.

Hull boss Steve Bruce spent a little over two years in charge of Sunderland before he was dismissed in November 2011. Gus Poyet, now in charge of the Black Cats, was sacked by Brighton in July.

The hosts' lead was almost wiped out two minutes later as Curtis Davies's header rattled the frame of the goal and Peter Brezovan reacted sharply to prevent the rebound looping into the net.

But Hull, whose high defensive line looked vulnerable throughout the first half, headed into the interval relieved as Ulloa planted a standing header wide when unchallenged at the far post in injury-time.

Brighton's industrious and inventive Buckley, returning from a hamstring injury, was withdrawn at the break, but the expected Hull siege took time to materialise.

In fact Ulloa's tireless hustling of Hull's centre-backs seemed the likeliest source of another goal, until Hull boss Steve Bruce replaced Abdoulaye Faye with George Boyd to increase the visitors' attacking threat.

As Brighton legs tired, Sagbo took advantage, stealing in front of Lewis Dunk to fire between Brezovan's legs.

With neither side apparently eager to add a replay to their fixture list, there were chances at both ends in the final minutes.

But Meyler saw a header cleared off the line after Matthew Upson failed to make a telling connection from a Brighton corner and they will face each other again at the KC Stadium next Monday.

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "We didn't play well at all in large patches of the game but we stuck at it and the substitutions we made freshened us up a bit. In the end we could have nicked it.

"It's difficult now with replays and all the rest of it, but we're still there and we've got a good chance.

"If we win the replay we've got a quarter-final at home in the FA Cup.

"We've got to go and give it our best shot. We might never ever get this far again."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia: "In the first half we were the better side, but in the second half the game was close.

"We had the chances to win, but the game could have gone either way. If we scored the second it would be different, but they took their chance late on.

"But I'm pleased with the performance of my players. It's not easy to play against Premier League opposition but we have shown that we can compete with them.

"When you concede a late goal, you can be a little bit disappointed but my feelings are really good and I'm happy all my players showed to everybody that they can play."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 14 Calderón
  • 15 Chicksen Booked
  • 38 Ince
  • 05 Dunk
  • 20 Upson
  • 04 Andrews
  • 18 Forster-Caskey
  • 19 Ulloa (Obika - 79' )
  • 30 Buckley (March - 45' )
  • 25 Lua Lua (Rodríguez Sánchez - 93' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Bruno
  • 03 Greer
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 21 D. López
  • 22 Obika
  • 27 March

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 06 Davies
  • 23 Faye (Boyd - 67' )
  • 10 Koren Booked
  • 14 Livermore (Meyler - 82' )
  • 24 Aluko Booked
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 29 Quinn (Fryatt - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Bruce
  • 05 Chester
  • 07 Meyler
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 17 Boyd
  • 22 Harper
  • 30 Henderson
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 21,352

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

1 2

Corners

2 5

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Hull City 1.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

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

90:00 +2:52

Attempt blocked. David Meyler (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

90:00 +2:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

90:00 +2:14

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

90:00 +2:12

Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

89:10

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

89:08

Attempt blocked. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Dunk with a headed pass.

88:41

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

88:38

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

88:20

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

88:20

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Hull City 1. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

81:59

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

81:59

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

81:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Jake Livermore.

78:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jonathan Obika replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

77:26

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

77:00

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:58

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:50

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:50

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

72:47

Robert Koren (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:47

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

69:20

Attempt missed. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Solly March following a set piece situation.

68:58

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

68:58

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

68:12

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

68:12

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

67:16

Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

66:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Abdoulaye Faye.

65:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces Stephen Quinn.

65:24

Attempt blocked. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

62:43

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

62:43

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

62:35

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

62:03

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Keith Andrews.

61:12 Booking

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

60:55

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:55

Foul by Adam Chicksen (Brighton and Hove Albion).

58:57

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Adam Chicksen.

56:10 Booking

Booking Robert Koren (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:07

Foul by Robert Koren (Hull City).

56:07

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:01

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

50:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:20

Delay in match Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

47:50

Robert Koren (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:50

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Hull City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces William Buckley.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

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

45:00 +1:23

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross.

41:56

Stephen Quinn (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:56

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

39:57

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

38:48

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Hull City).

38:48

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:14 Booking

Booking Sone Aluko (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:04

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

36:04

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

35:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:17

Delay in match Adam Chicksen (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

31:38

Attempt missed. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo with a headed pass following a corner.

31:36

Curtis Davies (Hull City) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

31:10

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

29:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Hull City 0. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by William Buckley with a through ball following a fast break.

28:34

Attempt blocked. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

26:52

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

18:20

Attempt missed. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

17:23

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón with a cross.

16:55

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

14:36

Attempt blocked. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

10:39

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

9:25

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rohan Ince following a set piece situation.

8:10

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

8:10

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

7:14

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

7:14

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:12

Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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