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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Bournemouth

Stephen Ward

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.

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Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

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.

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:

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Post-match: Bournemouth boss 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."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 14Calderón
  • 17Ward
  • 38Ince
  • 6El-AbdBooked at 63mins
  • 20Upson
  • 26BridcuttBooked at 74mins
  • 8CroftsSubstituted forAgustienat 64'minutes
  • 19Ulloa
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forBarnesat 72'minutes
  • 25Lua LuaSubstituted forOrlandiat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 4Andrews
  • 5Dunk
  • 9Barnes
  • 10Agustien
  • 11Orlandi
  • 15Chicksen

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 11Daniels
  • 8ArterBooked at 31mins
  • 5Elphick
  • 22Ward
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 71'minutes
  • 32O'Kane
  • 9GrabbanSubstituted forPitmanat 82'minutes
  • 4Surman
  • 7Pugh

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 24Addison
  • 28Rantie
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
28,282

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home24
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

Substitution

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

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

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Lewis Grabban.

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.

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.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

Booking

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

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

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

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

Substitution

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

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.

goal

As It Stood

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3QPR24137426141246
4Derby24135648301844
5Nottm Forest241010434241040
6Ipswich249963627936
7Brighton249962922736
8Leeds2410593528735
9Reading249873129235
10Blackburn249783028234
11Wigan239682523233
12Blackpool248882529-432
13Huddersfield248793329431
14Watford237973529630
15Middlesbrough247983833530
16Bournemouth2486103141-1030
17Birmingham247893029129
18Bolton246992934-527
19Charlton2459102230-824
20Sheff Wed2341092532-722
21Millwall2457122649-2322
22Doncaster2456131942-2321
23Yeovil2345141836-1817
24Barnsley2438132142-2117
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