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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.

Oscar Garcia

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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:

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2416351651
2Burnley2413831847
3QPR2413741246
4Derby2413561844
5Nottm Forest24101041040
6Ipswich24996936
7Brighton24996736
8Leeds241059735
9Reading24987235
10Blackburn24978234
11Wigan23968233
12Blackpool24888-432
13Huddersfield24879431
14Watford23797630
15Middlesbrough24798530
16Bournemouth248610-1030
17Birmingham24789129
18Bolton24699-527
19Charlton245910-824
20Sheff Wed234109-722
21Millwall245712-2322
22Doncaster245613-2321
23Yeovil234514-1817
24Barnsley243813-2117
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