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Burnley 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Michael Kightly

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.

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:

Sean Dyche

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Post-match: Burnley manager 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:

Nathan Jones

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Post-match: Brighton coach 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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2820352363
2QPR2716741655
3Burnley27141031952
4Derby2815671751
5Nottm Forest26111141344
6Reading2812881144
7Ipswich2810108840
8Brighton2710107740
9Blackburn281099039
10Middlesbrough289109637
11Wigan261079237
12Leeds2710611036
13Huddersfield279711334
14Bournemouth279711-1234
15Blackpool288911-1233
16Watford257108531
17Birmingham277812-329
18Bolton2761011-1228
19Doncaster287714-1828
20Sheff Wed265129-127
21Millwall276813-2326
22Charlton265912-1224
23Barnsley264913-1921
24Yeovil265516-1820
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