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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Blackpool

Stephen Dobbie

Brighton remain in the play-off places despite Stephen Dobbie rescuing a point for Blackpool, who are in the bottom three and face relegation.

Dale Stephens put Brighton in front with a wonderful curling strike from 20 yards just after the restart.

Dobbie levelled for the visitors three minutes later after smashing a 25-yard shot high into the net.

Albion pushed for the winner and Will Buckley missed their best chance late on as Blackpool held on for a point.

Both clubs have two games left but Reading, in eighth, can move ahead of the Seagulls if they beat Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Blackpool, losers of 12 of their previous 15 away games, had an early opportunity when Stephens gave the ball away but Isaiah Osbourne's left-foot shot was turned round the post by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Brighton striker Jesse Lingard, on loan from Manchester United, put a right-foot shot wide following a neat back-heel by Stephens.

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Stephens then tried his luck from the edge of the area and his low drive was taken by long-serving keeper Matt Gilks.

The Seagulls, unbeaten in their previous five games, almost broke the deadlock when an excellent corner from Stephens was headed inches over by top-scorer Leonardo Ulloa five minutes before the break.

Dobbie wasted a glorious opportunity to put the Tangerines ahead by dragging a shot wide after indecision at the back from Spanish defender Bruno Saltor.

However, Brighton caught Blackpool napping at the start of the second half, with Stephens curling in a beauty from the edge of the box to give them the lead.

The midfielder struck left-footed into the top corner after Ulloa chested down a cross by defender Stephen Ward.

Albion's lead did not last long though, with former Brighton loan player Dobbie equalising with an unstoppable shot in the 50th minute. He found the top right-hand corner after a backheel from Andy Keogh.

Keith Andrews, Stephens and Buckley all missed chances as the hosts, roared on by a crowd of 27,610, failed to find a winner.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia:

"I'm disappointed not to take all three points, but it's difficult to win a lot of games in a row.

"We needed more tempo and more energy but we had the game under control. Although we didn't create as many chances as usual, we did enough to win in the second half.

"It is amazing to be fighting for this [play-off] place at this moment, bearing in mind what has happened this season. Better squads than us are not winning, so we will fight until the end."

Blackpool player-manager Barry Ferguson:

"It was a great strike. [Dobbie] has quality and it's up to him to produce it more often.

"I let him play where he wants to. I've known him a long time and, apart from what he does on the ball, his work-rate off the ball is excellent.

"I've no doubt my boys have got that desire. They have reacted in the right way in the last two games."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 27MarchSubstituted forBuckleyat 45'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 19Ulloa
  • 35LingardSubstituted forD Lópezat 88'minutes
  • 25Lua LuaSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 14Calderón
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 21D López
  • 30Buckley

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 2McMahonBooked at 90mins
  • 14Halliday
  • 18OsbourneBooked at 55minsSubstituted forMartínezat 75'minutes
  • 20CathcartBooked at 70mins
  • 35McGaheyBooked at 37mins
  • 17BashamSubstituted forHarounat 58'minutes
  • 12Bishop
  • 24KeoghSubstituted forGoodwillieat 75'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 33DobbieBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 15Haroun
  • 21Halstead
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 30Almond
  • 31Martínez
  • 39Grandin
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
27,610

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ángel (Blackpool).

Attempt blocked. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Goodwillie.

Attempt saved. Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Faris Haroun.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López replaces Jesse Lingard.

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Halliday (Blackpool).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ángel.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. David Goodwillie replaces Andrew Keogh.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Ángel replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony McMahon.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Faris Haroun (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dale Stephens from a direct free kick.

Booking

Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Isaiah Osbourne.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Andrew Halliday (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by William Buckley.

Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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