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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Preston North End

Jordan Pickford takes the ball in ahead of Tomer Hamed
Jordan Pickford kept out Albion's best chances to secure Preston a useful point

Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion were held to a disappointing goalless draw by Preston North End.

Despite failing to score for only the second time this season, the Seagulls remain unbeaten in the league.

Clear chances were at a premium throughout, with Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed failing to convert for the home side, who had just one shot on target.

Preston striker Joe Garner had a header cleared off the line in a dogged and uninspiring second period.

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Brighton have now won once in their last nine games with Preston in all competitions, drawing four and losing four.

Gaetan Bong limped off late on for Albion, leaving them down to 10 men for the eight minutes of stoppage time.

North End deserve credit for shutting out Brighton on home turf, stifling their attacking threats and troubling them on occasions through the creativity of Paul Gallagher.

Few efforts were worthy of the phrase 'shot on goal' even in the brighter first half, as Baldock had an effort blocked and Jamie Murphy's free-kick was dealt with by Jordan Pickford.

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At the other end Eoin Doyle's header from a Gallagher cross was stopped by David Stockdale.

There was even less to shout about in the second period and not even the introduction of Brighton striker Bobby Zamora, with two late winners in the last two games, could liven the encounter.

Garner's header was the best effort, nodded away from danger in a stalemate.

The Seagulls remain four points clear at the top of the table and are the only undefeated side in the top four tiers.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"We have characters in the side.

"We weren't at our best today and last season this was a game we would lose. We'd rather have the challenge of teams wanting to beat us and the longer it goes on, the tougher it will be."

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"We have said all season that we've played very well. We have been involved in every game but not had the results.

"But now we are gaining in confidence. Our 3-0 away win at Charlton in midweek was a really good performance and we tried to get three points at Brighton."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Bong
  • 23RoseniorSubstituted forMarchat 66'minutes
  • 8CroftsBooked at 74mins
  • 24Ince
  • 15MurphySubstituted forHollaat 79'minutes
  • 10HemedSubstituted forZamoraat 63'minutes
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 14Calderon
  • 17Goldson
  • 19Manu
  • 20March
  • 22Holla
  • 25Zamora

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 2VermijlBooked at 84minsSubstituted forHuntingtonat 86'minutes
  • 15WoodsBooked at 52mins
  • 6WrightBooked at 40mins
  • 3Cunningham
  • 32Reach
  • 16Browne
  • 12Gallagher
  • 11Johnson
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forGarnerat 66'minutes
  • 25Hugill

Substitutes

  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Keane
  • 14Garner
  • 19Welsh
  • 23Huntington
  • 24May
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
24,629

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Preston North End 0.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Danny Holla.

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Andrew Crofts.

Gaëtan Bong went off injured after Brighton and Hove Albion had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Marnick Vermijl.

Booking

Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Danny Holla replaces Jamie Murphy.

Foul by Adam Reach (Preston North End).

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Booking

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

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Bruno.

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Liam Rosenior.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Joe Garner replaces Eoin Doyle.

Attempt missed. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton138501810829
2Hull137421981125
3Burnley137421812625
4Middlesbrough137332091124
5Derby136611810824
6Birmingham137331913624
7Reading136432012822
8Cardiff125521511420
9Sheff Wed135531816220
10QPR135442222019
11Fulham134542219317
12Brentford135261920-117
13Ipswich134541621-517
14Wolves134361820-215
15Huddersfield133551316-314
16Nottm Forest133551114-314
17Leeds132741217-513
18Blackburn132651214-212
19Preston132651013-312
20MK Dons133281219-711
21Bristol City122461522-710
22Charlton132471121-1010
23Rotherham132381524-99
24Bolton131661020-109
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