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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Huddersfield Town

Brighton striker Ashley Barnes

Brighton missed the opportunity to move into the play-off spots with a goalless draw against a determined Huddersfield.

Striker Ashley Barnes went closest to securing a third Championship win in a row for the Seagulls, but wasted two second-half chances.

Huddersfield had been denied a first-half penalty when James Vaughan was fouled during a rare foray forward.

Brighton remain outside the top six after failing to take advantage of their nearest rivals dropping points.

Leeds and Nottingham Forest played out stalemates against Barnsley and Birmingham, while Reading were defeated by Wigan. The results mean Brighton, who have only been beaten once in their last 10 games, are two points off the final play-off spot in eighth.

Huddersfield had been thrashed 4-1 on their last visit to Amex Stadium, and were immediately under pressure as Barnes' header at the near post was scrambled away by Martin Paterson following a Bruno corner.

The clearest chance of the game came on 50 minutes when Barnes shot over when Kemy Agustien's diving header was parried to him by the excellent Alex Smithies. Barnes then headed wide at the far post, before substitute Kazenga LuaLua was denied by Smithies after beating two defenders.

Mid-table Huddersfield's dogged display saw them avoid a third consecutive defeat, while ending Brighton's 11-match run of scoring in consecutive home matches in all competitions this season.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia:

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Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

"We are where we deserve to be. We are focused on the next game and you can't think about two or three months after today, we just must control what happens tomorrow.

"We played really well in this game and the only thing we needed was to put the ball in the net. On the positive side we have played well away from home and got some good results.

"Sometimes we play better at home but the results don't show it. We need to do everything to win games and I am happy with the performance: we played really well."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"Brighton is a very difficult place to come and play and there's no doubt we were up against a top team in this division. Along with Derby, they are the form team and having lost 4-1 on our last visit I'm delighted with a point this time.

"It's a great pitch and a great stadium but we did not capitulate. Barnes had a couple of chances for them, but there were not loads of chances in the match, although we tried to make a game of it.

"We are a work in progress and we have got to try to be economical, we've got to try to maximise what we have. There is more to come from the youngsters but I'm pleased with the way it's going."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Brezovan
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 26BridcuttBooked at 90mins
  • 6El-Abd
  • 20Upson
  • 38Ince
  • 10AgustienSubstituted forLua Luaat 65'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 9Barnes
  • 21López Moreno
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forUlloaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Andrews
  • 5Dunk
  • 8Crofts
  • 14Calderón
  • 19Ulloa
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 29Kuszczak

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 12HammillSubstituted forWoodsat 82'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 3DixonBooked at 31mins
  • 15Wallace
  • 39Gerrard
  • 27SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 10Gobern
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forHolmesat 60'minutes
  • 9Vaughan
  • 17PatersonSubstituted forWardat 59'minutes
  • 4Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 7Scannell
  • 11Ward
  • 13Bennett
  • 14Stead
  • 16Southern
  • 38Holmes
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
27,155

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Booking

    Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

  11. Booking

    Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  16. Post update

    Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Bruno.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  19. Post update

    Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Calum Woods replaces Adam Hammill.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley21127233151843
2QPR21126324111342
3Leicester21133533221142
4Derby21124545271840
5Leeds2110473223934
6Reading219753024634
7Nottm Forest218942922733
8Brighton218852518732
9Ipswich218763125631
10Blackpool218762425-131
11Blackburn218672624230
12Wigan208482423128
13Huddersfield217682524127
14Watford216873129226
15Bournemouth2174102639-1325
16Birmingham216692626024
17Middlesbrough215883231123
18Bolton215882327-423
19Millwall2156102542-1721
20Doncaster2155111837-1920
21Charlton2147101726-919
22Sheff Wed203892231-917
23Yeovil2145121728-1117
24Barnsley2137111938-1916
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