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Huddersfield v Brighton

Brighton moved into the Championship play-off places after coming from behind to draw with Huddersfield.

The Terriers led after six minutes when Oliver Norwood beat Tomasz Kuszczak with a free-kick from 25 yards.

Kuszczak kept his side in the game after the break by pulling off a good save from another Norwood free-kick.

And Bruno Saltor scored an equaliser for the Seagulls with seven minutes left after a defensive error from Huddersfield.

The result was enough to take Brighton above Reading and into the top six with three games remaining, although Ipswich could go above them if they beat Watford on Saturday.

Huddersfield, who have not won in 10 matches, are seven points above the relegation zone with four games remaining.

They took an early lead when Norwood drilled home a free-kick after Keith Andrews fouled Nahki Wells.

Brighton's top scorer Leo Ulloa had the chance to level and duly put the ball in the net, but his header was ruled out for a foul.

After the break Lewis Dunk fouled Adam Clayton and was lucky not to be shown a second yellow card, with Kuszczak denying Norwood from the resulting fee-kick.

The keeper was also needed to save from Adam Hammill and then used his legs to keep out Sean Scannell's attempt.

Craig Mackail-Smith twice went close with headers for the visitors, who had captain Gordon Greer booked with 13 minutes to go when there was an altercation as he tried to retrieve the ball from the Huddersfield bench.

There were late chances at both ends - Wells and Scannell forced saves from Brighton keeper Kuszczak and Dunk had a header saved by home keeper Alex Smithies in injury-time.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins: "On balance, I have to be happy with a point but we could have had all three. I was pleased with the application and the steely way we set about our jobs.

"If we had taken another of the chances we would have been all right. We have been creating chances all season but just not been clinical enough.

"We said we needed four points from the Easter weekend fixtures, so we have to go to Yeovil on Monday and win. They are fighting for their lives but we have the players who are capable of going there and getting three points.

"We fought hard and if we hadn't switched off at the end we would have won the game. A draw was probably a fair result."

Brighton assistant boss Nathan Jones: "We are delighted to be still in the mix with three games left.

"We had a lot of injuries early on and the aim was to hang onto the coat-tails of the other clubs until we could get the injured players back.

"We always knew we had a competitive squad with everyone fit. We had an injury list that would have crippled even Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

"This is a fantastic club. It's a Premier League club in terms of set-up and ambition. The difficult bit is getting there on the pitch."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 2WoodsBooked at 47mins
  • 3Dixon
  • 6HoggBooked at 37mins
  • 39GerrardBooked at 23mins
  • 15Wallace
  • 7ScannellSubstituted forGobernat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Clayton
  • 21Wells
  • 4NorwoodBooked at 72mins
  • 12HammillSubstituted forBunnat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Gobern
  • 13Bennett
  • 18Lolley
  • 25Carroll
  • 34Crooks
  • 38Holmes
  • 44Bunn

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3GreerBooked at 77mins
  • 5DunkBooked at 36mins
  • 27March
  • 6StephensBooked at 81mins
  • 19Ulloa
  • 35LingardSubstituted forLópez Morenoat 87'minutes
  • 25Lua LuaSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 14Calderón
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 21López Moreno
  • 38Ince
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
13,460

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Harry Bunn replaces Adam Hammill.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  7. Post update

    Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Oscar Gobern replaces Sean Scannell.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno.

  10. Substitution

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Mackail-Smith.

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  17. Post update

    Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Scannell with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Booking

    Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

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