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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Rudy Gestede
Rudy Gestede has scored 23 goals in 37 games

Rudy Gestede scored his 10th goal of the season as Blackburn earned a draw at Brighton.

The home side had taken the lead just before the break when Gary Gardner drove in from 13 yards.

Jake Forster-Caskey had a shot saved for Brighton but Blackburn levelled when Gestede headed in.

Brighton pressed in the closing stages as Kazenga LuaLua saw a shot blocked and Jason Steele kept out Joe Bennett's effort.

The point extended play-off chasing Blackburn's unbeaten run to seven games, while keeping Brighton out of the relegation zone.

The Seagulls, who beat Wigan 1-0 in their previous fixture, had the better of the first half with Sam Baldock denied at the near post by Blackburn skipper Grant Hanley, before Steele saved a shot from the home side's striker.

However, the hosts got the goal their dominance deserved as Blackburn failed to deal with Forster-Caskey's corner and Gardner struck.

Brighton had further chances to increase their lead at the start of the second half, but there was little they could do when Gestede superbly headed Blackburn level, his effort going in off the crossbar and the post.

The away side failed to build on that, though, and instead Brighton pushed for a winner as Alex Baptiste made a crucial block to deny Kazenga LuaLua after the Brighton winger got into a good position inside the area.

Steele then made an important late save by diving to keep out a low goal-bound drive from Joe Bennett to ensure Blackburn took a point.

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia:

"We have a little break now which is good because mentally you can have a little rest.

"We can do something else for a few days and come back with a smile.

"We can't turn the clock back; we need to accept and take responsibility, be positive and look forward.

"We need to do everything we can on the training field and that is the way to go higher in the table."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

(On Rudy Gestede) "We felt we needed a big man, a target man and he has done ever so well.

"To reach 10 is a fantastic return for him and he deserves to be in double-figures for all the hard work he's put in.

"But he can't rest on his laurels. Hopefully he'll now get to 20 goals."

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Walton
  • 14Calderon
  • 3Greer
  • 5DunkBooked at 29mins
  • 30Bennett
  • 19Gardner
  • 24InceBooked at 90mins
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forMcCourtat 69'minutes
  • 32Bennett
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forO'Gradyat 90'minutes
  • 25Lua Lua

Substitutes

  • 7Colunga
  • 11O'Grady
  • 16Ankergren
  • 17Vilaca Teixeira
  • 20McCourt
  • 22Holla
  • 33Halford

Blackburn

Formation 4-5-1

  • 30Steele
  • 15BaptisteBooked at 73mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 22DuffyBooked at 35mins
  • 14Olsson
  • 25Tunnicliffe
  • 29EvansBooked at 40mins
  • 10CairneySubstituted forConwayat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Williamson
  • 12Marshall
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forRhodesat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 8Dunn
  • 11Rhodes
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 32Conway
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
24,840

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  5. Post update

    Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Booking

    Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Chris O'Grady replaces Sam Baldock.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes replaces Rudy Gestede.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paddy McCourt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.