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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Reading

Inigo Calderon
Inigo Calderon's late leveller was his first Brighton goal of the season

Inigo Calderon's last-minute equaliser gave Brighton a point against Reading in the Seagulls' first match since Sami Hyypia resigned as manager.

Reading had the lead when Glenn Murray turned in Hal Robson-Kanu's cross, and he doubled his tally by heading in Oliver Norwood's free-kick.

The Seagulls, under the charge of caretaker Nathan Jones, pulled one back through Jake Forster-Caskey's effort.

And Calderon converted Adrian Colunga's 90th-minute delivery to earn a draw.

Despite the late goal, Brighton slipped to 23rd in the Championship, while Reading earned their first point under new boss Steve Clarke.

After Hyypia resigned on Monday following one win in 18 league games, former first-team coach Jones took caretaker charge, but his reign got off to a terrible start as Murray fired home at the second attempt following Robson-Kanu's break down the left.

Royals on top
Brighton have won only one of the last 10 meetings between the two sides in all competitions. Their only win since 2003 was 1-0 at home in the FA Cup in January.

Referee Graham Salisbury waved away a strong penalty shout when Lewis Dunk barged over Royals forward Simon Cox.

But Murray, on loan from Crystal Palace, then scored his eighth goal in a Reading shirt with a powerful downward header.

The hosts struggled to gain a foothold, but a long throw from Greg Halford was nodded on by Dunk and Forster-Caskey forced the ball in to give his side a lifeline.

With Brighton in the ascendency, Adrian Colunga hit a post from another throw-in and Reading keeper Adam Federici had to be at his best to deny long-range strikes from Danny Holla and Joe Bennett.

Substitute Solly March thought he had equalised, but his glancing header was turned away by the goalkeeper.

Federici looked to have denied the hosts anything from the game, but captain Calderon had other ideas, drilling home from 10 yards.

Brighton interim manager Nathan Jones: "I don't know if I'll be in charge again but I'll prepare the team until I hear otherwise.

"We should have won that game. We shot ourselves in the foot with the goals we conceded but apart from that the lads gave me everything and I'm very proud."

Reading boss Steve Clarke: "Last year, I lost my job at West Brom just before Christmas so it's good to be back in and the players are giving everything.

"It's a start to get a draw and you're learning all the time. We got out of the blocks really quickly and were good value for our two-goal lead, but then got undone by long throws and were punished."

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Calderon
  • 33Halford
  • 5Dunk
  • 30BennettBooked at 58mins
  • 19Gardner
  • 22HollaSubstituted forMcCourtat 76'minutes
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 32BennettSubstituted forMarchat 62'minutes
  • 39BentSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 30'minutes
  • 7Colunga

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 15Chicksen
  • 20McCourt
  • 24Ince
  • 27March
  • 31Walton

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 15Hector
  • 5Pearce
  • 11Obita
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forCummingsat 59'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 6NorwoodBooked at 90mins
  • 23Williams
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forKellyat 81'minutes
  • 10CoxBooked at 38mins
  • 20MurrayBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBlackmanat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
  • 27Tanner
  • 28Kuhl
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
26,173

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Reading 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Reading 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

  8. Booking

    Oliver Norwood (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Reading 2. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adrián Colunga.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Greg Halford tries a through ball, but Craig Mackail-Smith is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

  16. Post update

    Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Solly March.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Cox.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth23136452252745
2Ipswich23128338221644
3Derby23126544232142
4Middlesbrough23126538172142
5Brentford2312473933640
6Watford23115739241538
7Norwich23107643271637
8Blackburn239773533234
9Wolves239772632-634
10Nottm Forest2371063230231
11Cardiff238783031-131
12Charlton2361342425-131
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Bolton2385102529-429
15Fulham2384113541-628
16Birmingham237792436-1228
17Reading2375112839-1126
18Rotherham2351082029-925
19Huddersfield2367102941-1225
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Millwall2358102438-1423
22Wigan2348112430-620
23Brighton2331192432-820
24Blackpool2327141740-2313
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