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Brentford 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Brentford's Alan Judge shoots for goal against Brighton
Midfielder Alan Judge was lively for Brentford but could not add to his 10 goals so far this season

Brighton's winless run stretched to four matches as they had to withstand some strong Brentford pressure to earn a battling point at Griffin Park.

The Seagulls, whose 3-0 loss against Middlesbrough last time out was their first league defeat of the season, were second best for much of the game.

Alan Judge, James Tarkowski and John Swift all sent efforts off target for the Bees in the first period.

And away keeper David Stockdale had to make several late saves to earn a draw.

The pick of Stockdale's saves was a breathtaking diving effort to keep out Tarkowski's header with 12 minutes left.

But he also made fine saves to twice deny the excellent Judge, with a more routine stop from Philipp Hofmann - who should have scored with a free header.

Brighton rarely threatened in the first half, but Jamie Murphy missed a great chance to put them ahead as they seized control for 15 minutes after the resumption.

The hosts dominated thereafter and only Stockdale's heroics prevented the Bees finding a winner which would have taken them in to the Championship play-off places.

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"I think it speaks volumes that we are not happy at dropping points at home, especially as I thought we were the better team.

"I thought we made them look average at times. We played with a good attitude, intensity and quality and but for the keeper it might have ended differently.

"The fact that Brighton came to us and put an extra man in midfield and a lot of men behind the ball whenever we had it is a credit to us and the way we're playing."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"There are lots of exciting games at Brentford at the moment. They play a brand of football which revolves around a lot of sharp players good on the ball, and they will test any opposition.

"As a team we had to dig deep because Brentford are a good team. When we have needed David Stockdale he has been there and produced for us.

"Midway through we felt Brentford were getting too much possession in midfield but we got to grips with it in the second half and if anything we looked more threatening on the break."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton
Brighton's only Championship defeat of the season came against Middlesbrough

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 28Yennaris
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3BidwellBooked at 80mins
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forSaundersat 85'minutes
  • 47CanosSubstituted forMcCormackat 76'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19Swift
  • 21VibeSubstituted forHofmannat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 10McEachran
  • 11Hofmann
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 23Jota

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3GreerBooked at 15minsSubstituted forGoldsonat 75'minutes
  • 5DunkBooked at 75mins
  • 14Calderon
  • 27van La Parra
  • 7Kayal
  • 6StephensBooked at 55mins
  • 15Murphy
  • 21WilsonSubstituted forCroftsat 45'minutes
  • 10HemedSubstituted forManuat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Crofts
  • 17Goldson
  • 19Manu
  • 24Ince
  • 25Zamora
  • 28Chicksen
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
12,202

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home20
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno tries a through ball, but Elvis Manu is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrew Crofts tries a through ball, but Beram Kayal is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Alan Judge following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Rajiv van La Parra.

  7. Post update

    James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Elvis Manu (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Philipp Hofmann (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Tarkowski with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Bruno.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrew Crofts tries a through ball, but Elvis Manu is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Ryan Woods.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Stockdale.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philipp Hofmann (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

  17. Booking

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

  19. Post update

    Elvis Manu (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.