Championship
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion0Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday0

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Liam Rosenior and Kieran Lee
Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday also shared a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough in November

Brighton earned a fourth clean sheet in a row to go third in the Championship in a drab goalless draw with play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday.

Neither side managed a first-half shot on target in a match delayed because of a serious road accident.

Brighton's Jamie Murphy went closest with a half-volley that went wide.

The Owls edged an equally tight second period as home keeper David Stockdale twice pushed away well-directed long-range efforts from Barry Bannan.

The lack of goalmouth action was in stark contrast to Albion's recent home matches, where they had scored 12 goals in registering four straight victories.

Wednesday's attacking intent was not helped by the absence of top scorer Fernando Forestieri, serving the final game of a suspension after being sent-off in his previous two Wednesday games.

With Hull contesting an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Arsenal, the stalemate lifts Chris Hughton's Brighton, now unbeaten in four, up to third in the table at the expense of City - albeit having played two games more.

Carlos Carvalhal's Owls, meanwhile, stay in the final play-off spot despite a fifth game without a win.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "It was a little bit frustrating but we were not at our best.

"You have to give Sheffield Wednsday credit; they made it very difficult for us. They played very deep and you need that little bit of quality.

"There's nine points between us and Sheffield Wednesday and it was important not to lose. These are the kind of games, against teams around you, that you have to make sure you don't lose."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "Brighton had more of the ball but we were the more dangerous team on the pitch and had two or three chances to score.

"In the second half we finished the game very well. What we did in this game is very important for us going forward.

"We knew it would be a tough game as I expected a balanced game between similar teams; we know how Brighton play. We played good football, we were positive and I'm sure the fans with us tonight were proud of the team."

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 23Rosenior
  • 27KnockaertSubstituted forZamoraat 68'minutes
  • 36Sidwell
  • 6StephensBooked at 60mins
  • 15Murphy
  • 10HemedSubstituted forLua Luaat 70'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forWilsonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 3Greer
  • 7Kayal
  • 12Bong
  • 21Wilson
  • 25Zamora
  • 30Lua Lua

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 12Bennett
  • 20Lee
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 41Bannan
  • 7MatiasBooked at 79minsSubstituted forWallaceat 84'minutes
  • 14Hooper
  • 18Lucas JoãoBooked at 36minsSubstituted forNuhiuat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Nuhiu
  • 10McGugan
  • 21López
  • 23Sasso
  • 33Wallace
  • 34Price
  • 36Pudil
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
26,128

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home4
Away7
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kieran Lee.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Lees.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  6. Post update

    Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  12. Post update

    Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Ross Wallace replaces Marco Matias.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  19. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley362011557292871
2Middlesbrough35207847212667
3Brighton361714549341565
4Hull34197848202864
5Derby361612847321560
6Sheff Wed361414850361456
7Cardiff36141394740755
8Ipswich351510104442255
9Birmingham35159114034654
10Preston361213113333049
11QPR361114114342147
12Wolves361210144550-546
13Nottm Forest351112123331245
14Reading351111134141044
15Leeds351014113440-644
16Blackburn351013123532343
17Brentford35127164855-743
18Huddersfield36119164749-242
19Fulham36813155561-637
20Bristol City36910173257-2537
21MK Dons3699183048-1836
22Rotherham36105214059-1935
23Charlton36611193266-3429
24Bolton36414183560-2526
View full Championship table

Top Stories