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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Preston North End

Jordan Hugill
Jordan Hugill's strike was his fourth in the last six games for Preston

Preston striker Simon Makienok headed an injury-time equaliser to secure a point at Brighton in the Championship.

Jordan Hugill's fifth goal of the season inside 10 minutes put the Lilywhites ahead when he stole the ball off keeper David Stockdale and scored.

The hosts improved after the break and Sam Baldock turned home Bruno's cross before Glenn Murray's smart turn and finish in the area put them ahead.

However, in the second minute of added time Makienok earned his side a point.

Brighton went into the game with five wins in their last six games and although they failed to secure another three points, the draw kept them fourth in the table.

Before scoring his goal, on-loan Bournemouth striker Murray forced Chris Maxwell into a good save and also hit the side netting.

Preston created few meaningful chances in the rain on the south coast as they conceded twice in the second-half before they were rescued by Makienok's first league goal for Preston as he headed into the bottom corner from Paul Gallagher's ball.

Simon Grayson's side scored their second with only 10 men on the pitch after they used all of their substitutes and John Welsh had to be taken off.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"With games as tough as they are, there is no doubt that this is two points lost."

"Baldock scored with a really good team goal and Murray's strike was a good ball in and a good finish," he added.

"At 2-1 we should be killing the game off and showing more killer instinct as there is always a chance that the opposition will score."

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"We have taken four points from our last two games against Aston Villa and Brighton and had someone offered that before we would have taken it.

"This can only boost our confidence but we know what we have to do.

"When 2-1 down against a side like Brighton it will test anybody in the league, but you have to dig deep and stay in the game.

"To come here against a real top team, with good individuals, you have to do what you can to get a result, and we did that."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Saltor Grau
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 11Knockaert
  • 14Sidwell
  • 21Norwood
  • 15Murphy
  • 17Murray
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forStephensat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 6Stephens
  • 8Skalak
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 18Goldson
  • 19Manu
  • 24Ince

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 27Baptiste
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forPringleat 71'minutes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 82mins
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forMakienokat 79'minutes
  • 19WelshSubstituted forat 87'minutes
  • 17Spurr
  • 25HugillBooked at 75mins
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forGallagherat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 6Wright
  • 8Browne
  • 9Makienok
  • 12Gallagher
  • 13Doyle
  • 18Pringle
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
27,606

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home23
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Preston North End 2.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chris Maxwell (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Chris Maxwell (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Preston North End 2. Simon Makienok (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.

John Welsh went off injured after Preston North End had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John Welsh (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Booking

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces Sam Baldock.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Simon Makienok replaces Daniel Johnson.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Baldock with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Ben Pringle replaces Chris Humphrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Callum Robinson.

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Thomas Spurr (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Preston North End 1. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Preston North End. Chris Maxwell tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.

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

goal

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