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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Burnley

Murray misses a penalty
Brighton are without a win since their 1-0 victory at Swansea on 4 November

Glenn Murray missed a penalty as Brighton's winless run stretched to seven matches with a goalless draw against Burnley, but defender Lewis Dunk is "confident" his side will not rue the dropped points.

"We got promoted for a reason," said Dunk, "and we're going to stay here for that same reason."

Albion dominated the first half at the Amex, with Anthony Knockaert striking the post, before Murray headed straight into the gloves of Nick Pope from close range.

Murray should have made his side's territory count when he won a penalty against James Tarkowski, but his wild effort flew over the crossbar.

Fifth-placed Burnley had the better of a second half in which Tarkowski saw a header cleared off the line by Dale Stephens, before a superb double save from Mat Ryan denied Scott Arfield from close range.

In the first top-flight meeting between the sides, Chris Wood spurned the best chance for the visitors, when his attempted chip was blocked by Ryan.

The result sees the south-coast club stay 13th.

Mixed feelings for Brighton

When the dust settles, the Seagulls will probably see this as a good point.

Having struck the post and wasted a penalty, there will be an element of disappointment in the first instance.

In their previous competitive meeting in April 2016, Burnley scored an injury-time equaliser in a 2-2 Championship draw at the Amex; the Clarets went on to win the title, with Brighton missing out on automatic promotion on goal difference before losing out in the play-offs.

But in the here and now, their winless run stretches back to a 1-0 victory at Swansea on 4 November - a solitary Premier League victory in their past eight games.

It's a streak which has seen the gap between Chris Hughton's side and the relegation zone shorten, and while they should be heartened by another competitive performance, their lack of cutting edge is a concern.

Indeed, Albion's four Premier League wins this season have now come against teams in the bottom six.

Glenn Murray misses against Burnley
Brighton have now scored just 14 goals in their 18 Premier League games this season

Clarets show that attitude is everything

Before this match, Burnley boss Sean Dyche side that while his side's lofty position in the Premier League was pleasing, his side were not at a "level where we're swaggering into places."

And so it proved, initially at least.

With Brighton pushing hard for a first-half opener, there were rare signs of frailty in the Clarets' defence, but after riding their luck and surviving Murray's penalty, their second-half showing was assured, and bore the hallmarks of a side who are upsetting the odds by rubbing shoulders with the traditional top six clubs.

At the heart of Burnley's rise has been their form on the road - a far different picture to that of a side who won just once away from home in 2016-17.

The Lancashire side now boast the third-best away record of any Premier League side this season, behind only Manchester City and Chelsea, with a record of four wins, three draws and just two defeats from nine away days.

The Turf Moor club have 32 points on the board from 18 games - a tally that took them until mid-March to achieve last season.

The visit of Tottenham next week presents a different challenge, but could yet take Dyche's side to new heights.

'A monumental effort' - what they said

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "On the balance of play we were far better than them for long periods.

"Everyone misses a penalty now and again. Glenn is reliable and what we look for more is an all-round performance. [If we had scored] it would have released the pressure of having not scored many recently and we might have got a couple more.

"Burnley are in the best form they've probably ever been in and it was a tough test today."

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Brighton encouraged despite 0-0 draw with Burnley

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "It's a good point and to have three straight clean sheets and seven points from our last three games in the Premier League is very pleasing.

"They [Brighton] are on a tough run and made a few changes from in the week. My players are putting in a monumental amount of effort and we have to earn the right to compete in every game, including here at Brighton."

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A good point and a good week - Sean Dyche

Burnley keeping it tight at the back - the stats

  • Brighton have picked up just three points in their last seven Premier League games (D3 L4), after accruing 11 in the seven before that (W3 D2 L2).
  • Burnley's Premier League games this season have produced a divisional-low 28 goals (16 for, 12 against).
  • The Seagulls have netted just one goal in their last six Premier League games, after scoring eight in the six before that.
  • Burnley have lost just four games in the top flight this season, as many defeats as they suffered in their last six games of the 2016/17 campaign.
  • Only Manchester United (10) have kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than Burnley (nine, level with Arsenal).
  • The Clarets have only made 15 changes to their starting line-up in the Premier League this season, nine fewer than any other side.
  • Glenn Murray has now missed three of his last five Premier League penalties.

Man of the match - Mat Ryan (Brighton)

Mat Ryan claps after the 0-0 draw with Brighton
Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan made six saves to keep Burnley at bay

What's next?

Brighton are back at the Amex again in their next Premier League fixture, as they host Watford on Saturday, 23 December (15:00 GMT); on the same day, Burnley entertain Tottenham at Turf Moor (17:30).

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Bruno
  • 22DuffyBooked at 90mins
  • 5DunkBooked at 87mins
  • 3Bong
  • 24Pröpper
  • 6StephensBooked at 77mins
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forIzquierdoat 83'minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forBrownat 75'minutes
  • 20MarchBooked at 68mins
  • 17MurraySubstituted forHemedat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kayal
  • 10Hemed
  • 18Goldson
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 21Schelotto
  • 26Krul
  • 37Brown

Burnley

  • 29Pope
  • 26Bardsley
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3TaylorBooked at 48mins
  • 17Berg Gudmundsson
  • 4Cork
  • 16DefourSubstituted forBarnesat 68'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 13Hendrick
  • 11WoodSubstituted forVokesat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 9Vokes
  • 10Barnes
  • 18Westwood
  • 21Wells
  • 22Lindegaard
  • 28Long
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
29,921

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Booking

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaiah Brown.

Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Isaiah Brown.

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes with a cross.

Attempt missed. Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Solly March.

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Isaiah Brown (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Mee.

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

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. José Izquierdo replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Chris Wood.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Burnley. Phil Bardsley tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Phil Bardsley (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

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

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Isaiah Brown replaces Pascal Groß.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes with a through ball.

Booking

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Burnley).

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Steven Defour.

Booking

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

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City18171056124452
2Man Utd17122337112638
3Chelsea18122432141838
4Arsenal18103531201133
5Burnley189541612432
6Liverpool1787234201431
7Tottenham1894531181331
8Leicester187562726126
9Watford186482733-622
10Everton176472129-822
11Huddersfield186391630-1421
12Southampton184681724-718
13Brighton184681423-918
14Crystal Palace184591528-1317
15West Ham184591732-1517
16Bournemouth174491520-516
17Stoke1844101939-2016
18Newcastle1843111627-1115
19West Brom172871222-1014
20Swansea173311922-1312
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