Albion clinch well-deserved point at high-flying Hull

David Stockdale. Picture: Angela BrinkhurstDavid Stockdale. Picture: Angela Brinkhurst
David Stockdale. Picture: Angela Brinkhurst
ALBION came away with a point from their top-of-the-table clash with Championship league leaders Hull City last night.

It proved to be a tight tussle and Chris Hughton’s side came away with a 0-0 draw meaning they extended their unbeaten league run to five matches.

The point sees Brighton move up to third in the table and leaves them trailing table-toppers Hull by just three points.

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Sam Clucas had the home side’s best effort when his late shot was tipped on to the bar by Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Jamie Murphy had Brighton’s best chance with a rising shot in the opening period as the promotion challengers had to settle for a point.

Hull were the first to threaten but Lewis Dunk was able to get his head to a cross from Andy Robertson.

Brighton responded three minutes later through Steve Sidwell but the midfielder could not get his header on target from a deep free-kick by Anthony Knockaert.

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With both teams looking anxious not to make a mistake, Hull’s Tom Huddlestone wasted a free-kick which he lofted well over the visitors’ goal with 20 minutes gone.

Brighton’s Murphy had the first effort on target after 26 minutes when his rising shot following a flowing breakout by the visitors forced Allan McGregor to stand tall and beat the ball away with his fists.

Huddlestone was much closer with his second effort on the half-hour as his low left-foot shot from the edge of the area was narrowly wide.

A free-kick from Robert Snodgrass was headed on into a crowded penalty area by Clucas as Hull again tried to exert control.

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A pinpoint pass from Jake Livermore set up a chance for Abel Hernandez but his shot from long range went high and wide as Hull again probed without success.

Hernandez tried a bicycle kick from the edge of the area but even that was easy for Stockdale to save to his right as the home fans became even more animated in their dislike of the entertainment on offer.

Hull had a let-off with just over 10 minutes remaining as Dunk ran from his own half to curl a shot wide of the goal.

The home side’s response saw substitute Chuba Akpom head over from a Clucas corner and the winger then almost gave Hull the winning goal but it ended all square.

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BRIGHTON: Stockdale; Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Calderon; Stephens, Sidwell, Kayal; Knockaert, Hemed, Murphy. Subs: Skalak (Knockaert, 86), Crofts (Kayal, 71), Baldock (Hemed, 71), Maenpaa, LuaLua, Zamora, Rosenior.

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