REPORT: ALBION 2 CHARLTON 2
A spirited Brighton & Hove Albion performance saw them come from behind twice to earn a draw against Charlton Athletic.
The Addicks took the lead on both occasions through Igor Vetokele but the unlikely hero for Albion was centre-half Lewis Dunk, who responded with two headers to earn the Seagulls a point.
The game got off to a flying start when Vetokele fired home from the edge of the area after just three minutes.
Albion almost found an immediate equaliser but the returning Stephen Henderson made an excellent save for the visitors to deny Joao Teixeira from close range.
In the 11th minute Bruno had a chance to level but he fired his volley over from close range after some good build-up play.
Following an electric start, the tempo fizzled out as the half went on with Albion dominating possession without really threatening the Charlton goal.
That changed in the 38th minute when home debutant Adrian Colunga met a clever nod down from Dunk, but the striker fired over from four yards.
Right on the stroke of half-time the Addicks almost doubled their lead when George Tucudean unleashed a volley from long range but it landed on the roof of the net.
It was all one way traffic in the opening stages of the second half as Albion pressed for an equaliser.
Craig Mackail-Smith almost found it when he hit Joe Bennett’s nod down on the turn, but the effort went inches wide of the post.
Just after the hour mark Bennett delivered a deep in swinging ball which was met by Bruno at the back post however the Spaniard fired over from a tight angle.
You sensed the goal was coming and it arrived in the 66th minute when Dunk powered a header home from Danny Holla’s corner.
Vetokele got his second of the game in the 74th minute when his quick feet created space and he finished low past David Stockdale at the near post after clever work from substitute Simon Church.
Then four minutes from time centre-half Bikey could have put the game beyond any doubt when he rose highest from Johnnie Jackson’s corner, only to head the ball wide.
It looked as if Albion's unbeaten run was coming to an end but right at the death Dunk was on hand to net his second, heading home Kazenga LuaLua’s cross to rescue a point.
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