REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD 1 ALBION 1
Lewis Dunk hit his fifth goal of the season to earn Brighton & Hove Albion a deserved point at Huddersfield Town.
The centre-back added to his tally to cancel out Jacob Butterfield’s early goal, and despite striking the woodwork and having a goal disallowed late on, Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls had to settle for the draw.
Albion made two changes from the side defeated by Middlesbrough at the weekend, with Chris O’Grady replacing the injured Joao Teixeira while Adam Chicksen came in for Joe Bennett at left-back.
But the Seagulls made the worst possible start as Butterfield fired in off the bar from Tommy Smith’s inviting low cross on ten minutes, leaving Hyypia’s men facing an uphill battle.
Albion took control of possession without being able to create a real opening, with Danny Holla’s dragged 25-yard effort the closest the visitors came to an equaliser.
However, once again it was Dunk who found the net for the Albion; the 22-year-old reacting quickest at a corner to stab home in off the bar on 39 minutes.
David Stockdale had to be alert to keep the scores level on the stroke of half-time, as the keeper beat away Harry Bunn’s fierce drive.
He had to be at his best again just after the re-start, this time to pull off an almost identical stop from Jack Robinson.
The contest became a midfield battle with neither side able to pick the lock of their opponent’s defence, but Albion thought they had breached the Town defence with just seven minutes to go. It was JSam Baldock who completed a superb move with a sweeping finish, only for the linesman’s flag to be raised for offside.
Gordon Greer provided an important interception two minutes later to cut out Sean Scannell’s dangerous low cross, while Adrian Colunga almost stole the points in spectacular fashion only for Alex Smithies to tip his long-distance strike onto the bar and over.
A winner proved elusive for both sides but deep into stoppage time the Albion bench were left outraged by a red card shown to Kazenga LuaLua after the winger was given a controversial second yellow card for a foul.