REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD 1 ALBION 1
- Albion held by Huddersfield.
- Seagulls now second in Championship behind Ipswich
- Beram Kayal scores in first minute
- Jacob Butterfield equalises for Terriers
Brighton & Hove Albion maintained their unbeaten start to the 2015/16 season after a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town.
Chris Hughton’s side saw their 100-per-cent record ended at the John Smith’s Stadium, but will be pleased to have come away still undefeated after an evenly-fought contest in Yorkshire.
Hughton named an unchanged line-up from the victory at Fulham on Saturday, and the Albion boss was instantly rewarded when Beram Kayal fired home to give the Seagulls the lead within 18 seconds.
Kayal came close again on 11 minutes, this time seeing a shot deflect narrowly wide, while keeper Joe Murphy did well to deny Sam Baldock after some good link-up with his strike partner Tomer Hemed.
Albion continued to dominate proceedings and again Murphy thwarted Baldock as the striker tried a low drive from the edge of the box, before Jaccob Butterfield curled a free-kick just wide to remind Albion of the fragile nature of a one-goal lead.
The Seagulls led at the break, but that advantage was swiftly wiped out by the much improved Terriers just nine minutes after the re-start. Buttefield, on his 50th appearance for the club, smashed home from an almost impossible angle shortly after Ishmael Miller had forced a good stop from David Stockdale.
Kazenga LuaLua dragged wide from distance in an attempt to restore Albion’s lead, but the hosts continued to look the stronger side, as Bruno made an important challenge to cut out a dangerous looking cross and Stockdale made a decent save to keep out Nahki Wells’s fierce strike on the angle.
Hughton’s men grew back into the game though and substitute Chris O’Grady’s low cross was only half dealt with and the hosts were fortunate that Dale Stephens’s drive was bravely blocked by former Seagull Joel Lynch.
Jamie Murphy replaced Solly March as the Scot came on to make his debut for Albion, and it was the winger’s cross that nearly led to O’Grady flicking home, but the forward’s header dropped onto the roof of the net.
Albion had found a late winner in their previous two games and LuaLua fired one last effort that Murphy collected to deny the Seagulls a third straight league win.