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Match Reports


26 December 2015


  • Albion maintain their unbeaten away league record
  • The Seagulls end the match in third place
  • Brighton draw for the 11th time this season
  • David Stockdale makes three crucial saves to earn Albion a point

Brighton & Hove Albion preserved their unbeaten away league record after a stalemate with Brentford at Griffin Park.

The result extends Albion’s unbeaten run on the road to 12 games and sees them remain third in the Championship, ahead of the 3pm fixtures.

Chris Hughton made one change from the side defeated 3-0 by Middlesbrough a week ago, as Lewis Dunk returned from suspension to replace the injured Uwe Huenemeier in defence.

Brentford created their first chance of the game when Lasse Vibe found Sergio Canos inside the box and the latter fired his close-range strike over the bar.

James Tarkowski was next to have an opportunity for the hosts, but he headed a corner wide of the left-hand post.

Albion created their first chance of the game when Rajiv van La Parra found Tomer Hemed at the near post, but the Israeli’s sliding effort was comfortably saved by David Button.

Brentford were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position after Gordon Greer was booked for a late challenge on John Swift, but Alan Judge’s subsequent set-piece was blocked by the Albion wall.

Judge’s in-swinging cross posed a real threat, but Dunk headed the delivery over the crossbar.

Hemed made a surging run towards the box and had a chance to shoot, but Button saved his strike.

Swift then came close with a rasping strike from distance that went just wide of David Stockdale’s left post.

Ryan Woods was found in space on the edge of the area with a cross from the right-hand side, but his effort went high and wide of the target.

The Bees ended the first half with most of the pressure, as Vibe weaved his way inside the Albion defence but was intercepted before he had the chance to pull the trigger.

Hughton replaced James Wilson with Andrew Crofts ahead of the restart and the Welsh international delivered an excellent cross-field ball into the path of Jamie Murphy, but the Scotsman’s cross was cut out by Button.

Murphy was involved in the thick of the action again moments later after being picked out by Beram Kayal, only to see his curling strike go wide.

Van La Parra made a driving run down the wing and his superb cross narrowly failed to find Hemed or Murphy inside the box.

The Seagulls were dealt another injury blow when Greer was forced off the pitch and was replaced by Connor Goldson, who came off the bench once again to make his second Albion first-team appearance.

Judge almost broke the deadlock for Brentford in emphatic fashion, but his fierce angled strike produced a fine save by Stockdale.

The shot-stopper was called into action again just moments later and made a superb one-handed save low to his right to keep out Tarkowski’s header.

The Bees continued to press forward, as Stockdale made yet another superb stop to deny Swift.

Tarkowski provided substitute Philipp Hofmann with the chance to net a winner late on, but Stockdale comfortably gathered the free header, as Albion claimed a share of the spoils.

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