REPORT: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 ALBION 0
- Albion equal a club record of 16 unbeaten league games
- The Seagulls are now third in the Championship table after wins for Hull and Burnley
- Brighton record their seventh draw of the season
- Uwe Huenemeier and Sam Baldock have chances to break the deadlock in the second half
A goalless draw at in-form Sheffield Wednesday saw Albion continue their unbeaten start to the season, and in the process equal a club record of 16 unbeaten league games – including the final game of last season at Middlesbrough – a record which stretches back to 1930/31.
However, the draw against the Owls, now unbeaten in 11 games themselves, was not enough to keep Chris Hughton's side at the top of the Championship, as Hull and Burnley leapfrogged Albion on goal difference.
The first 45 minutes saw little action in either area; the home side went the closest via Jack Hunt's half-chance midway through the half. He escaped down the right wing, got a sight of goal and drove a low near-post effort toward goal.
A large portion of the bumper Hillsborough crowd thought the ball had gone in, but thankfully for Albion the ball went into the side netting, via a deflection off David Stockdale, and rolled along the back of the net.
Albion passed and probed in-form Wednesday, and the one occasion when they did breach their back line was through Inigo Calderon, who broke clear on the right and a low cross just eluded Tomer Hemed at the near post and Solly March at the far.
Had March made contact, it would have been a carbon copy of the goal which opened the scoring at Reading on Saturday.
There was little change in the opening exchanges of the second half, with Lewis Dunk marshalling Albion's back line, and Glen Loovens doing likewise for the home team. Wednesday dominated possession for periods, as Albion looked to counter.
A foray forward by Bruno brought Albion a free-kick midway through the half, and Uwe Huenemeier poked his close-range effort just wide of the left post, after March's low-and-driven free-kick was helped on by Calderon.
The introduction of Andrew Crofts saw Albion switch to a 4-3-3 formation when attacking, with March and Calderon encouraged to get forward down the flanks. The change created an instant opening for Sam Baldock.
The Albion striker got a sight of goal from an angle on the right, but saw home keeper Keiren Westwood alert to the danger, and he parried the ball away. March followed up on the left, but saw his effort blocked and deflected to safety.
Wednesday tried to convert their dominance into three points late on as Daniel Pudil got forward on the left to unleash a low drive just wide. Atdhe Nuhiu then drove into the box, but saw a shot deflected behind for a corner – AS neither side could break down the other, and it ended in a stalemate.