- Glenn Murray misses first-half penalty
- Anthony Knockaert also strikes the post in opening period
- Albion enjoy a greater share of possession at the Amex
- Draw leaves the Seagulls 13th in the Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 0-0 draw with Burnley at the Amex Stadium this afternoon, in a game which they dominated for large spells.
On a bitterly-cold afternoon on the south coast, Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty after Antony Knockaert had struck the post in the same period. The home side could rightly feel hard done by to have to settle for a point on an afternoon where they put in a much-improved performance after a tough few weeks.
Chris Hughton made four changes for the visit of the Clarets - Pascal Gross, Glenn Murray, Solly March and Bruno all came into the side, with Jose Izquierdo, Ezequiel Schelotto, Beram Kayal and Tomer Hemed all moving to the bench.
The first chance of the game went the way of the visitors, as Jeff Hendrick got on the end of a free-kick and hooked the ball back into the area – but Lewis Dunk’s vital header beat the lurking Chris Wood to the ball.
Albion started well, pressing when they were without the ball and forcing errors from Burnley losing possession.
Anthony Knockaert delivered a free-kick which led to the home side’s first chance of the game, but as Dunk volleyed towards goal, the ball came off Duffy’s back and wide.
A trio of glorious chances for the home side then followed over the course of the next ten minutes. Bruno produced a fantastic cross after Knockaert’s cut back, and as Glenn Murray rose highest to head towards goal in the middle, Nick Pope gratefully caught the effort.
Tormentor in chief Knockaert then went ever so close to putting Albion ahead, when he met Pascal Gross’ cross from the left-hand side sweetly, but the ball bounced agonisingly off the upright and away from danger.
The third opportunity in quick succession came when Dunk’s header from Gross’ corner was somehow cleared off the line by a combination of Phil Bardsley and Pope, as Chris Hughton’s men kept knocking at the door.
An even better chance was afforded to Murray when he was fouled by Tarkowski. The visiting defender tripped the forward as he was running away from goal and referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot.
But the striker stepped up to blaze his spot-kick over the crossbar and the scores remained level.
That was the last action of a frantic first half, and the Seagulls could rightly feel hard done by not to go into the break ahead.
The second period began with an early caution for visiting full-back Taylor, before Albion were back on the front foot once more.
Dunk made a great interception inside his own half and set Knockaert away on the break. The Frenchman’s cross was tipped away by Pope and narrowly away from Murray in the centre.
A quieter period followed as Chris Hughton brought on Hemed for Murray with just under half an hour left to play, and Ashley Barnes then replaced Steven Defour as both managers made alterations.
The striker’s first involvement was to bundle Ryan into the Albion net and pick up a yellow card, before the Seagulls stopper did brilliantly to deny Wood one-on-one, as he blocked the forward’s chipped effort after evading the offside flag.
Izzy Brown then replaced Gross for Albion’s second change and Stephens went into the book for a late foul on Taylor as the game entered the final 15 minutes.
Sam Vokes then replaced the influential Wood for the visitors and Jose Izquierdo entered the action for the final eight minutes for the equally impressive Knockaert.
Four additional minutes were indicated, with both sides still searching an all important winning goal. March blazed over the bar with the game's final act and the home side had to settle for a share of the spoils on a pleasing but equally frustrating afternoon on the south coast.
Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno ©, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert (Izquierdo 82), Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Brown 73); Murray (Hemed 62).
Subs not used: Krul, Goldson, Schelotto, Kayal.
Burnley line-up: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee ©, Taylor; Arfield, Cork, Defour (Barnes 68), Gudmundsson, Hendrick; Wood (Vokes 80).
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Lowton, Westwood, Wells, Long.
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