Brighton & Hove Albion picked up what would turn out to be three pivotal draws in the campaign’s penultimate month.
April began with a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium, as a Jonas Lossl own goal gave the Seagulls the lead in the first half when the goalkeeper failed to keep hold of Solly March’s low effort on goal.
But the visitors were soon back on level terms at the other end as Steven Mounie took advantage of a misplaced back-pass from Shane Duffy to round Maty Ryan and seal David Wagner’s men a share of the spoils on the south coast.
Seven days later Albion travelled to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, and Chris Hughton’s side found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline.
All five goals of the contest came inside the first half, with Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo notching for the Seagulls.
Tottenham Hotpsur visited the Amex three days later, and the visitors went ahead when Harry Kane fired his side in front three minutes after the break.
But no sooner had Albion fallen behind, they were level. Izquierdo tumbled in the box and Pascal Gross stepped up to coolly slot home the equalising penalty to spark scenes of celebration on the south coast.
The month ended with a 0-0 draw away to Burnley at Turf Moor, as the Seagulls edged closer to sealing Premier League safety.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
Gross’ spot-kick at the Amex against Tottenham was the highlight of a gritty and determined, if not spectacular month.
Having gone a goal down moments earlier, the German’s leveller was vital in ensuring Albion kept belief and undoubtedly set them up in good spirits for the last home game of the season against Manchester United.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Pascal Gross on his penalty against Tottenham: “You always have pressure on a penalty, but I trust in my quality. I know I can shoot well and trust my technique.”