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Brighton & Hove Albion (1) 1 - 1 (1) Ipswich Town

Sky Bet Championship 2016-17

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Referee: Roger East

Manager: Chris Hughton

Amex Stadium 19:45

Attendance: 26,360 (Town 643)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3695

Goals

Home
 Tomer Hemed (29)
Away
 Luke Chambers (9)

Substitutions

Home
Tomer HemedGlenn Murray (67)
Solly MarchJamie Murphy (71)
Sam BaldockChuba Akpom (81)

Cards

Home
 Sam Baldock (31)
 Lewis Dunk (56)
 Shane Duffy (76)
Away
 Myles Kenlock (2)
 Joshua Emmanuel (21)
 Tom Lawrence (28)
 Luke Chambers (31)
 David McGoldrick (35)
 Emyr Huws (90)

Teams

Home

David Stockdale

Bruno SaltorGra

Shane Duffy

Lewis Dunk

Sebastien Pocognoli

Anthony Knockaert

Dale Stephens

Steve Sidwell

Solly March

Sam Baldock

Tomer Hemed

Substitutes

Home

Christian Walton

Beram Kayal

Jiri Skalak

Jamie Murphy

Glenn Murray

Fikayo Tomori

Chuba Akpom

Match Report

Tomer Hemed launches fightback but Glenn Murray blows chance to go top

Brighton squandered a chance to move to the top of the Championship with this failure to beat mid-table Ipswich, but manager Chris Hughton was quick to urge his players to put the result in perspective.

On a night when leaders Newcastle were unable to beat Norwich, second-placed Brighton were held 1-1 at the Amex against an Ipswich side who surprised with both their tenacity and quality.

In fact, Hughton’s side needed a penalty from Israeli striker Tomer Hemed to earn even a point after Ipswich captain Luke Chambers headed his side ahead early on; and although the home side came agonisingly close when substitute Glenn Murray hit a post in the 90th minute, it was a frustrating night on the south coast.

The result means Brighton have won only once in their past four Championship games and kept only one clean sheet in 2017, alarming statistics which may well give third-placed Huddersfield and fourth-placed Reading belief that their rivals can be caught.

Hughton, however, refuses to be downcast, saying: “It was a strange game and a frustrating game. We didn’t play at the level we know we can, so at this moment it feels like two points dropped because we were at home and it was a real opportunity.

“But you have to be careful to put things in perspective. We have a very good record here. This game didn’t happen for us but we mustn’t forget we are in a very good position in the league and deserve to be.”

Ipswich manager Mick McCarty was delighted with his team’s performance, which came on the back of a fine away win at Aston Villa.

He said: “I’m immensely proud of them. It wasn’t a backs-to-the wall, resolute-defence and nick-a-point performance. I think their keeper has earned them a point, if I’m honest. We played very well.” Brighton made a slow start when they conceded a headed goal to Chambers after only nine minutes, the defender stooping to convert a Tom Lawrence free-kick from close range.

But they levelled in the 29th minute when Emyr Huws brought down Bruno – a soft penalty, according to McCarthy – and Hemed scored from the spot to make it six goals in his past six games.

Brighton needed goalkeeper David Stockdale to keep them in it but did finish the game strongly, being denied a penalty when Solly March was brought down and then hitting the woodwork through Murray.

A draw, however, was the least that Ipswich, who had six players booked in a competitive display, deserved from the night.

Chris Hatherall (The Telegraph)

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