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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Bournemouth

December 31, 2017
Murray, who joined Brighton from Bournemouth in 2016, scored his sixth goal of the season
Murray, who joined Brighton from Bournemouth in 2016, scored his sixth goal of the season

Bournemouth came from behind twice to edge three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone by drawing with Brighton at the Amex.

Callum Wilson netted the Cherries’ second equaliser 11 minutes from time, instinctively stabbing home after a goalmouth scramble.

Anthony Knockaert had broken the deadlock with his second goal of the season, expertly converting Jose Izquierdo’s unselfish pass, but Steve Cook’s header levelled matters before half-time.

Glenn Murray re-established Brighton’s lead by smashing home from Izquierdo’s pass after a lovely ball from Pascal Gross.

Both sides missed chances – Jordon Ibe hitting the post for Bournemouth and Marc Pugh forcing a save from Mat Ryan, while Izquierdo was denied by Asmir Begovic.

But Wilson’s goal ensured Bournemouth moved up a place into 13th, one spot below their hosts, who have won only twice at home since September.

Hosts lacking goals but showing promise

Brighton have won just once since 4 November, but they could take plenty of encouragement from their performance against Bournemouth.

They were on top in the early stages and deserved to go in front through Knockaert, who scored the Premier League’s first goal in 2018.

Izquierdo went close more than once, and Murray also had opportunities, but Gross was the standout player – enjoying the free role he was given by Chris Hughton and playing a key part in both goals.

For all their creativity, Brighton have struggled to score goals this season.

Only two teams have scored fewer top-flight goals than them in 2017-18, and this was just the fourth time this campaign that they have scored more than once in a game.

And they could have had three against Bournemouth had Izquierdo squared to Davy Propper when through on goal in the second half.

But, despite being held to a draw, there were plenty of signs Brighton can up their rate of goalscoring this year.

What’s next?

Both teams turn their attention to the FA Cup for third-round weekend. Bournemouth host Wigan (15:00 GMT) on Saturday, before Brighton welcome Crystal Palace on Monday (19:45).

More to follow.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 21SchelottoSubstituted forBrunoat 77′minutes
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 29Suttner
  • 11Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 24PröpperBooked at 81mins
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 13GroßSubstituted forBrownat 88′minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 7Kayal
  • 10Hemed
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 26Krul
  • 37Brown

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 15A Smith
  • 2FrancisBooked at 88mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 33Ibe
  • 16L Cook
  • 8ArterSubstituted forGoslingat 71′minutes
  • 7PughSubstituted forAkéat 60′minutes
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forMoussetat 66′minutes
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 4Gosling
  • 5Aké
  • 6Surman
  • 31Mousset
  • 36Butcher
  • 42Simpson
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
30,152

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away27
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away12
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

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Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Bournemouth 2.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Bournemouth 2.

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Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

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Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

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José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Posted at90′

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at89′

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at89′

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Posted at89′

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Murray.

Substitution

Posted at88′

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Isaiah Brown replaces Pascal Groß.

Booking

Posted at88′

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Posted at87′

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

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Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at87′

Attempt blocked. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

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Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at87′

Foul by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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Attempt blocked. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

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Foul by Lys Mousset (Bournemouth).

Posted at82′

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Posted at81′

Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at81′

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at81′

Foul by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Goal!

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Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Bournemouth 2. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Smith following a corner.

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Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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Attempt missed. Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordon Ibe with a cross following a corner.

Posted at78′

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Posted at77′

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Posted at77′

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno replaces Ezequiel Schelotto because of an injury.

Posted at76′

Delay in match Ezequiel Schelotto (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

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Attempt missed. Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

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Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by José Izquierdo.

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Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

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Attempt blocked. Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordon Ibe with a cross.

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Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Mat Ryan.

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Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

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