Date:Saturday April 19 2014
John Smith's Stadium
18/4/14 - 3:00pm
Brighton failed to take advantage of another slip by Reading but fought back from a goal down to claim a point at Huddersfield on Good Friday.
With Reading soundly beaten Albion would have moved into sixth place and left a play off place in our own hands, the 1-1 draw at he John Smith's Stadium was enough to take us sixth but opened the door for Ipswich if they took advantage on the Saturday.
Having not won in 10 we would have fancied our chances of winning this one but went behind early on.
Keith Andrews fouled Nahki Wells to give Huddersfield a freekick and from 25 yards Oliver Norwood drove home this freekick into the bottom corner and past the returning Tomasz Kuszczak, who missed the last game with illness.
Huddersfield felt they were denied a penalty before Albion twice threatened.
Dale Stephens looked to be in from Leo Ulloa's knockdown but Paul Dixon got back to make the clearance before the two combined again with Stephen supplying the cross from a corner that Ulloa powered home but his effort was disallowed for a foul.
Perhaps the moment that changed the game came around the hour.
Lewis Dunk had already been booked in the first half and when he brought down Adam Clayton Huddersfield felt he should have been booked again and sent off, he wasn't and came back to haunt Huddersfield later.
Norwood tried his luck again but this time Kuszczak saved as he went for the top corner.
The pressure was on with Kuszczak also saving us when he kept out effort from Adam Hammill and Sean Scannell.
Albion were threatening to draw level though as time went on.
The pressure grew, with Stephens at the heart of most of this. He had a freekick narrowly miss the goal with it hitting the roof of the net and Craig Mackail-Smith twice threatening with headers from his corners.
Tempers became frayed with Gordon Greer and the Huddersfield bench having a run in, this earned him a yellow card before we earned a point.
An unlikely source provided us our equaliser when Bruno scored his first of the season, getting forward from the back he beat two Huddersfield defenders before firing home having been set up by Dunk.
Kuszczak made a couple more last saves to secure our point with Dunk almost heading an injury time winner.
Securing a point could be important, how important we'll know by the time Ipswich play.
Date:Saturday April 19 2014
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