Brighton 1 Blackpool 1 (Report)
21/4/14 - 3:00pm
A play off place was put in Brighton's own hands on Good Friday, a failure to win again on Easter Monday has seen us cling onto the final Championship play off spot.
Blackpool would have been a side we expected to beat but we had to be content with a 1-1 draw at the Amex in the end as the chasing pack closed in, sixth place could be lost tonight if Reading get a result.
Albion survived an early scare when a mistake by Dale Stephens, who gave the ball away, gave Isaiah Osbourne a chance but we were saved by Tomasz Kuszczak when he turned his shot round the post.
Stephens looked to make amends with his back heel putting in Jesse Lingard, but he shot wide after a good run.
Matt Gilks saved from Stephens next up.
Having defended well at one end, to snuff out an Albion chance, Andrew Halliday didn't do so well when attacking. Stephen Dobbie put Halliday in but his attempted cross was poor and the Blackpool chance was passed by.
Leo Ulloa headed just over before the break with Dobbie dragging an effort wide.
At the start of the second half we made the breakthrough though with Stephens curling past Gilks from the edge of the area to put us ahead. Ulloa chested down a Stephen Ward cross with Stephens doing the rest.
At that stage we would have expected to win, but the lead was kept only minutes.
Andy Keogh's back heel gave Dobbie the chance with his unstoppable drive drawing Blackpool level just four minutes after we have taken the lead.
We looked the only winners after though with Will Buckley, making his comeback from the bench, setting up Keith Andrews but his effort from the edge of the area went just wide of the Blackpool goal.
Next up was Lingard again, set up by Kaz LuaLua, but he shot wide.
Stephens was then again set up by Ulloa but unlike his previous strike with the aide of a deflection his effort went wide with Ulloa again the provider for Buckley but he shot over as we had to settle for a point.
Nottingham Forest and Blackburn both won on Monday to close in on us, other rivals drew but Reading know that if they avoid defeat tonight they'll reclaim sixth place and leave a play off place in their own hands.
What an opportunity we had to consolidate our play off place, we'll be cheering on Middlesbrough tonight.
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