Brighton 1 Blackburn 1 (Report)
8/11/14 - 3.00pm
Successive Championship wins were denied Brighton by Blackburn on Saturday as they scored a second half equaliser to leave us needing to be content with a 1-1 draw at the Amex.
This is possible a point we would have taken before the game, but after being ahead it's a little disappointing we couldn't manage to hold it.
Blackburn were the first to threaten when the inform striker Rudy Gestede got his head to a Ben Marshall freekick but he couldn't hit the target.
Elliott Bennett was threatening but no clear open could be found for Albion with Blackburn the side pushing for a lead that looked more likely to come for them.
Christian Walton kept his place in goal with David Stockdale still injured and Ali Al-Habsi unavailable and the young England goalkeeper needed to tip over a header from his own captain Gordon Greer to prevent him from scoring an own goal!
Sam Baldock, like all our strikers needs to start hitting the back of the net regularly, almost converted an Inigo Calderon cross but Blackburn defender Grant Hanley got in a timely tackle to deny him.
Elliott Bennett gave Baldock another chance but he could only tamely fire at Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Steele.
One thing we found out for certain was that Lewis Dunk, still our top goalscorer even though he's a central defender, will sit out our next Championship game after the international break as he picked up his fifth booking of the season.
With that game against Norwich Bennett will also sit out against his parent club.
Gary Gardner opened his Albion account in the first minute of the midweek win over Wigan and it was the Aston Villa loanee that was on the scoresheet again just before half time when he gave us the lead, following up after a Jake Forster-Caskey corner wasn't cleared.
Albion continued to apply the pressure early in the second half, Gardner had another chance but this was off target with Forster-Caskey forcing Steele into a save that kept Blackburn in the game.
Those missed opportunities proved costly when Rudy Gestede headed Blackburn level. His header, in off a combination of the crossbar and post, came from a Markus Olsson cross.
Gestede continued to cause problems with another head, this time having been set up by Lee Williamson he couldn't find the target with Walton not tested with a virtual free header.
Kaz LuaLua created some space for himself and as he attempted to fire home the winner for us he was denied by another good defensive Blackburn block, this time from Alex Baptiste.
Gardner's fellow Aston Villa loanee also threatened another Albion goal, his late drive had to be well saved by Steele to deny us the win, perhaps on the balance of play a draw was about right.
Ideally we would have wanted to win this to go into the international break with back to back wins but four points from games against Wigan and Blackburn is something that Sami Hyypia isn't going to be too disappointed by and I don't think many of us will be either.
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