Will Buckley scored late on to rescue a point for Brighton at home to Ipswich.

Brighton should have taken the lead inside the first minute but Kezanga LuaLua fired wide from a promising position.

The hosts were punished for that miss when Ipswich took the lead in the 27th minute, Daryl Murphy heading home.

But Buckley prevented Brighton losing at home for the second successive game when he scrambled the ball over the line in the 80th minute.

Brighton started the evening top of the Championship, but only on goal difference having missed out on a chance to consolidate their position with defeat against Birmingham on Saturday.

They started brightly as LuaLua spurned a fine chance to put them ahead after 30 seconds, shooting wide when well placed.

Ipswich's first chance on goal came in the 11th minute when Murphy headed just wide with Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak rooted to his spot.

Scott Loach did well at the other end of the pitch nine minutes later as the Ipswich keeper tipped over Andrea Orlandi's free kick.

Ipswich have won just once all season but it was they who went ahead midway through the first half.

Carlos Edwards's deep cross found Murphy and the on-loan Celtic forward directed a header beyond Kuszczak.

Brighton almost equalised just before the interval but Wayne Bridge's shot was deflected just wide.

The visitors were unfortunate not to extend their lead soon after the restart when Murphy's close-range shot from Michael Chopra's pass was kept out by the legs of Kuszczak.

That chance seemed to serve as a wake up call for Brighton, who dominated the rest of the half, and they ensured they took a point when Buckley scored from Inigo Calderon's cross-shot.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet: "I'm starting to think everybody is rating us higher than we are.

"They rate us as a top team in this division and come here with a plan, to nick a goal and defend.

"That makes us put in all the effort. It becomes all about us and you need quality for that. But we need to get used to that because it is going to be the plan for every team that comes to the Amex.

"I can't ask for more. We took risks, we played with one defender and went for the win. It worked for Birmingham and it nearly worked for Ipswich, so credit to them."

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell: "We're disappointed not to have got the three points after leading for so long but they are a good team and very difficult to stop. We frustrated them and kept our shape very well.

"We should have gone two up in the second half and been out of sight right after half-time, but if you don't kill sides like Brighton off when you get the chance, they will come back and hurt you.

"We've conceded a lot from set plays this season and we have taken a lot of flak, but the lads have shown that the spirit is still there. We have the togetherness in the squad to turn the bad run around."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Brighton

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 03 Greer
  • 06 El-Abd Booked
  • 14 Calderon
  • 28 Bridge
  • 04 Hammond Booked (Dicker - 63' )
  • 11 Orlandi (David Lopez - 76' )
  • 25 LuaLua (Buckley - 62' )
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 09 Barnes
  • 10 Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 05 Dunk
  • 22 Painter
  • 17 Harley
  • 18 Dicker
  • 21 David Lopez
  • 30 Buckley

Ipswich

  • 01 Loach
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Chambers
  • 06 Higginbotham
  • 07 Edwards
  • 08 N'daw
  • 09 E'-Thomas (Carson - 84' )
  • 11 Martin
  • 17 Drury
  • 10 Chopra (Scotland - 64' )
  • 27 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 20 Smith
  • 22 Carson
  • 29 Ainsley
  • 15 Luongo
  • 14 Scotland
  • 18 Ellington
Ref: Graham
Att: 24,736

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

11 5

Corners

9 1

Fouls

14 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:06 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:07

The ball is swung over by Will Buckley, save by Scott Loach.

90:00 +3:32

The ball is sent over by Will Buckley.

90:00 +3:12

Will Buckley sends in a cross, Danny Higginbotham manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:38

Andy Drury fouled by Ashley Barnes, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

89:21

Shot on goal comes in from Danny Higginbotham from the free kick, blocked by Andy Drury.

89:21 Booking

Booking Caution for Adam El-Abd.

89:07

Adam El-Abd challenges Josh Carson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

87:43

Jason Scotland fouled by Adam El-Abd, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

87:33

Inigo Calderon sends in a cross, Danny Higginbotham makes a clearance.

87:05

A cross is delivered by Daryl Murphy, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

86:34

Shot from 20 yards from Jason Scotland. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Josh Carson on for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

82:12

The ball is delivered by Wayne Bridge.

81:57

Ashley Barnes fouled by Carlos Edwards, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

80:30

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

79:04

Assist by Inigo Calderon.

79:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Buckley - Brighton 1 - 1 Ipswich Will Buckley finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Brighton 1-1 Ipswich.

75:19

Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

75:19 Substitution

Substitution Andrea Orlandi goes off and Moreno David Lopez comes on.

75:19 Booking

Booking Liam Bridcutt booked.

75:00

Foul by Liam Bridcutt on Guirane N'Daw, free kick awarded.

72:25

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

71:35

Ashley Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Edwards. Free kick taken by Carlos Edwards.

69:35

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Andy Drury gets a block in. Jason Scotland fouled by Wayne Bridge, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

69:19

Will Buckley delivers the ball.

67:57

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Aaron Cresswell gets a block in.

66:49

The ball is delivered by Aaron Cresswell.

65:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Bridcutt on Lee Martin. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

64:17

Unfair challenge on Aaron Cresswell by Will Buckley results in a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.

63:12 Substitution

Substitution Jason Scotland on for Michael Chopra.

63:12

A cross is delivered by Liam Bridcutt.

62:00 Substitution

Substitution Gary Dicker is brought on as a substitute for Dean Hammond.

62:00 Substitution

Substitution Will Buckley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kazenga LuaLua.

60:54

Kazenga LuaLua takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Scott Loach makes a save. Andrea Orlandi has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Luke Chambers gets a block in. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam El-Abd by Michael Chopra. Adam El-Abd restarts play with the free kick.

59:55

A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge, clearance by Aaron Cresswell.

59:29

The ball is delivered by Andrea Orlandi, Danny Higginbotham manages to make a clearance.

58:35

Andrea Orlandi takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

55:59

Stephen Dobbie decides to take a short corner. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrea Orlandi from the left by-line, clearance by Danny Higginbotham. Lee Martin is caught offside. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

54:06

Kazenga LuaLua takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.

52:23

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Aaron Cresswell gets a block in. Corner taken by Andrea Orlandi.

51:28

Andy Drury takes a shot.

50:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Cresswell by Andrea Orlandi. Andy Drury crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Adam El-Abd.

49:49

Stephen Dobbie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

48:13

Free kick taken by Guirane N'Daw.

48:13 Booking

Booking Dean Hammond is cautioned.

46:09

Michael Chopra crosses the ball, Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Martin. The official flags Michael Chopra offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Martin by Dean Hammond.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:59 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:48

A cross is delivered by Inigo Calderon, clearance by Carlos Edwards.

45:00 +0:03

The ball is crossed by Kazenga LuaLua, Guirane N'Daw manages to make a clearance.

41:39

Foul by Dean Hammond on Lee Martin, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andy Drury, Foul by Luke Chambers on Adam El-Abd, free kick awarded. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

40:57

Wayne Bridge takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Chambers.

39:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Barnes on Andy Drury. Andy Drury restarts play with the free kick.

37:40

Wayne Bridge sends in a cross, Scott Loach makes a save.

36:27

Stephen Dobbie has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

35:00

The ball is crossed by Dean Hammond, save by Scott Loach.

34:09

Carlos Edwards delivers the ball, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

32:33

A cross is delivered by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. The ball is swung over by Aaron Cresswell, clearance by Adam El-Abd.

29:17

Andrea Orlandi has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

28:50

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrea Orlandi from the right by-line to the near post, Danny Higginbotham makes a clearance.

27:53

Centre by Inigo Calderon, Kazenga LuaLua takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

26:47

Assist by Carlos Edwards.

26:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Daryl Murphy - Brighton 0 - 1 Ipswich Daryl Murphy finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Brighton 0-1 Ipswich.

26:36

The ball is crossed by Carlos Edwards,

24:49

Andrea Orlandi takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham. Andrea Orlandi takes a corner.

22:09

Inigo Calderon takes a shot. Blocked by Guirane N'Daw.

21:21

The ball is swung over by Dean Hammond, blocked by Daryl Murphy. Corner taken by Andrea Orlandi from the right by-line, clearance made by Luke Chambers.

21:11

Andrea Orlandi crosses the ball, clearance made by Luke Chambers.

19:01

Foul by Daryl Murphy on Inigo Calderon, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andrea Orlandi, save by Scott Loach. Andrea Orlandi takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Guirane N'Daw.

14:46

The ball is swung over by Daryl Murphy, Adam El-Abd manages to make a clearance.

13:59

The ball is crossed by Wayne Bridge.

13:06

The ball is sent over by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

11:48

A cross is delivered by Carlos Edwards, Headed effort on goal by Daryl Murphy from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

10:45

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

9:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Edwards by Kazenga LuaLua. Free kick taken by Carlos Edwards.

8:43

Guirane N'Daw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.

5:23

Foul by Luke Chambers on Adam El-Abd, free kick awarded. Adam El-Abd takes the free kick.

4:42

Liam Bridcutt concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Martin. Free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.

3:44

Stephen Dobbie produces a cross, Danny Higginbotham makes a clearance.

2:37

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

0:35

Kazenga LuaLua has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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