A last-minute penalty earned Brighton a point at Blackburn and denied Michael Appleton his first victory in charge of the Ewood Park side.

A Jordan Rhodes penalty gave Rovers a deserved lead after Adam El-Abd fouled Morten Gamst Pedersen in the box.

Blackburn continued to create the better chances after the break but could not find a second.

They were made to pay when David Lopez was pushed in the area and the Spaniard scored the resulting penalty.

Draw specialists Brighton

This draw means Gus Poyet's men are the first team to draw 12 times in this division this term

Blackburn made the better start and only a fine save from Tomasz Kuszczak prevented the home side taking the lead after 15 minutes.

Rhodes fed a pass to Colin Kazim Richards and he in turn picked out Jason Lowe, but his shot was tipped wide by the Brighton keeper.

Liam Bridcutt had Jake Kean scrambling for the far post midway through the half, but that was the only chance of note for Brighton before the break.

Blackburn were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time when El-Abd bundled Pedersen to the ground from Martin Olsson's left-wing delivery, with Rhodes stepping up to score his fifth goal in as many league games.

Rhodes was denied another goal in the second half when his looping header was superbly stopped by Kuszczak.

It proved a vital intervention by the Brighton keeper as Albion snatched a point when David Goodwillie pushed over Lopez inside the Blackburn area deep in stoppage time and the midfielder picked himself up to fire home from the spot.

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton said: "We did look comfortable - that's the most disappointing thing.

"We controlled the game in terms of we knew exactly how Brighton play - there was a gameplan in terms of how we would set up and how we would deal with it.

"Their keeper was certainly a lot more busy than our goalkeeper on the night. I think if we'd have got the second goal we'd have won the game comfortably."

Brighton manager Gus Poyet said: "I need to make sure that we don't keep drawing and drawing because it's too many.

"Do you know how many games we've lost this year? From 28 we've played we've lost six and we are not in the top six.

"How? Because we draw too many. It's better from now on that we win one and lose one."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Blackburn

  • 34 Kean
  • 03 Mn Olsson Booked
  • 16 Dann
  • 22 Kane
  • 31 G Hanley
  • 06 Lowe Booked
  • 12 Pedersen Booked
  • 13 Murphy
  • 14 Ms Olsson (Goodwillie - 85' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 39 Kazim-Richards

Substitutes

  • 30 Usai
  • 05 Givet
  • 07 Nunes
  • 08 Dunn
  • 21 Nuno Gomes
  • 23 Rochina
  • 25 Goodwillie

Brighton

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 03 Greer
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 14 Calderon
  • 28 Bridge
  • 11 Orlandi (Mackail-Smith - 55' )
  • 15 Vicente (Buckley - 54' Booked )
  • 18 Dicker
  • 21 David Lopez
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 09 Barnes Booked (Hoskins - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 22 Painter
  • 04 Hammond
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 30 Buckley
  • 07 Hoskins
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 12,230

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

7 2

Corners

5 1

Fouls

19 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:38 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +6:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Moreno David Lopez - Blackburn 1 - 1 Brighton Placed penalty scored by Moreno David Lopez. Blackburn 1-1 Brighton.

90:00 +6:14 Booking

Booking Jason Lowe is shown a yellow card.

90:00 +5:21

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Moreno David Lopez by David Goodwillie.

90:00 +5:11

Wayne Bridge crosses the ball, clearance made by Jason Lowe.

90:00 +4:11

Will Buckley challenges Jake Kean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Kean takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:33

Gary Dicker fouled by Colin Kazim-Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Moreno David Lopez delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, save by Jake Kean.

90:00 +3:13

Craig Mackail-Smith delivers the ball, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:36

Unfair challenge on Gary Dicker by Colin Kazim-Richards results in a free kick. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:34

Moreno David Lopez produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

90:00 +0:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Kazim-Richards on Inigo Calderon. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.

88:18

Jordan Rhodes fouled by Gordon Greer, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

88:09

The ball is swung over by Moreno David Lopez, Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

86:01

Gary Dicker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.

84:08

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Effort on goal by David Goodwillie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

84:08 Substitution

Substitution Markus Olsson goes off and David Goodwillie comes on.

84:08

The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson. Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

82:40

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

78:00

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Craig Mackail-Smith makes a clearance.

77:47

Colin Kazim-Richards takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

76:17

Inigo Calderon produces a cross.

75:29

Centre by Inigo Calderon, Will Hoskins takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean.

72:54

Colin Kazim-Richards fouled by Adam El-Abd, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

72:17

Free kick taken by Martin Olsson.

72:17 Booking

Booking The referee shows Liam Bridcutt a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

71:49

Foul by Liam Bridcutt on Markus Olsson, free kick awarded.

71:38

Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Dicker. Free kick taken by Gary Dicker.

71:22

Will Buckley sends in a cross, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

70:12

Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left wing, clearance by Adam El-Abd.

70:12 Booking

Booking Will Buckley is given a yellow card.

70:01

Foul by Will Buckley on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded.

69:16

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

67:26

Effort from long distance by Colin Kazim-Richards goes wide right of the goal.

66:56

The ball is crossed by Gary Dicker, save by Jake Kean.

65:54 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Will Hoskins coming on for Ashley Barnes.

65:12

Martin Olsson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

63:49

Foul by Colin Kazim-Richards on Ashley Barnes, free kick awarded. Adam El-Abd takes the direct free kick.

62:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Ashley Barnes. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

62:51

The ball is crossed by Inigo Calderon, clearance made by Scott Dann.

60:59

Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.

60:59 Booking

Booking Martin Olsson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

60:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Olsson on Will Buckley.

60:19

Martin Olsson is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

59:48

Unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon by Colin Kazim-Richards results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam El-Abd.

56:42

Jason Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.

55:04

Will Buckley challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Olsson takes the free kick.

54:17 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Craig Mackail-Smith coming on for Andrea Orlandi.

53:45 Substitution

Substitution Will Buckley replaces Rodriguez Vicente.

52:47

Rodriguez Vicente takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Murphy.

52:40

Ashley Barnes crosses the ball.

52:00

Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Barnes. Gordon Greer takes the direct free kick.

50:54

The ball is swung over by Inigo Calderon.

50:14

Markus Olsson crosses the ball, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

49:27

Martin Olsson crosses the ball, Inigo Calderon gets a block in.

47:53

Foul by Moreno David Lopez on Markus Olsson, free kick awarded. Colin Kazim-Richards takes the free kick.

45:28

Unfair challenge on Todd Kane by Ashley Barnes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gordon Greer by Colin Kazim-Richards. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:32 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:25

The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

45:00 +0:55

The ball is delivered by Jordan Rhodes, Adam El-Abd gets a block in.

44:56

Assist by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

44:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Rhodes - Blackburn 1 - 0 Brighton Placed penalty scored by Jordan Rhodes. Blackburn 1-0 Brighton.

43:31

The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Adam El-Abd.

43:16

The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson, Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

42:48

Morten Gamst Pedersen sends in a cross, Liam Bridcutt makes a clearance.

42:17

Colin Kazim-Richards produces a cross, clearance by Adam El-Abd. The ball is delivered by Colin Kazim-Richards, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

41:17

Scott Dann takes the free kick.

41:17 Booking

Booking Ashley Barnes is cautioned.

41:01

Morten Gamst Pedersen fouled by Ashley Barnes, the ref awards a free kick.

39:36

Moreno David Lopez produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

37:47

Free kick crossed by Rodriguez Vicente, clearance by Danny Murphy. Adam El-Abd produces a mishit right-footed shot from 20 yards. Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

37:47 Booking

Booking The referee shows Morten Gamst Pedersen a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

37:35

Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Barnes.

36:27

Gary Dicker is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

35:54

The ball is sent over by Gary Dicker, Scott Dann gets a block in.

34:47

Centre by Martin Olsson, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

33:29

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

33:11

Colin Kazim-Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Adam El-Abd.

31:47

Ashley Barnes is caught offside. Jake Kean takes the free kick.

31:29

Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

29:41

Inigo Calderon produces a cross, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

27:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Adam El-Abd.

26:25

Martin Olsson crosses the ball, Colin Kazim-Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Adam El-Abd.

24:36

Foul by Gary Dicker on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

23:43

Colin Kazim-Richards challenges Liam Bridcutt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.

22:58

Liam Bridcutt has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

22:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Todd Kane on Gary Dicker. Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.

19:56

Wayne Bridge crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the box by Rodriguez Vicente misses to the right of the target.

18:55

Scott Dann concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Barnes. Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.

17:51

Markus Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Bridcutt. Direct free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

17:20

Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Ashley Barnes results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.

14:55

The ball is delivered by Scott Dann, clearance made by Liam Bridcutt.

14:11

Jason Lowe takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line to the near post, Gary Dicker manages to make a clearance.

13:53

The ball is swung over by Wayne Bridge, clearance made by Martin Olsson.

12:28

Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line.

11:21

Wayne Bridge challenges Colin Kazim-Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.

10:02

The ball is sent over by Moreno David Lopez, blocked by Martin Olsson. Short corner worked by Andrea Orlandi. The ball is delivered by Andrea Orlandi.

8:18

The ball is delivered by Rodriguez Vicente, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

5:49

Jordan Rhodes has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

4:00

Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Colin Kazim-Richards results in a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.

3:16

Markus Olsson delivers the ball, clearance made by Gordon Greer.

2:04

Markus Olsson sends in a cross, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

1:13

Inigo Calderon crosses the ball, clearance made by Todd Kane.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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