A second half Vicente penalty helped Brighton secure a point at home to Blackburn in the Championship.

Rovers took the lead with a powerful header from Scott Dann in a first half otherwise dominated by Brighton.

Martin Olsson was adjudged to have handled a Vicente cross after the break, giving the Brighton winger the chance to equalise from the spot.

Neither side could seal three points, with Kazenga LuaLua the closest to getting the winner.

It was the second 1-1 draw between the two sides within three weeks, and the result, together with Middlesbrough's win over Leeds, leaves Brighton and Blackburn further adrift of the play-off places.

The two sides exchanged chances in an exciting opening spell, with Dean Hammond and Leonardo Ulloa going close for Brighton within the first 60 seconds.

Vicente and Will Buckley could also have given Brighton the lead, while the visitors saw both DJ Campbell and Bruno Saltor shoot narrowly wide, all before 12 minutes were on the clock.

The hosts continued to dominate until, against the run of play, Dann rose to head home a Danny Murphy corner to give Blackburn the lead.

Brighton still had the upper hand, and Dean Hammond had two chances in quick succession in stoppage time, forcing Jake Kean into a fine block before heading straight at the Blackburn keeper.

The home side drew level 12 minutes into the second half when the assistant referee flagged for a penalty for handball against Olsson. Following protests from Blackburn, Vicente stepped up to drill the ball straight down the middle.

Chances were few and far between following the equaliser, with LuaLua wasting the best chance for the home side deep into stoppage time.

View from the dressing rooms

Brighton manager Gus Poyet: "In terms of technical ability, speed and precision we were absolutely spectacular.

"That for me was enough. The [admission] money was worth it already.

"We'll try for the play-offs and won't give up. The players want it and the club wants it."

Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton: "The penalty was a bit harsh as the ball hit Markus Olsson's thigh before it went to his hand.

"Before that, Adam El-Abd made the best save of the night [after appearing to handle the ball]. It was very disappointing. But six or seven weeks ago we would have lost a game like that 4-1 or 5-1. There's more about us now.

"We had to deal with a lot of balls in the box and we showed a lot of steel."

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

10 5

Corners

9 2

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:26 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:12

The ball is sent over by Rodriguez Vicente, save made by Jake Kean.

90:00 +2:44

Corner taken by Andrea Orlandi, Dean Hammond takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.

90:00 +1:08

Kazenga LuaLua has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

87:20

A cross is delivered by Colin Kazim-Richards, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

86:50

Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

86:50 Booking

Booking Booking for Kazenga LuaLua for unsporting behaviour.

86:32

Kazenga LuaLua challenges Jordan Rhodes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

84:28

Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kazenga LuaLua. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente from left wing, clearance made by Martin Olsson.

83:28

Bradley Orr fouled by Kazenga LuaLua, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

81:43

Handball by Jason Lowe. Rodriguez Vicente crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Jake Kean.

80:31

Andrea Orlandi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Murphy from left wing, clearance made by Wayne Bridge.

76:10

Rodriguez Vicente sends in a cross.

75:13

Shot by Jose Ulloa. Save made by Jake Kean.

73:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy played to the near post, clearance by Andrea Orlandi.

73:02

Markus Olsson crosses the ball, Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

71:33

Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

71:33 Substitution

Substitution Will Buckley leaves the field to be replaced by Kazenga LuaLua.

71:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes by Matthew Upson.

69:53

Dean Hammond has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

68:19

Jose Ulloa takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean. DJ Campbell has a volleyed shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

65:54

Shot from outside the area by Markus Olsson misses to the left of the target.

64:37

Markus Olsson crosses the ball, clearance made by Adam El-Abd.

63:48

Will Buckley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin Kazim-Richards. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

62:28

Bruno Saltor produces a cross, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.

61:44

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andrea Orlandi, clearance made by Bradley Orr.

61:44 Booking

Booking Grant Hanley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

61:35

Foul by Grant Hanley on Jose Ulloa, free kick awarded.

60:25

The ball is swung over by Rodriguez Vicente.

59:13

Martin Olsson fouled by Jose Ulloa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Grant Hanley.

57:46

Direct free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.

57:46 Booking

Booking Booking for Danny Murphy for unsporting behaviour.

57:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Danny Murphy.

56:45 Booking

Booking Markus Olsson is shown a yellow card.

56:40 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jake Kean a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

56:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Rodriguez Vicente - Brighton 1 - 1 Blackburn Rodriguez Vicente scores a power penalty. Brighton 1-1 Blackburn.

54:56

Rodriguez Vicente delivers the ball. Markus Olsson is penalised for handball and concedes a .

53:05

Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

51:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Dann on Jose Ulloa. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.

51:46

The ball is sent over by Colin Kazim-Richards, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.

50:01

Centre by Wayne Bridge, clearance by Scott Dann. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Colin Kazim-Richards by Andrea Orlandi. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

49:43

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Blocked by Adam El-Abd.

49:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Ulloa on DJ Campbell. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

48:20

The ball is sent over by Will Buckley.

47:18

Foul by Andrea Orlandi on Colin Kazim-Richards, free kick awarded. Scott Dann takes the free kick.

45:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Dean Hammond. Free kick taken by Rodriguez Vicente. The ball is swung over by Andrea Orlandi, blocked by Jordan Rhodes. Short corner taken by Andrea Orlandi. Inswinging corner taken by Andrea Orlandi from the right by-line.

45:32

The ball is crossed by Wayne Bridge, clearance by Scott Dann.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +4:12 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +3:25

The ball is sent over by Markus Olsson, clearance made by Adam El-Abd.

45:00 +2:58

The ball is delivered by Bruno Saltor.

45:00 +2:14

Effort on goal by Will Buckley from just inside the area clears the bar.

45:00 +0:59

Dean Hammond takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean. Rodriguez Vicente decides to take the corner short. Dean Hammond takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.

42:56 Substitution

Substitution Andrea Orlandi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Will Hoskins.

40:07

Centre by Jose Ulloa.

39:01

Scott Dann fouled by Jose Ulloa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Dann.

38:20

Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Jose Ulloa results in a free kick. Jake Kean takes the free kick.

37:49

The ball is crossed by Wayne Bridge, clearance made by Scott Dann.

34:29

Unfair challenge on Jose Ulloa by Grant Hanley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Bruno Saltor.

34:00

Martin Olsson delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by DJ Campbell goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

32:19

Bruno Saltor is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jake Kean takes the indirect free kick.

30:45

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente from the left by-line.

28:57

The ball is delivered by Markus Olsson, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

27:53

Effort on goal by Bruno Saltor from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

24:45

Dean Hammond crosses the ball, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.

23:08

Assist on the goal came from Danny Murphy.

23:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Dann - Brighton 0 - 1 Blackburn Scott Dann finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Brighton 0-1 Blackburn.

22:24

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy,

21:50

Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

21:50 Booking

Booking Matthew Upson is shown a yellow card.

21:45

Unfair challenge on Colin Kazim-Richards by Matthew Upson results in a free kick.

21:26

Corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente from the right by-line played to the near post, Bradley Orr manages to make a clearance.

20:46

Shot from 12 yards from Will Buckley. Save by Jake Kean.

19:17

Rodriguez Vicente delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

19:17 Booking

Booking Jason Lowe receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

18:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Lowe on Bruno Saltor.

18:26

The ball is swung over by Will Buckley, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.

13:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Will Hoskins. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

13:04

Unfair challenge on Dean Hammond by Colin Kazim-Richards results in a free kick. Wayne Bridge takes the direct free kick.

11:02

Bruno Saltor produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

10:35

Corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente from the right by-line played to the near post, Bradley Orr makes a clearance.

8:28

Will Buckley takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean. Short corner taken by Will Hoskins. A cross is delivered by Rodriguez Vicente, Jose Ulloa takes a shot. Blocked by Bradley Orr. A cross is delivered by Markus Olsson, Effort from deep inside the area by DJ Campbell misses to the left of the target.

7:38

The ball is delivered by Liam Bridcutt, Grant Hanley makes a clearance. Rodriguez Vicente has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

6:48

Rodriguez Vicente has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save made by Jake Kean.

4:40

Wayne Bridge sends in a cross, clearance by Martin Olsson.

3:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against DJ Campbell. Indirect free kick taken by Bruno Saltor.

2:16

Dean Hammond gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin Kazim-Richards. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

1:01

The ball is delivered by Will Buckley, Shot by Dean Hammond. Blocked by Bradley Orr. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rodriguez Vicente, Jose Ulloa has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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