An Ashley Barnes equaliser earned Brighton a point against their south-coast Championship rivals Bournemouth.

Matt Ritchie put the hosts in front with a powerful 25-yard strike before he had an effort saved at close range by Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Rare Dean Court draw

  • This 1-1 draw with Brighton was Bournemouth's first draw at home since 12 January when they drew 1-1 with Swindon. In the Robins side that day was Matt Ritchie, who was sold to Bournemouth at the end of that month.

Brighton improved after the break and Barnes angled in a well-struck half volley on the turn to level.

A Steve Cook header and Brett Pitman shot went wide for the Cherries, who had to settle for a draw.

Bournemouth have now gone six Championship games without a win.

Brighton were chasing a fourth successive win but struggled in the first half and it was no surprise when they went behind.

The visitors had seen Inigo Calderon half-volley over from 10 yards before the miss was punished when Charlie Daniels rolled across a free-kick across for Ritchie, who powered a strike into the bottom corner past a wrong-footed Kuszczak.

The Seagulls' stopper was quickly called upon again when he had to save at point-blank range when Ritchie tried to side-foot in a Daniels cross at the far post.

Ritchie was providing his side's main threat and came close to a second when a deflected free-kick went just wide, before he set up Brett Pitman, whose effort was smothered by the on-rushing Kuszczak.

The visitors raised their game in the second half and equalised in stunning style. Barnes controlled a throw-in and, on the turn, rifled in an angled half-volley.

The home side's main problem was not taking their chances and they were guilty of that again when Cook steered a 12-yard header wide.

Pitman dragged an effort the wrong side of the post as the honours finished even at Dean Court.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"We always needed a second goal.

"We did not front screen the striker from the throw-in, which is disappointing from our point of view, but it is a great goal, so credit to him.

"I felt the positive was that we did look like we were going to score and in the previous home games we had struggled to break teams down."

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"Ashley Barnes deserved his goal because he works hard for the team and it is not easy to play every game against two centre-halves.

"For his confidence it will be very good but he is a player who is working very hard - it is not easy to play alone up front.

"I am very pleased with the second-half performance from all the players."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 11 Daniels
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie
  • 08 Arter
  • 10 Pitman
  • 28 Rantie (Thomas - 67' )
  • 20 Fraser (Pugh - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Surman
  • 07 Pugh
  • 14 Harte
  • 15 Thomas
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 25 Flahavan
  • 36 Yennaris

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 14 Calderón
  • 17 Ward
  • 38 Ince (Andrews - 68' )
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson Booked
  • 18 Forster-Caskey (Bridcutt - 45' )
  • 08 Crofts
  • 09 Barnes
  • 21 D. López (Orlandi - 65' )
  • 23 Conway

Substitutes

  • 04 Andrews
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 10 Agustien
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 44 Lita
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 9,870

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

4 3

Corners

6 3

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90:00 +6:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90:00 +5:27

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter.

90:00 +4:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +4:26 Booking

Booking Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:47

Delay in match Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

90:00 +3:00

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +3:00

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:59

Hand ball by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

90:00 +1:21

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Andrea Orlandi is caught offside.

90:00 +1:20

Attempt missed. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway.

90:00 +0:17

Hand ball by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

86:37

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

86:06

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi.

85:28

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

85:06

Foul by Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion).

85:06

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:43

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Simon Francis.

81:15

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

79:52

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

79:52

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:27

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

74:55

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

74:54

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

74:17

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

72:59

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

72:27

Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Bournemouth) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

71:56

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

71:56

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

67:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews replaces Rohan Ince.

66:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Wes Thomas replaces Tokelo Rantie.

65:14

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

65:14

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrea Orlandi replaces David López.

61:06

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

60:31

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:31

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

60:05

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Brett Pitman following a set piece situation.

59:35

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

59:35

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:11

Attempt blocked. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

54:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

53:50

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:50

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

53:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:40

Delay in match Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

50:20

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

49:27

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

49:26

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a through ball.

48:40

Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David López.

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Bridcutt replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

40:36

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Cook with a headed pass following a corner.

40:08

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Craig Conway.

40:06

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

39:07

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:07

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

38:39

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:49

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gordon Greer tries a through ball, but Andrew Crofts is caught offside.

33:51

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

33:03

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

31:24

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

31:10

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

28:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Daniels following a set piece situation.

27:26

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:26

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

27:02

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

25:16

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

24:11

Attempt missed. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

23:46

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

23:46

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:48

Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:48

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

19:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:31

Delay in match Steve Cook (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

19:31

Delay in match Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

18:58

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:58

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

18:10

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

18:10

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:38

Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

17:38

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:29

Attempt blocked. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

16:41

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

16:41

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:54

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway.

15:02

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

13:15

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jake Forster-Caskey.

8:24

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

8:24

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:09

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

4:09

Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:50

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:50

Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

2:11

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:11

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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