Brighton missed the opportunity to move into the play-off spots with a goalless draw against a determined Huddersfield.

Striker Ashley Barnes went closest to securing a third Championship win in a row for the Seagulls, but wasted two second-half chances.

Huddersfield had been denied a first-half penalty when James Vaughan was fouled during a rare foray forward.

End of Seagulls' scoring spell

The goalless draw against Huddersfield was the first time Brighton had failed to score at home this season

Brighton remain outside the top six after failing to take advantage of their nearest rivals dropping points.

Leeds and Nottingham Forest played out stalemates against Barnsley and Birmingham, while Reading were defeated by Wigan. The results mean Brighton, who have only been beaten once in their last 10 games, are two points off the final play-off spot in eighth.

Huddersfield had been thrashed 4-1 on their last visit to Amex Stadium, and were immediately under pressure as Barnes' header at the near post was scrambled away by Martin Paterson following a Bruno corner.

The clearest chance of the game came on 50 minutes when Barnes shot over when Kemy Agustien's diving header was parried to him by the excellent Alex Smithies. Barnes then headed wide at the far post, before substitute Kazenga LuaLua was denied by Smithies after beating two defenders.

Mid-table Huddersfield's dogged display saw them avoid a third consecutive defeat, while ending Brighton's 11-match run of scoring in consecutive home matches in all competitions this season.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia:

"We are where we deserve to be. We are focused on the next game and you can't think about two or three months after today, we just must control what happens tomorrow.

"We played really well in this game and the only thing we needed was to put the ball in the net. On the positive side we have played well away from home and got some good results.

"Sometimes we play better at home but the results don't show it. We need to do everything to win games and I am happy with the performance: we played really well."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"Brighton is a very difficult place to come and play and there's no doubt we were up against a top team in this division. Along with Derby, they are the form team and having lost 4-1 on our last visit I'm delighted with a point this time.

"It's a great pitch and a great stadium but we did not capitulate. Barnes had a couple of chances for them, but there were not loads of chances in the match, although we tried to make a game of it.

"We are a work in progress and we have got to try to be economical, we've got to try to maximise what we have. There is more to come from the youngsters but I'm pleased with the way it's going."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 20 Upson
  • 38 Ince
  • 10 Agustien (Lua Lua - 65' Booked )
  • 09 Barnes
  • 21 D. López
  • 30 Buckley (Ulloa - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Andrews
  • 05 Dunk
  • 08 Crofts
  • 14 Calderón
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 29 Kuszczak

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 12 Hammill (Woods - 82' Booked )
  • 03 Dixon Booked
  • 15 Wallace
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 27 Smith Booked
  • 10 Gobern
  • 08 Clayton (Holmes - 60' )
  • 09 Vaughan
  • 17 Paterson (Ward - 59' )
  • 04 Norwood

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 07 Scannell
  • 11 Ward
  • 13 Bennett
  • 14 Stead
  • 16 Southern
  • 38 Holmes
Ref: James Adcock
Att: 27,155

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

2 2

Corners

10 5

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

90:00 +3:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

90:00 +1:27 Booking

Booking Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:14

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:14

Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).

90:00 +0:05 Booking

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

89:58

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

89:58

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:49

Attempt missed. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

88:21

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

87:31 Booking

Booking Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:21

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:21

Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).

85:52 Booking

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

85:49

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

85:49

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:16

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Bruno.

82:45

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

82:45

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Calum Woods replaces Adam Hammill.

80:54

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by David López.

79:59

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

79:21

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

79:18

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leonardo Ulloa replaces William Buckley.

77:11

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Smith.

71:11

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

71:11

Foul by Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town).

68:00

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:00

Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

65:24

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

64:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Kemy Agustien.

63:35

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:35

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

62:30

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:30

Foul by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town).

60:22

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kemy Agustien.

59:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Duane Holmes replaces Adam Clayton.

58:33

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

58:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Daniel Ward replaces Martin Paterson.

57:34

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

56:53

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

53:21

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

52:28

Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:28

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

51:20

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:20

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

50:50

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

48:56

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) with an attempt from the centre of the box is too high.

48:52

Attempt saved. Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David López with a cross.

47:06

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López tries a through ball, but Stephen Ward is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

45:00 +0:59

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

45:00 +0:39

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

44:54

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

44:54

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:18

Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill following a set piece situation.

42:30

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

42:30

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:41

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:30

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Smith.

37:46

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

36:52

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by David López.

34:40

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:40

Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).

33:58

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:58

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

33:26

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by William Buckley.

31:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:24

Delay in match David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

30:09 Booking

Booking Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:47

David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:47

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

29:04

Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

28:35

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

27:19

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James Vaughan.

24:33

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

24:02

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

22:25

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

22:00

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

22:00

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:49

Foul by Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion).

19:49

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:10

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by James Vaughan.

17:51

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Martin Paterson.

17:44

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

17:12

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Adam Hammill.

15:57

Foul by David López (Brighton and Hove Albion).

15:57

Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:32

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

14:32

Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:08

Attempt missed. Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

11:43

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

11:43

Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:02

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oscar Gobern.

6:18

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:18

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

5:31

Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Vaughan.

3:09

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

1:13

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno.

0:33

Attempt saved. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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