Reading returned to the Championship play-off places as Royston Drenthe's second-half equaliser earned them a point against 10-man Brighton.

Chris Gunter headed David Lopez's cross into his own net to give the hosts the lead in fortunate circumstances.

But Brighton were reduced to 10 men after 51 minutes when captain Gordon Greer was shown his second yellow card.

Reading equalised through Dutch midfielder Drenthe's first goal for the club, a low shot from 15 yards out.

Both sides then had chances to win the match as Nick Blackman shot at Seagulls goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who also denied Jobi McAnuff late on.

However, Brighton could also have collected all three points as Will Buckley shot wide and then forced Reading's Alex McCarthy into a vital save in injury-time.

Reading, who move above Wigan on goal difference and into sixth place, nearly went ahead inside two minutes as Drenthe beat three men and crossed for Adam Le Fondre, whose goal-bound shot was blocked by defender Stephen Ward.

Few Brighton goals

  • Despite being eighth in the Championship, Brighton have not scored more than one goal in any of the 10 league games they have played in 2014.

Brighton took a 17th-minute lead through Gunter's own goal, but Oscar Garcia's side had Scotland international defender Greer sent off early in the second half for two bookable offences, both coming following fouls on Le Fondre.

The striker then headed over the crossbar from Danny Guthrie's cross, before Blackman drove narrowly wide from 20 yards as Nigel Adkins's team pushed for an equaliser.

It came in the 64th minute, when former Real Madrid midfielder Drenthe beat Kuszczak at his near post with a low shot from just inside the area.

Neither side could grab a winner and the draw keeps Brighton in eighth, two points behind Reading.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia:

"The sending off completely changed the game. We had the match completely under control, we were 1-0 up and expecting a good second half.

"I'm proud of all of my players for the performance and how they competed against a big team.

"We showed great character and, even though we only had 10 men, we still created some good chances and could've won it."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"We gave away a poor goal, but we re-grouped and came very strongly in the second half.

"Brighton play some good football; I enjoy watching them play and coming from behind is pleasing after the week we've had with players on international duty.

"The squad has stepped up and done very well. We're in the mix and have some good players in the club who want to do well."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno Booked
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews Booked
  • 03 Greer Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 20 Upson
  • 38 Ince
  • 18 Forster-Caskey (March - 85' )
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 21 D. López (Dunk - 52' )
  • 35 Lingard (Buckley - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Dunk
  • 14 Calderón
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 22 Obika
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 27 March
  • 30 Buckley

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita Booked
  • 20 Guthrie
  • 05 Pearce
  • 35 Hector Booked
  • 22 Blackman (McAnuff - 76' )
  • 16 Akpan (Taylor - 85' )
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 19 Robson-Kanu Booked
  • 10 Drenthe (McCleary - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 12 McCleary
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 25 Taylor
  • 38 Tshibola
Ref: Fred Graham
Att: 27,532

Match Stats

Shots

6 26

On target

1 5

Corners

2 10

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +6:55 Full time

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

90:00 +6:42

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

90:00 +6:19

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Bruno.

90:00 +3:55

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Hector.

90:00 +3:45 Booking

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

90:00 +3:23

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:23

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +3:03

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matthew Upson.

90:00 +2:40

Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:40

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +2:13

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danny Guthrie.

90:00 +2:06

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno.

88:00

Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

86:48

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

86:41

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross.

85:50 Booking

Booking Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

85:40

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:40

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

84:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

84:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Hope Akpan.

83:18

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

81:13

Attempt missed. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

80:50

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:50

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

80:12

Attempt missed. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

79:05

Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

77:26

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

76:23 Booking

Booking Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:19

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

76:19

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Jobi McAnuff replaces Nick Blackman.

74:36

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

74:30

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

74:09

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

73:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Royston Drenthe.

73:24

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

72:32

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

70:26

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

70:21

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

68:49

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

68:05

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jake Forster-Caskey.

66:50 Booking

Booking Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

66:43

Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

63:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 1. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

60:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. William Buckley replaces Jesse Lingard.

60:24

Attempt missed. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

59:07

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

59:07

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

58:27

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

57:37

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) header from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

57:27

Attempt blocked. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:03

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

56:01

Attempt blocked. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

55:59

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

55:27

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

54:25

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

54:25

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

53:13

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

53:13

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

53:03

Attempt blocked. Hope Akpan (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

51:50

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jake Forster-Caskey.

51:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk replaces David López.

50:01 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) for a bad foul.

49:37

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:37

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

48:47

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

48:47

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:47

Attempt missed. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

45:00

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

45:00 +1:02 Half time

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

45:00 +0:16

Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

44:41 Booking

Booking Michael Hector (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:25

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

44:25

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

42:49

Attempt missed. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

41:08

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Bruno.

36:53

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

35:51 Booking

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

35:40

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

35:40

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:44

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

28:14

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:14

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

27:35

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

26:49

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:49

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

26:18

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

24:06

Hand ball by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

23:15

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

23:15

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

21:25

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

21:25

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:00 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Chris Gunter, Reading. Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 0.

14:29

Attempt blocked. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:38

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:38

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

9:24

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

8:14

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

8:14

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:11

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

6:11

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:33

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Michael Hector.

2:45

Offside, Reading. Danny Guthrie tries a through ball, but Royston Drenthe is caught offside.

2:10

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

2:07

Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

2:05

Attempt saved. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

0:46

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Jake Forster-Caskey is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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