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Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton

Ashley Barnes (left) celebrates his equaliser for Brighton against Bournemouth

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.

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.

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Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

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:

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Post-match: Bournemouth boss 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."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 11Daniels
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 30Ritchie
  • 8Arter
  • 10Pitman
  • 28RantieSubstituted forThomasat 67'minutes
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 14Harte
  • 15Thomas
  • 16MacDonald
  • 25Flahavan
  • 36Yennaris

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 14Calderón
  • 17Ward
  • 38InceSubstituted forAndrewsat 68'minutes
  • 3Greer
  • 20UpsonBooked at 90mins
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forBridcuttat 45'minutes
  • 8Crofts
  • 9Barnes
  • 21D LópezSubstituted forOrlandiat 65'minutes
  • 23Conway

Substitutes

  • 4Andrews
  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Agustien
  • 11Orlandi
  • 16Ankergren
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 44Lita
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
9,870

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Hand ball by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

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

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

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

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

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.

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.

Foul by Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

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

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

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

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

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

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

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Wes Thomas replaces Tokelo Rantie.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Substitution

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

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

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

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

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.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester17122329161338
2Burnley17105229131635
3QPR1710521910935
4Blackpool178722215731
5Reading177732620628
6Nottm Forest177642620627
7Leeds178272420426
8Derby167453023725
9Brighton176742015525
10Watford176562724323
11Ipswich176562522323
12Huddersfield176562321223
13Blackburn176562119223
14Wigan156451713422
15Middlesbrough174762726119
16Bolton174761722-519
17Bournemouth175482232-1019
18Doncaster175481627-1119
19Birmingham175392123-218
20Charlton174581420-617
21Millwall174581934-1517
22Yeovil1733111324-1112
23Sheff Wed161871827-911
24Barnsley1725101635-1911
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