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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Reading

Drenthe celebrates

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.

Oscar Garcia

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Oscar Garcia: Brighton head coach after Reading draw

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.

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."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2BrunoBooked at 90mins
  • 17Ward
  • 4AndrewsBooked at 86mins
  • 3GreerBooked at 51mins
  • 20Upson
  • 38Ince
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forMarchat 85'minutes
  • 19Ulloa
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forDunkat 52'minutes
  • 35LingardSubstituted forBuckleyat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 14Calderón
  • 16Ankergren
  • 22Obika
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 27March
  • 30Buckley

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37ObitaBooked at 77mins
  • 20Guthrie
  • 5Pearce
  • 35HectorBooked at 45mins
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forMcAnuffat 76'minutes
  • 16AkpanSubstituted forTaylorat 85'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 19Robson-KanuBooked at 67mins
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forMcClearyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 11McAnuff
  • 12McCleary
  • 17Gorkss
  • 25Taylor
  • 38Tshibola
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
27,532

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away26
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Bruno.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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.

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

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

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.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Hope Akpan.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

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

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

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

Booking

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

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jobi McAnuff replaces Nick Blackman.

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Royston Drenthe.

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.

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.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3323553074
2Burnley33181232666
3Derby3418791761
4QPR3317971460
5Nottm Forest34141371455
6Reading341410101352
7Wigan32157101152
8Brighton3313119750
9Ipswich34121210548
10Blackburn32121010-146
11Watford33111210945
12Leeds3312813044
13Middlesbrough34101311643
14Huddersfield3412715-143
15Bournemouth3311913-842
16Sheff Wed3391212-139
17Bolton3491213-439
18Birmingham349916-536
19Blackpool3481115-2035
20Doncaster348917-2333
21Millwall3471017-2931
22Yeovil337818-1829
23Barnsley3361116-2529
24Charlton306915-1727
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