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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.

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."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 14Calderón
  • 17Ward
  • 38InceSubstituted forAndrewsat 68'minutes
  • 3Greer
  • 20UpsonBooked at 90mins
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forBridcuttat 45'minutes
  • 8Crofts
  • 9Barnes
  • 21López MorenoSubstituted 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).