The FA Cup - Fifth Round
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion1HullHull City1

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Hull City

By Mike HensonBBC Sport
Yannick Sagbo

A late strike from Yannick Sagbo averted an upset as Premier League Hull snatched a draw and a replay away to Brighton in the FA Cup fifth round.

Sagbo had hit the bar for the visitors before Brighton took the lead, Leonardo Ulloa galloping clear to stroke home.

Hull rallied as Curtis Davies went close, but were spared when Ulloa wasted a fine chance on half-time.

It looked like the Argentine's goal would be decisive, but Sagbo fired in to cap a spell of late Hull pressure.

For much of the second half it seemed that Brighton were destined for a reunion with former manager Gus Poyet, whose Sunderland side await the tie's winners in the last eight.

Oscar Garcia, Poyet's replacement at the Amex Stadium, has guided the Seagulls to the fringes of the play-offs in the Championship and, after he appeared to prioritise promotion with seven changes to his starting line-up, his team turned in a performance of quality and tenacity to take Hull to the brink.

However the Tigers, who badly missed cup-tied strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, found their attacking edge just in time as Sagbo reacted well to convert Sone Aluko's cross and could have won it when Robert Koren and David Meyler went close late on.

That frantic finale was in contrast to a disjointed first 20 minutes in which only Jake Forster-Caskey's hooked volley over the bar and a wayward Will Buckley effort stirred the home crowd into life.

But Sagbo's improvised volley against the bar was the signal for the match to step up a gear.

Brighton responded with a slick counter-attack as Ulloa flicked the ball into the path of Buckley before accelerating past Tom Huddlestone, controlling the return and deftly scooping the ball over the advancing Allan McGregor.

The hosts' lead was almost wiped out two minutes later as Curtis Davies's header rattled the frame of the goal and Peter Brezovan reacted sharply to prevent the rebound looping into the net.

But Hull, whose high defensive line looked vulnerable throughout the first half, headed into the interval relieved as Ulloa planted a standing header wide when unchallenged at the far post in injury-time.

Brighton's industrious and inventive Buckley, returning from a hamstring injury, was withdrawn at the break, but the expected Hull siege took time to materialise.

In fact Ulloa's tireless hustling of Hull's centre-backs seemed the likeliest source of another goal, until Hull boss Steve Bruce replaced Abdoulaye Faye with George Boyd to increase the visitors' attacking threat.

As Brighton legs tired, Sagbo took advantage, stealing in front of Lewis Dunk to fire between Brezovan's legs.

With neither side apparently eager to add a replay to their fixture list, there were chances at both ends in the final minutes.

But Meyler saw a header cleared off the line after Matthew Upson failed to make a telling connection from a Brighton corner and they will face each other again at the KC Stadium next Monday.

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "We didn't play well at all in large patches of the game but we stuck at it and the substitutions we made freshened us up a bit. In the end we could have nicked it.

"It's difficult now with replays and all the rest of it, but we're still there and we've got a good chance.

"If we win the replay we've got a quarter-final at home in the FA Cup.

"We've got to go and give it our best shot. We might never ever get this far again."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia: "In the first half we were the better side, but in the second half the game was close.

"We had the chances to win, but the game could have gone either way. If we scored the second it would be different, but they took their chance late on.

"But I'm pleased with the performance of my players. It's not easy to play against Premier League opposition but we have shown that we can compete with them.

"When you concede a late goal, you can be a little bit disappointed but my feelings are really good and I'm happy all my players showed to everybody that they can play."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Brezovan
  • 14Calderón
  • 15ChicksenBooked at 62mins
  • 38Ince
  • 5Dunk
  • 20Upson
  • 4Andrews
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 19UlloaSubstituted forObikaat 79'minutes
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forMarchat 45'minutes
  • 25Lua LuaSubstituted forRodríguez Sánchezat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 3Greer
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 16Ankergren
  • 21López Moreno
  • 22Obika
  • 27March

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 3Figueroa
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 6Davies
  • 23FayeSubstituted forBoydat 67'minutes
  • 10KorenBooked at 57mins
  • 14LivermoreSubstituted forMeylerat 82'minutes
  • 24AlukoBooked at 37mins
  • 20Sagbo
  • 29QuinnSubstituted forFryattat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 5Chester
  • 7Meyler
  • 12Fryatt
  • 17Boyd
  • 22Harper
  • 30Henderson
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
21,352

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamHull
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Hull City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Hull City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Meyler (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Dunk with a headed pass.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

  11. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

  12. Post update

    Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Hull City 1. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Jake Livermore.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jonathan Obika replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

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