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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.

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."



Formation 4-3-3

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 11McAnuff
  • 12McCleary
  • 17Gorkss
  • 25Taylor
  • 38Tshibola
Fred Graham

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamReading
Shots on Target

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  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Bruno.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  20. Substitution

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