Brighton vs Burnley
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Jeff Hendrick’s stoppage-time strike denied Brighton director Graham Potter a primary Premier League home triumph as Burnley earned a 1-1 draw in the Amex Stadium.
Neal Maupay appeared to have secured all three points for the Seagulls afterwards he volleyed the hosts in front (51) on his 100th appearance in English football.
But Hendrick’s thunderous attack in the very first minute of injury time secured an unlikely point for the Clarets to deny Brighton a first home league victory as early March.
The result leaves Potter’s side in 14th place after an house league match with no win while Burnley stay 12th with both teams secured on five factors and without a win in four games.
Burnley, who secured back-to-back wins over their opponents last season, made the brighter start and were unlucky to not take the lead on 15 minutes when Shane Duffy’s scuffed clearance in Dwight McNeil’s cross deflected off Adam Webster and looped just on his own crossbar.
Seconds later, the people came close once again before his shot overlooked the outstretched Ashley Barnes in the far post as Jack Cork chested James Tarkowski’s header down out of a McNeil set piece.
However, the hosts grew into the contest and created chances of their own. Before the England goalkeeper did well to maintain Glenn Murray’s curly shot following a Pascal Gross pass on the stroke of half-time solly March tested Nick Pope in his near post.
Potter clearly told his players to continue in exactly the identical vein after the restart as half an hour, the hosts have been. Matt Lowton had already gone close to slicing the ball when Maupay analyzed Pope at his post after being released down the left by Gross.
Burnley’s reprieve was short-lived as from the next attack, the cross from the left of March was after he had obtained a yard of space on Tarkowski hooked by Maupay beyond Pope.
Davy Propper came near doubling the home side’s lead when his header in Murray’s cross flashed just over the bar, until Chris Wood wasn’t able to lead Ashley Westwood’s wayward volley on target in an infrequent sight of Brighton’s target for the visitors.
It appeared like the hosts had done enough to secure a first home win since beating Huddersfield 1-0 on March two, but that dramatically changed as the game headed to stoppage time.
Hendrick had played just four minutes of Premier League football this period prior to his debut but on his 100th flight appearance, he showed no signs of rust as he bumped onto the lay-off to burst Burnley degree of Matej Vydra.
Graham Potter:”We would’ve liked the three points and apart from the initial 25 minutes when Burnley were the better team, we shifted things around and out of there I thought we had been the most likely group to win. They scored in their only shot and that happens.
“We place a lot to the sport, and we’re disappointed to develop a point but in terms of the functionality it was really promising. We needed to score the next goal, and also there’s always standard on the pitch that can hurt you. That is the fact of it.
“Burnley are constantly in the game with the use of their center forwards and the way that they defend so profound, it’s not easy to create chances but that I thought we did this. Nonetheless, it is a sore you to concede too overdue.”
Sean Dyche:”It was a good end to a difficult performance. We had been good for the first 25 minutes and were the better side. Chances were created by us, and we asked questions but we weren’t clinical. Then they shifted to last season to a format, and the game levelled out to half-time.
“In the second halfwe did not get moving in all and they had been the better side. They moved in front but yet again the belief in our group was on show. Influenced the game.
“I really don’t wish to be too critical about the players to the next half because it had been the first dip we’ve had in operation this season, so we come away with a fantastic stage in the sense that we weren’t at our best.”
Gross had been left out of Potter’s starting however in the lack of Leandro Trossard , responsibilities were assumed by the German once more as the main creative spark of Brighton.
Gross generated a performance filled with electricity and guile. It was his pass which led just before the break and substitute Aaron Connolly had the opportunity to seal the points on from the Ingolstadt midfielder from another piece of unselfish play.
Brighton traveling to face Newcastle following Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League (kick-off: 5.30pm). Burnley sponsor Norwich on the same afternoon (kick-off: 3pm).
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