Seconds out – Burnley peg back Albion in stoppage time

Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Burnley 1

Albion came within a whisker of a first home league win since March after Neal Maupay half volleyed the Seagulls ahead on 51 minutes.

After a slow start Albion started to command the match just as the first half was coming to an end.

The Seagulls were up against it for long periods of the first half, with former Seagulls Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes causing problems for Albion’s new-look defence.

Aaron Lennon also looked lively for the visitors.

But it was the Seagulls who had the better chances of the opening period. Glenn Murray saw a header go wide and a low drive weakly saved by Nick Pope.

Albion were much more attack-minded in the second half and it was Maupay who registered his first Amex goal with a half volley into the bottom that put the Seagulls into the lead.

Albion had a few chances to double the advantage, with Davy Propper heading over from close range.

Shane Duffy has a good chance from a Solly March cross but as Pope punched he appeared to connect more with Duffy than the ball.

Burnley were offering little threat although as Jay Rodriguez warmed up he was roundly booed by all areas of the Amex.

Ironically, Gaetan Bong was introduced a few minutes after his nemesis Rodriguez. It was Bong’s first Premier League appearance of the season.

In the dying minutes a quick throw out by Pope went via James Tarkowski, past Duffy and Bong and straight to Jeff Hendrick.

His low rasping drive beat Maty Ryan down at his right-hand post and secured an unlikely point for the visitors.

Albion travel to Newcastle next weekend in the 5:30 Sky kick off.

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