FOOTBALL: Match Report Brighton v Preston

Brighton 0 – 0 Preston

Amex Stadium – 24,629

Brighton remain unbeaten as they extended their lead at the top of the Championship after a hard fought point against Simon Grayson’s Preston side.

With Brighton top and Preston languishing in the lower reaches of the league, the form guide suggested it would be another win for Chris Hughton’s men.

On another day the Seagulls might have taken all three-points, but a plucky Preston side were determined to come away from Sussex with at least a point.

Brighton started on the front foot and tried to break down a resilient Preston defence. Tomer Hemed and Sam Baldock were the menaces for the Seagulls as they buzzed around looking to create an opening for the side, and something for the Brighton faithful to get excited by.

Brighton did have one opportunity of note in the first-half and that fell to Jamie Murphy, but his stinging free-kick was palmed away by Jordan Pickford in the Preston goal.

At the other end, Preston did have a solitary chance to take the lead through striker Eoin Doyle, but his header was parried away by David Stockdale.

With not much to shout home about from the first-half the crowd were looking for the game to spark into action in the second half.

The second-half started in similar vein to the first, with Brighton looking to get on the front-foot to try and break down a resilient Preston defence.

Fan favourite Bobby Zamora was on the bench waiting to give the Seagulls some new-found impetus in the forward area. After scoring in his last two games, he was odds on to carry on the trend.

Zamora did make his entrance to a jubilant Amex of 24,629 as he replaced Hemed, as Brighton went in search of that vital opening goal.

However the game sadly carried on in much the same manner as the first half, Brighton had most of the ball but they were too slow and hesitant to do anything with it and Preston clearly came and played for a draw but did look dangerous at times from set pieces.

The match drew to a close on a bit of a sour note as Gaetan Bong was stretchered off injured in the 90th minute, leaving Albion to play the closing stages with 10 men.

Ultimately a point was fair, as both teams lack a cutting edge. Preston left Sussex with a credible point, it gives the Lilywhites something to build on for the rest of the campaign.

For Brighton they remain the form team in the division and with Reading away next week the games are coming thick and fast.

Teams

Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Huenemeier, Bong, Rosenior (March, 66), Crofts, Ince, Murphy (Holla, 79), Baldock, Hemed (Zamora, 62)

Preston: Pickford, Vermijl (Huntingdon, 85), Woods, Wright, Cunningham, Reach, Browne, Gallagher, Johnson, Doyle (Garner,66), Hugill

Report by Michael Stokoe and Luca Van Dresh

The Verse Staff

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