Brighton & Hove Albion couldn’t end their Hillsborough hoodoo but earned another valuable away point with a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
- Stockdale makes two excelllent saves for Albion
- Bladock has strong penalty shout waved away
- Albion earn first clean sheet at Hillsborough in nearly four decades
- Seagulls a point above bottom three after draw
The stalemate, Albion’s second in a week following the 0-0 with Cardiff City on Tuesday, was hard fought, but the draw keeps the Seagulls one place and one point above the relegation zone heading into next week’s home clash with Birmingham City.
Chris Hughton made one change from the side that battled to a point in midweek, with Jake-Forster-Caskey dropping out the side, replaced by the returning Sam Baldock; while Dale Stephens was once again named on the bench.
The Seagulls almost got off to the perfect start but Owls defender Tom Lees breathed a sigh of relief as he deflected Baldock’s low cross at Kieran Westwood rather than past him into the net.
Albion came close again on eight minutes as Joao Teixeira shot wide, however it would not have counted as the Portuguese midfielder was adjudged to have fouled Liam Palmer.
Wednesday thought they had opened the scoring on 26 minutes, but Sergiu Bus’s powerful header was brilliantly tipped over by David Stockdale, before Rohan Ince half-volleyed over after Beram Kayal’s corner fell to him at the back post.
Stockdale again saved Albion, blocking Will Keane’s close-range header to keep the scores level going in at half-time.
Both sides had half chances immediately after the restart, with Teixeira’s powerful strike blocked by some brave Sheffield defending before Keane flicked Jeremy Helan’s low strike just wide.
The game was certainly more stretched in the second half but neither team could find the killer pass in the final third, however when Albion did pick the right ball, Joe Bennett couldn’t find the target on the angle.
Calderon’s bravery denied Lee what looked a certain goal, as the Spaniard threw himself in front of the Wednesday man’s shot, and just 60 seconds later Lee was again prevented from putting the Owls ahead as Stockdale saved his low strike with his legs.
Albion’s chance next, but Bruno couldn’t turn Teixeira’s ball across the box into the net while Baldock felt he was tripped as he raced into the area, but referee Scott Duncan was not in agreement.
It looked like Albion were destined to suffer another late defeat at Hillsborough when Atdhe Nuhiu wriggled into a shooting position, but the striker blazed over, much to the despair of the home support.