Brighton & Hove Albion missed out on a chance to move back into the automatic promotion places after they were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw with league leaders Burnley.
- Albion move remain third in the table
- Dale Stephens and Anthony Knockaert score for the Seagulls
- Andre Gray and Michael Keane on target for Burnley
- A total of 29,683 fans were packed inside the Amex - the largest home crowd of the season
Goals from Dale Stephens and Anthony Knockaert looked like being enough to claim a narrow win, until Michael Keane scored a late equaliser for the Clarets.
The result leaves Albion third in the table, just a point behind Middlesbrough and three adrift of Burnley at the top.
Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that beat MK Dons before the international break, as Knockaert and Sam Baldock replaced James Wilson and Jiri Skalak.
Burnley had their first chance of the game inside the opening two minutes, when Andre Gray’s shot forced a low save from David Stockdale.
The Clarets came close to breaking the deadlock again when Joey Barton rose highest in the box, but glanced his header wide.
Albion created their first opening after Knockaert was played through on the angle by Tomer Hemed, but his shot was held by Tom Heaton.
The Seagulls broke forward once again and both Jamie Murphy and Hemed saw their attempts blocked, before Liam Rosenior curled his attempt over the bar.
Former Brighton loanee Sam Vokes was next to come close for the Clarets when he lashed an attempt wide and then sent a close-range header over the bar.
Connor Goldson also came close to break the deadlock when his shot was deflected wide, but Albion got off the mark just moments later thanks to Stephens.
Knockaert’s corner drifted towards the back post via the aid of a deflection, and the midfielder hooked the ball into the back of the net, much to the delight of most of the 29,683 fans packed inside the Amex.
But parity to the scoreline was restored just three minutes later, after a David Jones corner created havoc inside the box and Gray fired home from inside the six-yard box.
Albion broke forward in a bid to re-establish their lead, as Hemed fired wide after being played through by Beram Kayal.
Baldock then forced a strong two-handed save after being played through by Bruno.
It was the forward’s last telling contribution of the game as he was replaced by James Wilson due to a knock.
The lead was restored in first-half stoppage time when some superb skill by Knockaert bamboozled the Burnley defence and his subsequent deflected effort beat Heaton.
It could have got even better for Albion, but Hemed’s header and Knockaert’s effort were blocked.
Murphy had the first attempt after the restart and his curling strike went just past the far post.
There was a moment of controversy when Barton left his foot in on Kayal, but referee Craig Pawson did not penalise the midfielder.
Albion could have doubled their advantage as Murphy was played through down the left flank and he set up Knockaert, whose strike was saved by Heaton.
Murphy was involved in the thick of the action again as he made another darting run down the left, but his cross agonisingly missed the onrushing Wilson.
Hughton’s men were dealt a late blow when Bruno was forced off injured to be replaced by Gaetan Bong, but it could have got worse for the Seagulls.
Keane’s header looked to have crossed the line from a corner, as Burnley protested to referee Pawson.
But the visitors claimed a share of the spoils as another Keane header from another corner beat Stockdale to deny Albion all three points as the clock ticked down.
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