Steve Mounié capitalises on Brighton howler to rescue point for Huddersfield

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Crackling with nervous energy throughout, Brighton and Huddersfield fought each other to a standstill here in their attempts to avoid relegation. Two goals, both in part the result of an individual error, were characteristic of a match riddled with tension. First Huddersfield’s Jonas Lössl’s soft save rebounded into the net off the goalkeeper himself, then Shane Duffy handed Steve Mounié an equaliser on a platter. Both sides gave their all but neither can relax as the Premier League enters its final straight.“I’m disappointed and frustrated,” said the Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. His team stand on 35 points but now face Crystal Palace in another six-pointer before taking on the current top four in their final five matches. “We had a really good opportunity. Particularly with the start we had. We were up against a team that struggles to score and the goal gave them the lift they needed.” Hughton was right about the start. Davy Pröpper should have scored his first goal for the club within the first 30 seconds. Chasing a looped pass from Ezequiel Schelotto, he controlled the ball, advanced on goal and missed the target. The Dutch international was under pressure from Jonathan Hogg but had a clear sight of goal. It was the first example of the nerves that would define Brighton’s performance.The home side’s first properly fluent move resulted in a goal, however. Pröpper started it, releasing José Izquierdo on the counter with the outside of his boot. The Colombian smuggled the ball to Solly March, who hit a low shot that was precise but lacking real power. Lössl got down to it but his connection was weak, pushing the ball on to the post, then back on to himself and into the net.If that was a warning that calamity can be round the corner at any moment, Brighton did not heed it. Within three minutes the visitors were level and it was all Shane Duffy’s work, the centre-half playing a blind pass across his box while under pressure from Alex Pritchard. Mounié intercepted, rounded Mat Ryan and tucked home. Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Facebook Premier League Huddersfield Share on Pinterest Bournemouth’s Joshua King pounces at the last to deny Crystal Palace vital win Everton rue late misses as winless derby run against Liverpool goes on Brighton & Hove Albion Share on Messenger The Observer “In general I am happy,” said the Huddersfield manager, David Wagner, afterwards. His Terriers are four points clear of Southampton in 18th, having played two games more. “I’m pleased with the performance and very pleased with the players’ response after the start Brighton made and having conceded a lucky goal. If this means you get a point at the end we have to accept it.”Pröpper put the cap on a highly strung performance when he was sent off with 15 minutes remaining for a sliding challenge on Hogg. Brighton might still have won the game with 10 men but Izquierdo failed to round Lössl when sent through by Leonardo Ulloa and Duffy had two headed chances to make amends only to see one cleared and the other go over.“There’s still six games to go, that means so many points still to play for,” Hughton said. “Somebody’s going to pull out a surprise; they always do. Which team that will be I do not know. We certainly still need points to make sure we stay up.” Read more match reports Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img

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