Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Liam Rosenior and Kieran Lee

Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday also shared a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough in November

Brighton earned a fourth clean sheet in a row to go third in the Championship in a drab goalless draw with play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday.

Neither side managed a first-half shot on target in a match delayed because of a serious road accident.

Brighton’s Jamie Murphy went closest with a half-volley that went wide.

The Owls edged an equally tight second period as home keeper David Stockdale twice pushed away well-directed long-range efforts from Barry Bannan.

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Hughton on Brighton v Sheff Wednesday

The lack of goalmouth action was in stark contrast to Albion’s recent home matches, where they had scored 12 goals in registering four straight victories.

Wednesday’s attacking intent was not helped by the absence of top scorer Fernando Forestieri, serving the final game of a suspension after being sent-off in his previous two Wednesday games.

With Hull contesting an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Arsenal, the stalemate lifts Chris Hughton’s Brighton, now unbeaten in four, up to third in the table at the expense of City – albeit having played two games more.

Carlos Carvalhal’s Owls, meanwhile, stay in the final play-off spot despite a fifth game without a win.

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton<!–

Chris Hughton led Brighton to a 21-game unbeaten league run from the start of the season to mid-December

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