Cardiff City 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Glenn Murray



Glenn Murray is the joint second-highest scorer in the Championship with 11 goals, but he is yet to score away from home this season

Ten-man Brighton & Hove Albion narrowed the gap on Championship leaders Newcastle to one point but could only draw against lowly Cardiff City.

Newcastle’s defeat at Nottingham Forest on Friday meant the Seagulls would have replaced them at the top with a win.

Neither they nor Cardiff looked likely to claim victory in a torpid encounter.

Brighton pressed for a winner but had Gaeten Bong sent off in added time, the draw keeping Cardiff one point adrift of safety in 22nd place.

Chris Hughton’s visitors may rue this result as a missed opportunity, as they were seldom troubled by their relegation-threatened opponents.

Brighton extended their unbeaten run to 13 league games and remain in second place in the Championship but did so without impressing against a Cardiff side who had lost three of their previous four league fixtures.

Despite the gulf in the teams’ standings, there was little to differentiate them in this uneventful match.

Aron Gunnarsson had an early shot saved but Cardiff may have felt their best hope of a goal was Brighton centre-back Shane Duffy, who scored two own goals as a Blackburn player at the same ground in August – making him Cardiff’s joint-fourth top scorer this season.

The Republic of Ireland international almost contributed at the right end on this occasion as his header found Glenn Murray in the Cardiff penalty area, but referee Roger East blew for a foul before the Brighton striker had swept the ball into the net.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock:

“The lads are going out tonight, but I don’t think Joe Bennett would’ve enjoyed his night out if Brighton had scored early on.

“We had to work really hard and there wasn’t anyone who didn’t give everything, and we knew we had to because they’re such a good team.

“Brighton rip people apart and we had to be well-organised and catch them on the break.”

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

“I’d say over the 90 minutes, we were the better side and the onus was on us to break down a tough defence.

“There are more places than Cardiff where I’ve come away disappointed. They will make it very hard for teams to come here.

“After a game like this there are the disappointments, but the positives are another clean sheet, and a run that’s kept us going.”

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Sébastien Pocognoli replaces Sam Baldock.

Second yellow card to Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) for a bad foul.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kieran Richardson replaces Junior Hoilett.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Amos.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Duffy.

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt saved. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bruno.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Shane Duffy tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Anthony Knockaert replaces Jiri Skalak.

Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Frederic Gounongbe.

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