Match Report: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Fulham

GLENN MURRAY’S brace helped Brighton & Hove Albion come from two goals down to snatch a point against Fulham at the Amex.

Goals from Andre Schurrle and Aleksandar Mitrovic had given Slavisa Jokanovic’s side the lead after Pascal Gross had a first-half penalty saved, but the Albion battled back to secure the draw.

Ever since their return to the Premier League last season, Albion have maintained strong home form, and they were the side looking most threatening in the opening exchanges. The visitors, boosted by the return of Alfie Mawson from injury, were forced into multiple blocks and clearances early on to keep Brighton out.

The pressure paid in the 24th minute when Luciano Vietto fouled Murray in the penalty area, but Gross, usually so impressive when playing at the Amex, saw his spot-kick saved by Marcus Bettinelli down to his right. From the resulting corner Murray glanced a header just wide.

Jokanovic’s side struggled to maintain possession in the final third throughout the first-half, while the dazzling feet of Anthony Knockaert emphasised Brighton’s determination to not be phased by the penalty miss.

But as is so often the case in football, a goal against the run of play can come from anywhere. Fulham spent big money on Jean Michael Seri in the summer, and his delightful flick over the Brighton defence that allowed Schurrle to poke past Mathew Ryan to open the scoring in the 43rd minute, was the moment of quality that fully justifies such a purchase.

1-0   to the visitors at half-time, and the Albion with work to do.

Fulham started well after the break, but Solly March should have netted the equaliser when he latched on to Davy Propper’s through pass, only for the winger to fire over the bar.

The Seagulls were immediately made to rue their missed chances as Mitrovic scored his fourth of the season to double Fulham’s advantage in the 62nd minute. The Serbian striker dispossessed Lewis Dunk before running through on goal, having his first effort saved but curling home the rebound.

Chris Hughton’s team looked out of the contest, but five minutes later they were back in it when Knockaert capitalised on a defensive error by Maxime Le Marchand to feed Murray who made no mistake.

The goal spurned Albion on, and they were awarded a second penalty of the match when the ball struck the arm of Mitrovic as he tried to control it inside the area. With Gross having been substituted, Murray stepped up and sent Bettinelli the wrong way to score his second and level proceedings in the 84th minute.

The encounter was soon end-to-end as both sides searched for a winner. Neither could find it though, and both were left to settle for a point as they head into the international break.

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