Burnley 1-1 Brighton: Johan Gudmundsson ensures hosts take share of the spoils in battling draw after Lewis Dunk had headed in-form visitors into early lead at Turf Moor
- Brighton captain Lewis Dunk scored a towering first-half header from a corner
- Burnley midfielder Johann Gudmundsson equalised with a close-range rebound
- Result means Burnley move nine and Brighton 11 points clear of the drop zone
Brighton’s Johan Gudmundsson scored his first goal for 18 months to deny Brighton a fifth consecutive clean sheet and victory at Turf Moor.
Gudmundsson steered home from the edge of the box after 53 minutes to cancel out Lewis Dunk’s opener for Brighton as both sides shared the spoils to keep distance between themselves and the bottom three.
In a game more entertaining than many neutrals would have predicted, Brighton stretched their unbeaten run to five games as they built upon last week’s shock win away to Liverpool.
Brighton’s Lewis Dunk (second right) opened the scoring with a powerful header from a corner
The Seagulls’ skipper scored his third league goal of the season from Pascal Gross’ delivery
Burnley, the only other side to win at Anfield this season, improved greatly in the second half to deserve their point.
In pouring rain, Burnley quickly ended a run of more than three hours without an effort on target when Ben Mee headed at Robert Sanchez. But Brighton enjoyed the better of the first half, with Pascal Gross wasting a free-kick after Neal Maupay had been fouled by Ben Mee right on the edge of the penalty area.
Burnley also gained a free-kick in a dangerous position with Dwight McNeil trying to catch out Sanchez at the near post. The goalkeeper tipped around the post and saved again from James Tarkowski at the following corner.
The Clarets are known for their aerial power so it would have annoyed Sean Dyche that they fell behind to a header at a set piece after 36 minutes.
Just eight minutes into the second half, Burnley midfielder Johann Gudmundsson equalised
The winger lashed home from close range after Robert Sanchez parried Ashley Barnes’ effort
Icelandic international Gudmundsson scored what Burnley clearly felt was a deserved leveller
Pascal Gross’ outswinger found Dunk in a surprisingly generous amount of space and the Seagulls skipper took full advantage to power into the corner beyond Nick Pope’s despairing dive.
The breakthrough livened up both sides. For Burnley, Jack Cork fired over after Matt Lowton’s run from right-back had caused problems. McNeil’s shot from eight yards was then thwarted by a strong hand from Sanchez.
At the other end, Pope needed to stretch his long arms to tip Connolly’s shot around the post shortly before half-time.
Burnley started the second half like a team given some urging by Sean Dyche in the dressing-room.
Their increased intensity was rewarded with an equaliser. Ashley Barnes and Erik Pieters were both denied but when the ball fell to Gudmundsson on the edge of the box, it was a case of third time lucky.
Clarets striker Barnes (right) then thought he netted with a header from inside the area
But the former Brighton forward’s goal was ruled out for offside, to Barnes’ evident frustration
The Icelander rolled the ball home and marked the end of his goal drought by casually raising his arms in celebration.
It was the first goal Brighton had conceded in 459 minutes when they were beaten 1-0 at Manchester City five games previously.
Burnley could have completed the comeback. Barnes was denied by an excellent block from Sanchez and saw a header ruled out for offside.
The goalkeeper then bravely saved from Matej Vydra at point-blank range and was caught by Barnes’ follow-through as he held onto the rebound.
Brighton boss Graham Potter added more physicality to his line-up by sending on Danny Welbeck for the diminutive Aaron Connolly. It was enough to preserve their little unbeaten run which has also included wins against Leeds and Spurs.
The result means Burnley move nine points and Brighton 11 points clear of the relegation zone
MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS
Burnley (4-4-2): Pope 7; Lowton 6.5, Tarkowski 6, Mee 6, Pieters 6; Gudmundsson 6.5, Westwood 6, Cork 6, McNeil 7; Vydra 6, Barnes 5.5.
Yellow cards: Mee 19, Gudmundsson 28.
Goal: Gudmundsson 53.
Brighton (3-5-2): Sanchez 7; White 7, Dunk 7.5, Webster 6.5 (Lallana 75, 6); Veltman 6, Gross 7, Mac Allister 6, Bissouma 6.5, Burn 6; Connolly 6 (Welbeck 62, 6), Maupay 6.5 (Trossard 62, 6.5).
Substitutes not used: Walton (GK); Karbownik, Alzate, Moder, Tau, Zeqiri.
Goal: Dunk 36.
Referee: Anthony Taylor 5.5.