Burnley missed a flurry of second-half chances at Turf Moor as they shared the points with Brighton in the Premier League.
An unmarked Lewis Dunk opened the scoring for the visitors, heading home Pascal Gross’ corner in the 36th minute.
But the Clarets were good value for their 53rd-minute equaliser with Johann Berg Gudmundsson finding the bottom corner after Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez had parried away an Ashley Barnes effort.
And Sanchez was called into action repeatedly late on with Matej Vydra having the pick of the chances, but his 71st-minute close-range effort was well saved.
Burnley finally show attacking flair
Coming into this fixture, Burnley had suffered back-to-back defeats having not had a shot on target in either game.
But the hosts repeatedly created chances this time out, with Dwight McNeil seeing a free-kick and close-range effort well saved by Spaniard Sanchez in the first half.
And once Gudmundsson levelled with his first goal since August 2019, the Clarets dominated the second period.
Dunk did well to block Barnes’ side-footed shot after 57 minutes before the forward headed home a Gudmundsson cross only to be ruled out for offside.
Barnes turned provider late on, teeing up Vydra who was unable to poke the ball beyond Sanchez when through on goal.
Brighton’s defence remained resolute with both sides seemingly content with a point at full-time.
Seagulls continue unbeaten run
Only Manchester City had collected more points from their past four Premier League games than Brighton before today.
The Seagulls’ excellent form had seen them keep four consecutive top-flight clean sheets for the first time in the club’s history.
And it was centre-back Dunk who put the visitors in front with his third goal of the season after poor marking in the penalty area.
Aaron Connolly twice went close to doubling Brighton’s advantage with half chances either side of the break.
But the Seagulls rarely threatened after the hour mark, with a draw putting them 11 points clear of the drop in 15th, while Burnley remain 17th, nine points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham.
Yet another draw – the stats
- Burnley are without a win in three Premier League games (D1 L2) and have won just two of their past seven (D1 L4) after winning four of the eight before that.
- Brighton are unbeaten in five Premier League games (W3 D2), their joint-longest run without defeat in the competition, last doing so in March 2018.
- Eight of the past 11 league meetings between these two sides have ended in draws.
- Since Brighton were promoted to the Premier League in 2017, Lewis Dunk has netted nine top-flight goals, a figure only three other defenders can better – Marcos Alonso 14, Patrick van Aanholt 11 and Virgil van Dijk 10.
- Johann Gudmundsson’s strike for Burnley ended a run of 458 minutes without a goal conceded by Brighton in the Premier League.
‘It’s a good point for us’ – reaction
Brighton boss Graham Potter told BBC Sport: “I think a point is as much as we can ask for.
“Burnley put us under pressure in the second half. In the end it’s a good point for us and we’re happy with that.
“Our goalkeeper did really well. He’s helped us out a lot. He made some saves and helped us out aerially with the balls they put into the box.
“Burnley did well in the second half. They hit their forwards well, pick those second balls up and attack well. We’re happy with the point – it keeps us moving forward and we move on to the next one.
“We’ve had seven points this week – we have to be delighted with that. We’re in good form, but we have to carry on.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche told BBC Sport: “First half I thought we were not a million miles away.
“Second half I felt we had a bit more belief in what we were doing. First half I felt we were waiting for things to happen but in the second half we were making things happen.
“I thought our approach play in the second half was excellent. I talk about framework and freedom. You need a defensive framework but you need freedom as well and I felt we showed that in the second half.
“I thought there were a number of good performances. I thought we were terrific in the second half. We are not too greedy and we have come a long way since the first eight games. I was pleased with the mentality and the quality today.”
Both sides turn their attention to the fifth round of the FA Cup as Burnley host Championship Bournemouth on Tuesday, 9 February (17:30 GMT) before Brighton visit Leicester on Wednesday, 10 February (19:30).
Player of the match
with an average of 7.36
Squad number1Player namePope
Squad number27Player nameVydra
Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson
Squad number6Player nameMee
Squad number11Player nameMcNeil
Squad number2Player nameLowton
Squad number5Player nameTarkowski
Squad number18Player nameWestwood
Squad number10Player nameBarnes
Squad number4Player nameCork
Squad number23Player namePieters
Brighton & Hove Albion
Squad number26Player nameSánchez
Squad number5Player nameDunk
Squad number3Player nameWhite
Squad number4Player nameWebster
Squad number13Player nameGroß
Squad number8Player nameBissouma
Squad number34Player nameVeltman
Squad number9Player nameMaupay
Squad number10Player nameMac Allister
Squad number7Player nameConnolly
Squad number33Player nameBurn
Squad number14Player nameLallana
Squad number11Player nameTrossard
Squad number18Player nameWelbeck
- 6MeeBooked at 19mins
- 7GudmundssonBooked at 28mins
- 4WebsterSubstituted forLallanaat 75′minutes
- 10Mac Allister
- 7ConnollySubstituted forWelbeckat 62′minutes
- 9MaupaySubstituted forTrossardat 62′minutes
Match ends, Burnley 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Tarkowski.
Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Pascal Groß.
Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Attempt blocked. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jóhann Gudmundsson.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam Lallana replaces Adam Webster because of an injury.
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).
Robert Sánchez (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.
Offside, Burnley. Ashley Barnes tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Matthew Lowton (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Adam Webster.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Joël Veltman.
Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Webster.
Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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