No victor no vanquished situation for Brighton,Burnley

 

Brighton have beaten Leeds, Spurs and Liverpool in their current five-match unbeaten run but in its own way, surviving a harsh afternoon at Turf Moor was just as impressive.

Graham Potter’s side have spent a lot of the season earning a reputation as pretty players without necessarily having the ruthlessness to get over the line.

Hopes of a fifth clean sheet in a row were dashed when Johan Gudmundsson’s first goal in 18 months cancelled out a first-half header from Lewis Dunk but The Seagulls still dug in to ensure they left with something.

The back-three of Adam Webster, Dunk and Ben White put their bodies on the line to get in vital blocks – White eventually succumbing to an ankle injury – while impressive goalkeeper Robert Sanchez bravely saved at point-blank range from Matej Vydra and got knocked by Ashley Barnes’ follow-through as he held onto the rebound.

The spirit shows Potter is building something but Burnley’s Sean Dyche will also be happy with his side’s response to a sluggish first half particularly as they’d failed to register a shot on target in their previous two games against Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Burnley and Brighton are the only two teams to win at Anfield this season. They couldn’t beat each other and while neither will feel completely safe from relegation yet, there is a nice gap between them and the bottom three, hence it feeling like a point gained rather than two lost.

 

 

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