Report: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Leeds United

Report: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Leeds United

The points are shared at the AMEX Stadium.

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion 0

Leeds United 0

Brighton: Sanchez, Lamptey (March 76) Cucurella, Webster, Dunk, Veltman, Bissouma, Gross, Moder (Sarmiento 82), Trossard, Maupay (Locadia 68).  Subs not used: Steele, Mac Allister, Mwepu, Lallana, Duffy, Richards.

Leeds: Meslier, Firpo (Shackleton 45), Cooper, Phillips (Struijk 45), Llorente, Dallas, Forshaw, James, Harrison (Roberts 63), Raphinha, Rodrigo.  Subs not used: Klaesson, Gelhardt, Cresswell, Klich, McCarron, Jenkins.

Booked: Bissouma (Brighton),Firpo, Llorente, Shackleton (Leeds)

Referee: Craig Pawson

Venue: American Express Community Stadium

Attendance: 31,166

Leeds United picked up a point on the road in the Premier League, holding Brighton to a 0-0 draw on the South Coast.

Brighton started the first half as they meant to go on, Tariq Lamptey crossed in from the right for Jakub Moder inside the first minute, but he couldn’t keep his volley down.

Junior Firpo picked up an early booking, before Brighton’s second chance came, Lamptey’s deflected cross this time found Neal Maupay in a great position in the Leeds box, but he put the chance over.

Maupay then tried his luck from the edge of the box as the hosts continued to create chances, but he was denied by Illan Meslier.

Raphinha threatened in the 14th minute when he cut into the Brighton box from the right flank and had a penalty appeal turned down, before Jack Harrison struck wide.

Leeds then had goalkeeper Meslier to thank for keeping the scores level, Leandro Trossard struck and his effort looked destined for the back of the net, but for the brilliance of the French Under-21 international, who tipped his strike onto the post.

The Whites had an opportunity from a set-piece when Stuart Dallas won a free kick on the right. Raphinha took and his deflected strike just evaded Rodrigo, whilst Dan James at full stretch couldn’t turn an effort on target.

Diego Llorente made a fine challenge to block another Maupay attempt, before Trossard was again denied by Meslier, this time from the edge of the Leeds box.

Moder then drove into the Leeds box and hit the post from a very narrow angle, before Maupay had another great chance from a Lamptey cross, but this time put his attempt wide, as the two sides went in level at the break, despite Brighton’s dominance.

Half time: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa introduced Jamie Shackleton and Pascal Struijk for Junior Firpo and Kalvin Phillips at the break, but it was again Brighton who continued to apply the pressure at the start of the second half, without really testing Meslier.

Dallas went close to breaking the deadlock in the 55th minute, he struck a fizzing effort from the edge of the Brighton box which was well saved by Robert Sanchez.

Trossard again tried his luck six minutes later, with a curling effort from 20 yards, but could only fire wide.

Brighton created another good opportunity when Pascal Gross found Moder in the Leeds box, but once more, the target evaded the Brighton frontman.

Leeds substitute Tyler Roberts almost had an immediate impact when he broke forwards, he did well to create space for a shot, but Sanchez made a fine stop to deny him.

Like Roberts, Brighton introduction Solly March went close within a minute of coming on, his deflected strike from the edge of the box brought out the best of Meslier, who tipped the shot over his crossbar.

Some good build up play from Leeds then lead to half a chance for Roberts, but he was stretching to get his effort away and couldn’t find the target.

Brighton then had their goalkeeper Sanchez to thank after Leeds won possession deep into the Seagulls half, Adam Forshaw then sent Roberts into the box, with the Brighton stopper making a brilliant stop to deny him. 

From the resulting corner the ball fell to Roberts and his deflected strike was again denied by another phenomenal stop.

The points were eventually shared with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Full time: Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Leeds United