Brighton miss big opportunity to extend lead over relegation zone after draw with Fulham

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Brighton extended their top-flight winless run at the Amex to 14 games as they were held  0-0 by 18th place Fulham.   

Brighton dominated for large periods of the game. Lewis Dunk, Leandro Trossard, Adam Webster and Solly March all had excellent opportunities to score but once again the Seagulls didn’t take their chances.

Fulham almost snatched all 3 points at the death. Lewis Dunk’s brilliant goal-line clearance prevented Ruben Loftus-Cheek from scoring in stoppage time.

Brighton have to see this as a real opportunity missed. This fixture represented a chance to put a major dent in Fulham’s hopes of Premier League survival, while enhancing their own by establishing a seven-point gap to the bottom three.

Once again it was Brighton’s prowess in front of goal that prevented them from securing their first home win of the season.

Unsurprisingly, only six clubs have scored fewer goals than the Seagulls this season. Neal Maupay has a reasonable return of seven goals from 18 appearances but the rest of the squad are finding goals hard to come by.

Maupay twice created opportunities for Trossard, who fired straight at Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from eight yards and saw a second attempt blocked.

Dunk and Webster also went close from corners but Brighton rarely gave the impression that they could break the deadlock.

Brighton manager Graham Potter to BBC Sport:

“Over the course of the 90 minutes we were the better team. We had the better chances and more chances.

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“But in any Premier League game you feel the other team will get a chance. It’s a big chance at the end. We defended well. I’m really happy with the players for what they put into the game against a team fighting for points too.

“There are still 50-odd points to play for. A lot of football to play. We have to focus on ourselves. Sometimes it’s not your day in terms of a bit of luck in front of goal.”

Next up for Brighton is a tough Premier League fixture against Tottenham at the Amex. Sunday, 31 January 19:15, kick off.

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