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Amex Stadium (ATT 27,155) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Huddersfield Town Huddsf'ld

Sky Bet Championship: Huddersfield frustrate Brighton in 0-0 draw at Amex Stadium

Last Updated: 21/12/13 5:58pm

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Alex Smithies: Huddersfield keeper kept out Brighton

Alex Smithies: Huddersfield keeper kept out Brighton

Brighton were denied a third successive victory by a stubborn defensive display from Huddersfield as the teams played out a 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton's Ashley Barnes carried the main threat throughout the game but could not find a way past Alex Smithies and his defence, wasting two good chances after half-time.

Huddersfield should have had a first-half penalty when Adam El-Abd fouled James Vaughan but they offered little else.

Huddersfield defender Anthony Gerrard made a vital block early on to thwart Barnes, who had got into a dangerous position following a cross-field ball by Spaniard Bruno Saltor.

Brighton keeper Peter Brezovan, holding onto his place ahead of fit-again first choice Tomasz Kuszczak, had to swoop low to save a goal-bound left-foot shot from Adam Hammill after six minutes.

Huddersfield, thrashed 4-1 on their previous visit to the Amex, came under pressure when Bruno won a corner and a Barnes header at the near post was scrambled away by Martin Paterson.

The Terriers should have had a penalty midway through the half, however, when defender El-Abd appeared to push over fit-again striker Vaughan but referee James Adcock waved away the appeal.

Vaughan later set up Oliver Norwood but his 20-yard effort failed to trouble Brezovan and flew over the bar.

Brighton's Spanish midfielder David Lopez required treatment after a late tackle from Paul Dixon which resulted in a booking for the Huddersfield defender.

Ever-present Huddersfield keeper Smithies was relieved when an inswinging corner from Lopez got caught in the wind and drifted inches wide of the far post.

Smithies confidently smothered the ball shortly before the break with Barnes threatening to get on the end of a deep cross from Bruno.

Brighton came close to breaking the deadlock on 50 minutes when, from a cross by Lopez, a Kemy Agustien diving header was parried by Smithies and Barnes put the rebound over.

Barnes was wasteful again eight minutes later when he headed wide at the far post after Lopez had provided the perfect cross.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia made his first change by bringing on Kazenga LuaLua for Agustien and the former Newcastle flyer quickly made his presence felt.

Smithies made another crucial claim when former England international defender Matthew Upson threatened to connect with a teasing Lopez cross.

Will Buckley should have done better for the Seagulls when he took the ball on too far after being set free in the area by Lopez.

Brighton, now beaten only one in their last 10 games, continued to apply late pressure and LuaLua was denied by Smithies after getting the better of two defenders.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13