Blackburn Rovers 1 - 1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Match info: Championship at Ewood Park

Date: 22/01/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: R Madley Att: 12,230

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes 45 (pen)

1
vs
1

Brighton

David Lopez 90+7 (pen)

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: January 22 2013, 23:59 GMT

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton was aggrieved to watch Brighton leave Ewood Park with a 1-1 draw due to an equaliser scored outside the allocated period of stoppage time.

Appleton: Watched his side draw with Brighton
Appleton: Watched his side draw with Brighton

David Lopez was clumsily bundled over by Rovers substitute David Goodwillie in the box when five additional minutes had elapsed and the Spaniard picked himself up to convert the resulting penalty.

Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Charlton means Appleton has taken a solitary point from his first two games since succeeding Henning Berg and the pre-season promotion favourites lie nine points shy of the npower Championship play-off places with 18 games remaining.

It was therefore galling for the former Portsmouth and Blackpool boss to hear fourth official Peter Wright urging Robert Madley to blow for full-time moments before the decisive incident occurred.

"The most disappointing thing - I've got to be careful what I say a little bit - is for 45 seconds the fourth official is screaming down his mic to the referee 'that it's, it's done, it's finished'," Appleton explained.

"So to concede after that is disappointing. Having said that, it was a silly challenge from David - he knows that - and it's cost us."

Scotland international striker Jordan Rhodes, one of the few success stories of a turbulent campaign at Ewood Park, netted a fifth goal in as many league matches with a spot-kick of his own to hand Blackburn a slender advantage on the stroke of half-time - just reward for a gameplan Appleton felt worked to perfection.

"We did look comfortable - that's the most disappointing thing," he added.

"We controlled the game in terms of we knew exactly how Brighton play - there was a gameplan in terms of how we would set up and how we would deal with it.

"Their keeper was certainly a lot more busy than our goalkeeper on the night.

"I think if we'd have got the second goal we'd have won the game comfortably."

Lopez's last-gasp leveller meant Brighton recorded their 12th draw from 28 Championship games - the highest number in the division and a statistic that manager Gus Poyet believes is undermining the promotion ambitions of his seventh-placed side.

"I need to make sure that we don't keep drawing and drawing because it's too many," said the former Chelsea midfielder.

"Do you know how many games we've lost this year? From 28 we've played we've lost six and we are not in the top six.

"How? Because we draw too many. It's better from now on that we win one and lose one."

Poyet reserved praise for goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who bounced back from a weekend howler that handed Birmingham a point with a fine display to keep Brighton within striking distance heading into the final stages.

"I learned a lot from Tomasz because he didn't make one mistake the whole season and then there's his mistake at the end against Birmingham," he added.

"To see his reaction - he was he was very good, he kept us in the game and because of that we were able to get a point. Concede two or three and the game is over.

"Credit to him, I'm happy that the reaction was the one I needed and the one that he wanted, of course."


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