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Brighton stretch unbeaten run to 11 games with draw against Villa

Glenn Murray

All of Glenn Murray’s 10 goals this season have come at home for Brighton

Glenn Murray scored his 10th goal this season as Brighton resisted a second-half Aston Villa onslaught to extend their unbeaten league run to 11 games.

Nathan Baker met an Albert Adomah free-kick with a fine flicked header to put Villa in front after 20 minutes.

Murray responded by fizzing a low shot past goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini just before the break.

Jonathan Kodjia hit the bar and David Stockdale made two crucial saves as Villa pressed for a second-half winner.

While Villa were denied all three points at the Amex Stadium they remain unbeaten in six games since Steve Bruce took charge in October.

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Baker’s goal came with the first shot on target and against the run of play as second-placed Brighton started brighter, controlling more than 70% of the ball early on.

While the hosts would go on to dominate the possession stakes until Villa’s second-half flurry, it was on the counter-attack that the Seagulls struck – Murray producing a sublime finish to level.

Jack Grealish came off the bench to give Villa renewed energy after the hour mark, with Jordan Ayew’s introduction after replacing Gabriel Agbonlahor also giving Bruce’s side impetus.

However, Stockdale was equal to Kodjia’s mis-timed header and a low Adomah shot, while Ivory Coast international Kodjia also hit the bar with a header from close range.

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Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Aston Villa 1.

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Aston Villa 1.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Chester (Aston Villa) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jiri Skalak.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Sam Baldock.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37946486