CHRIS HUGHTON praised his side’s response to falling behind. Brighton were left to rue missed chances after dropping points on home turf for the first time this season.
Joe Mason gave the visitors the lead after five minutes when he tapped in Scott Malone’s low centre, only for Dale Stephens to bring the hosts level before the break when he volleyed past Cardiff stopper Simon Moore – much to Hughton’s delight.
“It’s not been us this season to go behind. Generally we’ve been strong and taken the lead. So, to respond the way we did showed volumes for the group of playesr we’ve got,” Hughton said.
“We had a lot of chances and got into a lot of really good areas. The only negative for me would be that when you get into those sort of areas as consistently as we did, you’ve got to be finishing and winning games.
“In Cardiff, we played a very good team. No team is going to lay down and make life comfortable for you, so I don’t think we could’ve asked any more than to be in the position that we are.”
The Seagulls were without Kazenga LuaLua and Jamie Murphy due to injury and suspension respectively, but still managed to repeatedly threaten a Cardiff City side who struggled to create chances.
However, on the one occasion that the Bluebirds did break into the Brighton penalty area during the first half, they found the net.
After appeals from Lewis Dunk for a corner after a push by Matthew Connolly, the visitors broke clear when Peter Whittingham spotted the run of Malone. The left-back advanced before putting a dangerous low ball across the face of goal to enable Mason to turn the ball in and score.
Hughton’s men, who came into the game with a nine-game unbeaten start to the season roared back testing Moore with a series of shots.
Dunk nodded down for Sam Baldock, who saw a volley turned away, before Dale Stephens also attempted a volley, with his 20-yard effort held by Moore.
The Bluebirds stopper would’ve been able to produce a highlights reel on the basis of the first half alone, as he then denied Baldock after some impressive control from the Albion front-man plucked the
HAPPY DAYS: Dale Stephens (left) celebrates scoring Brighton’s leveller with Liam Rosenior