Ter­ri­ers show the spirit to sur­vive at top level

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STEVE MOUNIE re­vealed he had ad­mon­ished his marker af­ter se­cur­ing Hud­der­s­field Town a sur­vival point against their fel­low pro­moted club, whom they trail by three points.

Brighton had led for just two min­utes through goal­keeper Jonas Lossl’s own goal when Shane Duffy’s way­ward back pass gifted Town the equaliser.

Mounie coolly ended Hud­der­s­field’s Premier League goal drought of 427 min­utes, the Benin striker net­ting for the sev­enth time in the league this term.

The striker said: “The de­fender made a big mis­take and I told him on the pitch ‘ you shouldn’t do that be­cause I am al­ways aware of this pass’.”

Davy Prop­per had spurned Brighton’s first gilt-edged open­ing with just a minute on the clock, and then saw red in the fi­nal quar­ter for a studs-up tackle on Jonathan Hogg, whom Town head coach David Wag­ner said will be as­sessed to re­veal the ex­tent of the in­jury to his an­kle.

“For me, it was a tackle that was too dan­ger­ous,” said Wag­ner.

“Last week we had a com­pa­ra­ble tackle and we lost (Elias) Kachunga for three months, when Kenedy made a harsh tackle that was too dan­ger­ous. This tackle was too dan­ger­ous for me as well. I’ve no prob­lems with fight­ing spirit and ag­gres­sion but you can­not risk in­jur­ing your op­po­nent.

Jose Izquierdo should also have given Brighton the lead when sent through on goal but Lossl just beat him to Glenn Mur­ray’s slid­erule pass.

Lossl’s hero­ics counted for nought when his clanger gifted Brighton the 29th-minute opener.

The Den­mark stop­per should have dealt com­fort­ably with Solly March’s reg­u­la­tion 20-yard drive, but in­stead palmed the low ef­fort onto the post – with the re­bound can­non­ing off his body and over the line.

No sooner were Brighton ahead, how­ever, than an­other er­ror let the Ter­ri­ers draw level. Duffy’s mis­cued pass left Mathew Ryan in no-man’s land and only able to watch as Mounie rounded him and poked the ball into the empty net.

Mounie felt his side showed great char­ac­ter to re­spond so quickly.

“It’s a good point, ear­lier in the sea­son when we went a goal down we didn’t get so many points from such games, so it’s a very good point – es­pe­cially away.

“There were chances to win the game, but there were also chances to lose. We will take this point and keep go­ing. There are five games to go so we will try and take more points.

“We showed good char­ac­ter and showed that we fight un­til the end. We’ll keep fight­ing be- cause with­out fight­ing we won’t stay in this league.

“The game was in­tense and the fans were fan­tas­tic and I hope they will keep be­hind us un­til the end of the sea­son.”

Wag­ner hailed his side for keep­ing alive their shot at the “mir­a­cle” of Premier League sur­vival and said there was more to their goal than a mere de­fen­sive er­ror.

“We had a to­tally dif­fer­ent mind­set today. We wanted to chase them high and go in their faces. This was a goal from a mis­take which we cap­i­talised on but one which we forced them into. If we score goals out of mis­takes, who cares?

“Our pro­mo­tion last sea­son was a fairy­tale; this sea­son, if we sur­vive, for me, this is an­other level. This would be a mir­a­cle, and the play­ers are five games away from com­plet­ing this mir­a­cle.

“We have rep­re­sented Hud­der­s­field Town as a foot­ball club in the Premier League, where we com­pete against multi-bil­lion­aires and against coun­tries. I’m so happy that we still have the chance to make this mir­a­cle hap­pen.

“Both teams wanted to win. It was a real good per­for­mance from the lads who showed brav­ery on the ball, played some de­cent foot­ball and de­fended with Ter­ri­ers fight­ing spirit. It’s a point we can live with.

“The play­ers showed a lot of good things in a dif­fi­cult sta­dium where they still have the pro­mo­tion at­mos­phere which we have at the John Smith’s Sta­dium. It was very im­por­tant for the con­fi­dence and morale of the play­ers.”

Hud­der­s­field host Wat­ford and Ever­ton be­fore trav­el­ling to Manch­ester City and Chelsea and then com­plet­ing their sea­son at home to Ar­se­nal.

“We are look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing home,” said Wag­ner. “Five fur­ther games, five fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to get points on the board. We need fur­ther points but we play these five games on the back of a good per­for­mance. Ev­ery­body at the start of the sea­son would have loved us to be in the po­si­tion we find our­selves in.”

Brighton: Ryan, Sch­e­lotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, March, Stephens, Prop­per, Izquierdo, Gross (Kayal 76), Mur­ray (Ul­loa 67). Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Sal­tor, Bal­dock, Gold­son, Lo­ca­dia, Krul. Hud­der­s­field Town: Lossl, Hadergjonaj , Jor­gensen, Schindler, Kon­golo, Ince (De­poitre 90), Hogg (Billing 80), Mooy, van La Parra (Quaner 90), Pritchard, Mounie. Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Smith, Malone, Cole­man, Lowe. Ref­eree: A Tay­lor (Cheshire).

PIC­TURE: GARETH FULLER/PA.

NET GAIN: Hud­der­s­field striker Steve Mounie taps home the equaliser dur­ing the Premier League match against Brighton.

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