Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Sheffield United: Blades rescue point after Mahmoud Dahoud sees red

Mahmoud Dahoud’s dismissal was the fourth red card referee John Brooks has handed out in eight Premier League games this season

Sheffield United moved off the foot of the Premier League table by coming from behind to claim a point at 10-man Brighton.

The Seagulls led for much of the game through Simon Adingra’s wonderful early opener but were left to rue a failure to convert their dominance into further goals.

The match turned on Brighton midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud’s senseless 69th-minute red card for a raking challenge down the back of Ben Osborn’s leg.

Brighton defender Adam Webster turned Jayden Bogle’s cross into his own net to bring the Blades level only five minutes later.

And Bogle wasted a great chance to earn Paul Heckingbottom’s visitors back-to-back victories by firing wide with only Brighton keeper Jason Steele to beat.

Roberto de Zerbi’s side remain eighth as the Blades move above Burnley, and off bottom spot for the first time since their 8-0 thumping by Newcastle on 24 September, but are still four points from safety.

“We stayed in the game and got stronger and stronger, and started solving the problems they were posing,” said Blades boss Heckingbottom.

“It would have been lovely to get the three points but we can’t be greedy. It’s something to build on.

“We could have plenty more points out of plenty games but it’s all right me saying that – this is the evidence we need, that in the last two games we’ve took points and it’s been the other team that’s been holding on.”

Blades end away woe at wasteful Seagulls

The Blades were staring more unwanted records in the face until Dahoud’s dismissal, having been thoroughly second best and facing the prospect of a sixth successive away defeat.

No top-flight team has stayed up after losing 10 of their opening 12 games so avoiding that statistic was a big boost for Heckingbottom’s side.

Admittedly, they enjoyed a helping hand from the hosts, not just with the dismissal but the volume of chances Brighton passed up prior to it.

Their sixth-minute goal was a beauty as Ivory Coast winger Adingra waltzed in from the left to beat two defenders, played a quick one-two on the edge of the box with Facundo Buonanotte and fired past Wes Foderingham.

Simon Adingra puts Brighton ahead against Sheffield United
Simon Adingra found the net for the second game running, having scored one and also set up another in Brighton’s 2-0 Europa League win at Ajax

But rather than open the floodgates, it did virtually the opposite as the Seagulls stepped down in gears.

Ansu Fati should have doubled the lead from Adam Lallana’s through-ball, only to be foiled by Foderingham, who also tipped over a 25-yard half-volley from Billy Gilmour.

Both sides have been decimated by injuries, with each having virtually a full XI sidelined – Brighton’s Europa League win at Ajax came at a cost as James Milner, Pervis Estupinan, Lewis Dunk and Evan Ferguson joined a lengthy treatment room list.

However, they were still able to bring on Kaoru Mitoma and Joao Pedro at half-time – and both forced Foderingham into more work early in the second half.

But the Blades battled back to ensure they remain unbeaten against the Seagulls in five Premier League meetings, having also not lost away there since 1987.

Cameron Archer was heavily involved in their two big chances, putting Webster under pressure at the far post to force the equaliser and providing a backheel to tee up Bogle for his agonising miss.

Brighton, meanwhile, have now scored in 29 successive league games but gone 16 without a clean sheet – and their current winless league sequence was extended to six games, the longest such run under De Zerbi.

“There were two games – one until the red card and the second game with 10 players,” said the Seagulls’ Italian boss.

“In the first one we deserved to win with more goals but for our mistakes the result was only 1-0. Then with 10 players we could have defended better, with more order.

“I think our quality of play was very good but if you play like we did for the first 70 minutes you have to close the game and score two or three or four goals, not only one.”

Player of the match

GilmourBilly Gilmour

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number11Player nameGilmour

  2. Squad number31Player nameAnsu Fati

  3. Squad number29Player namevan Hecke

  4. Squad number3Player nameIgor Julio

  5. Squad number24Player nameAdingra

  6. Squad number23Player nameSteele

  7. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  8. Squad number9Player nameJoão Pedro

  9. Squad number22Player nameMitoma

  10. Squad number40Player nameBuonanotte

  11. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  12. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  13. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  14. Squad number20Player nameBaleba

  15. Squad number8Player nameDahoud

Sheffield United

  1. Squad number8Player nameHamer

  2. Squad number25Player nameBen Slimane

  3. Squad number28Player nameMcAtee

  4. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

  5. Squad number10Player nameArcher

  6. Squad number2Player nameBaldock

  7. Squad number18Player nameFoderingham

  8. Squad number32Player nameOsula

  9. Squad number19Player nameRobinson

  10. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

  11. Squad number5Player nameTrusty

  12. Squad number14Player nameThomas

  13. Squad number20Player nameBogle

  14. Squad number21Player nameVinicius Souza



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Steele
  • 13Groß
  • 4Webster
  • 29van Hecke
  • 3dos Santos de Paulo
  • 11GilmourSubstituted forBalebaat 71′minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 8DahoudBooked at 69mins
  • 40BuonanotteBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJoão Pedroat 45′minutes
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forMitomaat 45′minutes
  • 24AdingraBooked at 66mins
  • 31Ansu FatiSubstituted forVeltmanat 71′minutes


  • 1Verbruggen
  • 9João Pedro
  • 15Moder
  • 20Baleba
  • 22Mitoma
  • 34Veltman
  • 41Hinshelwood
  • 47Baker-Boaitey
  • 55O’Mahony

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 18Foderingham
  • 2Baldock
  • 19RobinsonBooked at 88mins
  • 5Trusty
  • 20BogleBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOsulaat 90+6′minutes
  • 21de Souza CostaSubstituted forOsbornat 52′minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 14Thomas
  • 28McAteeSubstituted forBen Slimaneat 85′minutes
  • 8Hamer
  • 10Archer


  • 3Lowe
  • 4Fleck
  • 11Traoré
  • 23Osborn
  • 25Ben Slimane
  • 27Larouci
  • 32Osula
  • 35Brooks
  • 37Amissah

John Brooks


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