A draw was a fair reflection of the match, but it was really disappointing depleted Town failed to hold on for the victory which would have been a real tonic in their bid to decisively ward off the spectre of a survival scrap.

But they say every point is a good one, and if Mark Robins’ men can replicate this approach down at Yeovil, they’ll have a decent chance of meeting the manager’s target for four from the two Easter matches and allowing us all to breathe a bit more easily.

It was the 83rd minute when play-off chasing Brighton finally claimed the goal they’d been threatening, Spanish right-back Bruno Salter getting in behind Adam Hammill to steer home Lewis Dunk’s cross.

Town had led from the sixth minute, when Ollie Norwood drilled a 25-year free-kick into the right-hand corner after a foul on Nahki Wells, who once again put in a huge effort as the lone frontman.

Wells came close to claiming the goal his workrate merited with a well-struck 80th-minute shot on the turn which Tomasz Kuszczak beat away.

And the Polish keeper pulled off three saves in quick succession around the hour mark, thwarting Hammill, Sean Scannell and Norwood, who fired in another free-kick, to keep his side in the contest.

 

But Brighton bossed the possession, and Town had a first-half escape when 15-goal top scorer Leo Ulloa powered home a header from a Dale Stephens corner, only for referee Andy Davies to rule out the effort because of pushing in the area.

Kazenbga Lua Lua tested Alex Smithies from a free-kick early in the second half while Town’s stopper saved substitute Craig Mackail-Smith’s header.

And Stephens, playing at the John Smith’s Stadium for the third time this season after three appearances for Charlton, put a 74th-minute set-piece effort onto the roof of the net before Bruno’s leveller.

Hampshire official Davies, who waved away a solid-looking Town first-half penalty claim when Hammill went down under Gordon Greer’s challange, sometimes struggled to keep the lid on an often feisty clash, with the most unusual of the seven yellow cards for visiting skipper Greer when he grappled with Robins’ right-hand man Steve Taylor after the ball went into touch by the Town dug-out.

Defenders Anthony Gerrard and Calum Woods and midfielders Jonathan Hogg and Adam Clayton, the first three for fouls and the other for failing to retreat at a free-kick, were the other Town men to go into the book, with Dunk and Stephens following suit for fouls on Hammill and the Clayton, who had a good game.

Huddersfield Town (1) v Brighton (1) - Adam Clayton fouled.
 

Robins, whose side have now gone 10 games without a win, will run the rule over Danny Ward and Tommy Smith after training-ground knocks meant they took no part yesterday.

Town will also have skipper Peter Clarke back after suspension, although Joel Lynch must complete his two-match ban.

Paul Dixon and Murray Wallace both put in good shifts in defence while Sean Scannell, the third change, provided an outlet but struggled to make a real mark on his first start in eight games.

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