Jones salutes gutsy Seagulls

Last Updated: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:52
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Brighton No 2 Nathan Jones was pleased with the players' character displayed as they twice came from behind in a 3-3 draw at Blackburn.

Brighton missed a chance to put pressure on sixth-placed Reading, but the draw moves them within three points of the final play-off spot.

Jones said: "This was the least effective we've been in terms of possession and control of the game and ironically enough we scored more goals than we have in the previous three, but that's football.

"We're very pleased with that point because it stops the run we're on, it's a game in hand so it takes us a point closer to the play-off pack so that's one pleasing thing.

"Nowadays if you're four points off it, it takes two results and two games. Now it's one game to get us back in it and that's a positive really.

"Plus the manner of it, to concede a penalty in the 86th/87th minute, which we feel was unbelievably harsh, and then to come back to get a point, we're pleased.

"We've got a fantastic character.

"It's just that we haven't had to be in that position too many times this season where we've had to chase stuff after conceding late goals because our defensive record has been outstanding, so it shows a lot of character."

In a game of real entertainment, the visitors struck first after 17 minutes when David Rodriguez drilled in his first Brighton goal with a near-post effort.

But Blackburn struck twice before the interval when Jordan Rhodes diverted Tom Cairney's free-kick past Tomasz Kuszczak before Cairney marked his first appearance since February with a smart close-range finish.

Gordon Greer flicked in an equaliser with 11 minutes remaining before he was adjudged to have brought down Rhodes, who stroked home his 50th Rovers goal from the spot.

But Bowyer's side were sucker-punched with a fine header from Dale Stephens moments later to extend Rovers' home winless run to four.

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