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BARNSLEY failed to complete a week which included two happy anniversaries with a win as they were held 0-0 at home by Brighton.

It is 15 years this weekend since the club won promotion to the Premier League for the only time, and 100 years since they won the FA Cup.

Hill’s side had the first chance when Craig Davies tried his luck from distance, only to fire well wide.

Jim O’Brien found time and space on the edge of the area, but his rasping drive was wide.

Young striker Rose, given the chance to shine up front with Davies, made space to unleash a long-range shot, but his strike flew horribly wide.

The Seagulls should have taken the lead, but Barnes fired wide at the back post under no pressure. It was a real let-off for the Reds and against the run of play.

Right-back Wiseman tried his luck with a clever chipped cross on the half hour mark, but his effort flew inches over.

Keeper Button was forced to spare Perkins’ blushes a few minutes later after the midfielder deflected the ball towards his own net. Perkins’s attempted clearance nearly looped over Button until the keeper produced a fine fingertip save to turn it over.

Vicente’s dinking run down the right wing caused problems and the winger’s whipped-in cross fell perfectly for Dicker who, with his a powerful right foot shot, must have thought he’d scored. But Button tipped the rocket over the bar.



Brighton............. 0

Wiseman picked out Davies, but the former Chesterfield striker dragged his right-foot shot well wide.

In the 55th minute fans favourite Hassell was given his first glimpse of action since January. Back from a knee injury Hassell was given a standing ovation by supporters when he replaced Dawson - who had just been booked - in central midfield.

Hill made another change when debutant Clark was replaced by Done

Mark O’Brien cut inside from the right wing but saw his left-foot shot deflected for a corner.

A minute later the ball fell invitingly to O’Brien from the corner, but his right-foot strike was well-saved by keeper Gonzalez.

In the third and final minute of injury-time McNulty could have won it for Barnsley, but he headed wide of the back post from O’Brien’s dangerous free-kick.