Poyet shows pride in staying put with resolute Brighton

Hull City 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

KC Stadium

As Wolverhampton Wanderers widened their search for a successor to Mick McCarthy by talking to Walter Smith, the former Rangers and Everton manager, Gus Poyet, another candidate on their radar, ruled himself out of a potential move to Molineux.

"There was an official approach but not to me," the Brighton manager revealed. He added: "So I've not had any decisions to make, but I'm happy here."

Having taken the fast lane to footballing humiliation at the M62's western terminus in Liverpool three days earlier, Brighton enjoyed a rather more fruitful trip to its eastern extremity, restoring self-respect by maintaining their hopes of back-to-back promotions with a valuable draw, earned largely thanks to their goalkeeper.

Peter Brezovan shipped six goals in the chastening FA Cup defeat at Anfield, but the visitors were in much more determined mood against a Hull side who equalled a 104-year-old club record with a sixth consecutive clean sheet. Both sides remain within tantalising reach of the Championship play-offs after a night where the excellence of the Slovakian was matched by his counterpart in the Hull goal, Vito Mannone.

The former was indebted rather more to luck, Liam Bridcutt blocking a shot on the line from Cameron Stewart, who later saw a long-range effort hit the bar when on another night he might have claimed a hat-trick. The former Manchester United trainee failed in a one-on-one with the imposing Brezovan, who also denied Matty Fryatt on three occasions.

Brighton kept Mannone busy with Ashley Barnes, Craig Mackail-Smith and Abdul Razak, the teenager impressing on his debut on loan from Manchester City, forcing saves from the keeper borrowed from Arsenal as the hosts stretched their unbeaten league sequence to six games. "On another day we'd have come away with a few goals and won the game," Nick Barmby, the manager, insisted. Brighton are without a defeat in eight league games, a run aided by a glaring late miss from Aaron Mclean. Poyet added: "We showed we're a decent team."

Hull City (4-2-3-1): Mannone; Rosenior, Chester, Hobbs, Dawson; Evans (Cairney 67), McKenna; Stewart, Koren, Brady (Mclean 63); Fryatt. Substitites not used Gulacsi, Dudgeon, King.

Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-2): Brezovan; Jara, Greer, El-Abd, Mattock; Razak (Assulin 77), Bridcutt, Navarro, LuaLua (Buckley 67); Mackail-Smith, Barnes. Substitutes not used Ankergren, Calderon, Vokes.

Referee C Berry (Surrey).

News
A Brazilian wandering spider
news

World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas

News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Tim Wonnacott dancing the pasadoble
TVStrictly Come Dancing The Result
Sport
Mario Balotelli pictured in the win over QPR
footballInternet reacts to miss shocker for Liverpool striker
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
BBC's Antiques Roadshow uncovers a TIE fighter pilot helmet from the 1977 Star Wars film, valuing it at £50,000
TV

TV presenter Fiona Bruce seemed a bit startled by the find during the filming of Antiques Roadshow

News
people

Comedian says he 'never laughed as hard as I have writing with Rik'

Sport
Steven Caulker of QPR scores an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool
football
News
i100
Life and Style
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past