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We're not safe yet, warns Gross as Seagulls end goal drought

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Newcastle United 1

By Paul Burrows

Pascal Gross has warned against complacency after helping Brighton take a significant step towards Premier League safety.

Creative midfielder Gross headed a 75th-minute equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Newcastle to move Albion four points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff with only two games to go.

The Seagulls' superior goal difference means Neil Warnock's Bluebirds must-win fixtures against Crystal Palace and Manchester United to have any realistic chance of avoiding a return to the Championship.

But Gross, whose leveller came after Cardiff lost 1-0 at Fulham, is taking nothing for granted.

"We got a point and Cardiff didn't, but we know in the two games left they can get six points," said Gross.

"Of course we both have tough fixtures but there is a lot to play for."

Gross' third league goal of the season ended Brighton's six-game goal drought to earn just a 10th point from 16 games in 2019.

Chris Hughton's side - who complete the campaign against Arsenal and Manchester City - looked set for a fourth successive home defeat following a poor first half which saw Ayoze Perez give Newcastle a deserved lead.

"It was great to get that goal and end the run," added Gross.

"It was a big relief for all of us and afterwards we were all pushing to get the win.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't get it but we can take positives from the second 45 (minutes)."

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