In the six-goal thriller against Wolves, Brighton won a point


In a 3-3 draw with Wolves at the Amex Stadium, Brighton came back from a two-goal deficit to win a point. After Neal Maupay had sparked an apparently unlikely revival with a penalty early in the second half, Captain Lewis Dunk equalized for Albion in the 70th minute.

Thanks to a Romain Saiss header, a Dan Burn own goal and a Ruben Neves penalty after Aaron Connolly’s early opening goal, Wolves were in full charge of the game at halftime.FT | #BHA 3-3 #WOLDThe points are shared at the Amex. #BHAWOL Wolves (@Wolves) January 2, 2021 After the restart, the guests of Nuno Espirito Santo slumped and can consider themselves fortunate not to leave the southern coast empty-handed as the Seagulls have hit the crossbar in a much improved second half through Adam Webster. In the top flight this season, the Graham Potter-coached hosts are still without a home victory, but they showed the fighting spirit needed to escape relegation. Despite having played two more games than 18th-placed Fulham, the Seagulls are three points clear of the bottom three now, while Wolves remain 12th. This season, Brighton is yet to win at home in the Premier League (Gareth Fuller/PA) Albion started the new year with a disappointing 2020 campaign that included just five Premier League wins, including a single home win. Head coach Potter brought back attacking trio Leandro Trossard, Maupay and Connolly as part of five changes in 15 league games to try to ensure their second success. The changes almost instantly paid off, putting the hosts ahead in the 13th minute. Trossard rounded Rayan Ait-Nouri on the right and sent a cross inside, where Connolly got in front of Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio and slotted in for the lead. Aaron Connolly (right) put Brighton ahead (Mike Hewitt/PA) In 15 months, the opening goal was Connolly’s first on home soil, but stuff we quickly put in front of him Just six minutes later, Morocco’s international Saiss equalized when he aimed a header across Robert Sanchez from Nelson Semedo’s cross from the right to score in three games for the second time. This week, Wolves coach Nuno was charged with disorderly behaviour by the Football Association for remarks he made against referee Lee Mason after Burnley’s loss last month. Pedro Neto’s shot from the right was deflected by Solly March and cleared by Sanchez, but the ball bounced off the unlucky Burn and trickled over the line. Dan Burn, second from the right, scored an own goal to bring Wolves ahead (John Sibley/PA) Burn’s wretched evening began when, a minute before the break, he conceded a penalty. He brought down his rival with a sloppy lunge after being outpaced on the right by Adama Traore. Midfielder Neves took advantage of the situation and sent Sanchez the wrong way from 12 yards to score his first goal of the season and complicate Potter’s halftime speech.Adama Traore cheers after Ruben Neves gave Wolves a 3-1 lead (Gareth Fuller/PA)After the first 45 minutes, it looked as if the Seagulls might fight back. Maupay, who scored from the penalty spot in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw last month, was fouled by Joao Moutinho in the box and shot the ball in the middle of the net. In the 68th minute, Albion nearly equalized, but Webster’s header from a March corner bounced off the woodwork. Wolves did not learn from this setback and, as Dunk equalized, were again vulnerable to standard circumstances. One of our own! #BHAFC Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 2, 2021 On the other hand, the center-back found space to get Trossard’s corner powerfully from the right and nod it over Patricio. Without making much, Albion had the best of the final 20 minutes and it was Wolves who came closest to scoring the winning goal. In stopping time, Substitute Owen Otasowie had a big chance but headed over at the end of a pulsating contest.


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