Battling Brighton secure vital draw at Wolves

Battling Brighton secure vital draw at Wolves
By Reuters

21/04/2019 at 00:03Updated 21/04/2019 at 00:05

* Struggling Brighton secured a scoreless draw away to Wolves

* The home side dominated possession in the first half

* Wolves' Jota had a first-half penalty appeal turned down

* Jota also hit the post in the second half

* Mat Ryan made a superb save to deny Leander Dendoncker

* Wolves host Arsenal next, Brighton travel to Tottenham


April 20 (Reuters) - Brighton & Hove Albion rode their luck to secure a scoreless draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, gaining a vital point in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

With four games left, Brighton remained fourth-bottom of the table on 34 points, three ahead of Cardiff City who host Liverpool on Sunday.

On a run of four straight league defeats with no goals scored, Brighton were desperate to get something out of the game and they backed off from the start, packing their defence and showing little ambition in attack.

Wolves dominated possession throughout and striker Diogo Jota had a strong penalty claim turned down before firing a shot just wide and sending a looping effort bouncing off the top of the crossbar.

Wolves created plenty of chances but they struggled to get shots on target and Mat Ryan was left relatively untroubled in the Brighton goal until late in the second half.

With about 15 minutes remaining Jota struck a post and Ryan had to make a superb save to prevent Leander Dendoncker from slamming home the rebound as Brighton hung on grimly for the draw.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond)