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Wolverhampton Wanderers - Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League - 20 April 2019
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Spirited and dogged Brighton have held Wolves to a goalless draw. How crucial could this point prove to be in Chris Hughton's side bid to beat the drop? They are now three points above 18th-placed Cardiff, who play Liverpool tomorrow.
OVER! Bony is picked out on the edge of the penalty area but he miscues his shot and it ends up in row-Z. It's not going to be Wolves' day, is it?
There is going to be THREE minutes of added time!
SAVED ON THE LINE! Moutinho's corner delivery is dangerous, it's headed to the back post by Boly and Dendocker can only head it straight at Ryan from just yards out!
More defending for Brighton to do as Wolves win yet another corner. 'Albion, Albion' rings around the stadium as the travelling fans try to play their part.
SAVE! Neves' shot from distance is dipping and swerving but Ryan watches it all of the way and makes a comfortable save.
- OffMatt DohertyWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnAdama TraoréWolverhampton Wanderers
Adama Traore, possibly the fastest man to have ever lived, is coming on for Wolves, replacing Doherty.
Brighton would move to 34 points with a draw, three points ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff with the same number of games played. Neil Warnock's side play Liverpool on Sunday.
The Wolves onslaught continues. Ryan takes his time with a goal-kick and he's fortunate not to go into the book for timewasting. Brighton have just over 10 minutes to hold on for what would be a crucial point in their battle against relegation.
Wolves win a corner, which they play short to Vinagre. He whips one to the far post but Duffy rises above everyone to clear with his head. Brighton have shown plenty of courage today.
OVER! Doherty floats a cross into the box, Boly has a free header but it's a desperately disappointing finish as he nods it miles over the bar.
OFF THE POST! How have Wolves not scored? Jimenez's cross is met by Jota whose cushioned-header hits the crossbar and then Ryan bravely saves Dendocker's point-blank effort from the follow-up.
- OffMorgan Gibbs-WhiteWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnLeander DendonckerWolverhampton Wanderers
Leander Dendocker replaces Gibbs-White, who enjoyed a fine first half performance but has been largely anonymous since the restart.
Wolves supporters are getting a little frustrated with their side's attacking woes today.
- OffBruno SaltorBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnBernardoBrighton & Hove Albion
Bruno is still moving gingerly and he trots off to be replaced by Bernardo in defence.
JUST OVER! Brighton fail to clear Moutinho's corner delivery. It's headed to Jimenez on the edge of the penalty area but his volley is always rising and fails to test Ryan.
Vinagre is involved almost immediately, beating his marker and delivering a cross to the far post. Jimenez nods it down but Brighton hack it clear. And still there's no way through for the hosts.
- OffJonny CastroWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnRúben VinagreWolverhampton Wanderers
Ruben Vinagre replaces Jonny in a like-for-like switch, to provide a pair of fresh legs in Wolves' midfield.
Jota tries to slip through Jimenez with a clever pass but Gross makes a vital sliding interception.
Bruno goes down and needs some treatment - and that's all that Brighton need. Is he going to be able to continue?
It remains finely poised. You would imagine Hughton will be delighted if his Brighton side can snatch a point here.
Bodies are flying everywhere as the corner delivery is swung into the Brighton six-yard box... Gross pokes it behind for another Wolves corner.
Moutinho's 25-yard shot takes a nick off Stephens and Wolves have a corner...
Brighton players are playing 10 yards further forward than they were in the first period, but Hughton's side haven't scored in a month - since their victory over Millwall in the FA Cup - and confidence must be brittle.
The unmarked Duffy can't grow high enough to meet Bruno's long throw-in. Brighton are the side currently asking the questions here at Molineux.
Hughton and Kayal are engaged in a lengthy conversation at the sideline, but the Brighton boss must be much happier with how his side have performed since the restart. Now we've finally got a game on our hands!
CLOSE! Brighton have started the second period well, and this is a terrific effort from Kayal. He isn't closed down and decides to have a crack at goal from 30 yards, he gets plenty of power in his shot and has Patricio worried, but it drifts just inches over his bar.
OFF THE LINE! Brighton are defending for their lives here! Doherty meets Neves' cross at the far post but Duffy is in the right place at the right time to hack the ball off the line.
Here come Wolves on the break. Boly feeds Jonny on the flank and his cross is attacked by Jimenez but it's straight down the middle for Ryan.
Brighton have already looked more adventurous in the first few minutes of the second half than they did in the entire first period. March's low cross causes confusion in the Wolves defence, with a breakdown in communication between Patricio and Boly conceding a Brighton corner.
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Wolves get us underway in the second half and it's as you were in terms of personnel.
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HALF TIME: And that's it for a dull opening period. It's Wolves 0-0 Brighton at the break.
OFF THE CROSSBAR! Neves has a shot from distance, it takes a wicked deflection and lands kindly for Jota whose half-volley loops up and cannons off the top of Ryan's bar!
Two minutes will be added at the end of a largely forgettable first half.
And with just two minutes left in the first half, we have yet to see a single shot on target from either side.
Wolves have lacked the quality in the final third to break down the Brighton defence or to even test Ryan. Doherty cuts the ball back into the danger area but no one in Wolves colours is there to attack it.
Brighton finally show some attacking intent. They work it wide to Bong who delivers a cross to the far post, though Murray had been run to the near post and Wolves have an easy job of defending it.
Wolves play the ball nicely down the right where Doherty delivers a dangerous cross, Jimenez is waiting at the near post, but Bong is equal to the test and clears his lines.
A rare attack from Brighton comes to an end when March is flagged offside after receiving the ball down the flank from Bruno's pass.
GREAT DEFENDING! Jota gets the wrong side of Bruno to latch onto Coady's ball over the top, but the veteran Brighton defender recovers well to make a vital last-ditch tackle from behind.
JUST WIDE! Best opening of the game so far. Jota drives at the Brighton defence, creates a pocket of space to have a shot from the edge of the box, but drags his right-footed effort just wide of Ryan's goal.
- Yellow cardDale StephensBrighton & Hove Albion
Stephens is the first player of the match to booked, after a cynical foul on Moutinho.
For all of Wolves' possession, Brighton are keeping the hosts at arm's length. Matt Ryan has yet to make a save. Hughton may be pleased with how his side have defended, but their use of the ball has been unsatisfactory.
Looking back on Wolves' penalty appeal and the hosts may have had a case. Gross didn't get a whole lot of the ball. It would have been interesting had VAR been in use today.
I was just about to say this is a bit better from Brighton after they enjoy a spell of possession - but then Izquierdo misplaces a pass in midfield to give Wolves possession once more.
Jimenez's cross is blocked by Bong and Wolves win their FIFTH corner of the afternoon. Bare in mind, there has only been 26 minutes played. How long can Brighton hold out?
At times Brighton are playing with a back six! This match has resembled a training exercise of attack-versus-defence.
Wolves are totally controlling the pace and tempo of the match. Brighton are perhaps being too respectful of their opponents.
NO PENALTY! Gross with a last-ditch tackle on Jota prompts strong appeals for a Wolves penalty, but there's nothing doing from the referee.
Wolves launch a counter-attack, the ball is switched to Doherty whose cross is over the head of his team mates, but in attempting to clear the ball Bruno concedes a needless corner.
Wolves have had three shots at goal but have yet to register an effort on target.
Brighton are playing route-one football, constantly hoofing the ball up to Murray but the service hasn't been good enough and it keeps coming back.
SHOT! There's a sign of Brighton's nervousness - Dunk misplaces a pass out of defence, straight into the path of Doherty. He tries his luck from a tight angle but flashes his shot well over the bar.
Moutinho floats the free-kick delivery to the far post but Duffy rises highest to head it behind for a corner, and the resulting set-piece comes to nothing.
FREE-KICK! Izquierdo fouls Doherty on the edge of the penalty, on the left. This is dangerous...
Moutinho tries to chip a ball over the top of the Brighton defence for Doherty, but Bong cuts it out. Brighton are playing incredibly deep and though Wolves are dominating possession they have yet to test the goalkeeper.
Gibbs-White drives to the byline and picks out Jota whose ambitious acrobatic effort flies out for a goal-kick.
It's all Wolves. Brighton are set up just to contain the hosts with a 4-5-1 formation with Murray left isolated up front.
It's a like-for-like switch and Kayal will fit into Brighton's midfield.
- OffDavy PröpperBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnBeram KayalBrighton & Hove Albion
Propper is coming off with a hamstring injury and that could spell the end of his season. It's another major blow for Brighton. Beram Kayal is his replacement.
Doherty takes on Bond down the left flank but Dunk does well to prevent the cross entering the box. It's another Wolves corner.
Meanwhile, Propper has gone down and requires treatment for Brighton. Kayal is warming up.
Brighton haven't collected any points - or scored a goal - since their victory over rivals Crystal Palace on March 9.
WIDE! Wolves play the corner short. Jimenez eventually whips one to the far post but Doherty is unable to direct his header on target. It has been an encouraging start for Wolves.
Brighton concede the first corner of the game. Jonny spreads it wide to Jota whose cross to the near post is whacked behind by Duffy.
Doherty is fed on the overlap and he races into the Brighton penalty area where he takes a heavy touch and the visitors clear.
Wolves' record against the top six is quite extraordinary, but they have struggled against the division's weaker teams. Santo's side are very much a counter-attacking team and find it difficult to break down teams that sit back.
It's a HUGE match for Brighton. They're in their green away shirt this afternoon. Wolves are unbeaten in their last five at home.
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KICK-OFF! Brighton get us underway.
FIVE MINUTE WARNING
A reminder of the starting line-ups as we approach kick-off at Molineux...
Wolves: Patricio, Doherty, Jonny, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Moutinho, Neves, Gibbs-White, Jota, Jimenez.
Brighton: Ryan, Bruno, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Stephens, Propper, March, Gross, Izquierdo, Murray.
In saying that, Brighton's remaining fixtures are very difficult. After Wolves, they face Spurs, Newcastle, Arsenal and Man City - ouch!
Brighton are in terrible form but I think they may just have enough to stay in the division. Basically, they are in a shootout with Cardiff, but Brighton have played a game less than Neil Warnock's side, who face Liverpool tomorrow.
Meanwhile, at the top of the Premier League table...
Head-to-head: Brighton have triumphed in all seven top-flight meetings, keeping a clean sheet in the last six.
Somehow, I think this time may be quite different. I can't see Brighton keeping the likes of Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota quiet this afternoon.
Brighton boss Hughton has faced a lot of criticism recently, which is understandable considering his team's run, but quite baffling given all he has done for the club.
"Any criticism is normal and understandable," he said. "If there are going to be good things said about a team or individuals then at times when things haven't gone so well you have to accept that's how it is.
"There is only one way we can ensure we stay in this division: that's by fighting as hard as we can, making sure that - if we're not able to score the goals we need - that we're not conceding."
Santo: "We are going to face a difficult team. The first game against them [a 1-0 defeat in October] was a tough match, but it was a long time ago. I have sympathy for all managers because it's a tough job."
Wolves have been poor of late. Having come from behind to beat Manchester United almost three weeks ago, Santo's side have since thrown away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Watford in the FA Cup semi-final and were soundly beaten 3-1 by Southampton last weekend.
They ought to have too much for a Brighton side that have lost their last five games without scoring a single goal, however.
Hughton has also made two changes from his side that were defeated by Cardiff on Tuesday night, as Jose Izquierdo and Gaetan Bong return to the fold, with Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Bernardo dropping to the bench.
Santo has made two changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Southampton, with Morgan-Gibbs White and Ryan Bennett coming into the side for Romain Saiss and Leander Dendocker.
Wolves XI: Patricio, Doherty, Jonny, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Moutinho, Neves, Gibbs-White, Jota, Jimenez. Subs: Ruddy, Cavaleiro, Costa, Saiss, Vinagre, Dendocker, Traore.
Brighton XI: Ryan, Bruno, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Stephens, Propper, March, Gross, Izquierdo, Murray. Subs: Button, Kayal, Locadia, Andone, Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo, Burn.
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Nuno Espirito Santo's side, currently in eighth, have enjoyed an impressive campaign back in the top-flight and are still in the hunt for the last remaining European place, while Chris Hughton's charges have suffered five consecutive defeats and now occupy 17th position, just two points above the drop zone.
With just four games remaining in the season, this is a must-win for both sides for very different reasons.