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BRIGHTON V WOLVES REVIEW: Dunk header rescues Albion in AMEX thriller

Brighton showed massive heart to battle back from 2 goals down to gain a point from a 3-3 Premier League draw with Wolves at the Amex Stadium.

Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk headed in Albion’s 70th-minute equaliser after Neal Maupay’s penalty early in the second half sparked a seemingly unlikely comeback. Wolves were in the driving seat at half-time thanks to Romain Saiss’ header, a Dan Burn own goal and Ruben Neves’ penalty after Aaron Connolly had given Brighton an early lead. Wolves though would go onto melt completely in the second half and in the end could have even left the contest empty handed, as the Seagulls also hit the crossbar through Adam Webster as the hosts massively improved after the break.

The first goal of the game came on 13 minutes, Brighton midfielder Trossard twisted and turned Rayan Ait-Nouri on the right wing before delivering an in-swinging cross for Connolly to arrive at the ball quicker than Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, to stab the ball home for 1-0. That was only the forwards 1st goal at Home in 15 months.

That lead didn't last long though as Morocco international Saiss scored just six minutes later, sending a looping header beyond keeper Robert Sanchez, following Nelson Semedo’s cross from the right wing to score for the 2nd time in 3 games.

Disaster struck for Brighton about 11 minutes later when Pedro Neto’s powerful effort from the right deflected off Solly March and was saved by Sanchez, only for the ball to rebound off Dan Burn and trickle unfortunately over the line to put Wolves 2-1 ahead.

Things then got even worse for Brighton and Burn when the CB brought down Adama Traore for a penalty right on the stroke of half time. Midfielder Ruben Neves took full advantage of the situation, sending Sanchez the wrong way from 12 yards for his 1st goal of the season. It was HT and 3-1 to the visitors, anyone with a sane mind would have assumed Wolves would now go on to record a comfortable victory.

But... strange things do happen, and we were in for a treat in the 2nd half.

46 mins were on the clock when Neal Maupay drew a foul from Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho inside the box, causing the referee to give Albion a penalty of their own.

Maupay then picked himself to smash the ball home to bring his side back into the game. 3-2 Wolves.

Things nearly then got even better for Brighton when they almost levelled in the 68th minute, but Webster’s header from a Solly March corner bounced back off the woodwork to the despair of the home side.

The game was not over yet though and the equaliser was to arrive when Lewis Dunk headed home to give his side a deserved 3rd goal. The centre-back found space at the far past to powerfully connect with Trossard’s corner and head beyond Patricio in the Wolves goal. It was 3-3 and an excellent, hard-fought comeback.

But the game was not over just yet.....

With the very last kick of the game all the hard work done by the hosts in that 2nd half period could have been undone. Wolves substitute Owen Otasowie was presented with a golden chance deep into added time, finding himself unmarked infront of the goal. But he somehow headed over at to keep the scores at 3-3 and send both sides home with what was probably a fair point..

Graham Potter’s side are still without a home Premier League win this season but showed plenty of the fighting spirit they will need to avoid relegation.

Wolves will be very disappointed in the way in which they drew this game, something just isn't right at the minute with their side. I miss the Wolves of a few seasons ago from a neutrals point of view.

Overall, Both sides deserve credit for a very entertaining game.


Connolly 13 Saiss 19

Maupay 46 pen Burn OG 34

Dunk 70 Neves 44 pen



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