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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion Live Commentary, 09/05/2021

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2 - 1
WOL
BHA
Adama Traoré (76)
M. Gibbs-White (90)
L. Dunk (13)
Molineux Stadium

Commentary

Brighton return home for the start of a tough run-in now - with West Ham next on the agenda. Wolves meanwhile travel to Tottenham, whose choice to kick Jose Mourinho to the curb has arguably lost them both silverware and a shot at Europe, as Ryan Mason's side struggle. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a great week!
But Nuno will be on cloud nine, won't he? His side may have had an extra body but they turned this one around to arrest a winless run. Props to Morgan Gibbs-White too, who made up for that shocking miss with a top-drawer winner.
That dismissal for Dunk reverberates beyond that result. If there was any chance of the once-capped England man - arguably the most in-form Three Lions-eligible centre-back in the Premier League before today - getting a shock Euro 2020 return, he's likely blown it. A three-game ban will be incoming - and he won't play again this season, if so. That's a huge blow for the Seagulls - and Neal Maupay, with a moment of stupidity after the final whistle there, will likely join him on the absentee list.
Lewis Dunk's moment of calculated madness has not paid off in the Premier League - and it is Wolves who emerge victorious with a win over Brighton at Molineux thanks to two late goals from Adama Traore and Morgan Gibbs-White. The pair netted after the Seagulls captain saw a red card for a professional foul - and it means Graham Potter's side must wait to confirm top-flight safety. Full-time, it finishes Wolves 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion.
N. Maupay
Red Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
90' + 7' Quite remarkable scenes at Molineux as Neal Maupay is shown a red card after the full-time whistle for shouting at referee Jon Moss. Absolutely remarkable stuff.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: WOLVES 2-1 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
90' + 4' Bissouma nearly makes late amends now as he chases a desperate final ball for a header in the Wolves box - but it glides beyond him and that will be that. Wolves are about to get their first ever top-tier win over Brighton!
Y. Bissouma
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
90' + 2' Bissouma makes a rash challenge in frustration and gets booked for it. Wolves are almost home and dry. This has been a proper hero-to-zero day for the Seagulls.
90' + 1' Lewis Dunk's choice to take that red card, in the heat of the moment, has come back to haunt his side in quite brutal fashion. There will be four added minutes in this match.
M. Gibbs-White
Goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers
90' GOAL! MORGAN GIBBS-WHITE WINS IT AT THE CLOSE FOR WOLVES! 2-1! Brighton will have to wait for Premier League survival - the three points are going to the hosts! It makes up for that awful miss, as he sees a first crack blocked at close-range, before lofting a second into the top-right corner.
88' To say he had to wait to come on until the hour mark, Adama Traore has been crucial to this Wolves revival. Yes, they have had a man-advantage, but this has been the sort of performance that will please Nuno on the whole, for its mettle and grit to turn this one around.
Robert Sánchez
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
85' Now Sanchez is booked, as he tries to eat up the minutes that remain. There will surely be a chunk of injury time in this.
84' Gibbs-White! Oh, that is the miss of the match! A dozen yards out with an open goal in front of him, and he puts it over. It comes after Traore had cut loose into the box, dragged Sanchez out wide and cut back to his fellow Wolves man. Nuno looks fit to burst with rage over that one.
C. Coady
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
83' Coady gets slapped with a yellow card now after Zeqiri breaks down the left wing, to dig Brighton out of danger, only to be checked over the sidelines by the Wolves man.
82' Traore has so often been knocked for the end product he produces in relation to his talent, but that was a cracking finish. Brighton have been pulled apart in terms of their shape by Wolves, and that has been an intelligent strength today as they've battled back in this second half.
M. Kilman
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
80' Max Kilman is pinged for a lazy challenge now and picks up a booking. Wolves can still sniff a victory here; they're pouring forward whenever they can.
A. Zeqiri
D. Welbeck
Brighton & Hove Albion
78' Brighton also make a swap - one which looked to have been planned before they were beaten at the back - with Danny Welbeck replaced by Andi Zeqiri.
L. Dendoncker
Vitinha
Wolverhampton Wanderers
77' Wolves celebrate that goal with an immediate change, as Leander Dendoncker replaces Vitinha.
Fábio Silva
Assist
Wolverhampton Wanderers
76' Fabio Silva makes a quick one-touch assist there and it is a lovely, weighted effort. Wolves are right back in this contest - and as it stands, Brighton will not secure Premier League safety at full-time.
Adama Traoré
Goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers
76' GOAL! ADAMA TRAORE LEVELS FOR WOLVES! 1-1! Robert Sanchez's efforts have been for nothing in the end, as the hosts work it fast around the box. The substitute cuts in, plays a one-two with Silva and nestles an effort in at the near post as the goalkeeper dives for it. Game on!
74' That lack of an extra body has haunted Brighton throughout the second half - they have only mustered 30 per cent of possession overall since the break.
71' Robert Sanchez is going to have a very busy final quarter today. He's off his line sharply to take the ball away from Moutinho, helped by a clumsy final touch from the latter.
Willian José
Daniel Podence
Wolverhampton Wanderers
70' Podence makes way for Willian Jose now, as Wolves make another swap. Can the Real Sociedad loanee make an impact?
67' Traore is already causing a lot of problems with his crosses now, and a fantastic ball is almost touched in at the left post, before Sanchez manages to bring it down.
65' Traore isn't too far away from a dangerous crossfield delivery now on the edge of Brighton's six-yard area, but the connection could be cleaner and Sanchez seizes upon it.
63' Since the start of the 2014-15 season, no player has been sent off more often in the top four tiers of English league football than Dunk, with seven occasions to his name.
Adama Traoré
Rúben Neves
Wolverhampton Wanderers
61' Adama Traore now arrives for the hosts, and it is Ruben Neves who makes way for him.
60' Wolves look poised to make a swap up front too, as they look to work their man-advantage.
J. Moder
L. Trossard
Brighton & Hove Albion
58' Leandro Trossard also makes way for the Seagulls, with Jakub Moder brought on to help steady the ship.
A. Mac Allister
A. Jahanbakhsh
Brighton & Hove Albion
58' Jahanbakhsh is the first Brighton man to be removed as part of this gamble, with Alexis Mac Allister on in his place.
57' Brighton have substitutes prepared to enter the fray. Graham Potter's tactical reshuffle is about to take place.
55' Talk about a gamechanger. Wolves waste the free-kick, from 25 or so yards out, as a result of that dismissal, but now Wolves are going to have their tails in the air for the rest of the game. It is Lewis Dunk's eighth red card. Brighton must now play a man down - at the back, no less - for the rest of today.
L. Dunk
Red Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
53' What on earth is Lewis Dunk doing there?! Fabio Silva is away on the break with a lovely ball and the Brighton captain reaches out with a big tug on his shirt. Referee Jon Moss won't hesitate here - it's a straight red card!
52' Vitinha has a nibble - one that isn't too cautious - and brings a Wolves move to a halt. He's struggled to quite find the groove of this game throughout.
50' Brighton clear the corner - not without complication after a dangerous back-pass - and now the visitors look to dig themselves out of their own rear third, attempting to wrestle momentum back from Nuno's side. They've been forced to sit up already here.
48' Gibbs-White! The Wolves man is not far off the mark, whistling a finish just beyond the near-right post thanks to a Sanchez save. Much better from the hosts.
46' We are back underway for the second half at Molineux. What do Wolves and Brighton have up their sleeves here?
There is only going to be one happy manager at the break and it is not Nuno. Graham Potter will have plenty to be pleased about though - and he'll want more of the same when the sides reemerge.
A bright start for Wolves petered out with Lewis Dunk's headed opener for Brighton - and it has been the Seagulls just about on top ever since. This game hangs in the balance on the board - but it may need a kick of something spicy to jolt it into life. At half-time at Molineux, it is Wolves 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: WOLVES 0-1 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
45' There will be one added minute of injury time before the teams head for the sheds.
43' Burn concedes a corner but there is not enough from Wolves around the box to seriously trouble Robert Sanchez and a defence guided by Dunk and Ben White.
41' Yves Bissouma picks up a free-kick following an edgy foul by Gibbs-White. It gives this match a sudden sting, a little bit of push and pull it has been lacking. That bite might help pick up the pace again.
39' What can Nuno do to spark his side into more promising action? His Wolves side, it has been said many a time, are a really different proposition without Raul Jimenez at the tip of their attack. They may need to invest in a suitable understudy this summer.
37' There's not been a shot for 10 minutes in this match and you can tell that. The energy levels have dropped, both sides have found themselves in a holding pattern of sorts. It's quiet at Molineux.
35' As things stand, Brighton will be able to officially rubber-stamp their survival in just over an hour or so. It's never seriously felt like it has been in doubt but it will be a relief to their fans for sure.
33' Want a name that is a blast from the past? Dunk is the first Brighton player to score home and away against Wolves in a league season since Bobby Zamora did so in 2002-03.
31' Wolves are finding a little more purchase on the wings once more, having struggled to really replicate that first five minutes over the past half-hour. If they can keep this up, they might find a foothold. As long as Brighton remain only one goal ahead, it's still game on.
29' Brighton certainly didn't bide their time for too long in this game, but it isn't exactly like they needed to wait if the iron was hot. On the back of last week's impressive performance against Leeds - who, let us not forget, are no slouches this term - this is a promising vein of form for the Seagulls.
27' Now Dan Burn sees a header saved. Patricio is earning his stripes over the last few minutes, a reminder that he remains one of the more underrated shotstoppers in the business. Brighton feel like they are going to find a second before Wolves find a first though. Neal Maupay puts an effort wide only seconds later too.
25' Conor Coady - one of the few players on this pitch likely to be in with a shout of making Gareth Southgate's squad - smartly defends a dangerous ball out for a corner, before Rui Patricio denies Dunk a second with a superb reach to punch the effort away.
23' Only league leaders Manchester City (74) and last season’s champions Liverpool (55) have had more high turnovers that end in a shot in the Premier League this season than Brighton. That gives an idea of where this team can operate at when in the mood.
21' Only Son Heung-Min and Bernardo Silva (6 each) have more PL assists in 2021 than Pascal Gross, and he's close to getting another again. It's Welbeck who actually gets the last touch before Leandro Trossard sees a deflected shot blocked, but the former is such a crucial part of this Brighton attack.
19' Wolves have, save a half-opportunity for Ruben Neves, hardly had a look down the other end since that goal. Nuno will be wanting more from his side so far, as Graham Potter's team press for a double.
17' Since his Premier League debut in August 2017, Dunk has scored 11 goals in the competition, more than any other centre-back, overtaking Virgil van Dijk (10) with his header against Wolves.
15' The fact that Dunk is not talked about more in England circles is something of a mystery, albeit likely explained by the fact he plays for a near-perpetual low-end Premier League side. Genuinely, he's one of the sturdiest contributors in the business. It's been a while since his only cap.
P. Groß
Assist
Brighton & Hove Albion
13' That is pinpoint from Gross, the sort of set-piece delivery with enough drift and force to find its mark without question. Wolves have been caught flat-footed there after the stronger opening; Nuno will be frustrated.
L. Dunk
Goal
Brighton & Hove Albion
13' GOAL! LEWIS DUNK HEADS BRIGHTON INTO THE LEAD! 1-0! A fantastic effort from the Seagulls captain, as his side grab a corner - and he rises above the two defenders marking him to crash Pascal Gross' delivery in at the right post. What an opening salvo!
11' This is better than Brighton now, who thread the ball around the edge of the Wolves box, turning that early press back in upon itself. They could cause havoc from set-pieces today.
9' That said, Wolves - even with the ball at their feet - are not rustling and hustling like they sometimes can. This is a more sedate encounter so far, the kind that seems suitably fitting for an early Sunday kick-off.
7' Danny Welbeck still hasn't touched the ball yet, if that gives an indicator of how Brighton are finding the Wolves press so far. Again, the set-piece is relatively untroubled. The Seagulls may just have to bide their time.
5' The set-piece is defused easily enough by Brighton, but they concede a second a few plays later. This is some promising early possession from Wolves.
3' That's not too far from Moutinho! The Wolves man pulls a shot back across his body, after being fed into the Brighton box, and it whistles along the wrong side of the left post. A slight touch means it will be a corner to the hosts.
1' We are underway in this Premier League clash between Wolves and Brighton & Hove Albion!
The teams are emerging at Molineux and we are moments away from kick-off. After some truly hideous weather across the country yesterday, it's blue skies and a dash of sunshine in the Midlands today.
This is a first start for Joao Moutinho since mid-April, but there's still no return for Jimenez. Nuno remains hopeful he may yet make a return to the fold before the end of the season, but time is running out for him to do so.
Wolves have never won a top-flight game against Brighton in 11 attempts (D4 L7) – it’s the most one team has faced another in English top-flight history without recording a win.
Subs: Steven Alzate, Aaron Connolly, Alexis Mac Allister, Jose Izquierdo, Davy Propper, Andi Zeqiri, Jason Steele, Percy Tau, Jakub Moder.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (3-4-3): Robert Sanchez; Ben White, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Pascal Gross, Yves Bissouma, Dan Burn; Neal Maupay, Leandro Trossard, Danny Welbeck.
Subs: Leander Dendoncker, Lewis Richards, Romain Saiss, Nelson Semedo, Luke Cundle, Adama Traore, Willian Jose, John Ruddy, Theo Corbeanu.
WOLVES (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio; Ki-Jana Hoever, Conor Coady, Maximilian Kilman, Rayan Ait Nouri; Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves; Vitinha, Morgan Gibbs-White, Daniel Podence; Fabio Silva.
There's five swaps for the hosts - Ki-Jana Hoever, Joao Moutinho, Maximilian Kilman, Morgan Gibbs-White and Daniel Podence all start. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is the only new face for Brighton from the side that beat Leeds.
But to do so, they'll have to overcome Nuno Espirito Santo's wounded hosts, who saw a slipshod draw with relegation favourites West Brom follow a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Burnley. There's been no European challenge without striker Raul Jimenez this term; the Portuguese will have to go back to the drawing board.
Graham Potter's side have progressed throughout the campaign with an unusual air of complacency - close to the drop but never quite suggesting the air of an inevitable dogfight. With four games to go, they can certify their survival with a win here - which would take them 13 points clear of the bottom three.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Premier League season, as Brighton & Hove Albion look to officially confirm their safety against an out-of-sorts Wolves at Molineux.