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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Danny Batth
Batth's equaliser was his third league goal of the season

Danny Batth's late equaliser salvaged a point for Wolves at home to 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion.

On-loan striker Darren Bent put the visitors ahead on 10 minutes, stooping to head Inigo Calderon's first-time cross past goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Wolves were denied a penalty after the break when Nouha Dicko was booked for simulation and Brighton's Bruno was then sent off for a two-footed lunge.

Batth poked in Bakary Sako's corner from close range with two minutes left.

Brighton have won just one of their last 18 league games and they are four points below Millwall, in 21st, while Wolves are now seven points off the play-off places.

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Hyypia on Wolves v Brighton

After Bent's goal, the first half was one of few clear-cut opportunities and Wolves showed little invention until five minutes before the break, when Sako had three chances in as many minutes equalise.

The Mali international saw his volley from James Henry's deep cross punched away by David Stockdale, and he then clipped the post after beating three players before forcing the Brighton keeper to make a low save.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett made a double substitution at half-time and Dicko, one of the replacements, was in the thick of the action just five minutes after the restart.

Latching on to a loose backpass, he went down in the box following a challenge from Stockdale and referee Darren Bond pointed to the spot.

However, after consulting his assistant, Bond reversed his decision and booked Dicko for simulation, to the audible frustration of the home supporters.

Brighton were reduced to 10 men on 58 minutes when Spanish midfielder Bruno was dismissed for a rash challenge on Kevin McDonald.

Wolves began to dominate possession and Rajiv van La Parra, David Edwards and Dicko all had chances to level the scores before Batth's late strike.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"I have spoken to the referee and viewed it again. He originally gave a penalty and then he changed his mind which he is entitled to do.

"I felt that the ball was past the goalkeeper and he has caught the centre forward. To book Dicko for diving was harsh in the situation that he was in.

"It was nice to finish strongly in the last quarter of the game. I think we have gone up a place in the table and we are in a good position.

"We are competitive with the top of the league and the play-off positions. Are we good enough now to make that gap up right now? No, we need to improve."

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia:

"I think with 11 versus 11 we played some good football. I am very frustrated that we couldn't hold on.

"It was great to see how the players responded to us regrouping and talking about things a lot. I would have liked that to have happened a bit sooner.

"But it is great to see that everyone did their task 100% and really worked hard and worked together on the field."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 30HauseBooked at 39mins
  • 7HenrySubstituted forPriceat 45'minutes
  • 11McDonaldBooked at 78mins
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forClarkeat 76'minutes
  • 10Sako
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forDickoat 45'minutesBooked at 51mins
  • 17van La Parra

Substitutes

  • 9Clarke
  • 14Evans
  • 15Rowe
  • 19Price
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 40Dicko

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Calderon
  • 33HalfordBooked at 90mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 2BrunoBooked at 58mins
  • 22HollaBooked at 90mins
  • 18Forster-CaskeyBooked at 64mins
  • 27MarchSubstituted forGardnerat 61'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 39BentSubstituted forColungaat 85'minutes
  • 17J TeixeiraSubstituted forInceat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 7Colunga
  • 15Chicksen
  • 19Gardner
  • 20McCourt
  • 24Ince
  • 31Walton
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
22,882

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Booking

Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Attempt saved. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bakary Sako with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Danny Holla (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Holla (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bakary Sako with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

Attempt blocked. Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Batth.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Adrián Colunga is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adrián Colunga replaces Darren Bent.

Hand ball by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rajiv van La Parra with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Price with a through ball.

Booking

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Dave Edwards.

Booking

Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Rohan Ince replaces João Teixeira.

Delay in match David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Rajiv van La Parra.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but João Teixeira is caught offside.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

Attempt missed. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Nouha Dicko following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

goal

As It Stood

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3Brentford2212463729840
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5Derby22116540231739
6Watford22115639231638
7Norwich2297637261134
8Blackburn229763431334
9Nottm Forest2271053227531
10Wolves228772532-731
11Cardiff228682930-130
12Charlton2261242324-130
13Fulham2284103539-428
14Sheff Wed2261061621-528
15Birmingham227782432-828
16Bolton2275102328-526
17Reading2274112637-1125
18Leeds2266102532-724
19Rotherham225981827-924
20Huddersfield2266102739-1224
21Millwall225892332-923
22Brighton2231092230-819
23Wigan2238112230-817
24Blackpool2227131739-2213
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