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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Rajiv van La Parra
Rajiv van La Parra scored his first league goal of the season with his effort at Brighton

A deflected cross from Rajiv van La Parra earned play-off chasing Wolves a point at Brighton.

Both sides had their chances before the Seagulls broke the deadlock after 70 minutes through Bruno Saltor.

The Spanish defender drilled a low shot under keeper Tomasz Kuszczak after Inigo Calderon had an effort parried.

But the lead lasted just four minutes as Wolves equalised when Van La Parra's cross was palmed into his own net by home keeper David Stockdale.

Wolves had a chance to grab a late winner only for Stockdale to push a low Bakary Sako shot onto the post.

The result left the Midlands side three points from the top six and a play-off spot, with Brighton seven points from the relegation zone.

Kuszczak, released by Brighton last summer after helping them to the Championship play-offs in successive seasons, had to keep out a header from striker Craig Mackail-Smith early on.

Brighton survived a scare when Benik Afobe went through on goal and had a shot well-saved by Stockdale, before Sako's low drive from the rebound was cleared off the line by Gordon Greer.

The Seagulls eventually opened the scoring through Saltor to give themselves hope of fourth successive home win only for Van La Parra to strike.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

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Hughton on Brighton v Wolves

"It was probably heading towards a 0-0 when we scored and I'm disappointed we didn't hang on.

"There's no doubt David Stockdale will be disappointed with the goal we conceded, but that's a keeper's lot.

"He went on to make two very good saves towards the end and that is part and parcel of being a keeper."

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett:

"It was a close game and a fantastic save at the end to deny us.

"But we have to keep pushing; two teams above us lost and we have two important games coming up. We would have loved three points, but thin dividing lines decide games in the Championship."

"We've not had a bad season at all. A number of clubs in the Championship are looking for promotion, including us, and it is still open for us."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3GreerBooked at 42mins
  • 5DunkBooked at 10mins
  • 30Bennett
  • 6Stephens
  • 22HollaSubstituted forLua Luaat 77'minutes
  • 14Calderon
  • 28Kayal
  • 17J TeixeiraSubstituted forLedesmaat 86'minutes
  • 12Mackail-SmithSubstituted forO'Gradyat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 11O'Grady
  • 19Best
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton
  • 32Ledesma
  • 33Halford

Wolves

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2DohertyBooked at 87mins
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 30Hause
  • 11McDonald
  • 19Price
  • 17van La Parra
  • 7HenrySubstituted forDickoat 64'minutes
  • 10Sako
  • 12Afobe

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 4Edwards
  • 13McCarey
  • 14Evans
  • 16Doyle
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 40Dicko
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
27,019

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home21
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bakary Sako with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Beram Kayal.

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Ledesma (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Booking

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Emmanuel Ledesma replaces João Teixeira.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Teixeira.

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Danny Holla.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion).

goal

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3Middlesbrough37209858273169
4Derby371910869402967
5Norwich37199971403166
6Brentford371951359481162
7Ipswich3717101057431461
8Wolves371611105145659
9Nottm Forest371412115951854
10Blackburn371412114946354
11Sheff Wed371214113335-250
12Charlton371115114248-648
13Leeds37139153946-748
14Cardiff371211144549-447
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton37128174555-1044
17Reading37128174058-1844
18Huddersfield371110164663-1743
19Brighton37914144246-441
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan37810193449-1534
23Millwall37710203162-3131
24Blackpool37410232974-4522
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