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Wolves 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Emiliano Martinez
Emiliano Martinez is on a season-long loan at Wolves from Arsenal

Brighton remain unbeaten in the Championship after a disappointing goalless draw at 10-man Wolves.

Tomer Hemed had a great chance to put the league leaders ahead but his penalty was saved by on-loan Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez.

Wolves striker Adam Le Fondre had a shot cleared off the line before Conor Coady saw red for a poor tackle.

Beram Kayal, Liam Rosenior and Jamie Murphy had efforts late on but the Seagulls were unable to find a winner.

Brighton are now three points clear of second-placed Middlesbrough at the top of the Championship, with Wolves sitting 18th, two points above the relegation zone.

Seagulls flying high
Brighton are the only unbeaten side left in the Championship, having won six games and drawn two.
They have now lost just three of their previous 25 league games against Wolves.

The first real opportunity of the game came after Wolves defender Scott Golbourne fouled Murphy inside the area, but Martinez pulled off a brilliant double save from Hemed's effort and then the striker's follow-up.

The hosts should have been ahead when James Henry's free-kick was headed into Le Fondre's path by Ethan Ebanks-Landell, but his touch towards goal was stopped by Hemed.

After Coady was dismissed for his poorly-timed tackle on Rosenior, the Seagulls pressed forward and Kayal and Rosenior had shots saved, while Murphy nodded wide.

Wolves struggled to create when they were a man down, with Benik Afobe's pulled shot their best effort in a second half with few chances.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett: "It was a very well-earned point against an impressive side. Brighton were good today, moved the ball very well and got a high number of crosses in.

"We had to work hard for the clean sheet in the dying minutes. When they put Bobby Zamora and Elvis Manu on, you wonder how the dynamics of the game are going to change.

"But the young centre-half pairing (Kortney Hause and Ethan Ebanks-Landell) stood very firm and showed a lot of promise."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "I couldn't fault the commitment of the players and I thought they had a real go.

"We had a midweek game and Wolves hadn't and there were little periods in that first half when they maybe looked a little fresher than we did.

"So it is difficult to be too disappointed but, of course, we did have a really good opportunity with the penalty."

Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed has three goals in his last five games, but saw his penalty saved
Ethan Ebanks-Landell (left) and Elvis Manu
Ethan Ebanks-Landell (left) was part of an organised defensive Wolves effort in the second half
Chris Hughton
Brighton boss Chris Hughton won promotion from the Championship with Newcastle in 2010

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martinez
  • 18IorfaBooked at 69mins
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 30Hause
  • 3Golbourne
  • 16CoadyBooked at 49mins
  • 4Edwards
  • 7HenrySubstituted forDohertyat 90+2'minutes
  • 29Le FondreSubstituted forMcDonaldat 52'minutes
  • 20OjoSubstituted forByrneat 68'minutes
  • 10Afobe

Substitutes

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 11McDonald
  • 12J Wallace
  • 17van La Parra
  • 25Byrne
  • 48Enobakhare

Brighton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Bong
  • 23Rosenior
  • 6Stephens
  • 7KayalBooked at 74mins
  • 30Lua LuaBooked at 32minsSubstituted forZamoraat 78'minutes
  • 15Murphy
  • 10HemedSubstituted forManuat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 17Goldson
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 19Manu
  • 20March
  • 24Ince
  • 25Zamora
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
20,382

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away19
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces James Henry.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Emiliano Martinez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Emiliano Martinez.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Dave Edwards.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gordon Greer tries a through ball, but Elvis Manu is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Elvis Manu with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Scott Golbourne tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  19. Post update

    Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Henry.