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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Anthony Knockaert
Anthony Knockaert has scored 15 goals this season

Brighton moved a step closer to Premier League promotion thanks to a double from Championship Player of the Year Anthony Knockaert against Wolves.

He gave the visitors a first-half lead with a fine low shot, though replays showed he was fortunate not to be flagged offside.

Wolves were competitive throughout but lacked a cutting edge.

Knockaert made the points safe with his 15th of the season on the break after Ivan Cavaleiro gave away possession.

The Seagulls will be promoted on Monday if they beat Wigan and Huddersfield fail to beat Derby - and will go up regardless of other results if they take four points from their remaining four matches.

As has so often been the case this season, Knockaert was the difference in what was an otherwise fairly balanced game.

That said, there was an element of luck to both his goals as he was offside in the build-up to his first goal and his second came after Cavaleiro cheaply conceded the ball. However, on both occasions the Frenchman's finishing was exemplary.

Paul Lambert's men have now lost successive matches but, with 51 points, almost certainly have enough to avoid being dragged back into trouble.

Wolves manager Paul Lambert told BBC WM:

"I thought we started really well, we looked lively, we looked threatening and it was a really poor first goal to concede.

"It's probably been the story of our season that you've got to score goals when you get chances at this level - they've taken theirs and we haven't.

"They've got good experience all round, and that's something we have to get to, you have to get to that level not just for one game or two games, you've got to do that for 46 games."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Sussex:

"I thought it was a really good, professional performance away from home that we had to really work hard for.

"Wolves are a good side, a lot of energy, and I think to have a clean sheet against them is a really good defensive display from the team.

"We've made a habit of staying in games when we're under a little bit of pressure, and we always know that we've got some quality in the side that can produce something."

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Lonergan
  • 16Coady
  • 6Batth
  • 30Hause
  • 2Doherty
  • 27SaissBooked at 87mins
  • 4Edwards
  • 63Weimann
  • 50Cavaleiro
  • 64MarshallSubstituted forDickoat 76'minutes
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forWilsonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Saville
  • 9Dicko
  • 14Evans
  • 31Burgoyne
  • 34Wilson
  • 55Gibbs-White
  • 60Williamson

Brighton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 11Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 14Sidwell
  • 20MarchSubstituted forMurphyat 70'minutes
  • 17Murray
  • 10HemedSubstituted forNorwoodat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Skalak
  • 15Murphy
  • 21Norwood
  • 25Forren
  • 27Tomori
  • 28Akpom
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
23,221

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Coady.

  4. Post update

    Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Saiss with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Bruno.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  12. Booking

    Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  14. Post update

    Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Romain Saiss with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood replaces Tomer Hemed.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Glenn Murray with a headed pass following a fast break.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton42278771353689
2Newcastle42267975363985
3Huddersfield41245125348577
4Leeds422271356401673
5Reading41227125657-173
6Sheff Wed422191254411372
7Fulham4219131075532270
8Derby421711144845362
9Preston421613136154761
10Norwich42179167365860
11Brentford421781769591059
12Aston Villa411513134340358
13Barnsley421511166059156
14Cardiff421510175659-355
15Ipswich421216144552-752
16Wolves41149185154-351
17QPR42148204857-950
18Bristol City42138215562-747
19Birmingham421114174261-1947
20Nottm Forest42129215667-1145
21Burton421112194257-1545
22Blackburn421013194863-1543
23Wigan421010223853-1540
24Rotherham4246323694-5818
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