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Wolves 0-0 Brighton: Hosts go fifth with dull draw

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Chances were few and far between at Molineux

Wolves moved up to fifth in the Premier League with a dull goalless draw against out-of-form Brighton.

There was only one shot in each half at Molineux, with Brighton's Davy Propper drawing a routine save from Rui Patricio from distance.

Wolves' Raul Jimenez hit a shot on the turn straight at Mat Ryan with 15 minutes to go.

Leander Dendoncker went close to winning the game for Wolves late on when he shot over the crossbar.

Brighton, who have yet to win in 2020, are now two points above the relegation zone.

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Wolves did not look their usual fluid self, although boss Nuno Espirito Santo denied that it was an indication of fatigue in their 47th game of the season. Only League One sides Oxford and Portsmouth have played more in England.

Wolves would have gone fourth with victory, but fifth place could still yield a Champions League spot if Manchester City do not win an appeal against their two-year European expulsion.

Most of Wolves' chances were from distance, with Ruben Neves shooting over on a couple of occasions and Raul Jimenez poking a shot wide. Jimenez had one of their best chances of the game with a fine volley from Willy Boly's long pass but it hit the stanchion behind the goal.

They looked brighter when Adama Traore, who dislocated a shoulder in last weekend's win at Tottenham, came on in the second half. He had a hand in their only effort on target.

Traore ran down the right and found substitute Daniel Podence. His effort was blocked by Lewis Dunk and the loose ball fell to Jimenez, whose shot took a slight nick off Adam Webster and Ryan saved.

Wolves - who have only beaten Brighton four times in 32 league meetings - pushed for a late goal but none came, with Jimenez laying the ball off for Dendoncker to shoot over.

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This could yet prove a crucial point for Brighton, who are the only team left in the top four divisions not to win this year. This was their 10th attempt, drawing six and losing four.

Graham Potter's side were well organised and kept their first clean sheet since that most recent win, 2-0 against Bournemouth on 28 December.

They will need to match that resilience in their next five games, four of which are against Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Propper's shot from 25 yards was their only effort on goal, but they had several other chances. Yves Bissouma was especially bright with three of their four shots off target.

Attacking midfielder Alexis Mac Allister made his debut in the second half - the Argentina international joined Albion in January 2019 but has spent loan spells with Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors.

The 21-year-old was lively, with several dangerous set-pieces causing concern for Wolves.

The visitors spent the latter stages pushing for a goal but struggled to create a clear-cut chance.

'All the games in this league are quite brutal' - manager reaction

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC Match of the Day: "We didn't perform so well, like we wanted. It was a tough game against a very good team.

"They were organised, but so were we. It was a game of not too many chances.

"It's about where we came from. We started three years ago and we keep on building, trying always to sustain the level of performance. I think today we didn't, and we have to improve for the next one."

Brighton manager Graham Potter told MOTD: "It was important for us to keep a clean sheet. We took part in a game against a team with a lot of dangerous players, but we restricted them to not too many clear-cut chances.

"We did well. Defensively we're really pleased. It was a collective effort. With the quality they have they can put you in dangerous places.

"We took part in the game. We tried to play and attack when we could. We had opportunities but it wasn't to be. We move forward really positively with a clean sheet - we hadn't had one for a while.

"All the games in this league are quite brutal. We just need to keep working, fighting and preparing for the next game."

Man of the match - Yves Bissouma

Yves Bissouma
Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma won possession 16 times (six more than anyone else), made as many tackles (five) as anyone else and had more shots than any other Albion player (three)

Match stats - Wolves are the 0-0 kings

  • Wolves have drawn five games 0-0 this season in all competitions, the most of any Premier League side.
  • Wolves have played 47 matches this season, one more than in the whole of last season.
  • Wolves have kept four clean sheets in their past five Premier League games, as many as they in their previous 25.
  • Seven of the past nine league meetings between Wolves and Brighton at Molineux have ended as draws, with last season's encounter at Molineux also finishing goalless.
  • Despite coming on in the 64th minute, Adama Traore completed more dribbles than any other player (five).

What's next?

Wolves visit Greek side Olympiakos in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday, before travelling to West Ham in the Premier League on 15 March.

Brighton host Arsenal on Saturday, the first of four games against the 'big six' in five matches.

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 27SaïssBooked at 45mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesSubstituted forTraoréat 64'minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 29Vinagre
  • 9Jiménez
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCastelo Podenceat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cavaco Jordão
  • 7Neto
  • 10Castelo Podence
  • 21Ruddy
  • 37Traoré
  • 49Kilman
  • 59Buur

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 22MontoyaBooked at 37mins
  • 15Webster
  • 5DunkBooked at 54mins
  • 33BurnBooked at 54mins
  • 8Bissouma
  • 24Pröpper
  • 18MooySubstituted forStephensat 89'minutes
  • 20MarchSubstituted forMac Allisterat 80'minutes
  • 7Maupay
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Duffy
  • 6Stephens
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 13Groß
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Murray
  • 27Button
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
31,490

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away0
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces Aaron Mooy.

Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Leandro Trossard.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alexis Mac Allister replaces Solly March.

Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Diogo Jota.

Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Rúben Neves.

Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Solly March.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

Booking

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

Booking

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

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

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

Half Time

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

Booking

Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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3Leicester28155854282650
4Chelsea2813694739845
5Wolves29101364134743
6Sheff Utd28111073025543
7Man Utd28119842301242
8Tottenham29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton28107113742-537
13Newcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton29611123240-829
16West Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2774163452-1825
20Norwich2956182552-2721
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