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Brighton fended off a two-goal deficit to snatch a vital draw with the Wolves in a match that was thrilling from start to finish.
Captain Lewis Dunk nodded in Albion’s equalizer in the 70th minute after Neal Maupay’s penalty early in the second half sparked a seemingly unlikely comeback.
Wolves he was in full control of the game at half-time thanks to a header from Romain Saiss, an own goal from Dan Burn and a penalty shot from Ruben Neves after Aaron Connolly’s first goal.
Visitors to Nuno Espirito Santo collapsed after the reboot and can be thankful they didn’t leave the south coast empty-handed as Brighton he also hit the crossbar through Adam Webster during a greatly improved performance in the second half.
The beleaguered hosts Graham Potter are still without a home win in the top flight this season, but they showed much of the fighting spirit they will need to avoid relegation.
The Seagulls are three points away from the bottom three, despite playing two more games than Fulham, which is in 18th place, while the Wolves remain in 12th place.
Albion entered the new year after a dismal 2020 that brought just five Premier League victories, including a solo success at home.
Head coach Potter brought back the attacking trio Leandro Trossard, Maupay and Connolly as part of five changes seeking just a second success in 15 league games.
The alterations paid almost immediate dividends to give the hosts a 13-minute lead.
Trossard spun and twisted Rayan Ait-Nouri on the right flank before sending a swing cross for Connolly to get past Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio and hit the goal.
The big goal was Connolly’s first goal at home in 15 months, but things went downhill quickly.
Moroccan international Saiss tied just six minutes later, deflecting a looped header past Robert Sanchez after a Nelson Semedo cross to the right to score for the second time in three games.
Wolves coach Nuno was charged this week with misconduct by the Football Association for comments he made about referee Lee Mason after last month’s loss at Burnley.
His dominant team deservedly took the lead, albeit fortuitously, 11 minutes before the break.
Pedro Neto’s stinging effort from the right deflected from Solly March and was repelled by Sánchez, only for the ball to bounce off the ill-fated Burn and trickle down the line.
Oh darling! 😬
Dan Burn is on the wrong side of cruel luck. Sánchez punches Burn, who inadvertently places him on his own goal line.
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 2, 2021
Burn’s miserable night continued when he conceded a penalty a minute before half-time.
After being defeated by Adama Traore to the right of the Wolves, he knocked down his opponent with an untimely thrust.
Midfielder Neves made the most of the situation, coldly sending Sánchez down the wrong path from 12 yards to claim his first goal of the season and increase the difficulty of Potter’s halftime team talk.
This is the second time the Wolves have scored 3 goals in the first half of a @premierleague game: beat Arsenal 3-1 on the previous occasion in April 2019
– Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 2, 2021
According to the first 45 minutes, a comeback seemed fanciful. However, the Seagulls received immediate cause for optimism, as they halved the deficit within a minute after the restart.
Maupay, who missed from the spot in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool last month, was fouled by Joao Moutinho inside the box before rising to shoot the ball through the center of the goal.
Albion nearly tied in the 68th minute, but Webster’s header in a March corner bounced off the wood.
The wolves did not learn from that foul and were again susceptible on set pieces when Dunk tied.
The center-back found space in the distant past to powerfully connect with Trossard’s right corner and nod past Patricio.
Albion had the best of the last 20 minutes without creating much and it was the Wolves who were closest to a winner.
Unmarked substitute Owen Otasowie had a golden opportunity deep in overtime, but somehow made his way to the end of a vibrant match.