Premier League result: Brighton roar back to rescue draw against Wolves in six-goal thriller
Premier League, Amex Stadium - Brighton 3 (Connolly 13', Maupay 46' pen., Dunk 70') Wolves 3 (Saiss 19', Burn 34' o.g., Neves 44' pen.)
Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion celebrates with teammate Leandro Trossard after scoring their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers at American Express Community Stadium
The visitors then took charge as Dan Burn’s evening turned into a nightmare. The defender was unfortunate to score an own goal when Robert Sanchez parried Pedro Neto’s shot on to him at close range.
Burn then brought down Adama Traore to allow Ruben Neves to score from the spot on the stroke of half time.
Brighton needed a major lift heading into the second period and they got it within seconds when Neal Maupay won and converted a penalty.
The hosts had their tails up and after Adam Webster went close with a header against the bar, they deservedly levelled 20 minutes from time through Lewis Dunk.
The result means Wolves have won just once in seven league outings and are down in 12th place. Brighton stay 17th but are now three points clear of the drop zone.
Aaron Connolly of Brighton and Hove Albion is congratulated by teammate Lewis Dunk after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers at American Express Community Stadium
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Next up it’s FA Cup Third around action for both sides. Wolves entertain Crystal Palace on Friday while Brighton visit Newport on Sunday.
Brighton show the fight they will need going forward, while Wolves are desperate for a lift. Brighton set an unwanted record of 13 home league matches without a victory, but Graham Potter will take a lot of positives from their second half showing. There was real fight and spirit about the Seagulls and they will need to demonstrate more of that in the weeks and months ahead if they are to triumph in their battle to avoid the drop.
Wolves will rue a shocking second half display. They just didn’t get going after the interval and were shaky defending set pieces throughout. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have won just once since Raul Jimenez’s injury and the Wolves boss has spoken positively about doing some business in January. A look at the visitors’ under-strength bench shows they need some reinforcements throughout the squad if they are to kick on in 2021 and push at the higher end of the table once again.
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MAN OF THE MATCH
Adama Traore (Wolves). The forward found some of his old form and was a nuisance throughout. His probing runs and incisive attacking play caused plenty of alarm bells for the Brighton rearguard. Won the penalty to give Wolves a 3-1 lead and contributed greatly to Burn’s shocking night.