Setting the scene
This was the meeting of the divisions two form teams. Both Wolves and the Albion came in with five wins and a draw from their last six games. Brighton hadn’t won at Wolves since the 1990-91 season – a season in which the campaign ended in a second tier play off final defeat. Should we break that Molineux curse, it would mean just one more win was needed to secure automatic promotion. The final furlong was here and the finish post in sight.
Just like in last weeks win at QPR, Chris Hughton was going for it here, breaking his normal ploy of playing a more defensive winger away from home by starting both Anthony Knockaert and Solly March. It was therefore an unchanged line up for the Albion. Paul Lambert’s side were without their star man Helder Costa. A special mention must go to the fact that they managed to name a front three wearing squad numbers 50 (Ricardo Cavaleiro), 63 (Andreas Weimann) and 64 (Ben Marshall) which, had all three scored, would’ve resulted in massive profit for anyone selling the price of goalscoring shirt numbers on Sporting Index.
If Gus Poyet was dead, he’d have been turning in his grave about the first Albion goal. This was the sort of thing that, if it happened at the Amex, would’ve had the crowd screaming “HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF” as David Stockdale leathered a goal kick straight over the top of the Wolves defence. The offside Anthony Knockaert latched onto it, raced away and fired low past Andy Lonegran who was beaten at his near post. There was more comedyfending for the second which killed the game off with 10 minutes remaining, Cavaleiro gifting the ball away in a manner that makes Bill Gates look stingy and Glenn Murray’s persistence eventually teed up Knockaert for his second.
The combination of Knockaert and Tomer Hemed were behind most of the Albion’s first half chances. They first linked up when Knockaert slid in Hemed and his effort rattled the bar and then he former swung over a free kick which the latter leapt like the proverbial salmon to head goalwards only for Lonegran to tip over at full stretch. Wolves best opportunities came in the second half, Stockdale turning away a Conor Goady effort and then doing well to gather a powerful Ben Marshall effort at the second attempt.
WeAreBrighton.com Man of the Match
Two goals. Created countless others. Boring and predictable it may be, but how can you not love the work of the little French magician?
This was a professional, clinical performance against an inform Wolves side. The goals may have been gifts – a combination of some defending that wouldn’t look out of place 48 hours later at Waterhall and a linesman who didn’t seem to understand the concept of offside but the best teams take advantage of those situations and that is exactly what we did. Technically, it is four points from four games needed now for promotion. But with our goal difference, a win on Monday against Wigan effectively does it for us regardless of what Huddersfield do. Start the car ladies and gentlemen…we are on our way.
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.