Brighton & Hove Albion 0
Playing for virtually half the game with ten men, Wolves held on for a point against League leaders Brighton & Hove Albion in a hard fought encounter at Molineux.
Kenny Jackett decided on two changes to the team that had lost to Bolton a week earlier. Dominic Iorfa and Sheyi Ojo both returned in place of Matt Doherty and Jed Wallace who were named as substitutes.
Wolves kicked-off attacking the South Bank end and inside the first minute there was a chance after Benik Afobe had been fouled to the left of the Brighton box. But David Stockdale in the visitors goal plucked James Henry’s free-kick out of the air in a crowded six-yard box.
There was concern after Dave Edwards went down after a challenge from Dale Stephens but, thankfully, the midfielder was able to resume after treatment.
Play was swinging from end to end albeit without any clear-cut chances. There was, however, an opportunity for Henry when Afobe laid the ball back into his path but the winger’s long-range shot was too high.
In the 22nd minute Brighton were awarded a penalty following Scott Golbourne’s challenge on Jamie Murphy. Tomer Hemed stepped up to the spot but he was denied by Emi Martinez who pushed out the Israeli’s low kick and then blocked his follow up.
Martinez was called into action once more when Hemed sprinted through the middle and let fly with a low drive that the Argentinian keeper clung on to at the second attempt.
Kazenga Lua went into the book for pulling at Iorfa’s shirt to the right of the Brighton box and, from the free-kick, Wolves almost made the breakthrough.
Henry lifted the ball across and Kortney Hause, at the far post, nodded it down to Adam Le Fondre who looked odds on to score from eight yards only for a defender to off clear off the line in a crowded goalmouth.
Hause just failed to get a touch to an inswinging corner from Henry that went right through the goalmouth and out beyond the far post.
Half-Time: Wolves 0 Brighton 0
The new half opened with Ethan Ebanks-Landell getting in the way of a low cross from Bruno allowing Martinez to claim.
But then disaster struck for Wanderers as Conor Coady was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Liam Rosenior.
Le Fondre was sacrificed for Kevin McDonald as Jackett rejigged his team.
Edwards bravely blocked a hard shot from the edge of the box from Murphy before Martinez saved a shot from Beram Kayal that took a hefty deflection.
Martinez did well to cut out a cross from Lua that again took a deflection before Wolves gave a debut to Nathan Byrne who took over from Ojo midway through the half.
Iorfa was booked for a late challenge on Lua, and after Rosenior had fired a first time shot into the side netting following a Bruno centre, Kayal was yellow carded for a tackle on Byrne.
Martinez held on to a low drive from substitute Elvis Manu before Murphy was only just off target with a flicked header as Brighton tried to make the most of the man advantage.
But the home team defended doggedly to earn a deserved point.
Wolves: Martinez, Iorfa, Golbourne, Edwards (capt), Ebanks-Landell, Hause, Henry (Doherty 90+1), Coady, Afobe, Le Fondre (McDonald 52), Ojo (Byrne 68).
Unused subs: Ikeme, van La Parra, Enobakhare, Wallace.
Booking: Iorfa (69 – foul).
Sending-Off: Coady (49 – foul).
Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer (capt), Dunk, Stephens, Kayal, Hemed (Manu 45), Bong, Rosenior, Murphy, Lua Lua (Zamora 77).
Unused subs: Maenpaa, Forster-Caskey, March, Ince, Goldson.
Bookings: Lua Lua (32 – foul), Kayal (74 – foul).
Referee: J. Simpson.
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