Ultra defensive points the way for Brighton and Hove Albion

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 0

Albion secured a vital point at Wolves as they spent almost the entire 90 minutes preventing Wolves from playing.

It wasn’t pretty but it was effective.
Albion were buoyed by the return of Pascal Gross who completed his first Premier League match last Tuesday for almost two months.

Gross gives Albion another dimension in central midfield and makes them hard to break down.

Wolves had seven corners in the first half.

Albion had one shot before half time which Dale Stephens fired tamely at Wolves keeper Rui Patricio.

It was a blisteringly hot – some reckoned the hottest April day in over 100 years in the West Midlands.

Early in the second half Solly March got clear, clipped in a cross which Wily Boly almost turned into his own net.

This presented Albion with their only corner of the match.

Beram Kayal and the tenacious Jose Izqueirdo had efforts for Albion.

But from 70 minutes onwards it was Albion’s defence versus the Wolves attack.

Diego Jota hit the post for Wolves with a header and Maty Ryan somehow parried his rebound away.

Boly also had a clear chance.

But after three long agonising minutes of added time Albion held on for a very valuable point.

They travel to Tottenham on St George’s Day.

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