Another game, another frustrating day for the Albion, as they slumped to their 3rd straight home defeat against a resilient Wolves side. After this result, Brighton are now bottom of the Championship form table, in what has been a dreadful run of games for the Seagulls, which has included 4 straight scoreless games. Luckily most of the results over the weekend’s action went in favour of the Albion, otherwise they could be further off the pace.
Wolves had the first chance, when some sloppy play from Brighton allowed Wolves to break on the counter; James Henry skipped past Inigo Calderon before playing in Benik Afobe, he took it round Lewis Dunk, but his shot was straight a David Stockdale. Brighton had the next chance, after a cross from Calderon was cleared only to James Wilson, the striker unleashed a wonderful half-volley, but Carl Ikeme tipped the ball over the bar. Wolves did thane the lead on their next chance, or half-chance should I say; After losing the ball on the halfway line Brighton couldn’t then deal with the flurry of Wolves players breaking towards their goal, the ball ended out on the left wing with Jordan Graham, his low cross was turned in by Connor Goldson past Stockdale for, what is sure a mis-communication, own goal. It was a kick in the teeth for Brighton, who looked like the better side. As they trudged in for half-time, there was plenty to think about for Chris Hughton. It seemed his half time talk paid off, when Brighton created a great chance. When a bad clearance for Danny Batth landed at Wilson’s feet, the on-loan striker took on Matt Doherty and hit a low shot towards the corner; but Ikeme got down well to save it. Lewis Dunk had the chance to equalize next; a long ball from Calderon in to box was left by Dunk for Goldson at the back post, he played the ball back to Dunk who, unfortunately, ballooned his shot over the bar. Jamie Murphy got in on the act too; he broke into midfield, and after some intricate passing between him, Bobby Zamora and Wilson, allowed Murphy into the box to have a pop but the shot was put over the bar. Conor Coady finally fashioned a chance for Wolves, their first in about 60 minutes, when he’s well-timed tackle dispossessed Beram Kayal and rolled to Batth, the latter played in Coady and his long range strike was tipped do over by Stockdale for a corner. Bruno was next on the chance creation list, after Murphy had played him in down the right wing, the defender backed off of him and allowed him to have a shot, which he obliged, with a thunderous effort striking the crossbar. Brighton had one last chance to save themselves; a long ball from Goldson into the box was met by Dunk, who was playing centre forward at this time, and his powerful header was tipped over by Ikeme, much to the despair of the fans and Dunk who kicked the post in frustration. The full time whistle rung around The AMEX, which signalled a third straight home loss, scoreless in four and winless in six for Hughton’s Seagulls.
Stockdale (7); Was quiet for most of the game, but was on hand to stop the 2 real chances Wolves created.
Bruno (8); Had his work cut out; had a hard job marking Graham, as well as filling the gap of there being no right midfielder, resulting in him doing double the workload. He did very well, and should of been rewarded with a goal.
Dunk (7); Has had some stick in the last few games, but seemed to take it well; marked Afobe well, just like he did back in September, and mad his afternoon harder. Could of had 2 goals as well.
Goldson (7); It comes with the territory, but he will learn from his mistake. Other than the own goal, he was neat on the ball and produced 2 great goal-scoring chances.
Calderon (6); Had a few attacks here and there, but was quiet for a lot of the game, which felt like that there was only 10 men on the pitch.
Crofts (6); Had a much better game than on Tuesday, but still not good enough to stake a claim in the starting XI, for me anyway. Passing was better and looked to try and play forwards rather than backwards.
Stephens (6); Like Calderon, he was quiet for a lot of the game. Stephens is one of the creative sparks in the team, and if he isn’t playing well, it seems like it’s harder for us to make the chances.
Kayal (7); I may contradict myself here, but Kayal seems to play better in a 4-3-3 rather than the 4-4-2, as it allows him to get forward and support the strikers. Although he wasn’t at the centre of the chances created, he had a hand in some of them, and was ready to try and create another one.
Murphy (7); Quiet first half, but came to life in the second. Wasn’t afraid to take on Dominic Iorfa, and got the better of him at times, just needs to work on his shooting.
Zamora (6); Haven’t seen him so quiet before; he is usually at the centre of a chance or something, but other than Murphy’s chance, I can’t recall him being involved in one. His hold up play was good, however.
Wilson (8); Hasn’t been feeling well since Christmas, but still wants to play, that’s the attitude that will get a reward sooner rather than later. Had some good chances and made life hard for Batth and Ethan Ebanks-Lendell.
Manu (6); Finally had a chance to get out there and show what he can do, and although he did do that to some extent, there is still unwritten pages about him. Needs more game time, before we can firmly judge if he is a flop or not.
Hemed (5); Came on to salvage a point, but didn’t really have a chance to do that.
Brighton  –  Wolves; Goldson (32 OG).
MOTM; Wilson/Bruno (Couldn’t decide)