BHAFC V WWFC (18/10/16) | Match Review

Brighton had to hang on by a thread on Tuesday night, but they came away with a valuable 3 points, no thanks to David Stockdale who made 2 vital saves at the death. After a slightly dissapointing result on Saturday against Preston, Brighton needed to bounce back quickly to avoid slipping further behind the leaders at the top. They may have been under the cosh for some of the game, but they held on to preserve their 3 points this time. Anthony Knockaert’s swinging free-kick brough the first chance of the game, when he over hit it slightly, but managed to force Carl Ikeme into a save to prevent the ball going into the top corner. Brighton took the lead after 14 minutes of play, when Sam Baldock headed in a Gaetan Bong cross after some patient build-up play from the Seagulls. Jiri Skalak had a free-kick go just over the bar not soon after, while Helder Costa had a curling effort tipped over by Stockdale. Into the second half, and Wolves came out with a team on a mission and looked set to equalise when Costa’s free-kick was put into a dangerous area, but not one of the 3 unmarked Wolves players could get on the end of it, as it trumbled wide of the post. Baldock’s low cross into the box was narrowly missed by Glenn Murray, while Danny Batth had a vicious half-volley tipped wide by Stockdale. Costa almost got the goal Wolves were desperate for, when his excellent curling effort went through a sea of players, but was superbly tipped round the post by Stockdale to preserve his clean sheet. One final chance for Wolves from a corner, but the flick on at the near post by Dominic Iorfa missed everyone as it flashed across the goal, and went out the other side, which was the cue for the ref Keith Stroud to blow for full-time.


Stockdale (8); 2 game-saving saves late on, both of which required him to be sharp and strong. Might not of commanded his box during set-plays, but kept a valuable clean sheet.

Bruno (8); Limped off towards the end, but couldn’t fault his display, after a less than fantastic one on Saturday.

Duffy (7); Commanded the air well, and won a majority of the balls that came his way. Only real sign of danger was towards the end of the 2nd half.

Dunk (7); A strong performace once again from the centre-half. Did well to quell the threat from Nouha Dicko, and Joao Texieira when he came on. Did pick up a 5th yellow though late on.

Bong (7); Another great assist to his name, and was a threat when going forward, but will get the most praise for the way he handled Costa during the game.

Knockaert (7); Might not of been at his best, but it was good enough to give Matt Doherty a run for his money. Missed a good header in the first half, but a solid performance nonetheless.

Sidwell (7); Some great defending, especially in got second half. Was quick to get into the faces of the strikers, and hurry them into mistakes.

Norwood (7); Showed off his passing abilities once again, and was at the centre of most of the chances.

Skalak (7); An eyebrow-raising decision at first to drop one of the best players from Saturday for him, but proved he was the right man for the job with a good display.

Murray (7); No goal to his name this time, but got through some good work and linked up well with the wingers.

Baldock (8); Lovely headed goal, and is in the form of his life at Brighton. Clever runs and lay-offs helped create chances throughout the game.


Goldson (6); Emergency right-back cover for Bruno.

Stephens (6); Replaced Baldock for additional defensive cover.

Pocognoli (N/A); Late defensive cover to help quell the onslaught.

BHAFC [1]-[0] WWFC; Baldock (14);

Att; 25,231

MOTM; Stockdale


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