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Report: Albion draw with Wolves in tense Amex affair

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Neal Maupay and Davy Propper, with his first goal at the Amex, were on target as Albion shared four goals in a 2-2 thriller against Wolves.

By Bruce Talbot • 08 December 2019

By Bennett Dean
Neal Maupay scored Albion's first goal of the afternoon.
  • Albion draw 2-2 with Wolves at the Amex
  • Neal Maupay and Davy Propper on target for the Seagulls
  • Diogo Jota scores a brace for Wolves
  • Result leaves Graham Potter's side 12th in the Premier League

All the goals came in a breathless first half, as Jota put the visitors in front before the Seagulls hit back with two goals in two-and-a-half minutes.

Maupay’s thunderbolt was his sixth goal of the season and it was followed by Propper’s second for the Seagulls, in his 89th appearance.

Jota levelled just before the break, and in the second half Albion looked more likely to find a winner with Maupay and Dale Stephens going close. Graham Potter’s men had to settle for a point, but after Thursday’s win at the Emirates it has still been an excellent few days for Albion, who remain 12th in the Premier League standings. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Mooy looks for options from midfield.

There was one change to the side that beat Arsenal on Thursday, with Leandro Trossard replacing Aaron Connolly, who had come off with a hamstring injury during the 2-1 win.

The confidence Albion took from their first win at the Emirates was evident in a bright start that nearly brought them a goal. With a minute played, Maupay latched onto Trossard’s cross and saw his goalbound shot blocked for a corner, which the unmarked Lewis Dunk header over. Moments later, Aaron Mooy teed up Maupay for a low strike at goal, which Rui Patricio saved.

Wolves threatened on ten minutes when Ruben Neves smashed a right-foot shot from 20 yards which was only just wide, before the visitors worked a great routine from a corner, which ended with Romain Saiss getting in a header at the far post, that Maty Ryan saved superbly down to his right.

By Bennett Dean
Neal Maupay equalised for Albion with a left-footed strike.

Wolves gradually began to get on top and they went ahead with a well-worked counter-attacking goal in the 28th minute. Albion had been warned moments earlier when Jimenez capitalised on a defensive mix-up, but shot wide on the turn when he seemed certain to score.

However, he soon turned provider with a cross from the left which Jota, who had led a terrific break from just inside Albion’s half, side-footed past an exposed Ryan from close range. 

Jota was denied by Ryan four minutes later after Jimenez won an aerial duel with Dunk to send him clear, but the Australian keeper stood tall and saved superbly. The importance of that stop became evident in the 34th minute when Albion drew level. Stephens’ pin-point long-range pass dropped perfectly for Maupay to speed past Conor Coady, and lash a powerful shot from just inside the left-hand post past Patricio.

By Bennett Dean
Davy Propper celebrates.

It got even better for the Seagulls. Mooy and Trossard linked up well on the left and with Wolves undermanned at the back, Propper had time to head the Belgian’s cross past Patricio from 12 yards to give Albion the lead.

Steven Alzate found Mooy in space for an angled shot which missed the target by a whisker, but in the 43rd minute Albion gave away a soft second goal. Propper’s pass was intercepted by Jonny, whose left-wing cross was swept past Ryan on the turn by Jota as a breathless first half ended 2-2.

Albion were first to threaten in the second half. Maupay’s shot was deflected for a corner which eventually fell to Trossard, who dragged his effort wide, as the hosts enjoyed a spell of good possession.

They had a scare on the hour though when Wolves claimed handball against Dunk after a scramble in the six-yard box. VAR decided there was no contact but the visitors briefly had the momentum and Ryan was alert when Matt Doherty broke to the by-line to intercept his cross-shot. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens looks for options from midfield.

Albion made a double change midway through the half with Alireza Jahanbakhsh coming on for his first Premier League appearance of the season, alongside Glenn Murray with Pascal Gross and Trossard making way.

The hosts put together their best move of the half with Alzate and Stephens involved to set up Maupay for a left-foot strike, which was straight at Patricio. The game got increasingly stretched in the closing stages, and Stephens was next to threaten with a powerful strike which flew inches wide of the left-hand upright.

But a point apiece it was and Albion now have eight days to prepare for their next game at Selhurst Park on Monday week.

ALBION: Ryan, Alzate, Webster, Dunk ©, Burn; Gross (Jahanbakhsh 68), Mooy, Stephens, Propper; Trossard (Murray 68), Maupay.

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Duffy, Bernado, Montoya, Bissouma,

ATTENDANCE: 30,189 

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