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Preview: Wolves v Albion

10 November 2012

Report: Wolves 3 Albion 3

Albion twice came from behind but were denied all three points by a 92nd minute header, as a breathtaking game finished 3-3 at Molineux.

Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Buckley levelled the scores in each half, and Stephen Dobbie looked to have won the game with an 89th minute penalty but Gus Poyet’s side were again left frustrated conceding a last-gasp goal.

Amidst all of the action Karl Henry was sent-off for a reckless tackle.

The Seagulls made the brighter start and were almost in front inside two minutes through David Lopez. Andrea Orlandi headed the ball down into his compatriot’s path but David’s low shot grazed the outside of the Wolves post.

But Poyet’s side found themselves behind in the 22nd minute following Wolves’ first attack, and a well-worked goal it was.

Republic of Ireland international striker Kevin Doyle held the ball up on the edge of the Albion box waiting for left-winger Bakary Sako to gallop past him on the overlap. Doyle picked out Bako and the former arrowed the ball into the bottom right corner.

And after just 34 minutes Albion suffered a further hit when Poyet was forced into an early substitution, with Wayne Bridge moving uncomfortably. Inigo Calderon was introduced at his expense.

Bruno came close with a shot from distance, which had Carl Ikeme scrambling across his goal, but the ball dropped the wrong side of the post.

But on the brink of half-time came a string of events which swung the pendulum in Albion’s favour.

A mix up between Stephen Ward and Sako allowed Bruno to steal the possession wide on the right, he hit the by-line before cutting the ball back to Mackail-Smith 12 yards out. The in-form Albion striker clinically whipped the ball into the top left corner.

And moments later Wolves skipper Henry was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge, which caught Liam Bridcutt near the knee.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken reinforce his midfield at half-time introducing Tongo Doumbia in place of striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Within minutes of the restart Albion had two glorious chances to go ahead; first when the home defence failed to deal with Bruno’s cross. The ball dropped the David but he sliced the ball over from eight yards, while off balance.

And moments later Dobbie dispossessed Roger Johnson and ran through one-on-one but Wolves keeper Ikeme was quick off his line to block the shot that followed.

But just past the hour mark the Seagulls found themselves behind again. Bridcutt’s past was short to Lewis Dunk and he was second to the ball, sending Bjorn Sigurdarson into the air.

Referee Scott Mathieson played the advantage with Doumbia running into the space and the midfielder dispatched the ball into the bottom left corner from outside the area.

Poyet reacted by introducing Buckley and Ashley Barnes and leaving just Gordon Greer and Dunk in defence, with Bruno and Calderon moving into midfield. A minute later Barnes saw a well-timed header crash back off the crossbar.

But the equaliser duly arrived on 72 minutes. Bridcutt won the ball in midfield and ran 50 yards before sliding through to Buckley. The Albion winger drilled the ball into the right corner with a first-time shot from 18 yards.

Albion piled forward and Orlandi had a great chance which was saved by Ikeme, the ball dropped to Barnes and his shot was cleared off the line by Johnson.

Then into the 89th minute Albion’s persistence was rewarded. Dobbie’s back-heal through to Calderon was adjudged to have been handled by Johnson and a penalty was awarded. Dobbie stepped up and struck the ball into the top left corner to score his second goal in as many games.

But that was not the end. Doumbia had a header cleared off the line by Barnes then in the second minute of injury time Johnson headed Doumbia’s free-kick past Tomasz Kuszczak and into the bottom right corner.

And that brought the end to a pulsating game of football.

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