REPORT: WOLVES 1 ALBION 1
In a week where the players came out to back the manager, Brighton & Hove Albion put in a battling performance at Molineux only to be cruelly denied all three points late on in the match after Danny Batth’s 87th minute strike.
The Seagulls led through Darren Bent's early header and after an excellent first-half performance looked on course for three points, but a red card for Bruno just after half-time proved costly.
Hyypia made three changes to the Albion side who lost to Millwall, with Inigo Calderon returning to the defence along with left back Joe Bennett. Danny Holla was also added to the Albion midfield.
Albion started brightly and took the lead in the 10th minute when Inigo Calderon made a driving run down the right hand side and delivered an inch perfect cross for Darren Bent to nod home his second goal for the club.
The Seagulls continued to pile on the pressure onto the Wolves defence, after a low driving cross into the box from Joao Teixeira was cleared by defender Richard Stearman.
Wolves could have drawn level after a well-timed cross into the box from Kortney Hause was met by Dave Edwards, whose header just skimmed past the post.
Bakary Sako then showed some great skill down the left hand side to deliver a dangerous ball into the Albion box, but Hyypias men dealt will the threat and cleared there lines.
Sako was a constant threat to the Albion defence and he was picked out by James Henry at the far post, forcing David Stockdale into a fine save.
The hosts thought they had been awarded a penalty four minutes after the restart, as Nouha Dicko charged towards goal and appeared to be brought down in the area by David Stockdale.
The referee overturned the decision and gave the forward a yellow card for simulation.
Hyypia’s men really had to dig deep when Bruno was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Kevin McDonald, but the Seagulls comfortable dealt with the subsequent set piece.
The Seagulls still had chances to double their lead on the counter-attack, as Danny Holla showed some great vision to feed the ball through to Bent some last-ditch defending from Wolves, prevented the Albion striker getting his second of the afternoon.
Wolves came closer to levelling the scores as a great ball from Leon Clarke found Dicko, only for Lewis Dunk to produce a superb last-ditch block.
The Black County side then managed to deliver a cruel blow to undo all of Albion’s resilient defending, after Sako delivered a corner into the box which landed into the path of Danny Batth who netted the equaliser.