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14 March 2015


  • Bruno opened the scoring for Albion, before Rajiv van La Parra replied for Wolves.
  • Craig Mackail-Smith has a goal ruled out for offside.
  • Seagulls unbeaten in four league games at the Amex.
  • Albion seven points clear of the bottom three.

Honours were even at the Amex as Brighton & Hove Albion drew 1-1 with play-off chasing Wolves.
Chris Hughton made six changes to the side that lost to Reading on Tuesday; Craig Mackail-Smith and Dale Stephens went straight into the starting line-up after recovering from injuries and were joined by Bruno, Danny Holla, Inigo Calderon and Joao Teixeira.
The Seagulls had a good chance inside two minutes when Beram Kayal whipped a cross into the box but Mackail-Smith didn’t get enough on his header, and it was an easy save for ex-Albion keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
Wolves went close to breaking the deadlock not long after when Benik Afobe capitalised on a slip by Lewis Dunk, but the Wolves striker’s shot was saved by David Stockdale who came racing off his line. The visitors almost scored from the follow up, but Gordon Greer got into position quickly to make a vital clearance off the line.
With a quarter of the game gone Afobe went close, but once again he was thwarted by Stockdale, who tipped his shot around the post for a corner.
Kevin McDonald then tried his luck for the visitors but his curling effort from 25 yards out went narrowly wide.
It looked like the Seagulls had taken the lead with 57 minutes gone when Mackail-Smith reacted quickest to Teixeira’s parried shot but the linesman raised his flag for offside.
With just over an hour gone Bruno cut the ball to Teixeira, who took a touch to steady himself before blazing the ball over the bar.
With 69 minutes gone Brighton took the lead when a deflected shot hit a Wolves defender and fell kindly for Bruno, whose thumping effort flew under Kuszczak.
Wolves needed a reaction and they got it, levelling the score barely four minutes later. Rajiv van La Parra was played in down the right-hand side and his effort caught out Stockdale at his near post.
Hughton brought on Chris O’Grady, Emmanuel Ledesma and Kazenga LuaLua in an attempt to try and restore the Seagulls lead, and LuaLua went close with a textbook long-range effort but it went into the side netting.
In stoppage Wolves came close to snatching a winner, but Sako's effort was turned round the post by Stockdale.


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