REPORT: WOLVES 0 ALBION 0
- Tomer Hemed has first-half penalty saved
- Conor Coady shown straight red for Wolves
- Albion top of Championship by three points
- Seagulls still unbeaten
Tomer Hemed had a first-half penalty saved for the Seagulls while the hosts had Conor Coady sent off just after the break, but Albion couldn’t find a way through a dogged and determined Wolves side.
Chris Hughton had to make do without striker Sam Baldock and centre-back Uwe Huenemeier for the game, but was boosted by the return of Kazenga LuaLua from suspension. Lewis Dunk came into the starting line-up for his first league start since the opening day victory over Nottingham Forest, while Liam Rosenior was restored to the side after missing the win over Rotherham; Solly March dropped to the bench.
After a quiet opening 20 minutes, Albion were awarded a penalty after Jamie Murphy was brought down in the box by Scott Golbourne, but Hemed was unable to beat Emiliano Martinez from the spot as the keeper guessed right before making another good stop to deny the Israeli on the rebound.
Hemed looked to make amends for his penalty miss but found Martinez in his way again after a neat one-two with Beram Kayal opened up the Wolves defence.
If he missed the chance to give Albion the lead, the Israeli soon saved Albion from falling behind as he cleared Adam Le Fondre’s goalbound effort off the line.
Hemed’s part in the game went no further than half-time as the striker came off at the break after appearing to limp back into the dressing room, with Elvis Manu coming on for his Albion debut.
In keeping with recent matches between these two clubs at Molineux, a red card was soon produced, the third consecutive time a player has been dismissed in this fixture.
Coady and Liam Rosenior went in for a 50-50 ball, but the Wolves man was late with his studs showing and referee Jeremy Simpson instantly showed a red card.
The home fans were less than impressed and began to make their feelings towards Simpson known, while Albion started to turn the screw on their depleted hosts.
Rosenior could have rubbed salt into the home fans' wounds had he connected with LuaLua’s cross as Albion patiently tried to pick the lock of the Wolves defence.
The Seagulls continued to dominate proceedings but Manu didn’t get enough on his strike to trouble Martinez while Benik Afobe skewed Wolves’ best chance so wide it went out for a throw-in.
Manu then provided a teasing cross that was headed agonisingly wide by Murphy and Kayal saw an effort deflected behind, but the breakthrough never came.