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REPORT: ALBION 1 WOLVES 0

27 October 2018

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Glenn Murray celebrates his 100th goal for the club.
  • Albion beat Wolves 1-0 at the Amex
  • Glenn Murray scores his 100th Albion goal to become the club’s post-war leading goalscorer
  • The Seagulls win three consecutive top-flight games for first time since 1981
  • A record crowd of 30,654 fans in attendance

Glenn Murray’s 100th Brighton & Hove Albion goal helped the side to a crucial 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Amex Stadium.

A week after literally being down and out following a collision with Federico Fernandez at St James’ Park, the Seagulls frontman etched his name into the club’s history books as the leading post-war goalscorer, moving one ahead of Kit Napier’s tally.
 
Murray’s strike was enough to settle a closely-contested affair, as a record Amex crowd of 30,654 fans were in attendance to see the legendary frontman secure Albion a third consecutive top-flight win for the first time since 1981.
 
The forward has now moved into second place in the all-time goalscoring list, with just Tommy Cook's tally left to beat.
 
The first chance of the game fell to Shane Duffy, who rose highest from Solly March’s set-piece into the box, only to see his resulting header go over the bar.
 
Wolves enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening stages without testing Maty Ryan, and Jose Izquierdo and Beram Kayal had to be alert to block strikes from Matt Doherty and Ruben Neves respectively.
 
The Neves and Doherty combination came into play moments later, but the latter was thwarted by Ryan after the former sliced a through-ball between the Albion defence.
 
Izqueirdo broke forward quickly down the other end and picked out March, whose enticing ball across the box was narrowly missed by the onrushing Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
 
The game gradually began to open up after a cagey start, as Adama Traore tried his luck for the visitors after cutting in off the left flank only to see his resulting shot saved by
Ryan.
 
Doherty wasted a golden opportunity to put Wolves in front when he made a driving run into the box, but shot wide with a left-footed strike.
 
Albion had a brilliant chance of their own to break the deadlock when Duffy ghosted in unmarked at the far post from March’s corner, but agonisingly saw his header go inches wide.
 
But a moment of history followed in the 48th minute as Murray fired in his 100th goal, as Bruno’s cross-shot fell into the path of Murray, who fired home with a brilliant first-time finish at the far post.
 
Matters briefly turned away from the pitch as the late Peter Brackley received a warm round
of applause in the 67th minute from all sections of the ground following his passing nearly a fortnight ago.
 
Izquierdo had a chance to double Albion’s advantage after racing through on goal, but couldn’t get his shot away at the last moment and set up Jahanbakhsh, who scuffed his shot wide.
 
Neves continued to be a constant threat and drilled in a low shot which was saved by Ryan at his near post, before Lewis Dunk headed his free kick over the bar.
 
Despite a spell of Wolves pressure late on, which saw Ryan make an exceptional one-handed save from Ryan Bennett, Albion held on to claim three memorable points on the south coast.
 
ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo (Knockaert 81); March (Bissouma 71); Murray.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK), Balogun, Bernardo, Locadia, Andone.

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