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Seagulls climb above Manchester United in the table as wasteful visitors spurn the chance to clinch fourth straight league win



By Adrian Kajumba For The Daily Mail

21:41 22 Jan 2024, updated 23:32 22 Jan 2024

  • Brighton move up to seventh ahead of Manchester United in the table
  • Wolves remain 11th as draw halts run of three straight wins for Gary O’Neil’s men
  • Leandro Trossard blocks rivals at corners. Why isn’t it a foul? It’s All Kicking Off



In a quirky move as they pursue some marginal gains, Wolves have taken to wearing daylight glasses as part of their pre-match preparations.

They are supposedly especially useful for night games, helping fight the impact of tiredness as the sun goes down and keep stars alert.

That is exactly what Wolves were as they defended at Brighton, digging in to survive long spells of pressure, limit the hosts to one shot on target and earn a point. Though things did get a bit blurry when they got near goal, Gary O’Neil’s side passing up some presentable opportunities to secure victory.

Had they taken one, Wolves would have won four successive top-flight games for the first time since 1972 and made a first appearance in the top-10 this season.

But O’Neil was pleased with a point and — explaining the unusual eyewear, which was shown on TNT Sports — he said: ‘They are something from the medical team and fitness team. It definitely isn’t time to get ready for bed here, we need to be fully alert. Normally if things like that aren’t working and the boys aren’t feeling the benefit, they get dismissed fairly quickly. But they are still all using them, so we’re trying to make some marginal gains.’

Brighton moved up to seventh in the table following a 0-0 draw against Wolves
The goals have dried up for the Seagulls, who have failed to score for the third time in their last five matches
Roberto De Zerbi cut a frustrated figure as his side couldn’t get going on Monday night
The Italian and Gary O’Neil were involved in a flashpoint on the sideline in the first half

It would have been harsh on Brighton if those gains had extended to three points for Wolves.

The Seagulls dominated possession but were frustrated by familiar failings in front of goal. Boss Roberto De Zerbi said: ‘We didn’t play the best game in my time but we created the conditions to win the game.’

FACT BOX TITLE

BRIGHTON (4-3-1-2): Steele 7; Hinshelwood 7 (Baker-Boaitey 90), Dunk 7, Van Hecke 7.5 Estupinian 7.5 (Lallana 72, 6); Gross 6, Gilmour 7, Milner 6.5 (Webster 73, 6); Buonanotte 6.5 (Lamptey 65, 6); Welbeck 6.5 (Ferguson 65, 6), Pedro 6.

Subs not used: Verbruggen, Moder, Baleba, Peupion,

Scorer: –

Booked: Webster

Manager: Roberto De Zerbi 6

WOLVES (3-4-3): Sa 6.5; Kilman 7.5, Dawson 8, Gomes 7.5; Semedo 7.5, Doyle 7, Lemina 7, Doherty 6; Sarabia 6.5 (Bellegarde 68, 6), Neto 7.5 (Chirewa 88`); Cunha 7.

Subs not used: Bentley, S Bueno, Mosquera, H Bueno, Hodge, Griffiths, Fraser.

Scorer: –

Booked: Cunha, Dawson, Kilman, Gomes

Manager: Gary O’Neil 6

Referee: Craig Pawson 6

Matheus Cunha was lucky to escape a red card for remonstrating with referee Craig Pawson
The Brazilian missed a glorious chance to put Wolves ahead in the second half

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Brighton had the better chances in the first half-hour with James Milner — playing his 633rd Premier League game which, took him above Ryan Giggs into second on the list of all-time appearance makers — and Facundo Buonanotte going close with back-post chances and Danny Welbeck having an effort deflected over.

Pedro Neto fired just wide for the visitors after a solo run before a scrappy finish to the first half saw Wolves’ Matheus Cunha and goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler booked. Cunha had two chances to silence the boo-boys after the break while he, Neto and Mario Lemina all went close late on.

A frustrating night for Brighton was summed up at the death when Joao Pedro’s indecision saw a late chance go begging.



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