Roger Johnson's last-minute equaliser rescued a point for 10-man Wolves against Brighton in the Championship.

The hosts led twice, through Bakary Sako and Tongo Doumbia, either side of Craig Mackail-Smith's equaliser.

By the time Doumbia struck Wolves were without Karl Henry after he was sent off for a tackle on Liam Bridcutt.

Will Buckley quickly equalised for the Seagulls, who thought they had won it through Stephen Dobbie's late penalty, only for Johnson to rescue Wolves.

Stuttering Wolves

Wolves have gone six games without a win, their last Championship victory coming against Blackburn on 6 October

Only two points separated the sides before kick-off but so congested is the Championship that Wolves began the day in 13th, Brighton were on the periphery of the play-off places in eighth.

Despite a slow start, Wolves took the lead against the run of play midway through the first half when Sako was played in by Kevin Doyle at the end of a superb passing move and he slotted past Tomasz Kuszczak from 12 yards.

Mackail-Smith equalised from a similar distance just before the break, capitalising on Bruno Saltor's pass to find the top corner.

That goal angered Wolves boss Stale Solbakken, who punched a hole in the roof of the dugout in frustration, but he was doubtless even more unhappy moments later when Henry was shown a straight red card for a poor challenge.

Despite finding themselves in the bottom half of the table, there is no doubting Wolves' spirit, and they took the lead on 61 minutes when Doumbia scored superbly from 25 yards.

But Brighton made their one-man advantage count when Buckley's low shot beat Carl Ikeme. Dobbie then converted from the spot with a minute remaining after Christophe Berra was controversially adjudged to have handled.

There was still time for a Wolves response, though, and it came from an unlikely source as Johnson rose superbly to power in a header, earning his side a hard-fought point.

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken:

"The ref made a big mistake. When it is one minute left you should be 100% sure that it is a penalty and it was far from a penalty.

"If we had lost 3-2 after the guts the guys showed in the second half it would have been hard to pick them up.

"I think the referee got the red card spot on, but when you see the replay for the penalty it is so far from a penalty."

Brighton manager Gus Poyet told BBC Sussex:

"It's disappointing. We let too many people down today, it wasn't my team out there today. First you need to do the basics, it wasn't good enough.

"Whatever the position you play, you need to be aware of the basics in football. Unfortunately we didn't do this and it's a bad day today.

"Against 10 men it was very, very easy. It's not good enough."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 11 Ward
  • 14 Johnson
  • 16 Berra
  • 32 Foley
  • 04 Edwards (Davis - 82' )
  • 08 Henry Dismissed
  • 10 Sako
  • 20 Pennant (Sigurdarson - 58' )
  • 09 Ebanks-Blake (Doumbia - 46' )
  • 29 Doyle

Substitutes

  • 31 De Vries
  • 05 Stearman
  • 25 Batth
  • 26 Davis
  • 27 Forde
  • 28 Doumbia
  • 15 Sigurdarson

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk
  • 28 Bridge (Calderon - 34' )
  • 08 Crofts (Buckley - 65' )
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 21 David Lopez (Barnes - 64' )
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 10 Dobbie
  • 12 Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 14 Calderon
  • 04 Hammond
  • 18 Dicker
  • 30 Buckley
  • 07 Hoskins
  • 09 Barnes
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 21,583

Match Stats

Shots

6 15

On target

4 6

Corners

6 8

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:10

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton) on Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +1:49

Assist (cross) by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) from left wing.

90:00 +1:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Roger Johnson - Wolves 3 - 3 Brighton headed goal by Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton) (bottom-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Wolverhampton 3-3 Brighton.

90:00 +1:21

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton) on Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken left-footed by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) from own half,

89:38

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) to centre, header by Tongo Doumbia (Wolverhampton) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), clearance by Ashley Barnes (Brighton).

89:09

Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

88:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen Dobbie - Wolves 2 - 3 Brighton Power penalty taken right-footed by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton) (top-left of goal), scored.Wolverhampton 2-3 Brighton.

87:04

Handball by Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton).

86:14

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton) to centre, clearance by Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton).

85:43

Shot by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), clearance by Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton).

85:21

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton).

84:05

Shot by Ashley Barnes (Brighton) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton).

82:22

Goal kick taken short by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

81:32 Substitution

Substitution Wolverhampton substitution: David Edwards replaced by David Davis (tactical).

81:15

Shot by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.

80:53

Cross by Will Buckley (Brighton), clearance by Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton).

79:39

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

79:18

Cross by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton), clearance by Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton).

78:49

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton).

77:38

Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).

77:15

Cross by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton), clearance by Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton).

76:59

Defending throw-in by Gordon Greer (Brighton).

76:00

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

75:13

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).

73:16

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton) to centre, shot by Bruno Saltor (Brighton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), clearance by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).

71:40

Assist (pass) by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) from right channel.

71:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Buckley - Wolves 2 - 2 Brighton Goal by Will Buckley (Brighton) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Wolverhampton 2-2 Brighton.

70:48

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) to far post, resulting in open play.

70:30

Cross by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton), blocked by Gordon Greer (Brighton).

69:38

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton) on Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

68:46

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

68:25

Shot by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar.

67:55

Attacking throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

67:42

Attacking throw-in by Will Buckley (Brighton).

67:09

Attacking throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

65:58

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) to centre, shot by Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton) left-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

65:03

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton) on Liam Bridcutt (Brighton). Free kick crossed right-footed by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton) from right wing, clearance by Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton).

64:11 Substitution

Substitution Brighton substitution: Andrew Crofts replaced by Will Buckley (tactical).

63:47 Substitution

Substitution Brighton substitution: Moreno David Lopez replaced by Ashley Barnes (tactical).

60:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Tongo Doumbia - Wolves 2 - 1 Brighton Goal by Tongo Doumbia (Wolverhampton) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Wolverhampton 2-1 Brighton.

60:23

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

59:36

Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Gordon Greer (Brighton) from own half, passed.

59:01

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton) on Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

58:42

Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).

58:07

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

57:45

Shot by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

57:10 Substitution

Substitution Wolverhampton substitution: Jermaine Pennant replaced by Bjorn Sigurdarson (tactical).

56:42

Shot by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

56:03

Cross by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton), clearance by Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton).

54:14

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

53:22

Shot by Inigo Calderon (Brighton) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed right.

52:21

Attacking throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

50:12

Goal kick taken short by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

49:31

Shot by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

48:59

Foul by Bruno Saltor (Brighton) on Jermaine Pennant (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tongo Doumbia (Wolverhampton) from own half, passed.

48:34

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

47:48

Cross by Bruno Saltor (Brighton), shot by Moreno David Lopez (Brighton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

46:59

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

46:29

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

45:03 Substitution

Substitution Wolverhampton substitution: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaced by Tongo Doumbia (tactical).

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:43 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:15

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken left-footed by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) from left wing (35 yards), over the bar.

45:00 +0:47

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

45:00 +0:02

Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) from own half, passed.

45:00 +0:02 Dismissal

Dismissal Karl Henry (Wolverhampton) dismissed for violent conduct.

44:31

Foul by Karl Henry (Wolverhampton) on Liam Bridcutt (Brighton).

42:49

Assist (cross) by Bruno Saltor (Brighton) from right wing.

42:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Mackail-Smith - Wolves 1 - 1 Brighton Goal by Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) right-footed (top-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Wolverhampton 1-1 Brighton.

41:26

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

41:14

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

40:23

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

39:48

Shot by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar.

39:21

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton).

38:46

Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton) on Lewis Dunk (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Gordon Greer (Brighton) from own half, passed.

38:12

Foul by Bruno Saltor (Brighton) on Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

37:49

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

37:30

Cross by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton), save (caught) by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

36:25

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton) to centre, clearance by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).

35:48

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton). Cross by Moreno David Lopez (Brighton), blocked by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton).

34:53

Attacking throw-in by Jermaine Pennant (Wolverhampton).

34:20

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton) on Jermaine Pennant (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Karl Henry (Wolverhampton) from own half, passed.

33:46 Substitution

Substitution Brighton substitution: Wayne Bridge replaced by Inigo Calderon (injury).

31:23

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

30:45

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant (Wolverhampton) to centre, save (caught) by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

30:02

Cross by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton), clearance by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

28:23

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

28:00

Shot by Bruno Saltor (Brighton) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed left.

27:42

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton).

27:24

Cross by Wayne Bridge (Brighton), blocked by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).

25:30

Foul by Moreno David Lopez (Brighton) on Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant (Wolverhampton) from left channel, save (caught) by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

25:10

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).

24:38

Goal kick taken short by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

23:46

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

23:07

Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton) on Gordon Greer (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Gordon Greer (Brighton) from own half, passed.

22:44

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) on Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton) from own half, passed.

21:22

Assist (pass) by Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton) from left side of penalty area.

21:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Bakary Sako - Wolves 1 - 0 Brighton Goal by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).Wolverhampton 1-0 Brighton.

20:15

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant (Wolverhampton) to centre, clearance by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

19:30

Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).

19:13

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).

18:49

Cross by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

16:59

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).

16:30

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

16:04

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

15:28

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) to centre, resulting in ball out of play.

14:55

Cross by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton), clearance by Stephen Dobbie (Brighton).

14:06

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

12:56

Foul by Karl Henry (Wolverhampton) on Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton). Free kick crossed right-footed by Moreno David Lopez (Brighton) from right channel, clearance by Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton).

11:28

Attacking throw-in by Wayne Bridge (Brighton).

8:20

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

7:21

Attacking throw-in by Wayne Bridge (Brighton).

6:18

Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).

5:37

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

5:04

Goal kick taken long by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton).

3:27

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

2:32

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

2:16

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).

2:04

Defending throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).

1:31

Shot by Moreno David Lopez (Brighton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (20 yards), missed left.

0:59

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton) on Liam Bridcutt (Brighton). Free kick taken left-footed by Wayne Bridge (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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