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Brighton 2-2 Wolves: Diogo Jota scores twice as Wolves keep unbeaten run going

Diogo Jota scored two goals for Wolves
Jota has now scored 11 goals in the Premier League

Diogo Jota scored twice as Wolves stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 games with a 2-2 draw at Brighton.

All four goals were scored in an entertaining first half, with Jota putting the visitors ahead following a quick counter-attack, playing a one-two with Raul Jimenez before slotting in.

Then came a crazy couple of minutes as Brighton turned the game on its head.

First, Neal Maupay equalised after latching on to a long ball from Dale Stephens before thumping a strike beyond Rui Patricio's reach.

Then, just 96 seconds later, the Seagulls took the lead when Davy Propper headed in Leandro Trossard's cross.

Brighton went close to adding a third when Aaron Mooy swept an effort just wide of the far post, before Jota equalised a minute before half-time. Jonny pounced on a defensive mistake before finding Jota inside the area and the Portuguese forward turned and tucked a shot in at the far post.

The second half failed to match the high tempo of the first, with Brighton's Maupay going closest to finding a winner when he fired a fierce shot that was held by Patricio.

The point moves Wolves up to sixth in the table, while Brighton remain 12th.

Fearless Seagulls keep up attacking intent

The late afternoon Sunday game may not have featured one of the Premier League's traditional big guns but it nevertheless offered the prospect of an entertaining game, with both these teams having shown plenty of willingness to attack this season.

They certainly delivered in a fast-paced first half in which both sides scored twice - only the third time that has happened this season after Norwich's 3-2 defeat by Chelsea and Liverpool's 5-2 victory over Everton.

Fresh from beating Arsenal 2-1 last-time out, Brighton showed no fear against a Wolves side that had not lost in their previous 10 games and could easily have been out of sight in the first half, with Maupay's energy and Mooy's creativity proving a constant menace for the visitors' backline.

But Wolves' attacking flair is a lot for many Premier League teams to handle and in the end a draw was perhaps a fair result.

However, if Brighton continue to play with this level of positivity they are unlikely to be looking too nervously over their shoulders in the second half of the season.

Wolves' unbeaten run continues

It is already hard to believe that relegation looked a serious threat for Wolves this season but that was certainly the case after they failed to win any of their first six Premier League games and appeared to struggle with juggling domestic and Europa League commitments.

But Nuno Espirito Santo's side have roared back impressively since recording their first Premier League win of the season on 28 September, when they beat Watford.

They had won three of their four league games prior to the trip to the Amex and another win would have taken them back above both Tottenham and Manchester United into fifth in the table.

Like Brighton, they lacked that bit of extra energy in the second half as a third game in seven days perhaps took its toll.

But an 11th game without defeat means they are now on their longest unbeaten run in the top flight since 1962 and are looking well placed to challenge for a top-six finish.

Man of the match - Diogo Jota (Wolves)

Diogo Jota
After going 11 games without scoring this was a welcome return to form in front of goal for Diogo Jota, who looked sharp throughout and linked up superbly with Raul Jimenez

What next?

Brighton are not in action again until Monday, 16 December when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League (19:45 GMT) while Wolves host Besiktas in their final Europa League group game on Tuesday, 12 December (20:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 46Alzate
  • 15Webster
  • 5DunkBooked at 75mins
  • 33BurnBooked at 82mins
  • 24Pröpper
  • 6StephensBooked at 90mins
  • 18Mooy
  • 13GroßSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 68'minutes
  • 7Maupay
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forMurrayat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Duffy
  • 8Bissouma
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Murray
  • 22Montoya
  • 27Button
  • 30Bernardo

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 2Doherty
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forVinagreat 90+3'minutes
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forCutroneat 85'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forNetoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 5Bennett
  • 7Neto
  • 10Cutrone
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 49Kilman
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
30,189

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Adama Traoré.

Booking

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Booking

Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota.

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Diogo Jota tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Alzate.

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray replaces Leandro Trossard.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Pascal Groß.

Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

VAR Decision: No Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leicester16122239102938
3Man City16102444192532
4Chelsea169253124729
5Man Utd166642519624
6Wolves165922319424
7Tottenham166553023723
8Sheff Utd165741916322
9Crystal Palace166461418-422
10Newcastle166461723-622
11Arsenal154742123-219
12Brighton165472024-419
13Burnley165382129-818
14Everton165291928-917
15Bournemouth164481824-616
16West Ham154471725-816
17Aston Villa164392328-515
18Southampton164391835-1715
19Norwich1632111734-1711
20Watford16169930-219
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