- Albion begin 2016 with a defeat
- A Connor Goldson own goal wins the game for Wolves
- Albion remain fourth ahead of Saturday’s Championship fixtures
- Brighton without a win in six games
Brighton & Hove Albion began 2016 with a defeat, losing 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a New Year’s Day clash at the Amex.LOTTERY RESULTS£1000 JACKPOT
The result extends Albion’s winless run to six matches as Connor Goldson’s own goal in the first half was enough for the West Midlands side to claim all three points.
Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Ipswich on Tuesday, as James Wilson replaced the ineligible Rajiv van La Parra and Bobby Zamora was included instead of Tomer Hemed.
Beram Kayal had Albion’s first opportunity after he reacted quickest to a headed clearance and sent a rasping shot wide of the target.
Wilson then weaved his way across the Wolves defence but saw his subsequent effort deflected wide.
Wolves had their first opening when Benik Afobe got beyond the Albion defence, but his shot was straight at David Stockdale.
Wilson struck a superb volley from the edge of the area which produced an equally fine stop from Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme.
After a largely uneventful 15-minute spell for the visitors, they took the lead in fortuitous fashion when Jordan Graham’s ball across the face of goal was diverted into his own net by Goldson after 33 minutes.
Jamie Murphy won a free-kick in a promising position on the left-hand side, but the set-piece failed to clear the first defender - summing up a frustrating first 45 minutes for Hughton’s men.
Wilson weaved his way through the Wolves defence early in the second half, but his effort was comfortably saved by Ikeme.
Lewis Dunk was next to come close for the Albion after being set up by Goldson inside the box, only to see his sliced volley go over the crossbar.
Wilson and Zamora then combined well to provide another chance for Murphy, but the winger's strike was off target.
Brighton continued their bright start to the half when Kayal drove in from the left and shot over the crossbar from distance.
Wilson made a driving run on the counter-attack following a pass from Andrew Crofts, but the Manchester United loanee shot straight at Ikeme.
The visitors tested Stockdale with their first clear-cut chance of the half when Conor Coady’s perfectly-timed volley was tipped over the bar by the Seagulls shot-stopper.
Dale Stephens had a chance to bring parity to the scoreline with a volley of his own from the edge of the box, but Ikeme made a low save.
Brighton were inches away from equalising in emphatic fashion as Bruno took advantage of some space on the edge of the box but saw his terrific strike cannon off the crossbar.
Substitute Hemed did brilliantly to control a long pass from Stockdale, but the Wolves defence cleared his resulting shot.
Dunk almost scored an equaliser in the dying seconds with a header from Goldson’s delivery, only for Ikeme to make an impressive save to secure all three points for Wolves.
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