- Albion overcome Wolves at the Amex
- Sam Baldock scores the only goal of the game
- Brighton move up to third in the table
- The Seagulls withstand a late spell of Wolves pressure
Brighton & Hove Albion returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Amex.
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The result extended Albion’s unbeaten league run to seven matches and moved them up to third in the table, leapfrogging Huddersfield Town.
Chris Hughton made one change to the side that drew 2-2 with Preston North End on Saturday, as Jiri Skalak replaced Jamie Murphy.
The Seagulls created their first chance with five minutes on the clock when Anthony Knockaert headed wide from Skalak’s cross from the left-hand side.
The Frenchman came close again with an in-swinging free-kick out on the right, which forced Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme into a one-handed save.
The winger grew into the game and then delivered an enticing ball into the box, but no Albion player could get a touch on the ball.
But the deadlock was broken in the 14th minute thanks to Baldock, who rose highest in the box from Gaetan Bong’s cross to send a superb header beyond Ikeme’s reach.
Wolves could have brought parity to the scoreline when the ball fell to Dave Edwards inside the box, but Steve Sidwell made a fine block to deny the defender.
Skalak was next to come close from a free-kick after Danny Batth was booked for a challenge on Knockaert, but the winger's subsequent strike grazed the roof of the net.
The Czech Republic international turned provider for Lewis Dunk just moments later, but his cross was a touch too high for the defender.
Chances were few and far between for Wolves, but Prince Oniangue did get a sight of goal from a corner, only to see his curling shot go over the bar.
Baldock almost got his second when he met Bruno’s cross to the far post, but couldn’t divert the effort on target.
There was nearly a horrible moment for the Wolves rearguard just seconds later, when Knockaert's cross was nearly put past Ikeme by Kortney Hause.
Stockdale was then forced into a fine reflex save shortly before the break, tipping over Helda Costa’s curling strike.
Walter Zenga’s side created the first opportunity after the restart, as the two substitutes combined. Ivan Cavaleiro found Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in space, but the latter saw his shot blocked.
The Seagulls came close when Knockaert’s corner found Glenn Murray inside the box, but his header went wide.
The Frenchman then showed some fine footwork to play in Baldock down the channel; the striker's ball flashing across the face of goal and narrowly missing the waiting Murray.
Baldock was withdrawn in the 82nd minute and received a standing ovation from the Amex crowd, as he was replaced by Dale Stephens.
There was a nervy moment for the Brighton defence when Costa drifted in a set-piece to the far post, which went just past Stockdale’s right-hand post.
It was a tense final couple of minutes for Albion, as Stockdale produced two fine saves to keep out strikes from Danny Batth and Costa, but the hosts hung on for three valuable points.
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