By 90Min
April 20, 2019

Brighton managed to end a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Wolves at Molineux. 

Wolves' Diogo Jota looked the most threatening player in the first half, flashing a shot just wide of Mat Ryan's right-hand post just past the half-hour mark before seeing another effort graze the crossbar on the stroke of half time. 

The hosts struck the woodwork again after the interval through Jota's glancing header on 73 minutes, before Ryan was out quickly to smother Leander Dendoncker on the rebound. 

Wolves continued to lay siege to the Brighton goal but couldn't break down Chris Hughton's side, as both teams earned a share of the spoils come full time.


WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

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Key Talking Point


Nuno Espirito Santo must be wondering how his side didn't come away with a win against Brighton, especially considering the number of chances they created. 

Diogo Jota, who was their best player, was particularly dangerous, hitting the woodwork twice while Ryan was on hand to thwart both the aforementioned forward and Dendoncker with vital blocks. 

There's no doubt that Wolves have enjoyed an outstanding season, which could end with a seventh-place finish and Europa League football next season, but it's in games against teams at the foot of the table that they've struggled.

Prior to the game, Wolves had a better points-per-game ratio against the current top six (1.3) than the current bottom six (1.1), highlighting where improvements can be made next season.  


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Patricio (6); Bennett (6), Coady (6), Boly (6); Doherty (6), Gibbs-White (6), Neves (7), Moutinho (7), Jonny (6); Jimenez (6), Jota (8*).

Substitutes: Vinagre (7), Dendoncker (7), Traore (N/A). 


STAR MAN

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How Diogo Jota didn't come away with at least one goal is a mystery, but he was the best player on the pitch at Molineux. 

He struck the woodwork in both halves, while his movement saw him pop up in a number of dangerous positions, but couldn't quite make the most of them. 




BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

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Key Talking Point


Chris Hughton's side were certainly on the back foot for the majority of the first half, although the general consensus was that he was happy to take a point away from Molineux.

They set up with a five-man midfield to try and stifle their opposition, which did happen the longer the game went on, before trying to nick a goal on a counter-attack (or a long-range strike that went just over, in the case of Beram Kayal).

Most importantly though for the visitors was to not to lose the game, which was easier said than done, with Jota hitting the woodwork twice, while Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk had to withstand plenty of pressure towards the end of the game.

To their credit however, they managed to hold on for what could prove to be a vital point in their fight to avoid relegation - ending a run of five consecutive defeats in the process. 


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Ryan (7*); Bruno (6), Duffy (7), Dunk (7), Bong (6); Gross (6), Stephens (6), Propper (N/A); March (6), Murray (6), Izquierdo (5).

Substitutes: Kayal (6), Bernardo (5). 


STAR MAN

Take your pick from either Shane Duffy or Lewis Dunk, who headed pretty much everything that came into their box, or the goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who produced vital saves at key moments of the game.

With his save to deny Dendoncker what looked like a certain goal, Ryan just edges his centre-backs, as he looked an assured presence in a huge game for Brighton. 


Looking Ahead 


Next for Wolves is one of the Premier League's top six - who they've enjoyed playing this season - in Arsenal, who they welcome to Molineux on Wednesday.

Brighton meanwhile are also in midweek action, as they travel to London to face Champions League semi-finalists Tottenham. 

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