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Wolves Vs Brighton
Despite their squad depleted by injuries, suspensions and the Covid-19 infection, Brighton had the better chances in the first half and the visitors suffered a blow when Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan had to be substituted after 16 minutes.
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The home side thought they had cleared the danger from a corner just before the break, but Ruben Neves chipped a beautiful ball over the defense and Saiss was on hand to score with a volley.
Fernando Markle’s cross bounced off the top of the bar just after the break as Wolves surged ahead. Brighton fought back, with Saiss almost claiming a second but his thunderous shot hit the post.
Although Yves Bissuma missed a golden-side chance from point-blank range, Brighton was mostly limited to pot-shots from distance in their desperate pursuit.
Wolves could have put the game beyond doubt as substitute Adama Traore organized a three-on-one counter-attack, but Daniel Podens fired his drive straight at the keeper.
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A problem with the referee’s communication equipment early in the second half contributed to 13 minutes of stoppage time, but Brighton barely managed to save Jose Sa in the Wolves goal.
Brighton, who have not won since beating Leicester City 2-1 on September 19, are 13th in the table with 20 points, with Wolves four points above them in eighth.
“I knew Ruben very well for many years and it was a great pass but I deserve credit for finishing with my right foot. I never use my right foot,” Saiss told BT Sport.
“(The effort) was there, it was a difficult week for us, but it’s not good enough to get the three points tonight,” he told BT Sport.
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“There are no excuses. I believe in the guys that were on the field… It was a tough week, but it was probably a tough week for a lot of teams. That’s where we are at the moment.”