Brighton and Hove Albion came from two goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers to ensure a fierce 3-3 draw in a thrilling South Coast encounter.
The Seagulls took the lead in the 13th minute, when Aaron Connolly reacted the quickest to turn Leandro Trossard’s cross past rushing Rui Patricio. Their joy was shortlived, however, as only nine minutes later Roman Saiss returned home to tie the scores.
The Wolves then took control of the game, but with a stroke of luck. Roberto Sanchez was only able to parry Pedro Neto’s vicious shot, and he pushed the ball into the path of Dan Burn, who tripped over it and pushed it over the line.
Burn’s nightmare was half-continued, as he recklessly brought Adama Traore to the ground in the box, and Ruben Neves converted the resulting kick to give the visitors some breathing space. Brighton halved their deficit just seconds after the start of the second half, with Neal Maupay winning and scoring a penalty.
The Seagulls pushed for the equalizer, and they got their goal thanks to a Lewis Dunk header from a corner kick in the 70th minute.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings of an exciting afternoon at Amex Stadium.
Roberto Sanchez (GK) – 6/10 – Had no chance of preventing the Wolves from equalizing. Made a pretty impressive save from Neto, given the shot deflected on its way to the goal, but was dropped by Burn’s clumsy leg.
Adam Webster (CB) – 7/10 – Get Brighton in motion for the first goal, moving forward and picking Trossard during the race. A wonderful ball carrier. Hit the bar with a beating header.
Lewis Dunk (CB) – 7/10 – Defended like Lewis Drunk somehow allowing Semedo to press a cross away from the signature. Never stopped though, and got his reward with a powerful header to level the scores at 3-3.
Dan Burn (CB) – 3/10 – Horn my dear. Escaped a corner with a misdirected header with no pressure, then scored an own goal on the resulting free kick, tripping over the ball and turning it into the net. then unnecessarily given a penalty with a crazy sliding challenge on Traore. Her shorts just had to fall off to complete her burlesque performance.
Joel Veltman (RWB) – 7/10 – Offered a lot of offensive threats, as Brighton mounted a barrage of attacks on that right flank. Hugged the sideline and always tried to get involved. All of Wolves’ goals also came down from the other wing. Not his fault.
Ben White (CM) – 7/10 – Demonstrated why he had been moved to midfield with smart passing. Caught watching the ball for equalizer, however. I whipped some nice balls in the box as Brighton turned the screw.
Yves Bissouma (CM) – 5/10 – Broke the dazzling Wolves counterattacks, mistaking a yellow for a cynical foul in the first half. Not at his best and replaced at halftime.
Solly March (LWB) – 7/10 – Offered Burn little help stopping Traore, but he progressed on his own through Wolves half, taking nice crossover positions and causing problems.
Leandro Trossard (RW) – 8/10 – Turn, turn, turn, turn, dummy and cross. A wonderful bit of individual shine to set Connolly’s opening up. I also got help for the third one.
Aaron Connolly (ST) – 7/10 – Reacts fastest in the center of Trossard to deflect the ball in front of a stranded Patricio. Almost took the lead with a brilliant head butt. Had to be substituted at half-time after being injured. Unfortunate.
Neal Maupay (LW) – 6/10 – Offered very little in the first half, but started the second half by winning and then canceling a penalty.
Andi Zeqiri (ST) – 7/10
Davy Propper (CM) – 7/10
Adam Lallana (CM) – 7/10
Rui Patricio (GK) – 5/10 – I came by plane to meet Trossard’s first crossing, but I did not approach it. Connolly did the rest. Not a big screen.
Nelson Semedo (RB) – 7/10 – Danced on the byline and produced a perfect crossover from an almost impossible position to bring the Wolves back into the game.
Conor Coady (CB) – 7/10 – Such a leader in the back – often the only voice you could hear, religiously barking instructions to teammates.
Romain Saiss (CB) – 6/10 – What a header! Such a nice lens, looping and arching perfectly in the top corner. Made amends after losing Connolly on the first base. Crumbled a bit in the second half.
Rayan Ait-Nouri (LB) – 6/10 – Couldn’t live with Trossard’s deception and looked dazed as the winger whipped up his vital delivery.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – 6/10 – Awarded a penalty with an awkward challenge on Maupay to get Brighton back into the game.
Ruben Neves (CM) – 7/10 – Set Neto freely to provide the second with a beautiful cross-field switch. A good ping. Cool down the penalty at home to put the Wolves in full control.
Vitinha (AM) – 6/10 – Quietest of the front players, operating behind Silva, but providing little. Unsurprisingly, captioned first.
Adama Traoré (RW) – 8/10 – Stormed with his usual pace and intense power. Beat Burn finished it all, forcing the defender to concede a penalty. Vintage Traore.
Fabio Silva (ST) – 5/10 – Always find your feet at this level. Won a few good hits in grueling air battles. Not his day, again.
Pedro Neto (LW) – 8/10 – Demonstrated his devastating pace and dribbling from the start, crushing a shot right off after a mazy and thrilling run. Inspired the second goal by firing a vicious shot at the target, which Sanchez could only push through Burn’s clown feet.
Max Kilman (CB) – 7/10
Owen Otasowie (CM) – N / A