Where to start with a peculiar afternoon on the South Coast?
It can only be the defining 16 mad-cap minutes at the end of the first half.
Up until Diogo should have put us 2-0 ahead, Wolves were displaying the perfect away performance at the Amex.
Barcelona Brighton were not.
An organised Wolves largely soaked up Brighton’s pedestrian passing with ease, with some sloppy play at the back pounced on by our press.
One such moment led to Jonny, Diogo and Raul combining beautifully for the first goal on 28 minutes, as we saw Diogo returning to his best. He was frequently dropping into those little pockets and driving at the Brighton defence.
If only the former Porto man could have made it 2-0, I think that would have been game, set and match. Wolves were starting to overwhelm the Seagulls with some slick passing and movement in the middle and down the flanks. Our grip on the contest was tightening and we don’t usually let things slip from such dominant positions.
So, to concede two quick-fire goals in the manner we did was disappointing. Coady and Rui simply needed to be more alert to Dale Stephens’ long ball and then Neal Maupay’s shot. For the second, Dendoncker and Doc shouldn’t have allowed Aaron Mooy to squeeze in a pass from the left, with Davy Propper then afforded too much space in the box. The Donk and Saiss are doing sterling jobs but you pine for big Willy when these types of goals are conceded.
In the end, I was relieved to go into the break all square, after more poor passing from Brighton was punished by the onrushing Jonny and clinical Diogo. You know Diogo is back to his best he shows that ice cool precision in front of goal.
The second half was an odd affair, hence my lack of words dedicated to it. Neither side created any clearcut chances, despite Brighton’s more direct approach causing discomfort in our defence. Going forward, we threatened to build up a head of steam at times, but that sharpness was missing.
The disappointment of not making our dominance pay when 1-0 up is balanced out by the character to bounce back and claim a point, extending our unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 matches in the process.