Alexis Mac Allister found the net with his second penalty of the match

Alexis Mac Allister missed a penalty before scoring from the spot as Brighton produced an excellent away performance to beat a sluggish Wolves at Molineux.

The Argentine forward saw his a first-half penalty – awarded when Roman Saiss handballed a Solly March cross – strike the foot of the post but then whipped home from the spot nine minutes later after Willy Boly had brought down Danny Welbeck.

Graham Potter’s side showed pockets of their vibrant style throughout to create a flow of chances, with Leandro Trossard applying a composed and classy finish to seal the points on 70 minutes.

Wolves’ only effort on target too 84 minutes to arrive on a day where they were out-thought and out-played, as Brighton continued a gritty run of form which has seen them only losing one of their last six – to title-chasing Manchester City – picking up 11 points in the process.

Yves Bissouma added a third from 20 yards, finding the bottom corner after a break that epitomised the visitors’ display. Brighton move up to ninth on 44 points – their best ever return in the Premier League – while Wolves stay eighth and have now lost three in a row without scoring.

Brighton back to very best

There can be no greater example of Brighton’s adventurous approach than the fact Marc Cucurella – the left centre-back in a back three – was powering forward to cross into the box in the build-up to Bissouma’s late finish.

Their freedom and ambition proved too much for Wolves, whose fans poured out of the ground in the closing stages.

This was Brighton’s biggest league win of the season and they started with intent, with Enock Mwepu twice forcing Wolves keeper Jose Sa into action before the penalty award.

Referee Simon Hooper checked Saiss’ handball on the touchline monitor, only for Mac Allister to miss Brighton’s third penalty in a row in 2022.

He duly wrestled the ball off Trossard to try again when Boly had tripped the ever-willing Welbeck and though Sa got a hand to the effort, it sent Potter’s side into half-time with a deserved lead.

Cucurella was superb – seeing more of the ball than any player and completing 87% of his passes – while Welbeck created three chances for others in a selfless display and 20-year-old Moises Caicedo offered a blend of bite and composure in midfield.

Brighton had lost six in a row from February into March but this win further demonstrates that they have now rediscovered their very best form.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá

  2. Squad number15Player nameBoly

  3. Squad number16Player nameCoady

  4. Squad number27Player nameSaïss

  5. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

  6. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves

  7. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker

  8. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho

  9. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri

  10. Squad number17Player nameFábio Silva

  11. Squad number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan

  1. Squad number7Player namePedro Neto

  2. Squad number9Player nameJiménez

  3. Squad number19Player nameJonny

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number1Player nameSánchez

  2. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  3. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  4. Squad number3Player nameCucurella

  5. Squad number20Player nameMarch

  6. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

  7. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo

  8. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

  9. Squad number12Player nameMwepu

  10. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  11. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  1. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  2. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  3. Squad number13Player nameGroß



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 15Boly
  • 16CoadyBooked at 21mins
  • 27Saïss
  • 22Nélson SemedoSubstituted forCastro Ottoat 53′minutes
  • 8NevesSubstituted forNetoat 45′minutes
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 17Fábio SilvaSubstituted forJiménezat 45′minutes
  • 26Hwang Hee-ChanBooked at 72mins


  • 5Marçal
  • 7Neto
  • 9Jiménez
  • 11Machado Trincão
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 20Tomás Oliveira
  • 21Ruddy
  • 24Gomes
  • 39Cundle


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Sánchez
  • 34Veltman
  • 5Dunk
  • 3CucurellaBooked at 60mins
  • 20MarchSubstituted forLampteyat 87′minutes
  • 8Bissouma
  • 25Caicedo
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forGroßat 89′minutes
  • 12MwepuSubstituted forWebsterat 63′minutes
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 18Welbeck


  • 2Lamptey
  • 4Webster
  • 9Maupay
  • 13Groß
  • 14Lallana
  • 17Alzate
  • 23Steele
  • 24Duffy
  • 58Ferguson

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