Albion secured a vital point at Wolves as they spent almost the entire 90 minutes preventing Wolves from playing.
It wasnt pretty but it was effective. Albion were buoyed by the return of Pascal Gross who completed his first Premier League match last Tuesday for almost two months.
It was a blisteringly hot – some reckoned the hottest April day in over 100 years in the West Midlands.
Early in the second half Solly March got clear, clipped in a cross which Wily Boly almost turned into his own net.
Relegation-threatened Brighton picked up a priceless point on the road at Wolves, while Watford and Fulham picked up away wins
Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates his injury time equaliser. Photograph: Joe Toth/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Ben Fisher
Chris Hughton talks. We asked the players for a response and we certainly got that, he says, after his Brighton side stopped the rot at Wolves, drawing 0-0 at Molineux. It is very difficult coming here, they have so many good footballers. We could have been better in our link play but we knew if we could get a clean sheet that we would have a chance. I cant remember a game where we have to defend so many corners. But this hopefully now sets us up for what now will be a very difficult four games.
Mat Ryan speaks about a big point for Brighton. I think it means a lot in the context of things, he says. I think with our superior goal difference to Cardiff, I think that point can go a long way to making a difference. Given our recent run, we wanted to get that solidity at the back and to get a clean sheet, it was crucial for us today. I can only make the saves that the defence allow me to, they were busting a gut, throwing themselves at everything. Every game is a final, we need to leave everything out on the pitch.
Ah, drat! Weston-super-Mare have been relegated – for the first time – from the National League South. They lost 2-0 at home to Hampton & Richmond this afternoon:
That is a huge point for Brighton! Chris Hughtons side are three points above 18th-placed Cardiff City with four games to play. They also boast a far superior goal difference. Meanwhile, Fulham bask in back-to-back league wins for the first time this season. Scott Parker punches the air, hes delighted. After dishing out defeat to Everton, Bournemouth are the victims this time around. Next up for Fulham? Cardiff next weekend.
Karlan Grant is already Huddersfields top scorer, with four goals. After stepping off the bench, he sends a bullet beyond Foster. Grant, who joined from Charlton in January, should score goals for fun in the Championship. Thats his 18th of the campaign (14 in League One). A shrewd signing with next season in mind.
A late consolation goal for Huddersfield Towns Karlan Ahearne-Grant. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters Updated at 5.00pm BST
A great time for Harvey Barnes to make his mark. Thats his first goal for the club. A sickener for Manuel Pellegrini and co. Youri Tielemans slid in the winger with a wonderful weighted pass and Barnes fires beyond Fabianski.
They sit three points above the relegation zone but will only be out of it on goal difference if Cardiff stun title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday.
Leicester Citys Harvey Barnes scores their second goal. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters Updated at 4.54pm BST
We are into stoppage time around the grounds. Five minutes added on at the London Stadium, three at Molineux …
Another chance for Wolves, another save by Mat Ryan! The Brighton goalkeeper is equal to Dendonckers header from close range, after Wolves keep Moutinhos free-kick alive. Perhaps dangerously, Brighton are sitting in for a point. Will they hold on?
Is that the winner at the London Stadium? Lucas Pérez strikes after Pedro Obiangs shot rebounds off a post.
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West Hams Lucas Perez scores their second goal. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters Then wheels away in celebration infront of some rather happy Hammers. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters Updated at 4.47pm BST
Read more The travelling fans, who were bathed in sunshine, greeted the final whistle with huge cheers. Brighton are now three points clear of Cardiff, who are 18th in the table, with four games to play – three of which are against Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City. Wolves, in short, was a game that Brighton could not afford to lose and they played with that mindset throughout.
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Gerard Deulofeu adds his second of the afternoon, and his 11th goal of the season. The Spaniard is Watfords joint-top scorer, alongside Troy Deeney. Deulofeu has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions for Watford (eight goals and two assists). And that is surely game over in Yorkshire. Watford, who will do battle with Manchester City for the FA Cup, appear in fine fettle. Theyre heading seventh.
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Gerard Deulofeu is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his, and Watfords second goal . Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images via Reuters Updated at 4.46pm BST
Dominic Solanke goes close to netting his first Bournemouth goal – but Maxime Le Marchand gets across to make an important block. Eddie Howe has just made his final change, introducing striker Lys Mousset in place of the defender Chris Mepham. Bournemouth thought they had put that wretched run of form behind them with a thumping win at Brighton. But they have flattered to deceive at times this afternoon. Up at Molineux, Wolves are beginning to turn the screw against Brighton. Bruno is on for the visitors. Can the Seagulls hold on for a priceless point?
Diogo Jota heads against a post for Wolves! Leander Dendoncker then tries his luck with the rebound but Mat Ryan makes a brave save to keep Brighton in it at Molineux. Perhaps Chris Hughtons luck is changing after five consecutive defeats.
Sergio Rico, the Fulham goalkeeper, requires some attention after injuring himself as he prevents Bournemouth from finding an equaliser! David Brooks slips in Ryan Fraser with a stunning through ball and the latter forces Rico into a smart stop. Harvey Elliott, the 16-year-old midfielder, is warming up down on the touchline for Scott Parkers side, who still lead 1-0.
Defensive from the first minute to the last, Brighton got exactly what they came for. It made for a desperately poor spectacle – How do you watch this every week? and Boring chanted the exasperated Wolves supporters – yet no one in Brighton colours was complaining.
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Ben Chilwell bombs on down the left, plays a teasing cross in for Jamie Vardy, who beats Balbuena to the ball before poking home at the front post. A deft finish. Since Brendan Rodgers first game in charge on 3 March, Vardy has scored seven Premier League goals – more than any other player in that timeframe.
Leicester Citys Jamie Vardy fires in the Foxes equaliser. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP The travelling fans celebrate as Vardy is congratulated by his teammates. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters Updated at 4.47pm BST
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Some more Bundesliga chat. Seeing word of Bayern Munichs game pop up raised my ire as not a word seems to have been expended on Frankfurts amazing feat against Benfica in the week, emails Ian Copestake. They deserve a moment in our spotlight. And so, now is the time to appreciate Eintracht Frankfurt reaching the Europa League semi-finals in midweek. They will play Chelsea over two legs next. Bayern, it is worth saying, have wrapped a priceless win over Werder on home soil. They go four points clear at the top of the table – until Easter Sunday at least.
Shane Duffy gets up well to clear a Gibbs-White cross! Brighton have shown a bit more gumption in the second half. Mitrovics penalty for Fulham ended his run of nine Premier League games without a goal – he hadnt scored with any of his previous 36 shots in the competition prior to his penalty.
Aleksandar Mitrovic gets back up from the turf to send Artur Boruc the wrong way. The Serbia striker was fouled inside the box by Jack Simpson, with the defender swinging a boot in an attempted defensive clearance but ending up catching Mitrovic after the striker nipped in. 1-0 to the Championship sing the upbeat travelling supporters. Fulham are on course for back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Alexandar Mitrovic of Fulham is fouled by Jack Simpson of Bournemouth for a penalty. Photograph: Simon Dack/TPI/Rex/Shutterstock Fulhams Aleksandar Mitrovic scores their first goal from a penalty. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters Updated at 4.32pm BST
Brighton go close! Beram Kayal sends a piercing effort goalwards from 30 yards and it zooms inches over the crossbar. Rui Patrício finally had something to think about in the Wolves goal.
Jota hit the post after the break with a header – and Leander Dendonckers follow-up was brilliantly saved by Mat Ryan as Wolves, who had 22 shots to Brightons five, played out their first 0-0 of the season.
Niklas Süle nudges Bayern Munich in front! The Germany defender opens the scoring at the Allianz Arena over 10-man Werder Bremen. As things stand, with 10 minutes left to play, Bayern will move four points clear at the summit of the Bundesliga. Second-placed Dortmund are not in action until Sunday, at Freiburg.
A drab first half of little goalmouth action saw Diogo Jota twice go close, firing just wide and then looping the ball onto the crossbar.
We are back under way around the grounds. Brighton mustered only one shot at Molineux in the first half. Can they go one better and register a shot on target in the second? On the south coast, it is a scorcher. Bournemouth dominated the early stages but Fulham have shown glimpses of quality, especially Mitrovic.
11 hours ago Brighton midfielder becomes second Premier League player ever to start match and not touch the ball 273 Shares Reuben Pinder Ok, he came off after ten minutes, but still Brighton and Wolves played out a thoroughly dull 0-0 draw at Molineux this afternoon. Nothing happened. Leander Dendoncker missed a couple of good chances but other than that, nothing happened.
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Leon Mann tells a story which, by his own admission, is as depressing as it is amusing. It goes back to his early days at the BBC and when he first found himself in the company of the presenter Damian Johnson.
This result leaves Brighton still fighting relegation, having not won a match since beating Crystal Palace in early March. Wolves, meanwhile, still have a shot of winning the Everton cup (finishing 7th), but have little else to play for.
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I remember asking him which football team he used to play for, says Mann. Growing up, all the black people I saw on TV talking about sport were former athletes, so I presumed Damian was the same. But of course he wasnt. He was – is – a fully-trained, highly-experienced journalist. Damian being Damian, he took it well.
But one record was broken during this drab affair: Davy Propper became only the second Premier League player ever to start a match and not touch the ball. Ok, he came off after ten minutes with an injury, but still. The record stands.
Diogo Jota strikes the crossbar for Wolves! Rúben Neves has a pop from distance, its deflected and the striker attempts to divert home the rebound but rattles the woodwork. It would have been a bizarre goal, but Brighton and Mat Ryan happily survive.
Here is a juicy stat, courtesy of Opta as the first halves draw to a close around the grounds: of players to score at least 25 Premier League goals, only John Terry (66%) has scored a higher percentage of his goals via headers than Michail Antonio (15/25, 60%).
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Fulham are on the front foot on the south coast. Boruc gets down well to deny Denis Odois header from a Ryan Babel corner at the end of a swell of Fulham pressure. Watford, meanwhile, still lead at Huddersfield courtesy of that fine Gerard Deulofeu strike. It breaks the heart of an Evertonian to see the word composed in the same sentence as Gerard Deulofeu, tweets Gary Naylor. We knew it was coming, but we couldnt wait any longer.
Michael Antonio heads the Hammers in front, the winger netting his sixth goal of the season after meeting Mark Nobles cross.
Ah, that is not good: Mat Ryan has had more touches than any other Brighton player in the opening 30 minutes at Molineux. Ryan is, of course, Chris Hughtons goalkeeper. Nothing to really report from the London Stadium, where West Ham are slowly beginning to get into their stride against Leicester. Fulham, too, are making a go of it at Bournemouth. If Harvey Elliott steps off the bench for Scott Parkers side, the teenager will become the Premier Leagues youngest-ever player at 16 years and 16 days. The young Fulham midfielder was born in April 2003. For context Artur Boruc, the Bournemouth goalkeeper, is more than double his age.
Stanislas has been forced off through injury, so Bournemouth introduce Jack Simpson, the England Under-21 defender on in his place. Wolves have had 80% of possession at Molineux, which does not bode particularly well for a Brighton team that dare not lose a sixth successive game …
It is all Wolves at Molineux. Theyre camped in the Brighton half and dominating possession. Wolves are yet to truly test Mat Ryan in the Brighton goal but they are in the ascendency. Jota was fed inside the box but Pascal Gross got back to claw the ball away. Would Chris Hughton take a point?
Another injury for Bournemouth? Junior Stanislas, who was promoted to the starting lineup following an injury to Adam Smith in the warm-up, appears to be in trouble, holding the back of his knee after sending a free-kick high and wide. A reminder this is Eddie Howes 500th game in management. He is 41.
Junior Stanislas of Bournemouth attempts a free kick. Photograph: Denis Murphy/TGS Photo/Rex/Shutterstock Stanislas seems to be in a bit of discomfort as he gets treatment on his knee. Photograph: Simon Dack/TPI/Rex/Shutterstock Updated at 3.39pm BST
Bournemouth should be ahead! But Rico keeps out Ryan Frasers effort – a fine save. A few minutes earlier, Fraser whipped a ball into the box for Joshua King but the Norway striker side-footed over the bar. Fulham, it is fair to say, are on the back foot. It will be interesting whether Shahid Khan ends up entrusting Scott Parker with the gig next season. Steve Clarke is currently the bookies favourite, while Fulham are fans of David Wagner.
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An early blow for Brighton, with Chris Hughton forced into a change after Davy Pröpper pulls a hamstring hoofing the ball out of play. Beram Kayal is on. Down on the toasty south coast, it is all Bournemouth with Fraser zipping an effort just wide. It could be a very long afternoon for relegated Fulham.
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A familiar sight for the hosts, as Gerard Deulofeu wheels away after slotting home a typically composed finish. Kongolo cleared his initial effort but the forward wraps his foot around the ball to curl home the rebound. A win would help Watford back up to seventh if neither Leicester nor Wolves record victory.
A last-minute tweak to the Bournemouth lineup: Adam Smith has been forced to withdraw through injury, with Junior Stanislas taking his place at right-back. The highly-rated Nnamdi Ofoborh is promoted to the bench. Bournemouth are already down to bare bones defensively. And a gentle reminder that the Fulham captain Tom Cairney is absent altogether after his partner went into labour.
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Spoilt for choice? But why buy a half-and-half scarf when you can snap up one adorned with the faces of the entire Wolves squad?
Scarves for sale outside Molineux. Photograph: Ryan Browne/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Updated at 2.57pm BST
Manchester City have beaten Tottenham, this time without the flurry of first-half goals or late VAR drama. Phil Fodens early strike was enough for Pep Guardiolas side to return top of the tree, though there was a bum-note for City with Kevin de Bruyne taken off with a knee injury after 38 minutes. Away from the big leagues, it is a huge afternoon for Weston-super-Mare who require three points and nothing else against Hampton & Richmond Borough in their penultimate home game of the season:
Team news news: the lesser-spotted Jack Wilshere returns to the West Ham bench at the London Stadium, while Manuel Pellegrini recalls Marko Arnautovic to lead the line. Wilshere has featured just five times this season and has not played since aggravating an ankle injury at the start of December. Chris Hughton makes two changes for Brightons crunch game at Molineux, with Gaetan Bong and José Izquierdo in for Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Bernardo. Wolves also tweak personnel, with Ryan Bennett recalled to Nunos three-man defence while Morgan Gibbs-White also starts.
Casey Stoneys side have not only secured promotion – but they are going up in style after being crowned Womens Championship champions following a 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace. Lauren James scored four times as United cruised to victory that rounds off a fine maiden season since they were reformed last year. They will play in the Womens Super League next season. United sealed promotion by thrashing Aston Villa 5-0 on Wednesday, but still needed one more win to claim the trophy.
They have now racked up 88 goals in their 18 league games, conceding just seven times. James, Lizzie Arnot and Leah Galton all struck as United breezed into a 3-0 half-time lead. Jess Sigsworth reopened the scoring after the interval, before James pounced three times in succession, completing her treble and then striking again to boot. I follow them a bit and its great for the club to get promoted, said Ole Gunnar Solskjær earlier this week. It gives everyone at the club a boost. It was fantastic to see the celebrations and its very much onwards and upwards for them.
Manchester United celebrate their opener in a 7-0 rout of Crystal Palace on Saturday. Photograph: Chloe Knott for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock Updated at 2.16pm BST
Fulham: Rico; Chambers, Ream, Le Marchand, Odoi; Seri, Zambo Anguissa, Bryan; Babel, Mitrovic, Sessegnon,
Watford: Foster; Femenía, Mariappa, Cathcart, Masina; Doucouré, Capoue, Hughes; Sema, Deulofeu, Gray
West Ham: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Antonio, Noble, Snodgrass, Anderson; Arnautovic
Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi; Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton; Vardy Subs: Ward, Okazaki, Mendy, Barnes, Fuchs, Iheanacho, Morgan
Wolves: Patrício; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Gibbs-White, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jiménez, Jota
On the face of it, it is not the most appetising of 3 oclock action but for Brighton & Hove Albion it really does not matter. Victory at Wolves would leave Cardiff, who host Liverpool on Sunday, with a Pen y Fan-esque peak to climb if they are to avoid relegation, while a sixth successive league defeat would give Neil Warnocks side plenty of encouragement with four games to play. Brightons run-in, it is fair to say, is unkind, with trips to Tottenham and Arsenal to come before a final-day date at home to Manchester City. In short, they need something from Molineux this afternoon. Elsewhere, a 41-year-old Eddie Howe will celebrate his 500th game in management as Bournemouth take on Fulham, while relegated Huddersfield host FA Cup finalists Watford. Then we have Leicesters trip to West Ham, who themselves need a reaction after three defeats on the bounce. A little further afield, Atlético Madrid take on Eibar in La Liga, while Bayern Munich can establish some breathing space at the top of the Bundesliga by beating Werder Bremen, with Dortmund not in action until Sunday.
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