Wolves - Home, Falmer Years
Season2 (H) 4/5/13 - 2-0 ~ LuaLua 2
Brighton had qualified for play-offs in our previous match at Leeds but Wolves were second from bottom and in deep trouble. Albion had not lost at the Amex since very end of 2012, while poor away form nudged Wanderers nearer to relegation. Gus Poyet said, 'the Championship is becoming more and more difficult so we are delighted to be in the play-offs.' Meanwhile WW supporters had been in this position before but in elite days of the Prem! The old gold and black club appeared to have a losing mentality, so would have to rely on results elsewhere to get a similar miracle as per B&W devoted at Falmer.
There was 30k (ground record) crammed into the Amex because Wolves had a full contingent of fans to witness their demise. The end came quick, if painful and by 5pm they were in League One for '13/14. Meanwhile Albion would face Palace in play-offs for half a chance at the Prem. After five minutes LuaLua shot Seagulls ahead and we never looked back. Not long before the interval he did it again with skill (39min). Wanderers were down and out and produced a performance to confirm their rapid decline. Brighton fans were there to celebrate a super season and so didn't rub visitors nose in on a very happy afternoon for home support. Gus Poyet wanted to manage in the elite and said, 'we are in a great moment as a team and as a club.' And so say all of us.
Kuszczak, David, Greer, Upson, Painter (Hammond), Crofts, Bridcutt, Vicente (Barker), Barnes, Ulloa, LuaLua (El-Abd).
Champ's P 46 . W 19 D 18 L 9 . F 69 A 43 . Pt 75 Po 4
Wolves - Away, Falmer Years
Season2 (A) 10/11/12 - 3-3 ~ CMS, Buckley, Dobbie
It had been a few years since Albion last visited Molineux. We were first a Championship club during the early to mid noughties, while Wolves had plenty of Prem history on their resume. The wheel of fortune had brought us together again and our future looked promising now that we'd finally got the Amex and were managed by Gus Poyet. He assembled a better second season squad for BHA, although results to date were mixed. The problem was Seagulls looked ok in flight but lacked bite when zeroing in on target. Also we lacked a goal-scoring midfielder and Spanish ace Vicente hadn't gotten over injury or played any sort of game since last term. On the positive side we didn't concede many but an average of 1.5pt/gm wasn't gonna get us into play-offs come next May.
In the event this fixture ended with six goals scored and a point apiece in bizarre circumstances. Wanderers opened both their account and our defence to take the lead a tad easily (22min). Calderon replaced injured Bridge fifteen minutes later. Just before halftime CMS struck the equaliser in superb fashion (43m). Then WW had a bloke sent off for excessive foul play on Bridcutt. After the interval Brighton pressed for a winner but ten men hit back and fired one past Kuszczak from distance (61m). Barnes and Buckley subbed immediately and Will pulled us level again after a decent forward move (72m). BHA went for the winner but were only ahead on stats. At the death Ref gave us a dodgy pen, duly dispatched by Dobbie after he ran to grab the ball (89m). In stoppage Wolves got a point when netting with a soft header from a f-k (90+). Poyet was furious with the result and said, 'It is not good enough. you need to do the basics and we didn't do it.'
Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bridge (Calderon), Crofts (Buckley), Bridcutt, Orlandi, Lopez (Barnes), Mackail-Smith, Dobbie
Champ's P 16 . W 6 D 6 L 4 . F 22 A 14 . Pt 24 Po 8