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 Monday, 11 November, 2002, 23:10 GMT
Wolves 1-1 Brighton


A late Kenny Miller goal earned Wolves a point at Molineux but Brighton's relegation problems remain as serious as ever.

The visitors ended a run of 12 successive defeats last Saturday and a first-half Bobby Zamora goal looked to give them another much-needed three points.

But Wolves thoroughly dominated the second 45 minutes and would have won but for the performance of goalkeeper Michels Kuipers.

They finally forced a 75th-minute equaliser through Miller to relieve the worried home crowd.

Brighton's Graham Barrett holds off the challenge of Dennis Irwin
Brighton's Graham Barrett holds off the challenge of Dennis Irwin
With 15 minutes gone, however, the Seagulls deservedly took the lead with a brilliant finish from Zamora.

The highly-rated forward was put clean through by a perfect pass from Simon Rodger and he ran into the box before lifting a controlled left-foot lob over Murray and into the back of the net.

A mistake in the Wolves defence almost put the visitors two up within seconds of the restart but Zamora was put off by a vital challenge from Denis Irwin and dragged his shot past the post from eight yards.

Wolves piled forward after the interval and were almost gifted a goal in the 49th minute when a wayward pass allowed Cooper to break to the 18-yard line.

But he dragged a poor finish across the box and wide of Kuipers' upright.

Kuipers then went on to make a fantastic double save to keep his side ahead.

Alex Rae's low shot was beaten out one-handed by the keeper and, as Miller pounced on the loose ball, Kuipers threw himself to his left to tip the ball away for a second time.

Just when Wolves looked beaten, a fortunate goal dragged the home side level with 15 minutes remaining.

Marc Edworthy's cross was hit on the volley by Miller and looked to be heading into Kuipers' hands before a flick off the back of Rae carried the ball into the net.


Wolverhampton: Murray, Edworthy, Clyde, Lescott, Irwin, Cooper, Ingimarsson, Rae, Miller, Sturridge, Kennedy.
Subs: Oakes, Butler, Naylor, Newton, Andrews.

Brighton: Kuipers, Watson, Pethick, Cullip, Blackwell, Mayo, Hart, Carpenter, Rodger, Zamora, Barrett.
Subs: Oatway, Petterson, Hinshelwood, Daniel Webb, Sidwell.

Referee: S Baines (Derbyshire)

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