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Soccer-Saiss volley gives Wolves victory at struggling Brighton

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Soccer-Saiss volley gives Wolves victory at struggling Brighton
Soccer-Saiss volley gives Wolves victory at struggling Brighton   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">BRIGHTON</span>, England – Romain Saiss struck a superb volley in first-half stoppage time to give Wolverhampton Wanderers a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday as the home side’s winless run extended to 11 league games. </p> <p>Despite their squad being depleted by injuries, suspensions and <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 infections, Brighton had the better chances in the first half, and the visitors suffered a blow when Korean striker Hwang Hee-Chan had to be replaced after 16 minutes. </p> <p>The home side thought they had cleared the danger from a corner just before the break, but Ruben Neves chipped a beautiful ball over the defence and Saiss was on hand to score with a deft volley.</p> <p>Fernando Marcal’s looping cross bounced off the top of the crossbar just after the break as Wolves upped the tempo. Brighton struggled to keep up, and Saiss almost claimed a second but his thunderous shot hit the post. </p> <p>Though Yves Bissouma missed a gilt-edged chance from point-blank range, Brighton were mostly limited to pot-shots from distance in their desperate chase for an equaliser. </p> <p>Wolves could have put the game beyond doubt as substitute Adama Traore orchestrated a three-on-one counter-attack, but Daniel Podence fired his drive straight at the keeper . </p> <p>A problem with the referee’s communications equipment at the beginning of the second half contributed to 13 minutes of stoppage time, but Brighton barely managed to force a save from Jose Sa in the Wolves goal. </p> <p>Brighton, who have not won since beating Leicester City 2-1 on Sept. 19, are 13th in the table on 20 points, with Wolves four points above them in eighth. </p> <p>“I’ve known Ruben very well for a lot of years and it was a fantastic pass but I deserve credit for the finish with my right foot. I never use my right foot,” Saiss told BT Sport. </p> <p>Brighton coach Graham Potter was disappointed with the goal his side conceded. </p> <p>“”(The) effort was there, it’s been a difficult week for us, but not good enough tonight to get the three points,” he told BT Sport. </p> <p>“There’s no excuses. I believe in the guys that were on the pitch … it’s been a tough week, but it’s probably been a tough week for lots of teams. That’s where we are at at the moment.” </p> <p/> </div>