Oct 27 (Reuters) – Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray bounced back with a poacher’s goal after being carried off on a stretcher a week ago to clinch a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in a pulsating Premier League clash on Saturday.
Murray, who suffered a concussion after a clash of heads in last week’s win over Newcastle United, netted his 100th goal for the south-coast club early in the second half to give Chris Hughton’s mid-table side their third 1-0 league win in a row.
Wolves’ Portuguese head coach Nuno Espirito Santo made a rare change to his starting lineup after last week’s loss to Watford. He brought in forward Adama Traore in place of Diogo Jota for the visitors, and they pummelled Brighton from the off.
Matt Doherty almost gave Wolves the lead in the 33rd minute but he curled his left-foot outside of the far post, and Brighton’s Shane Duffy went close with a trademark towering header towards the end of a scoreless first half.
The home side broke the deadlock three minutes into the second period, with Murray helping the ball on from a throw-in and then steering it deftly into the net when it was played back to him by full back Bruno. They are now in 11th spot.
Brighton keeper Matt Ryan was forced to pull off a string of fine saves as Wolves poured forward looking for an equaliser, and he managed to protect the lead and consign the ninth-placed Midlands side to their second league defeat in a row.
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Editing by Ken Ferris)