For 45 minutes at Molineux last weekend, it looked like Brighton would secure back-to-back Premier League wins for just the third time this season.
Leading thanks to Lewis Dunk’s early header, they swarmed Wolves right up to the whistle at halftime. Then, eight minutes into the second half, Dunk saw red for coaching Fabio Silva and suddenly Adama Traore canceled their lead and Morgan Gibbs-White scored a last minute winner.
Dunk is now suspended for the visit of West Ham this evening, which worries Graham Potter. Neal Maupay will also be out, having been sent off for dissent after the final whistle.
When asked if he was worried about their forced absence earlier this week, Potter replied, “Well, yes. I think you have to worry … for every player you lose you have to. find a solution and adjust the team.
“It’s part of the game and in an ideal world we don’t want that to happen but, when you lose a player, whether through injury or suspension, the team has to readjust and that’s where you may lose a little bit of performance.
“We managed to sail fairly well, but we can still improve in this area.”
Brighton arrives in this game 17th in the table, three points behind the once sacrosanct mark of 40 points. Given that they will face Manchester City and Arsenal in their last two games, they might find this final victory elusive.
Despite their Everton setback last Sunday, West Ham is still fighting for a European place and will make some extremely tough opponents.
Asked to assess Brighton’s threat at his pre-match press conference, David Moyes said: “I have found games against Brighton to be always tough.
“They did a great job there at Brighton, they have a very good recruiting setup, they have a good group of players, their style is very good and I think everyone is well aware of that.
“I think Brighton is going to cause us problems, as they have done with all the teams. I think they are also a good team to watch.
“I don’t think we’ve ever really been too downcast because we haven’t really been able to do that. For most of the season we haven’t lost too many straight games, we have it. have kept… coming and going from games we lost, so we hope to do the same. “