English Premier League: Brighton earn vital point after stunning second-half comeback against Wolves

Captain Lewis Dunk's header earned Brighton & Hove Albion a 3-3 Premier League draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers after they had conceded three times in the first half.

Aaron Connolly gave Brighton an early lead, but Romain Saiss levelled with a header, Dan Burn scored an own goal and Ruben Neves converted a penalty to put Wolves in command by halftime.

Neal Maupay's penalty straight after the interval gave Brighton hope and Dunk then headed in a Leandro Trossard cross in the 70th minute of an absorbing game on the south coast.

It almost got even better for Brighton as Trossard ran through to score shortly afterwards, but his effort was disallowed for a foul, while Owen Otasowie should have won it at the death for Wolves.

The point left Brighton in 17th place, three points above the relegation zone, although they have played two games more than 18th-placed Fulham.

Wolves, without a win in their last four games, are in 12th place.

"To show the fight we did and get back in the game, it was a massive point, it was a tough game," Dunk said.

"The penalty (after halftime) was a momentum swing."

Brighton are without a win in eight league games but the way they fought back to dominate the second half would have pleased manager Graham Potter.

His side made a great start when Trossard was given too much time and space by the Wolves defence and his cross was stabbed home by Connolly who got in front of his marker.

The lead lasted only six minutes though as Saiss directed his header past keeper Robert Sanchez from Nelson Semedo's cross despite moving away from goal when he made contact.

Wolves went ahead in the 34th minute when Sanchez punched out a cross from Pedro Neto but the ball ricocheted off the shin of the unfortunate Burn.

Burn's evening got worse when his rash tackle on Adama Traore on the byline gave Wolves a blatant penalty and Neves tucked away the spot kick.

Brighton needed a quick response after the break and were gifted a penalty immediately when the vastly-experienced Joao Moutinho tripped Maupay who got up to score from the spot.

Adam Webster hit the bar for Brighton as they pressed for an equaliser and they were rewarded when Dunk headed in.

The dangerous Trossard thought he had put Brighton ahead when he latched on to a long clearance by Sanchez and fired home but he was ruled to have pushed over Rayan Ait-Nouri.

All Brighton's hard work almost came to nothing in the last second of the game when Traore's cross was perfect for substitute Otasowie but the American teenager headed over.

"I'm sad and frustrated," said Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. "We had the game under control and in the second half we should have done much better."

Lacazette gets a double as Arsenal thrash woeful West Brom 4-0

Kieran Tierney of Arsenal celebrates his goal.
Kieran Tierney of Arsenal celebrates his goal. Photo credit: Getty

 A rare Kieran Tierney goal, a superb team effort finished by  Bukayo Saka and a brace from Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal their third Premier League win in a row as they beat West Bromwich Albion 4-0 in snowy conditions on Saturday.

Fullback Hector Bellerin signalled Arsenal's attacking intent with an early effort that was parried by Sam Johnstone before Tierney cut in from the left and curled home his second goal for Arsenal in the 23rd minute.

With his direct running and superb close control, teenage winger Saka tormented West Brom throughout, and he combined brilliantly with Lacazette and Emile Smith-Rowe before tapping home a simple second goal for the visitors five minutes later.

West Brom finished the first half strongly and had an early second-half strike ruled out for offside before Arsenal took control of the game again, never to relinquish it.

Saka's cross on the hour mark was volleyed on to his own post by Semi Ajayi and Smith-Rowe's follow-up was blocked, but Lacazette blasted home to make it 3-0 as the Baggies' woeful defence, which with 39 goals conceded is the leakiest in the league, fell apart once again.

Minutes later it was 4-0 as the tireless Tierney crossed for Lacazette to steer the ball home with his shin to complete the comprehensive victory.

"The perfect way to start the New Year, we've won three in a row so we want to keep building. We're really happy with the performance," Saka told the BBC.

"It was so cold but I was getting so many touches in good positions, so I enjoyed the game a lot."

The win lifts Arsenal to 11th place in the table 

Palace return to winning ways with 2-0 victory over Blades

Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace celebrates with teammate Wilfried Zaha
Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace celebrates with teammate Wilfried Zaha Photo credit: Image - Getty

Crystal Palace ended their five-game winless run in the Premier League  when first-half goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Eberechi Eze secured a 2-0 victory over bottom-placed Sheffield United.

The hosts made a bright start to score inside four minutes at Selhurst Park when striker Christian Benteke teed up Schlupp who slotted the ball beyond United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, albeit with the help of a slight deflection.

Schlupp was substituted in the 40th minute after a knee injury but his replacement Eze made an immediate impact with a spectacular solo goal just before halftime.

The 22-year-old forward started his run inside his own half before gliding past two Blades players and side-footing the ball home from the edge of the box.

United could muster just one shot on target, with the result leaving them without a win in 17 league games since the start of the season. 

Mourinho lauds star Spurs pair 

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho Photo credit: Reuters

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are doing "special things" for Tottenham Hotspur this season, manager Jose Mourinho said after the dynamic duo both scored in a 3-0 win over Leeds United that lifted Spurs to third.

Kane gave his side the lead from the penalty spot - his 10th league goal of the season - then combined with Son who doubled Tottenham's tally just before halftime.

It was Son's 100th goal for Tottenham and the 13th time this season that the pair had combined for a league goal, equalling the whole season record set by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95.

"I think in the Premier League there are many good players everywhere even in clubs where you don't believe they can have great players," Mourinho said.

"But I have to say that Sonny and Harry are doing special things this season.

"They are very good players as you know for many years. I want more goals, especially from other players, but today the second goal is great, is also great because it was something we spoke about against a team that defends the way Leeds does."

While the scoreline rather flattered Tottenham against a Leeds side who enjoyed 64 percent possession, it snapped a four-game winless sequence in the Premier League and sent Mourinho's side back into the top four of the table.

They are in third spot with 29 points from 16 games, four behind joint-leaders Liverpool and Manchester United.

"Of course the result is important. We didn't play the last match and the run of results in the least few weeks was not good so we needed these three points so we go up a little bit in the table," Mourinho said.

Tottenham's game in midweek was postponed after Fulham players tested positive for COVID-19, a decision that Mourinho still found puzzling on the day that three of his own players were condemned for breaking the rules to attend a party.

"I go back to the initial rules of if you have 14 players available you have to play," Mourinho said.

"I don't see another reason for not doing it. I think every club does the best for their players to keep them all safe but then there are moments in private lives which you cannot control.

"Not everyone can be blamed so we have to carry on. If somebody has some positives, we have to play."