Brighton 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1: Anthony Knockaert baggage brace as 10-man Seagulls beat nine-man Owls
Three objectives and three crimson playing cards on the south coast, but additionally three essential factors for Brighton to ship them again to the highest of the Championship desk.
After a shock loss to Preston ended their 18-game unbeaten run final weekend, this was the right response from Chris Hughton’s aspect, who lastly claimed victory because of a brace from the sensible Anthony Knockaert.
That they did so having survived almost half an hour with 10 males – after Glenn Murray was despatched off for deliberate handball – made the victory style all of the extra candy for Hughton, who additionally had goalkeeper David Stockdale to thank for a outstanding double save from the ensuing penalty.
To return again is all the time a beautiful feeling with 10 males,” Hughton mentioned. “At that stage any supervisor would accept a draw. To go on and win it reveals super character.
“A penalty save lifts all people, it lifts the entire stadium. There’s a beautiful feeling within the altering room if you win a recreation like that.”
How that feeling will distinction with the temper in Sheffield. Regardless of falling behind to a wonderfully-composed Knockaert opener, the guests had fought again properly to equalise by forcing Brighton’s Lewis Dunk into diverting the ball into his personal web.
Having seen Brighton decreased to 10 males, the sport was inside Wednesday’s grasp. However Fernando Forestieri’s penalty was saved by Stockdale, who then someway twisted and finger-tipped the Wednesday striker’s second effort inches previous the put up.
Despite their one-man benefit and 20 minutes of relentless stress, Wednesday merely couldn’t discover the breakthrough, after which they misplaced their heads as soon as Knockaert landed the knockout blow with simply 5 minutes remaining.
First, substitute Steven Fletcher was proven a straight crimson card for what gave the impression to be an tried headbutt, after which within the closing minutes, with the sport gone and frustration taking up, Sam Hutchinson was proven a second yellow card for a rash, late problem.
“The gamers misplaced just a little little bit of emotional management in that second,” admitted Wednesday supervisor Carlos Carvalhal. “This could have made an enormous distinction if we had 10 v 11 on the finish.”
His aspect had began properly, however they went behind when Knockaert skipped previous Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood after which, with the angle narrowing, had the temerity to take one other contact earlier than firing it by a flurry of determined defenders.
Dunk’s unlucky personal purpose – heading his team-mate’s volley previous his personal goalkeeper – pulled Wednesday again into the match earlier than Murray was proven his straight crimson for blocking Glenn Loovens’s goal-bound shot along with his fingers.
Up stepped Stockdale to disclaim Forestieri after which, with the stress mounting on the house aspect, Knockeart broke free to safe what may very well be three important factors within the Championship title race.