Brighton on brink of Premier League after win at Wolves


Anthony Knockaert has scored 15 goals this season

Brighton moved a step closer to Premier League promotion thanks to a double from Championship Player of the Year Anthony Knockaert against Wolves.

He gave the visitors a first-half lead with a fine low shot, though replays showed he was fortunate not to be flagged offside.

Wolves were competitive throughout but lacked a cutting edge.

Knockaert made the points safe with his 15th of the season on the break after Ivan Cavaleiro gave away possession.

The Seagulls will be promoted on Monday if they beat Wigan and Huddersfield fail to beat Derby – and will go up regardless of other results if they take four points from their remaining four matches.

As has so often been the case this season, Knockaert was the difference in what was an otherwise fairly balanced game.

That said, there was an element of luck to both his goals as he was offside in the build-up to his first goal and his second came after Cavaleiro cheaply conceded the ball. However, on both occasions the Frenchman’s finishing was exemplary.

Paul Lambert’s men have now lost successive matches but, with 51 points, almost certainly have enough to avoid being dragged back into trouble.