'What's he doing?' - BBC pundits staggered by Neal Maupay and Lewis Dunk red cards after Wolves-Brighton controversy

BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas and former Brighton striker Glenn Murray where both baffled by Brighton's red cards during their 2-1 loss at Wolves

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 4:20 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th May 2021, 4:22 pm
Neal Maupay lost his cool after the final whistle at Wolves

Victory for Albion would have secured Premier League safety for the Seagulls and they were on track when Lewis Dunk s thumping header gave them a 1-0 lead.

Mid-table Wolves turned the game however when Dunk was sent off in the second half for hauling back Fabio Silva when he was clean through.

Adama Traore’s equaliser set up a frantic finish at Molineux as Wolves cashed in on Dunk’s dismissal, having been second best until then. Morgan Gibbs-White’s last-minute strike earned the hosts victory

Neal Maupay was then red carded when he confronted referee Jon Moss after the final whistle.

"You can clearly see he has pulled his shirt back," said Jenas of Dunk's dismissal. "I'm just thinking let him go and see if he sticks it away.

"If he scores, it's 11 vs 11 still and they are in the game. But the minute they go down to 10 and lose their talisman as well, one of their big players, it's asking for all sorts of problems.

"Lewis Dunk is an experienced enough player to not act like that. These things happen in the game sometimes but there is no doubt he left his team in the lurch there."

Dunk's former teammate Murray was also in the pundit chair for the BBC for the 12 noon kick-off and Albion's ex-striker offered little comfort for the Brighton skipper.

"There is no defending it," Murray added. "Lewis will be bitterly disappointed. It was an instant decision and it was a bit early in the second half to do that.

"It leaves your teammates a lot of time to hand on to that 1-0. No qualms."

Both Maupay and Dunk will be suspended for Albion's next match against West Ham at the Amex Stadium on May 15.

"I don't think it was anything in particular," said Murray of Maupay's red card. "It was just frustration on the afternoon. They were so dominant in the first half and then to lose that at the end it's frustration."

Jenas however was less sympathetic. "More to the point, what's he doing?" said Jenas. "They have now lost him as well. Two big players."

Brighton boss Graham Potter admitted he was frustrated after Brighton yielded the lead before slipping to a last-gasp defeat at Wolves.

“I’m disappointed with the result, disappointed we couldn’t get the three points. Until you are safe you have to keep fighting,” said Potter, with Brighton 15th and 10 points clear of the bottom three.

“We gave everything and it wasn’t to be. It (Dunk's red card) certainly made it a lot more difficult. We were good, we were deservedly in the lead and looking to add to that.

“It happens in football, collectively we weren’t good at the start of the second half and sometimes you have to see those periods outs. That probably results in the red card.

“I think Neal’s red card was for speaking to the ref, he is frustrated, I don’t know what’s been said but he needs to be able to to handle that better.

“That’s the challenge, it’s not easy to deal with defeat and disappointment but we have to. We lose him so it’s not positive for us.”