Brighton and Hove Albion decimated Wolverhampton Wanderers by a 6-0 scoreline on Saturday as the Seagulls continued to push for their first ever qualification for Europe.
Roberto de Zerbi"s men came away with a flawless victory which saw them move to 52 points in 31 appearances in the league.
The hosts found the first of a rapturous, goal-abundant evening in the sixth minute. Enciso released Pervis Estupian on the left flank, the latter got a good cross to the right flank, Velmont received a pass from a teammate before finding Danny Welbeck in the box, the forward connected Denis Undav with a backheel pass, and the striker simply tapped into the net from close range.
Brighton then doubled the lead in the 13th minute when Enciso darted through the midline, charging at the Wolverhampton box. Approaching the 18-yard area, he played an unmarked Pascal Gross with a well-timed pass through three defenders and the German simply connected with a left-footed curler past Jose Sá into the net.
The duo played out a similar set-up less than fifteen minutes later. Enciso on the left flank, cut back in through two defenders before sliding a pass to Gross, a little distance from the 18-yard box. Gross beautifully collected and rocketed home a right-footed strike to put the hosts at a trio of goals.
Enciso continued to give Wolves some really terrible nightmares down the left flank. The winger tried to weave in through the defenders in the box. A pass to Estupian preceded an acute cross and Danny Welbeck rose higher than Max Kilman, beating the defender to hammer home an unstoppable header from quite a tight corner. Brighton were now up by four goals.
The Seagulls came back from the break, the rampage continuing. Adam Webster slid a pass to Enciso, the forward tried to feed Denis Undav but Nathan Collins" repelling the pass made the ball fall nicely for Welbeck. With goal in sight, Welbeck took a few steps forward before smashing home the club"s fifth of the game and his second with a left-footed shot from just outside the box. There was absolutely nothing Sá could do about it.
Brighton would then score the sixth six minutes past the hour mark. Kaoru Mitoma and Undav charged at Mattheus Nunes after he had just recieved the ball from his keeper, forcing a turnover. Undav simply ran at the goal before executing a beautiful chip over Sá and into the net.
The result saw Brighton record their largest win of the season. The Seagulls had only beaten Grimsby Town 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in mid-March.
The winners, Brighton continue to push for a first ever outing in Europe. The Europa league seems more feasible for Roberto De Zerbi"s men at the moment. Despite occupying eighth position, The Seagulls have three games in hand, having played fewer matches than any other team in the Premier League this season. Two wins would see them jump ahead of Liverpool who have 56 and currently sit in fifth. But they have a harsh storm ahead of them to ride though, their fixtures being somewhat difficult with games against five of the top seven still to come. Brighton play Manchester United, their FA Cup nemesis at home on May 4, only ten days later, they travel to Emirates to take on Arsenal. The rest of their hectic journey against the top seven sees them play third-placed Newcastle on May 18, Man City(1st) on May 24(after Southampton) and Aston Villa(7th) on league vacation day. It really is the task for De Zerbi and his Brighton folks.
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