Brighton was beaten 2-1 by Wolves at Molineux after seeing captain Lewis Dunk sent off in the second half.
The Seagulls looked set for the win which would have sealed their place in the Premier League for next season, but collapsed and Neal Maupay was also accused of ‘foul and abusive language’ after the final whistle.
Dunk opened the scoring for his side with his 11th goal since August 2017 – putting him aside from Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, who held the previous record.
But their opponents were allowed to return to the game after pushing back striker Fabio Silva who weighed in on goal.
Graham Potter’s team was good value for their lead as they impressed with their ball game and random creation.
But Dunk’s insane red card returned to haunt them as a wonderful goal from Adama Traore brought Wolves back to the same level before Morgan Gibbs-White made up for a shocking failure by scoring the winner.
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Wolves started off the better on both sides with Vitinha rejecting an early chance, but they were unable to create more before their visitors struck.
After Danny Welbeck forced a corner, a superb set-piece from Pascal Gross found Dunk’s header, which struck home.
And it could have gotten worse for Wolves too when Dan Burn was grabbed the ground by Gibbs-White, but referee Jon Moss and VAR didn’t.
Brighton were playing with confidence and it’s no wonder ex-Premier League star Darren Ambrose asked manager Potter to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.
He told talkSPORT over the weekend: “Graham Potter, the football he plays with Brighton, he would do very, very well at Spurs.”
But the Seagulls couldn’t convert their chances as Dunk and Maupay missed chances.
They would be forced to pay for their debauchery, but only after Dunk’s expulsion.
Careful play allowed Silva to move on to goal with the England international choosing to fend off the Portuguese starlet.
When Silva hit the bridge, referee Moss had no choice but to give him his marching orders.
Wolves began to fight with Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, forced to make saves from substitute Traore and Joao Moutinho.
But the first would eventually find the leveler – and that was a beautifully crafted goal, too.
A delicious dribble first, followed by a nice brace with Silva allowed the Spaniard to enter the penalty area and he shot excellently at home in front of Sanchez.
Gibbs-White should have won it for Wolves, but it soared after another great job from Traore.
But with a few moments remaining, he kept his cool to strike and give his side victory.
Brighton must wait to confirm they will be in the Premier League in the next quarter.
Meanwhile, Maupay was also sent off after the final whistle for foul language and abuse as he appeared furious with the referee.