Anthony Knockaert scored twice to help Brighton & Hove Albion reclaim top spot in the Sky Bet Championship after beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.The Seagulls’ magician caused the Owls havoc from the off and opened the scoring on 34 minutes after rounding goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and keeping his composure from close range.
Lewis Dunk headed the ball into his own net just before the break to see the sides go in level at half-time, before an action-packed second half unfolded.
Glenn Murray handled a Glenn Loovens shot to see red just after the hour mark and gift Wednesday a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot.
David Stockdale stood firm in the Brighton goal, though, superbly saving Fernando Forestieri’s penalty, as well as his follow-up.
Down to 10 men, the hosts' heads didn’t drop and Knockaert scored his second of the night in the 85th minute, converting a Sebastien Pocognoli cross at the back post.
Steven Fletcher saw red late on after clashing with Brighton’s Dale Stephens and, Chris Hughton's men held on to return to the Sky Bet Championship ahead of Saturday’s action.
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In Sky Bet League One, a James Vaughan double saw Bury come from behind twice to draw 2-2 at Port Vale.
Tyler Walker powered home a debut goal from 20 yards out to put the hosts 1-0 up before Vaughan netted his 15th goal of the season to make it 1-1.
Just before the interval, Walker was in the thick of things again for Vale when he was brought down in the box, and Ryan Taylor converted from the penalty spot.
But that man Vaughan grabbed his second of the night just before the hour mark - a week after scoring four against Peterborough United - making it 2-2 to earn the travelling Shakers a point.