Its a cup replay for WolvesBy: DJ | November 9th, 2013
Wolves and Oldham will need a replay to decide who goes through to the 2nd round of the FA Cup after a draw in terrible conditions at Boundary Park. There were concerns as to whether we would see any football today as we drove along a white over M60 on the way to the ground after a huge hailstorm but there were no problems as kick off arrived although the game was hampered with a torrential rain storm for a large part of the second half.
Kenny Jackett made three changes to the Wolves team with strikers Doyle and Griffiths left on the bench and Lee Evans also left out as Price, Edwards and Cassidy got another chance, but there was surprisingly not even a place on the bench for Jamie O’Hara;
Ricketts, Batth, Stearman, Golbourne
Henry, Davis, Price, Sako
In a lively start James Henry brings a save out of the Oldham keeper in the first minute before Oldham get the ideal start by going ahead in the first attack 30 seconds later. A free kick delivered into the box saw Oldham defender Kusunga rise highest to head home powerfully. Wolves look shaken for a while and Oldham have another opportunity straight away but the shot goes across goal and wide. It is ten minutes before the visitors really settle into the game and then they get 4 corners in quick succession. Jake Cassidy was winning everything in the air but he was lacking support to get on the end of his flick ons.
Dave Edwards was producing some good off the ball running but when he is found with a through ball by Sako he should have done better than put his shot into the side netting with only the keeper to beat, and he missed another opportunity when the Oldham defence gets in a mess and presents him with a clear sight of goal but he put it wide. Wolves were the better team by now in a game being played at a good tempo and when Henry gets a cross in from the right it is Golbourne who surprisingly pops up on the back post to head the equaliser.
Oldham started the second half well and had a couple of shots that Ikeme saved comfortably and Wolves first opportunity of the half comes when a Sako corner is dropped and Edwards shot is deflected wide. Doyle replaced Price who was unlucky to be the man taken off, with Edwards dropping back to midfield in a 4-4-2. And Doyle made an instant impact as Oldham were now being pinned back and the Irishman might have put Wolves in front but put his shot over in what was now terrible conditions in torrential rain. And Doyle again went close as his far post header was blocked. Wolves had lots of corners and Danny Batth was inches wide with a header from a Sako delivery.
The closest to a late breakthrough again saw Golbourne appear on the back post but this time his close range shot was high as he came in at speed. Leigh Griffiths replaced Cassidy as Wolves looked for the winner and the striker looked like he would have a chance with his first touch but was narrowly offside. Then when the ball fell to him on the left of the area his powerful shot was parried by the keeper. But amidst the thunder and lightning it was Wolves on the back foot in the final minutes before a replay was confirmed.
Ikeme – another good game from the keeper with some good saves low down and sensible punched away crosses as conditions deteriorated
Ricketts – not been as sound the last couple of games and was troubled defensively at times
Batth – another excellent defensive show and Wolves best player on the day
Stearman – would be unlucky to lose his place after another decent performance
Golbourne – surprisingly scored one and was close to another and was generally steady defensively
Henry – not at his best in the last couple of games but still added an assist to his record
Davis – gave the ball away on countless occasions and must improve his passing
Price – had a really good game and does look a fine prospect with his quick first time passing
Sako – not in the game that much but still looked the most likely to make something happen in the final third
Edwards – his running off the ball into the channels and beyond the last defender were excellent. But didn’t impress when he actually had the ball
Cassidy – much more like it from Jake. Won lots of headers, was a threat to the defence and this was probably his best game for Wolves so far
Doyle and Griffiths made a difference late on but the torrential rain made it difficult to really show their ability late in the game
A decent game to watch despite all the rain but now an extra fixture Wolves could probably do without. Some encouragement on the day from the performances of Jack Price and Jake Cassidy and from the excellent Danny Batth. The replay will probably be on Tuesday November 19th at Molineux and that will likely be Wolves next game with next weekend’s trip to Notts County set to be called off because of internationals.