Sako screamer seals Wolves winBy: DJ | October 6th, 2012
Despite having an attack seriously weakened by injuries Wolves secured a vital win at Blackburn thanks to a solid display and a superb winning goal by new star Bakary Sako. Already without midfield players Slawomir Peszko and Razak Boukari they were hit by an injury in training to Kevin Doyle and illness for Bjorn Sigurdarsen. De Vries and Edwards were both absent due to impending birth of children and Hennessey and O’Hara are still to come back from long term injuries. But it didn’t stop Wolves who inevitably set up in a defensive way to make the best use of the players available;
Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward
Foley, Doumbia, Sako
Wolves set off playing a slow and controlled game to completely take the stuffing out of the home team and silence a crowd that had got their wish with the recent sacking of their manager Steve Kean. They were playing the ball around comfortably amongst the midfield and defence with David Davis doing well on his recall. And midway through the half Wolves came out of their shell to produce the best two openings of the half. Doumbia released Foley on the right and his cross found the head of Ebanks Blake who hit the post but should have scored. And from the next attack Doumbia brought a good save out of Robinson. Rovers had a penalty appeal when Rhodes took a fall when running into Stearman but it was a hollow appeal more by the crowd than the players and a dipping shot from Formica that went just over was their only real threat.
The home team got more of the ball in the second half but were not creating chances although an intended cross from Gomes saw Ikeme scrambling back as it landed on top of his net. Wolves injury problems continued when Stearman had to go off after a knock he picked up first half. Forde came on with Foley dropping to right back. But with Rovers pumping high balls into the box Solbakken decided to bring more height to the back line and Foley was moved to central midfield with Davis going off and Zubar coming in on the right of the defence.
As in the first half Wolves started creating some problems in attack despite their defensive set up and Sako hit a good shot from distance that wasnt far away. And then after Ward and Forde combined on the left, Ward got to the byeline and when his cross was only half cleared Orr just got to the loose ball before Sako. Then from an inswinging corner the ball dropped to Doumbia whose shot was blocked. But the loose ball was then played back out to Sako on the right wing who looked like he would cross but instead stepped inside a Rovers defender and hammered a left foot shot into the far corner.
Rovers pressed forward but Wolves were defending comfortably and added to their defensive line when Batth replaced Ebanks Blake. And even in the final minutes it was Wolves that came closest to scoring with Forde missing two good chances to open his Wolves account and Sako almost getting clean through but was adjudged to have fouled the final defender before putting the ball into the net.
Ikeme – didn’t have many shots to save put made some good catches as Rovers pumped high balls into the box
Stearman – had a steady enough return before going off injured
Johnson – another fine defensive showing
Berra – forming a good partnership with Roger
Ward – did well defensively and going forward
Henry – unjustly booked first half but had another good game ahead of the defence
Davis – had a really bright first half and replaced to get some fresh legs on during the 2nd half
Foley – a real game for the team here as he played part of the game on the right of midfield, then at right back then in central midfield. Looks much better as a full back than midfielder though
Doumbia – played more forward than previously to fill the hole behind SEB and had a good game
Sako – the man is a star and no sign of him tiring today. Fabulous goal and the main threat to Blackburn
Ebanks Blake – battled hard but found the lone striker role a difficult one
Forde – did ok after coming on 2nd half but should have scored from two good chances
Zubar – added more height to the defence and probably had his best game of the season so far in his short appearance
Batth – only on for the last few minutes but won three or four defensive headers
An impressive third successive away win built around their 4th clean sheet in 5 games. The line up suggested it would be a backs to the wall effort but in reality Wolves held their opponents comfotably and then created the better chances. Hats off to Solbakken for getting things right tactically in the face of so many absentees. Its early days and they are only three points clear of 11th, but confidence is growing and when the task resumes at Huddersfield after the international break in a fortnight Wolves will be in third place and its looking more than promising.