Vital Wolves win in Molineux thrillerBy: DJ | March 30th, 2013
Wolves secured a massive three points in their bid to avoid a second successive relegation in an exciting open game where there were five goals and there could easily have been many more. Results elsewhere mean Wolves remain in the relegation positions after this game but there are a number of teams within reach now and if this type of performance can be replicated in the remaining seven games then it would surely be enough to secure safety. With ikeme, Edwards and Sako picking up season ending injuries in the last game there were three changes to the starting line up;
Doherty, Johnson, Gorkss, Robinson
Sigurdarson, Davis, O’Hara, Hunt
Ebanks Blake. Doyle
It was end to end early on in a way that was to set the trend for the afternoon. Both teams had shots blocked but the first serious goalmouth action came when Carayol showed great pace to beat Doherty and when Wolves cleared the cross it fell to Hoyte 35 yards out who hit a piledriver against the crossbar with De Vries beaten. But four minutes later Wolves were ahead. Hunt did brilliantly on the left to get to the byeline and then run goalwards before hitting in a low cross that was turned into his own net by McManus with Ebanks Blake on hand to have turned the ball in if the defender had missed the ball.
Wolves were playing well and at a good pace to get the crowd behind them but their lead was to last only 10 minutes when a missed tackle by Johnson let the visitors in. De Vries made an excellent save from Jutkiewicz but the rebound fell to Leadbittter who’s effort hit the bar before the ball came back to Jutkiewicz who hit the post. But the linesman had signalled that Leadbitter’s effort had crossed the line after coming off the bar. The goal put an extra pace into Boro’s step and Reach bundled a shot just wide before De Vries did well from the dangerous Carayol’s cross. Then Wolves had the next chance with Hunt blasting over from Doherty’s cross, before a misjudgement by Johnson let in Jutkiewicz whose shot is saved.
Wolves were back in front three minutes after the break with possibly the best goal seen at the ground this season. Hunt played the ball through to SEB who layed the ball off to Sigurdarson who beat one defender, took the ball round the keeper and side footed the ball in. But almost immediately Boro seemed to go up a gear and had Wolves pinned back and had a second equaliser within seven minutes when Leadbitter hit a good shot low into the corner of the net from 25 yards. And in the most entertaining game seen at Molineux for some time Wolves were almost back in front within two minutes when Sigurdarson got in a diving header from Davis’s cross but Steele made an excellent save.
It was such an open game by now and Leadbitter was inches away from his hat trick when he shot inches wide in almost a replica of his second goal. Then at the other end Sigurdarson had a shot saved and then so did Hunt with the rebound coming out to Doyle whose shot was kicked off the line by Friend. Wolves were well on top now and there was a penalty appeal waved aside when McManus appeared to handle then O’Hara had a shot deflected wide before Sigurdarson had a shot saved with the rebound blocked. But the pressure told after 70 minutes when a long throw by Doherty was flicked on by Johnson and Doyle headed in.
After failing to hold on to their lead twice Saunders decided to try to hold on to the lead this time by bringing on Henry for O’Hara and then Batth for Doyle. Boro were having the best of the possession late on but were unable to create another opening and SEB was doing a fine job holding the ball up when Wolves broke away. With three minutes left the outstanding Hunt seemed to be suffering from cramp and was replaced by Ward. And Wolves saw the game through to get a vital win.
De Vries – had a fine game with good saves, came and caught a lot of crosses, and looked confident on the ground.
Doherty – troubled by the pace of Carayol at times but had another decent game
Johnson – at fault for one of the goals and is prone to mix some good defending with some basic errors
Gorkss – very steady and has been a good addition to the team
Robinson – looks a promising full back
Sigurdarson – took his goal brilliantly and often a threat to Boro
Davis – energetic performance and looks capable of becoming a regular starter
O’Hara – had some good moments but generally still short of what he is capable of
Hunt – quite outstanding, full of energy and wasted few passes in a man of the match performance
Doyle – much better in recent weeks and finding the net as well
SEB – worked tirelessly along the front line and had a good game
Henry – looked more like his old self in a good 20 minute sub role
Batth and Ward came on late to shore things up
This was a game to lift the spirits of everyone associated with the club and raise the hopes that safety can be assured. Two difficult looking away games to come now at Birmingham on Monday and Bolton next Saturday. But for now it was just good to leave the ground with three points in the bag and a highly entertaining game to boot.