Wolves held by BrentfordBy: DJ | November 23rd, 2013
Wolves and Brentford came into this game as two of the hottest teams in League One and both scoring enough goals to be on good runs of winning form. But they were not able to produce a goal between them at Molineux on Saturday, although it wasn’t for the want of trying because in an entertaining and open game there could easily have been a few goals at each end.
Wolves went for a 4-4-2 line up against their opponents 4-3-3 with new loan signing Jacobs getting his debut instead of the injured James Henry;
Doherty, Batth, Stearman, Ricketts
Jacobs, Edwards, McDonald, Sako
The game started brightly and it was Wolves who created the first opportunity as excellent work by Doyle on the left saw his cross find Sako on the right but his attempt at a volley was driven into the ground and lost all power. And after 10 minutes its Doyle again opening up the visitors defence with a superb through ball to Griffiths who hammered the ball against the inside of the post from the left of the area. But within a minute Brentford also created an opportunity when a cross from the left found Forshaw who blazed over from a good position.
It was end to end in an enjoyable game and after Griffiths brings a save out of the Brentford keeper before the visitors break and Donaldson got to a through ball before Ikeme and lobbed the Wolves keeper but the ball went just wide. Both defences are looking vulnerable and Wolves let in Donaldson for a shot blocked by Ikeme before Griffiths shoots wide after being set up by McDonald.
The early stages of the second half saw both teams giving the ball away but as the game reached the final quarter its Wolves looking the more likely to breakthrough. Sako set up Doyle whose first touch is not good before his shot goes straight to the keeper from a good position and then Brentford lose possession on the edge of their own area as Ricketts puts them under pressure and when the ball runs free to Griffiths his shot is hard but wide and he should have done better. Ismail came on for Jacobs and looks lively on the right and he linked well with Doherty to create an opening but the full back’s final ball was poor.
As we reach the final minutes Brentford come close to winning the game. Diagouraga’s shot was well saved by Ikeme with a diving save to his right and then the Wolves keeper produces an even better save to tip over a powerful shot from McCormack.
Ikeme – two fine saves late on and commanded his area well
Doherty – good to see him back from injury and returned in good form
Batth – solid as ever
Stearman – justifying his place in the team
Ricketts – did well defensively but little time to get forward
Jacobs – had some promising moments without creating a lot
Edwards – worked hard and got in some useful defensive work
McDonald – one of his best games for Wolves so far, building up the attacks from deep
Sako – had some good moments but frustrated more than he produced
Doyle – excellent play in the build ups but shot straight at the keeper from his only good chance
Griffiths – lively performance and on another day could easily have scored two or three
Ismail – lively cameo in the last 20 minutes
Cassidy and Siigurdarson – replaced Doyle and Griffiths for the last few minutes
A draw was enough for Wolves to extend their lead over third placed Peterborough to eight points as the Posh lost at home to Stevenage. Wolves go to Posh next Saturday for an important mid season game but before that Tranmere come to Molineux on Tuesday evening buoyed by their surprise 5-1 win at Coventry. Its all well on track for Wolves and although its always disappointing to not win at home, there was more right than wrong with this performance and it should be just a hiccup on their fine season so far.