Wolves reap 3 points from the tractor boysBy: DJ | September 19th, 2012
At lunchtime on Sunday Wolves were one place away from bottom in the Championship. 4 days and 2 games later they are one place away from a play off position after two successive victories. It’s certainly a healthy turnaround in Wolves fortunes and the confidence in the manager and players, and by the supporters in them, must have taken a big boost from the upturn in results.
Solbakken made three changes to the team that beat Leicester on Saturday to bring in some fresh legs to a team that is into a spell of 7 games in 4 weeks. Peszko, Doumbia and Ebanks Blake were left out with Edwards, Boukari and Sigurdarsen coming in;
Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward
Boukari, Edwards, Henry, Sako
It was all pretty dull for half and hour with Wolves comfortably holding the home team that were inspiring very little support from the crowd. It seemed Wolves were quite content to keep the game quiet with Ipswich offering very little goal threat. It was half an hour into the game before we saw any goalmouth action with Ikeme getting down to save a free kick then Boukari getting in a shot that went just wide at the other end. Ipswich finally produced some danger for the Wolves defence as the first half drew to a close with Ikeme foiling Martin after a good run by the Ipswich player, and then the same player should have done better when he shot straight at Ikeme from a good position. Wolves had the final chance of a poor first half when Sako’s effort was saved.
Ipswich may well have gone ahead early in the second half when Boukari hooked clear after Ikeme dropped a cross and then Edwards made an excelllent goalline clearance and Chopra shot wide. Ipswich were looking the more likely scorers but after an hour things started to turn Wolves way. After a knock down by Edwards, Doyle hit his shot against the post. Doumbia and Ebanks Blake replaced Sigurdarsen and Henry for Wolves and after 68 minutes they took the lead with a bizarre own goal. Sako’s free kick saw Smith fall over in trying to clear and seemed to send the ball into his own net with his hand. And with 12 minutes left it’s game over as Doumbia’s shot beats the Ipswich keeper who seemed slow to react.
Solbakken seemed keen to hold on to what he had when Magreitter replaced Doyle with ten minutes left and Wolves coasted to a comfortable win with little threat seen from the home team, who took the place that Wolves were occupying a few days ago, one off the bottom of the league.
Suddenly it all looks very optimisitic for the Wolves who on Saturday visit a Peterborough team that have yet to get a point this season. We were saying a couple of weeks ago that we were waiting for the time when ‘Out of Darkness Cometh Light’ and maybe that time will come sooner than we thought.