Wolves thwarted by Sky BluesBy: DJ | October 19th, 2013
Coventry grabbed a late equaliser to deny Wolves victory at Molineux on Saturday afternoon in a game where a draw was probably a fair result. It was a fairly entertaining game played in front of the biggest crowd of the season in League One and Wolves will be disappointed that they were not able to take more of the chances that came their way and then that they were not able to protect the lead they gained.
With a fully fit squad to pick from it was a predictable starting line up;
Doherty, Batth, Ricketts, Golbourne
Henry, Price, McDonald, Sako
It was a lively start to the game with Wolves nearly setting up chances for Griffiths on three occasions early on. Doyle found him in the area but his path was blocked then Doherty’s ball into the area wasn’t cleared and Griffiths was almost in again. And when Sako broke on the left Griffiths made his run too early and was caught offside. Coventry then forced their way into the game and were keeping possession better than Wolves who were giving the ball away cheaply on a number of occasions. Doyle was doing most to cause the visitors problems but there were few goalmouth incidents or shots despite a lively tempo. After 35 minutes Jack Price was forced to leave the field with an eye injury and was replaced by David Davis.
Five minutes before the break Wolves created the best opportunity of the half when a fine first time pass by Sako released Doyle on the left and his cross found Griffiths who stepped inside his defender before shooting over from a good position. And another good chance went begging for Wolves just before the break when Henry’s cross found the head of Doyle but he hardly made contact with an attempt at a glancing header and the chance was gone. It was level at the break and Wolves have still not conceded a first half goal this season.
Wolves started the second half with a flurry of attacks. Henry brought a save out of the Cov keeper and then another decent chance is missed. Batth’s header from a corner deflects for another corner and from the second one Griffiths is unmarked at the far post but puts his header over the bar. And Wolves might have paid for their misses as Leon Clarke is sent clear but Batth rescued the situation with a fine tackle. Its an open game now and Sako won a corner despite being marked by 4 Coventry men and then Wolves are almost caught out on the break but poor control by Moussa enabled Ricketts to clear when he was outnumbered 3 to 1. Doyle’s cross is just out of Griffiths reach and then Clarke heads on to the roof of the Wolves net.
Midway through the second half Wolves create another clear chance and this time go ahead. Golbourne’s cross is headed down by Batth and Griffiths finishes clinically. Coventry try to push for a quick equaliser but excellent defending by Batth halted Wilson. Sigurdarson comes on for Wolves but there is a false alarm for Doyle who is announced as the man to be replaced but he is waved back on by the Wolves bench and its Griffiths who eventually makes way. Coventry were the better team after falling behind and they get their reward 5 minutes from the end when sub Philips scores with an angled shot from the right of the area.
Ikeme – not a busy day and no chance with the goal
Doherty – continues to impress at right back
Batth – another impressive performance and probably man of the match again
Ricketts – did well against the Coventry forwards
Golbourne – looking steadier in defence now
Henry – made some good runs down the right and got in some good crosses
Price – didn’t impose himself on the game early on before leaving injured in the first half
McDonald – never able to dominate the midfield
Sako – Wolves didn’t get him into the game enough but not one of his better games
Doyle – lively early on but faded later in the game
Griffiths – missed a few chances but keeps coming back for more and took his goal well
Davis – makes the occasional poor pass but won a lot of tackles in midfield to show his value
Sigurdarson – did ok when he came on and will be an important squad member this season
This was another game where their opponents looked more at ease in midfield than Wolves but in many games its been the steady defence and the quality in the final third that has seen Wolves through. Today there were chances missed that stopped Wolves getting more than a one goal lead, and it was a lead they could not hold as Coventry’s midfield superiority eventually told. Wolves will be back at Molineux on Tuesday when Oldham will probably provide less challenging opposition and a return to winning ways looks probable. And Wolves will need to as the continued form of Orient and Peterborough has left Wolves needing a run of 3 point games to get back on track for an automatic promotion place.
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