Date: 5th November 2014 at 11:08am
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Wolves were second best at Ipswich on Tuesday and deservedly came away with nothing even though the goals conceded both came from catastrophic individual errors. Jackett recalled Sako to the starting eleven after injury but Dicko was still out with a hamstring problem;
Doherty, Batth, Ebanks Landell, Rowe
McDonald, Evans
Henry, Edwards, Sako

Ipswich got the first half chance when Doherty slipped and Murphy hit a firm shot saved by Ikeme. Then there was a scramble in the Wolves area with Doherty finally clearing. Then the referee upset Wolves fans by not giving a foul when Edwards was challenged from behind and left in a heap on the sidelines. Murphy then fired a drive just over the bar before Sako had a shot deflected wide with Wolves first serious effort. Edwards is unable to recover from the knock he received and is replaced by Jacobs after 14 minutes.

Ipswich were by far the better team and a rare error by Ikene saw him drop a cross and Mcgoldrick prodded the ball wide when he should have scored. And they had another gilt edged chance with Tabb shooting weekly at Ikeme. A goal for the home team had looked on the cards for a while and came after 35 minutes when McDonald was caught in possession on the corner of the Wolves penalty area and Murphy curled his shot into the far corner. And then Murphy hit the side netting after Wolves went asleep from a throw in. Then Berra headed narrowly over from a Hunt corner. Wolves finally create a chance right at the end of the half as Jacobs went through clean on goal to chase a bouncing ball. He seemed to be pushed in the back as he tried to head for goal and there could easily have been a penalty and a sending off there but nothing was given.

There was a slight improvement from Wolves at the start of the second half and Jacobs had a shot deflected wide and then out of the blue they got an equaliser. Henry curled in a cross from the right that the keeper misjudged and the ball went into the net on the far corner. This was followed by concerted pressure from Ipswich with a series of corners that came to nothing. And from a breakaway Wolves were close to taking an unlikely lead as an excellent through ball from Sako found Clarke who steered the ball narrowly wide. But soon afterwards a dreadful error lead to Ipswich regaining their lead. Evans was pressured into going backwards and when his route to a pass to Rowe was blocked he instead passed it across the field straight to mcgoldrick who set up Murphy for a good finish.

Wolves replaced Jacobs and Henry late on with McAlinden and Van La Parra but the pattern of the game didn’t change. It was a poor Wolves performance with only defenders coming out of the game with credit. Dicko and Edwards are the only Wolves attacking players with good movement off the ball and the static nature of the attack leaves them easy to mark and never in space to pass to. As a consequence Wolves are playing too many sidewards and backward passes to retain possession and that makes their attacks slow and laboured and also leads to the kind of mistakes we saw with the two goals here.

Ikeme 6 – not a faultless performance and one dropped cross could have cost a goal.
Doherty 6 – steady enough game
Batth 7 – stood up well to an Ipswich striking pair that look good at this level
Ebanks Landell 7 – I made him Wolves best player tonight and is gaining in confidence
Rowe 6 – quite a quiet game
McDonald 5 – not on his game at the moment and one mistake cost a goal
Evans 4 – poor tonight and dreadful error for the second Ipswich goal
Henry 5 – got no change out of the highly impressive Ipswich left back Tyrone Mings
Edwards – out of the game after 14 minutes with what looks like a serious knee injury
Sako 5 – didn’t have his shooting boots on and apart from one defence splitting pass had a poor game
Clarke 5 – close to scoring once but generally ineffective
Jacobs 5 – looks better in the middle than wide but didn’t make a great impact

So 90 minutes that was as disappointing as the first half against Blues at the weekend. To me Wolves are now suffering from not having done enough in the summer transfer market to improve their attacking options and they are in danger if falling away if Jackett can’t find better ways if covering when any of the likes of Dicko, Sako and Edwards are absent.