Date: 2nd December 2016 at 11:22pm
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Wolves tasted success after 9 winless games when they gained three points at QPR on Thursday night. Yes QPR had a player sent off in the first half and yes Wolves were hanging on in the final minutes, but a win will still do wonders for the confidence of the manager, players and supporters.

The line up had seen a return to the first 11 of Ikeme after injury, Batth after suspension, Dicko as he gets back to match fitness, and Saiss and Cavaleiro reinstated;

Iorfa, Batth, Stearman, Doherty
Coady, Saiss
Costa, Edwards, Cavaleiro

It was a game that had similarities to Wolves last away game at Preston for a while with neither teams looking like threatening the scoreboard but at least Wolves avoided their usual trick of conceding in the first 15 minutes. There were opportunities at both ends of the field midway through the first period however with Costa connecting with a Cavaleiro cross to bring a good save from home keeper Smithies, and then Onouha shooting over at the other end.

There was an appeal for a QPR penalty when the ball hit the hand of Doherty but it wasn’t intentional. Then Wolves did get some fortune when Perch, who had been booked for dissent was then given a second yellow and the red for a wild challenge on Doherty. And Wolves almost go in front soon after when Edwards cant climb quite high enough to head on target and it loops just over.

Wolves were not finding it easy to make the extra man pay early in the second half but not for the first time it fell to Dave Edwards to pop up with the vital breakthrough. Iorfa did really well to pull the ball back from the dead ball line and Edwards produced a fine finish. No stopping Wolves now and an Edwards header brings another good save from Smithies before a dazzling run from Costa saw him past three home defenders before drilling in the second.

Doherty and sub Bodvarsson also go close to Wolves and they should have had a penalty from a deliberate handball, before QPR get a goal back out of the blue, Lynch stabbing home after a corner.A nervous ending followed with Wolves having to play out seven minutes of injury time and Lynch missed a real chance to save the game for the home team.

Ikeme 7 – had a good game with a couple of uncharasteric sweeping up tackles outside his area. Worrying pulled a muscle late on and was replaced by Lonergan.
Iorfa 7 – much improved performance and good to see those charges down the wing returning to his game. Much better as a full back than a centre back
Batth 7 – much more like it from the captain who had a solid game
Stearman 7 – his best game since returning to the club and his partnership with Batth may be on its way back to normal service
Doherty 7 – seems to play better at left back than right nowadays and did well defensively and getting forward
Coady 6 – steady enough game in the middle
Saiss 6 – did well on his return until making a series of errors when Wolves came under pressure at the end
Costa 7 – much better than in recent games and scored a special goal
Edwards 7 – offers much more to the team when played in an attacking midfield role and there can be few better midfield players in the division at getting forward to be a goal threat
Cavaleiro 6 – had some good moments but wasted a few good positions with loose crosses and poor decisions
Dicko 6 – had a good return to the team without getting any scoring opportunities
Lonergan, Bodvarsson and Saville used as subs

So at last a win and hopefully the worst part of Wolves season will be behind them. There is enough ability in the squad for Wolves to be much higher up the league and with another five games to come in December, maybe the table will look better by the time we get to 2017.