Date: 26th December 2016 at 9:36pm
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Wolves got their second successive win and made it 10 points from the last 5 games as they continued their improvement under new manager Paul Lambert. After sharing 8 goals in their last home game there were another 5 goals to enjoy in this game and Wolves fans will be enjoying both the entertainment on offer and the improved results as they start to climb up the Championship table and rekindle the optimism at the club.

It was an unchanged team, rarely for Wolves, that started this game;

Ikeme
Coady, Batth, Stearman, Doherty
Price, Edwards
Costa, Enobakhare, Cavaleiro
Dicko

Wolves got off to an ideal start by taking the lead after only three minutes in what is becoming a regular source for them with Costa’s inswingng corner glanced in from the head of top scorer Dave Edwards. Wolves were playing some good football early on with Price spreading the ball around from midfield but Abraham at the other end showed the visitors had some firepower of their own. But Wolves were very close to increasing their lead when Cavaleiro brought a diving block from the keeper who was smart enough to also block ck the rebound effort from Edwards.

Bristol still looked dangerous on the break when Abraham was played in, side stepped Batth and drilled in the equaliser. And it wasn’t long before the visitors were ahead when a looping cross saw Flint getting above vet Stearman to head in a simple goal. Wolves had been the better team but the vulnerability of their defence was there for all to see as their lead is overturned. Doherty had one good effort saved but it was the visitors that lead at the break.

Bristol gained confidence from their lead and have a series of corners and Stearman needed to block from the dangerous Abraham. But just as the game seemed to be sliding away from Wolves they equalised with a superb goal. A Coady cross went over everyone in the centre of the area and found Costa beyond the far post who steered the ball in with a brilliantly controlled volley. Although Bristol remained dangerous on the break it was Wolves looking the more likely winners now and Bodvarsson and Mason replaced Enobakhare and Dicko. And the subs almost produced the goods immediately with Bod setting up Mason whose shot was blocked. Then Edwards almost repeated his earlier goal but this time his glancing header was tipped over the bar.

It was all Wolves now and when Mason flicked the ball on it struck the hand the f a defender and Cavaleiro drilled the resulting penalty into the top corner. Still a far from solid defence needed to hold out for four minutes of injury time and when Abraham deflected a shot it curled inches over the Wolves crossbar. And then ne last chance for the visitors in the 94th minute when a free kick was headed back across the box and Wolves twice had to clear off the line. There was confusion when the ref blew his whistle with nobody really sure if he had awarded a goal or was calling full time but it was the latter and Wolves had their first home win since September.

Ikeme 5 – stayed on his line when he might have come out for crosses including for the second goal
Coady 7 – had his best game in this position and set up the second goal
Batth 5 – turned for Bristol’s first goal and Wolves always looked vulnerable down the centre
Stearman 5 – a couple of good blocks and some silky dribbles but never got to grips with Abraham and was beaten in the air for the second goal
Doherty 7 – defended well and a real danger going forward
Price 9 – back to his best today and best player on the field by a distance
Edwards 7 – scored one, almost two and had a good game in the middle of the park
Costa 7 – took his goal superbly and a few other good runs
Enobakhare 6 – showed plenty of promise without unlocking the Bristol defence
Dicko 6 – worked hard but got little change out off the defence
Bodvarsson and Mason both bright when they came on

No complaints about the entertainment at Molineux lately and there are goals in this Wolves team despite them not getting goals from their strikers. But the brittle defence has to be a concern. Nevertheless there is real improvement evident from this s team now and a win on New Years Eve at Molineux against QPR would see the year end with renewed optimism.