Date: 18th July 2015 at 8:50pm
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Wolves secured a pre season success at Burton in Saturday to continue their preparation for the new season. It was a good workout against last season’s League Two champions and gave us a few insights into what we can expect when the competitive season starts.

There was a first start of the summer for keeper Carl Ikeme and the first chance to see new signing Conor Coady in a Wolves shirt on English soil. And chances were given to Tommy Rowe, Lee Evans and Michael Jacobs to impress;

Iorfa, Stearman, Hause, Golborne
Jacobs, Coady, Evans, Rowe
Dicko, Afobe

There was almost a calamitous start for Wolves when Ikeme showed some rustiness when dropping a straight forward shot in the first minute and the rebound was turned against the post. But Wolves then settled into their game and took a degree of control with Jacobs looking bright on the right hand side.

The decisive goal of the game came in the first half with Burton giving the ball away in midfield and when the ball was played forward to Afobe he squared the ball to Dicko who scored with ease.

Wolves were looking solid at the back with Kortney Hause looking comfortable alongside Stearman in the middle and Ikeme showing safe hands after the early mistake.

In midfield it was good to see Jacobs playing well after hardly featuring for the first team last season. But Coady was the player that most Wolves fans came to see and he looked a confident player sat ahead of the defence, spreading some long passes and showing a willingness to organise those around him, and Wolves have perhaps been lacking that vocal presence in the midfield.

What was clear was that Coady looked like a player that could slot into the position that we have come used to seeing Kevin McDonald who missed this game having apparently become ‘unsettled’ by transfer speculation. James Henry who has been linked with a move to Charlton was another missing from the squad today.

After a fairly entertaining first half, the second period became a bit disjointed with a host of substitutions with Flatt replacing Ikeme at half time, and then during the second period we saw Evans, Golborne, Iorfa, Dicko replaced by Ebanks Landell, Ronan, Enobakhare, Doherty.

There was a glimpse of the talent of Ronan with the pass of the game seeing him knock a 60 yard cross field ball right to the feet of Jacobs. There was only one real chance created in the second half with a good run by Afobe leaving him with a clear scoring chance but he hit the post.

On a sunny day it was good to see some football and the terracing behind the one goal was packed with Wolves fans getting in the mood and they accounted for more than half of the 2,700 attendance.

Three more friendlies before the first league game at Blackburn. There are games at Shrewsbury and Doncaster the next two Saturday’s and a home friendly against Villa on Tuesday the 28th.