Date: 1st November 2014 at 6:32pm
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Wolves went Into the game without star forwards Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko and started with Liam McAlinden up front after his recall from his loan at Fleetwood;

Doherty, Batth, Ebanks Landell, Rowe
McDonald, Evans
Henry, Clarke, Jacobs

Wolves got the first attempt on goal as Jacobs cross found the head of Clarke whose looping header was tipped over the bar. Then McAlinden is sent clear in the inside left position by a through ball from Evans. The young striker is forced wide but still hit a decent shot that needed a diving save. Wolves were getting lots of possession but mostly in their own half and most passes forward were going astray. McDonald was surprisingly the most guilty party for loose passes and when he was caught in possession Donaldson broke into the area but shot wide.

McAlinden is left chasing lost causes as a succession of poor passes forward. Wolves did get a break when a deflected Doherty pass fell to Clarke but his shot was blocked. Blues gained a little confidence as the half drew to a close with Wolves making little attacking impact with Henry, Clarke and Jacobs ineffective and McAlinden getting no service.

The second half didn’t open any brighter but Wolves were denied a penalty ten minutes in when a Henry cross hit the outstretched arm of defender Grounds but nothing was given. Jackett then decided it was time for a change when Jacobs and McAlinden made way for Sako and Edwards. Then against the run of play Blues almost take the lead when a Grounds header brings a fine save from Ikeme. But Wolves were now starting to dictate the game with Sako making an impact on the left and Edwards putting more mobility into the attacking play.

The two subs combined to go close for Wolves as Sako has a shot pushed away by the keeper who does well to get up and tip Edwards header over the bar. Evans had two long range shots blocked and then Edwards is out through and chips over the keeper on.y for his effort to hit the bar. Then Sako drills one across the goal and is inches from the far post and also inches from the incoming Clarke. Wolves made their final change with Sagbo replacing the ineffective Clarke.

Sako despite being surrounded by three defenders got a cross in to Sagbo who laid the ball back to McDonald who curled his effort over the bar. Two good crosses from Henry come to nothing and Sako has two shots blocked as Wolves completely dominate the closing stages but can’t find the breakthrough.

Ikeme 7- quiet game apart from one excellent second half save
Doherty 7 – accomplished full back nowadays
Batth 7 – never troubled by the Blues attack
Ebanks Landell 7 – really settling into the team now and looks a good prospect
Rowe 8 – his best game for the club so far
McDonald 5 – not on his game at all today
Evans 8 – did his best to get wolves going with good passing and hard work
Henry 7 – rarely in the first half but got in some good crosses after the break
Clarke 5 – ineffective and surprising he wasn’t replaced earlier
Jacobs 5 – no real impact on the left
McAlinden 5 – worked hard with no service and probably unlucky to be taken off early in the second half
Sako 8 – made a huge difference when he came on and Wolves really miss him when he isn’t on the field
Edwards 7 – also made a good impact and came close to scoring twice
Sagbo 6 – a little better today and his chance might not be far away if Dicko remains absent

Any team would have found it hard today against a team that were focused on keeping 8 men behind the balm after their mauling last week. But Wolves lacked a lot gong forward without Sako and Dicko and will need replacements to step up to the plate better than today to stop their absences being such a problem.