2017-18 Season - July - October 2017

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Here and now at Molineux: is 2017 the new ’72?

15  Norwich  0 Wolves  2

 15 Norwich City  0  Wolves 2 Boly (18'), Bonatini (72')  HT 0-1


Wolves offered free coach travel to supporters making the 360-mile round trip to Carrow Road and those fans were rewarded with a 10th league success of 2017-18.  French centre-back Boly set them up for victory with the opener, marking his return to the Wolves team after two months out injured with the first goal of his season-long loan spell from Porto. Norwich have taken only nine points from eight home league games and their second home defeat in four days kept them a point outside the play-off places. The creativity of James Maddison provided the home team's best hope of a goal but Norwich could not find a way past their former goalkeeper John Ruddy, who kept his seventh clean sheet in 15  Championship appearances for Wolves this season.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke:

"Normally I am very sad and annoyed and try to figure out the factors behind our defeat. This is very easy. We have to accept we faced an opponent with a very high quality, with bigger quality than us. They were the better team, although it is annoying that we conceded two goals from set pieces.  They are so good on counters and with the quality of their offensive players it is impossible to control all the counter attacks. They have an unbelievable quality for this division."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo:

"It was important to bounce back from what happened the previous game. It's important in these moments of the season how you perform and when. It must be every game and at every stadium. The boys did that so well done to them. Thanks to our fans for coming a long way and helping the boys."

Norwich

1Gunn 2Pinto 31Hanley 15Klose 3Husband Substituted for Stiepermann at  60'  Booked at 90mins 4Reed Booked at 90mins 19Trybull Substituted for Zimmermann at  65'  8Vrancic 23Maddison 11Murphy Booked at 53mins  Substituted for Jerome at  60'  12Watkins Booked at 26mins Substitutes 5Martin 6Zimmermann 10Jerome 14Hoolahan 18Stiepermann 33McGovern 36Cantwell

Wolves

21Ruddy 5Bennett  Booked at 80mins  16Coady  15Boly 2Doherty 4N'Diaye 8Neves Booked at 64mins  3Douglas Booked at 73mins 7Cavaleiro Booked at 41mins  Substituted for

Enobakhare at  61'  33Bonatini Substituted for Price at  76'  18Jota Substituted for Costa at  84'  Substitutes 12Marshall 17Costa 19Price 26Enobakhare 29Vinagre 30Hause 31Norris

Referee: Darren England Attendance: 26,554 (Beeb)

Star: https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/10/31/norwich-city-0-wolves-2--report/

                   Norwich  Wolves

Possession 53%       47%

Shots            12            14

Shots on Target 2       4

Corners          6             7

Fouls             11          24

Pic Tim Spiers ?Abbswolf’s transport from Ipswich?


Full Time 90'+6'

Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Booking 90'+5'  Marco Stiepermann (NC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+5'  Foul by Marco Stiepermann (NC). 90'+5'

Jack Price , (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  Booking 90'+4'  Harrison Reed (NC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+4'  Foul by Harrison Reed (NC). 90'+4'  Rúben Neves , (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+3'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3'  Foul by Alfred N'Diaye , (WW). 90'+2'  Foul by Cameron Jerome (NC). 90'+2'  Hélder Costa , (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by Grant Hanley. 90'  Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare , (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye. 88'  Attempt missed. Timm Klose (NC) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner. 87'  Corner, (NC) Conceded by Barry Douglas. 87'  Timm Klose (NC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87'  Foul by Bright Enobakhare , (WW). 85'  Corner, (NC) Conceded by Willy Boly. 84'  Sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota. 83'  Cameron Jerome (NC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 83'  Foul by Willy Boly , (WW). 82'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 82'  Foul by Barry Douglas , (WW).Booking 80'  Ryan Bennett , (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 80'  Cameron Jerome (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 80'  Foul by Ryan Bennett , (WW). 79'  Foul by Mario Vrancic (NC). 79'  Bright Enobakhare , (WW) wins a free kick on the left  wing. 77'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 77'  Foul by Alfred N'Diaye , (WW). 76'  Sub, (WW) Jack Price replaces Léo Bonatini. 75'  Attempt missed. Christoph Zimmermann (NC) header from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ivo Pinto following a corner. 74'  Corner, (NC) Conceded by Willy Boly. 74'  Mario Vrancic (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 74'  Foul by Léo Bonatini , (WW). Booking 73'  Barry Douglas , (WW) is shown the yellow card. Goal!

72' Goal! Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Léo Bonatini , (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Bennett following a set piece situation. 71'  Foul by Marco Stiepermann (NC). 71'  Matt Doherty , (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 71'  Attempt saved. Marley Watkins (NC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Angus Gunn. 70'  Marley Watkins (NC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70'  Dangerous play by Willy Boly , (WW). 69'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ivo Pinto. 69'  Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota , (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare. 68'  Attempt blocked. James Maddison (NC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 65'  Sub, (NC) Christoph Zimmermann replaces Tom Trybull. Booking  64'  Rúben Neves , (WW) is shown the yellow card. 63'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 63'  Foul by Rúben Neves , (WW). 63'  Attempt blocked. Cameron Jerome (NC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marley Watkins with a cross. 61'  Sub, (WW) Bright Enobakhare replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 60'  Sub, (NC) Cameron Jerome replaces Josh Murphy. 60'  Sub, (NC) Marco Stiepermann replaces James Husband. 59'  Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini , (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a through ball. 58'  Attempt missed. Mario Vrancic (NC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation. 58'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 58'  Foul by Rúben Neves , (WW). 56'  Attempt saved. Marley Watkins (NC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harrison Reed with a cross. 55'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55'  Foul by Rúben Neves , (WW). 54'  Delay over. They are ready to continue. 53'  Delay in match Diogo Jota , (WW) because of an injury. Booking 53' Josh Murphy (NC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 52'  Foul by Josh Murphy (NC). 52'  Léo Bonatini , (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 49'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Husband. 47'  Attempt saved. Alfred N'Diaye , (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 46'  Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. Second Half

Second Half begins Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Half time

                   Norwich Wolves

Possession 51%      49%

Shots          5                9

Shots on Target 0    2

Corners     3               4

Fouls         5               13

Half Time

45'+3'  First Half ends, Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45'+2'  Corner, (NC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 45'+2'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45'+2'  Foul by Willy Boly , (WW). 45'  Rúben Neves , (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45'  Foul by Mario Vrancic (NC). 42'  Offside, (NC) James Maddison tries a through ball, but Grant Hanley is caught offside. 42'  Attempt blocked. James Maddison (NC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marley Watkins. Booking 41'  Ivan Cavaleiro , (WW) is shown the yellow card. 41'  Josh Murphy (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41'  Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro , (WW). 40'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick on the left wing.  40'  Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro , (WW). 38'  Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini , (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 38'  Attempt missed. Timm Klose (NC) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner. 37'  Corner, (NC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 34'  Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye.  32' Foul by Tom Trybull (NC).  32' Ivan Cavaleiro , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 32'  Attempt blocked. James Maddison (NC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Husband. 31'  Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota , (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 30'  Timm Klose (NC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30'  Foul by Diogo Jota , (WW). 27'  Corner, (NC) Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Booking 26'  Marley Watkins (NC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 25'  Foul by Marley Watkins (NC). 25'  Conor Coady , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24'  Josh Murphy (NC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 24'  Foul by Matt Doherty , (WW). 23'  James Husband (NC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 23'  Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro , (WW). 22'  Mario Vrancic (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 22'  Foul by Rúben Neves , (WW). 21' Foul by Harrison Reed (NC). 21'  Léo Bonatini , (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 21'  Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini , (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Goal!

18'  Goal! Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Willy Boly , (WW) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner. 18'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by Angus Gunn. 18'  Attempt saved. Rúben Neves , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 17'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by Timm Klose. 17'  Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye. 16'  Corner, (WW)  conceded by Grant Hanley. 15'  Foul by Tom Trybull (NC). 15'  Diogo Jota , (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 14'  Marley Watkins (NC) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by James Maddison following a set piece situation. 13'  James Maddison (NC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13'  Foul by Alfred N'Diaye , (WW).  10'  Mario Vrancic (NC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 10'  Foul by Alfred N'Diaye , (WW). 10'  Foul by Diogo Jota , (WW). 10'  Grant Hanley (NC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8'  Attempt missed. Mario Vrancic (NC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James Maddison. 6'  Corner, (WW) Conceded by Angus Gunn. 6'  Attempt missed. Rúben Neves , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Douglas. 5'  Josh Murphy (NC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 5'  Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro , (WW). 3'  Ivo Pinto (NC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 3'  Foul by Barry Douglas , (WW). 3'  Foul by Barry Douglas , (WW). 3'  Mario Vrancic (NC) wins a free kick on the right wing. Kick Off

First Half begins.


Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira will miss the visit of second-placed Wolves because of a calf injury.  Full-back Ivo Pinto is a doubt for Daniel Farke's side after picking up a knock to his leg in the Canaries' 2-1 defeat by Derby. Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss serves a one-game ban after being booked for the fifth time this season at QPR. Centre-half Willy Boly, fit after his hamstring injury, may feature after being left on the bench at Loftus Road.  Wolves start the night a point behind new leaders Sheffield United - seven points ahead of eighth-placed Norwich.

Match facts

Norwich have won each of their last four  league matches against Wolves, netting 12 goals in those games. Wolves have only won once in their last nine league meetings with the Canaries (three draws, five defeats), a 1-0 win on the opening day of the 2014/15 season. Diogo Jota has won eight points for Wolves this season with his seven league goals - only Billy Sharp (10) has won more points for his side. Angus Gunn has kept seven clean sheets for Norwich in the Championship so far this season, more than any other keeper in the league. Leo Bonatini has been directly involved in 12 league goals so far this campaign (eight goals, four assists), three more than any other player in the Championship.  He is currently the Championship's joint top scorer (eight - along with Bristol City's Bobby Reid and Hull City's Jarrod Bowen.

14  QPR Wolves  

 14 QPR  2 Washington (41'  sub ), Smith (81'  sub )  Wolves 1 Bonatini (43'  sub ) HT 1-1

Congratulations to Morgan Gibbs-White and the England U17 World Cup winning squad.  Morgan scored in the final


Wolves missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship table as they were beaten for only the third time this season by QPR at Loftus Road.  Conor Washington put the Hoops ahead on 41 minutes, scoring from the rebound on the angle from close range after John Ruddy had saved from Massimo Luongo. Within two minutes, Wolves levelled when Diogo Jota crossed from the left byline for Leo Bonatini to blast in. But Matt Smith came off the bench to head Rangers' 81st-minute winner.

From Joel Lynch's cross, Midlander Smith rose highest to head his fourth goal of the season, just 15 minutes after coming on.

After dropping to second in the Championship table as a result of Sheffield United's win at Leeds on Friday night, a point would have been enough to take Nuno's Wolves men back to the top. But despite the Championship's joint highest scorer Bonatini netting his eighth goal of the season - only his second away from home - they came away with nothing, to stay second in the table, a point behind the Blades. QPR, who rise four places to 13th, have still lost just once at home in the league this season

Pic Mark Feehan at Loftus Rd.

QPR

1Smithies 20Baptiste 6Lynch Booked at 90mins 18Robinson 8Cousins sub Wszolekat 66' sub  21LuongoBooked at 79mins 11Scowen 7Freeman sub Furlongat 90+2' sub  3Bidwell Booked at 45mins 40Sylla sub Smithat 66' sub  9Washington Substitutes 2Furlong 12Mackie 17Smith 22Wszolek 23N'Gbakoto 26Lumley 36Wheeler

Wolves

21Ruddy 6Batth 16Coady 25Miranda 2Doherty 27SaissBooked at 90mins 8Neves sub Marshallat 84' sub 3Douglas 7Cavaleiro sub Costaat 57' sub  33Bonatini sub Enobakhareat 71' sub

18Jota Substitutes 4N'Diaye 5Bennett 12Marshall 15Boly 17Costa 26Enobakhare 31Norris

Referee: Tony Harrington Attendance: 16,004



                        QPR   Wolves

Possession  48% 52%

Shots              17      8

Shots on Target 6 2

Corners            3     4

Fouls               16  16


 

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Booking 90'+6' Joel Lynch (QPR) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+5' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+5' Foul by Joel Lynch (QPR). Booking  

90'+5' Romain Saiss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+5' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 90'+5' Matt Smith (QPR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+3' Offside, (WW) Barry Douglas tries a through ball, but Bright Enobakhare is caught offside. 90'+2'  sub, (QPR) Darnell Furlong replaces Luke Freeman. 90'+1' Foul by Ben Marshall (WW). 90'+1' Josh Scowen (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Offside, (WW) Ben Marshall tries a through ball, but Bright Enobakhare is caught offside. 88' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jack Robinson. 88' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 88' Foul by Luke Freeman (QPR). 86' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 86' Foul by Jake Bidwell (QPR). 84'  sub, (WW) Ben Marshall replaces Rúben Neves. 82' Danny Batth (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Foul by Conor Washington (QPR). Goal! 81' Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Matt Smith (QPR) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joel Lynch with a cross following a set piece situation. 81' Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (QPR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Massimo Luongo. 80' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 80' Luke Freeman (QPR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Booking 79' Massimo Luongo (QPR) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 79' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 79' Foul by Massimo Luongo (QPR). 78' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 78' Jake Bidwell (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Pawel Wszolek. 77' Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 76' Attempt blocked. Jake Bidwell (QPR) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 76' Corner, (QPR) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 75' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation. 74' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 74' Foul by Pawel Wszolek (QPR). 74' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare.  74' Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (QPR) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Scowen. 73' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 72' Delay in match Danny Batth (WW) because of an injury. 72' Corner, (QPR) Conceded by Conor Coady. 72' Attempt blocked. Conor Washington (QPR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 71' Foul by Bright Enobakhare (WW). 71' Jack Robinson (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Attempt saved. Conor Washington (QPR) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass. 71' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 71' Jake Bidwell (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71'  sub, (WW) Bright Enobakhare replaces Léo Bonatini. 70' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (QPR) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross. 70' Attempt blocked. Massimo Luongo (QPR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Washington. 66'  sub, (QPR) Matt Smith replaces Idrissa Sylla. 66'  sub, (QPR) Pawel Wszolek replaces Jordan Cousins. 65' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 65' Foul by Luke Freeman (QPR). 62' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 61' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Foul by Joel Lynch (QPR). 61' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 61' Foul by Massimo Luongo (QPR). 60' Foul by Massimo Luongo (QPR). 60' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (QPR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 59' Luke Freeman (QPR) wins a free kick on the left wing. 59' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 59' Foul by Massimo Luongo (QPR). 59' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Foul by Jake Bidwell (QPR). 58' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57'  sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 54' Foul by Jack Robinson (QPR). 54' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 52' Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (QPR) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 52' Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (QPR) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 50' Massimo Luongo (QPR) wins a free kick on the left wing. 50' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). Second Half

 

Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Half Time

                      QPR Wolves

Possession 51%  49%

Shots            6          4

Shots on Target 2 1

Corners       1          2

Fouls           3           8

Half Time

45'+3' First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Booking 45'+1' Jake Bidwell (QPR) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45' Foul by Jake Bidwell (QPR). 45' Matt Doherty  wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

43' Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Léo Bonatini  right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

41' Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Conor Washington (QPR) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Massimo Luongo. 37' Luke Freeman (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Roderick Miranda . 36' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty  left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross. 35' Offside, (WW) Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 34' Attempt missed. Barry Douglas  header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Romain Saiss with a cross following a corner. 34' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Alex Baptiste. 32' Massimo Luongo (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 32' Foul by Léo Bonatini . 32' Offside, (WW) Diogo Jota tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. 31' Offside, (WW) Romain Saiss tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. 30' Offside, (WW) Romain Saiss tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. 29' Josh Scowen (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Foul by Léo Bonatini . 28' Foul by Massimo Luongo (QPR). 28' Diogo Jota  wins a free kick in the defensive half. 25' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota  right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 25' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro . 25' Jake Bidwell (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  22' Jack Robinson (QPR) wins a free kick on the left wing.

 22' Dangerous play by Diogo Jota .  21' Jordan Cousins (QPR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro .  17' Foul by Jordan Cousins (QPR). 17' Barry Douglas  wins a free kick on the left wing. 16' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Cousins. 15' Attempt blocked. Jake Bidwell (QPR) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 13' Corner, (QPR) Conceded by Romain Saiss. 13' Attempt saved. Conor Washington (QPR) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a headed pass. 11' Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (QPR) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Washington. 9' Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (QPR) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation. 9' Luke Freeman (QPR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 9' Foul by Romain Saiss . 6' Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (QPR) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a set piece situation. 5' Jordan Cousins (QPR) wins a free kick on the right wing. 5' Foul by Conor Coady . Kick Off

First Half begins.


QPR left-back Jack Robinson (hand) is a doubt while centre-back Steven Caulker is short of match fitness.  Fellow defenders Grant Hall and James Perch (both knee) and captain Nedum Onuoha (hamstring) remain sidelined.  Championship high-fliers Wolves have no new injury concerns after their midweek League Cup exit on penalties to Premier League pace-setters Manchester City.  There are five joint Championship top scorers, on seven goals, and Wolves have two, Leo Bonatini and Diogo Jota.  Bonatini has only scored one of those seven  from  - but he is expected to figure as Wolves go in search of a 10th win in 14 games this season.  Wolves dropped to second in the table as a result of new leaders Sheffield United's win at Leeds on Friday night. Barring a four-goal win for Cardiff, a point at Loftus Road would be enough to take Nuno's men back to the top.

 prediction  win 25% Draw 26%  win 49%

Match facts

QPR have won just one of their last 13 league matches against Wolves at Loftus Road - 1-0 in December 2008 courtesy of a Martin Rowlands goal.  Wolves have lost just one of their last eight league games played in London - and are unbeaten in their last four visits to the capital.  Only Brentford (129) have had more shots in  Championship games this season than QPR (112).  Leo Bonatini has scored seven league goals this season - three with his right foot and three with his left foot. But he has scored only once  from . The Hoops have lost 10 points from leading positions this season. Only Brentford (14) have dropped more.

 

EFL4 Manchester City 0 Wolves 0 AET Pens 4-1

 Manchester City 0 Wolves 0 (4-1 on penalties) – Report and pictures By Tim Spiers

Wolves took Manchester City all the way to penalties but lost 4-1 on spot kicks after a remarkable Carabao Cup tie.

TUE, 24 OCT 2017EFL CUP - FOURTH ROUND Manchester City 0 Wolves AET HT 0-0 FT 0-0

Manchester City win 4-1 on penalties


The teams couldn't be separated in 120 minutes as Wolves somehow repelled City, with Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane wasting their best chances and otherwise finding Will Norris in outstanding form.   Wolves created four fantastic chances of their own but Bright Enobakhare shot at Claudio Bravo on three occasions and Helder Costa couldn't beat the keeper when in on goal.  It went all the way to penalties but Alfred N'Diaye and Conor Coady saw their spot kicks saved and Aguero dinked home the winner.

While Pep Guardiola claims it was the ball's fault

Analysis

It wasn't supposed to be like this.

Manchester City had won their last 11 matches in all competitions. Yes they made nine changes like Wolves, but they could call upon 'reserves' like Gabriel Jesus (£27million), Raheem Sterling (£50m), Claudio Bravo (£17m) and Eliaquim Mangala (£32m). Wolves brought in Ryan Bennett and Jack Price, writes Tim Spiers at the Etihad. The hosts also fielded Sergio Aguero, who needed one goal to become the club's all-time record goalscorer. The first 10 minutes suggested it would be a long night for Wolves....well, it was, but only because they took City all the way to extra time.  In doing so they became the first team to stop free-scoring Man City from finding the net in 90 minutes since Manchester United in April. Pep Guardiola's team had scored 57 in 17 matches since.  This was an organisational masterclass orchestrated by Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves produced a phenomenal display of deeply impressive defensive discipline, focus and concentration to keep City at bay for so long...and Wolves could do easily have won it inside 90 minutes.  They created not one, not two, not three but four wonderful opportunities to score. On each occasion they were in on goal, with three of the chances falling Bright Enobakhare's way (the other way Helder Costa) but each shot was infuriatingly too close to Bravo. Enobakhare's best chance came in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes and he looked close to tears when replaced by Leo Bonatini minutes later. The youngster did so well to get into the right positions, outmuscling Mangala twice, but that crucial composure was lacking.  There were so many heroes out there for Wolves, every single player gave every ounce of sweat imaginable to keep the City hordes at bay. Will Norris was outstanding in goal and the back three of Kortney Hause, Conor Coady and Danny Batth were exceptional. City had all the ball but Wolves had a gold and black wall. That they lost on penalties won't detract from an heroic display. They managed what no other Premier League team has managed this season and kept City at bay. Indeed Claudio Bravo was very much the hero for the home side, which showed you just how well Wolves had done.


Match report pic Abi Rodwell

Nuno made nine changes from the team that beat Preston 3-2 on Saturday with only Conor Coady and captain Danny Batth keeping their places. Kortney Hause made his first appearance of the season after injury, while Ryan Bennett was utilised as a right wing back. However with City fielding the likes of superstars Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, Wolves' usual 3-4-3 formation soon became 5-4-1, with Bright Enobakhare the lone frontman. Pep Guardiola's team dominated possession (73 per cent) and play for the first half an hour but an organised, rigid and most importantly composed Wolves backline meant clean cut chances were few and far between.  Aguero was the obvious dangerman but he wasted a glorious opportunity early on when firing a free shot wide from 12 yards. The Argentine also tested the commanding Norris with a 20-yard curler, sent a close range volley past the post and lashed a half volley whistling over. Sterling was getting plenty of joy down the right, getting in behind Ruben Vinagre on a number of occasions with the youngster struggling to cope, meaning Ben Marshall switched flanks to help out. But other than Sterling prodding wide from an Ilkay Gundogan pass, that was it in terms of chances. Batth, Coady and Hause were immense while Jack Price and Alfred N'Diaye were a protective wall. And Wolves weren't hoofing it clear, far from it. They chipped to the flanks where possible and Enobakhare looked to hold it up. They grew in confidence as the half wore on and, after Bennett has tested Claudio Bravo with a header from Marshall's free kick, they had the chance of the half just before the whistle. Enobakhare got the better of a dithering Eliaquim Mangala and was clean through...but put his shot too close to Bravo who saved with his boot. It was a glorious opportunity and the youngster grimaced in anguish, knowing that chances like that don't come around too often at the Etihad. If anything Wolves' defensive grip tightened after the break and they also grew in confidence going forward through Enobakhare and N'Diaye in particular. The first 20 minutes of the second period yielded preciously no chances and the 6,000-strong barmy army were starting to dream of a famous result. Then came a second fantastic chance for Wolves. Marshall slipped in Costa with a perfect pass – the Portuguese winger was in on goal, 10 yards out, but couldn't chip over the advancing Bravo. It was heart in mouth time at the other end when a shocking Norris clearance dropped at the feet of Aguero, but the keeper made a great recovery to palm the ball clear with Aguero looking to go round him.  Wolves were coming more and more out of their shells and play was becoming very stretched. Nuno's team certainly weren't playing for extra time – far from it.  Connor Ronan replaced a tiring Marshall with 17 minutes left on the clock, then Ivan Cavaleiro came on for Costa in the 79th minute, while City sent for Kevin De Bruyne. The hosts began to push Wolves deeper but Norris was in outstanding form, blocking and catching everything that came his way. Pic WWFCFancast Wolves were looking to break when they could, and the superb Enobakhare got the better of Mangala yet again and was practically through, only for Tosin Adarabioyo to recover and prevent the youngster from getting a shot away, although the Wolves man crucially hesitated.  And then in injury, after 10 minutes of severe City pressure as Wolves sat deeper and deeper, they broke and should have won it. Ronan looked up and played in Enobakhare, who was the further man forward but still in his own half...he hared to the City box but shot straight at Bravo. That was that for 90 minutes and Enobakhare looked inconsolable. In fact that was his last action – Bonatini replaced him for extra time. The first half of extra time was a largely lifeless affair although Wolves' forays forward were now few and far between, with some very tired legs out there. City pressed and pressed and pressed but Wolves and Norris repelled them. Then substitute Leroy Sane sent a deflected shot just inches past the post when it looked in all the way. The tension was almost unbearable as the clock reached 114 minutes with penalties oh so close. And still the Wolves fans sang – they sang their hearts out all night long. There were half moments for both teams in the closing minutes with Ronan getting plenty of joy down the right and then a series of Wolves blocks in the dying embers, particularly from Hause, and then Norris made yet another save to deny Aguero. But Wolves couldn't be beaten, and so it went to penalties where Bravo, as he had been in normal time, was the hero for City with brave Wolves finally succumbing in the most cruel of fashions.

Wolves pen 1 – Bonatini scores

Man City pen 1 – De Bruyne scores

Man City pen 2 – Toure scores

Wolves pen 2 – N'Diaye misses (saved)

Wolves pen 3 – Coady misses (saved)

Man City pen 3 – Sane scores

Man City pen 4 – Aguero scores

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Goal! 127' Goal! Manchester City 0(4), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Sergio Agüero (MC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal! 126' Goal! Manchester City 0(3), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Leroy Sané (MC) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

126' Penalty saved! Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

125' Penalty saved! Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal! 124' Goal! Manchester City 0(2), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Yaya Touré (MC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal! 123' Goal! Manchester City 0(1), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Kevin De Bruyne (MC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal! 122' Goal! Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


Man City

1Bravo 3Danilo Substituted forWalkerat 103'minutes 24Adarabioyo Substituted forStonesat 90'minutes 15Mangala 35Zinchenko 42Y TouréBooked at 93mins 8Gündogan 7Sterling 20Bernardo Silva Substituted forSanéat 95'minutes 33Jesus Substituted forDe Bruyneat 82'minutes 10Agüero Substitutes 2Walker 5Stones 17De Bruyne 18Delph 19Sané 31Ederson 43Nmecha

Wolves

31Norris 6Batth 16Coady 30Hause 5BennettBooked at 84mins 4N'Diaye 19PriceBooked at 82mins 29Vinagre 12MarshallSubstituted forRonanat 72'minutes 26EnobakhareSubstituted forBonatiniat 90'minutes 17CostaSubstituted forCavaleiroat 78'minutes Substitutes  2Doherty 7Cavaleiro 13Burgoyne 20Ronan 25Miranda 32Deslandes 33Bonatini

Referee: Kevin Friend

                          Man City    Wolves

Possession            64%         36%

Shots                       25                7

Shots on Target     6                 5

Corners                   10                4

Fouls                         7                 8

120'+2' Second Half Extra Time ends, Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

120'+1' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 120' Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 118' Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick. 118' Raheem Sterling (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 118' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 117' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Kevin De Bruyne. 115' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala. 112' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner. 111' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 111' Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 111' Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 108' Kevin De Bruyne (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 108' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 108' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (MC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. 107' Hand ball by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW).

Second Half Extra  Time begins Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.  105'+1' First Half Extra Time ends, Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.  103' Sub,  (MC) Kyle Walker replaces Danilo. 102' Foul by Raheem Sterling (MC). 102' Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 101' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Jack Price. 101' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (MC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 101' Attempt saved. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 100' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 100' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 99' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (MC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.   95' Sub,  (MC) Leroy Sané replaces Bernardo Silva. 95' Bernardo Silva (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 95' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). Booking 93' Yaya Touré (MC) is shown the yellow card. 92' Yaya Touré (MC) has gone down, but that's a dive. 91' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Connor Ronan.  90' Sub,  (MC) John Stones replaces Tosin Adarabioyo. First Half Extra Time begins Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

 90' Sub,  (WW). Léo Bonatini replaces Bright Enobakhare because of an injury.

90 minutes

                         Man City Wolves

Possession   66%          34%

Shots              14                6

Shots on Target 3           4

Corners           7                2

Fouls                5                4

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+4' Foul by Raheem Sterling (MC). 90'+4' Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+2' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 90'+2' Delay in match Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury. 90'+1' Attempt saved. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 90'+1' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Danny Batth. 88' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 87' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 87' Delay in match Will Norris (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury. 87' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Booking 84' Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 84' Bernardo Silva (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 84' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 83' Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (MC). 83' Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.  82' Sub,  (MC) Kevin De Bruyne replaces Gabriel Jesus. Booking 82' Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 81' Raheem Sterling (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 81' Foul by Jack Price (WW). 80' Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.  78' Sub,  (WW). Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Hélder Costa.  72' Sub,  (WW). Connor Ronan replaces Ben Marshall. 68' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 67' Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (MC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 65' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Oleksandr Zinchenko. 64' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 58' Attempt missed. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. 52' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 50' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Ben Marshall. 46' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (MC) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Second Half

Second Half begins Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


Half Time

                       Man City   Wolves

Possession   73%         27%

Shots                9               3

Shots on Target 2          2

Corners           2               1

Fouls                3               2

45'+2' First Half ends, Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+1' Foul by Sergio Agüero (MC). 45'+1' Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 43' Corner, (WW). Conceded by Claudio Bravo. 43' Attempt saved. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 42' Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick. 41' Ilkay Gündogan (MC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 40' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. 36' Delay in match Gabriel Jesus (MC) because of an injury. 36' Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 33'

 Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high. 33' Attempt saved. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. 32' Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (MC). 32' Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 29' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Kortney Hause. 29' Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (MC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 28' Eliaquim Mangala (MC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 28' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 25' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (MC) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. 14' Corner, (MC) Conceded by Kortney Hause. 13' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. 11' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. 6' Foul by Raheem Sterling (MC). 6' Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 6' Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (MC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Kick Off First Half begins.

Striker Sergio Aguero could be handed the chance to become Manchester City's all-time record scorer against Wolves in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. City boss Pep Guardiola is expected to make changes but Aguero, having moved alongside Eric Brook on 177 goals, may play having returned to the side after injuring his ribs in a car crash. Wolves made eight changes in the previous round. Goalkeeper Will Norris could get a rare start at the Etihad Stadium. Premier League leaders City, who have won the competition four times, will set a new club record if they beat Championship leaders Wolves and win for the 12th successive game. 'Any  can beat us' Despite embarking on a two-month winning run, Guardiola has warned his players they are not invincible. City have a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League and have also beaten Feyenoord, Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli in the Champions League, as well as West Brom in the third round of the League Cup. "It doesn't matter where or if they are in the top five or six, any  can beat us," said the Spaniard. "I am here to win the next one and then next one and arrive in May at the end of the season and say 'how was the season' and analyse what we can do to get better." Wolves striker Leo Bonatini said his side was capable of causing another upset having knocked last season's runners-up Southampton out in the second round. "It will be a tough game for us and for them as well," added the Brazilian. "We don't need to be scared of them."  

13   Wolves 3 Cavaleiro (44'), Bonatini (59' pen, 63') Preston North End 2 Hugill (65'), Coady (76' og)

Browne (Dismissed at  90'+1) HT 1-0

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Cavaleiro (44'), Bonatini (59' pen, 63')  Preston North End 2 Hugill (65'), Coady (76' og), Browne (Dismissed at  90'+1) HT 1-0

Championship leaders Wolves sealed a win against 10-man Preston at Molineux.  Ivan Cavaliero gave them the lead when he tapped in Barry Douglas' cross and Leo Bonatini made it two from the spot after Josh Harrop fouled Matt Doherty. Bonatini slotted home his second after Jota's shot was saved by Chris Maxwell but Jordan Hugill headed a goal back and Conor Coady put the ball into his own net soon after. Preston had Alan Browne sent off for a second yellow late on.

Another dismal refereeing performance.

Tim Spiers in the Star  

Wolves took the lead just before half time when Ivan Cavaleiro turned home a Barry Douglas pass.  Then Bonatini scored twice in three around the hour mark, notching a penalty after Matt Doherty was fouled and then tapping home from close range. But Preston, who were the better team in the first half, responded with a Jordan Hugill header and a Conor Coady own goal to make it 3-2 going into the closing stages. However Wolves clung on during nine of stoppage time, during which Preston's Alan Browne was sent off for two bookings.

Analysis

Nuno said Wolves would need to be patient in this game...he wasn't wrong. Their supporters may also need counselling after a tension-filled end to this game that will have seen fingernails deposited all over Molineux. For 44 Preston were doing a number on Wolves with an effective physical, high-pressing game that Nuno's side had little answer to. For the next 19 either side of half time Wolves then proceeded to race into a three-goal lead with Leo Bonatini scored his sixth and seventh goals of an increasingly impressive start to English football (taking his tally to four in three games). And then for the final 25 Preston scored twice and gave Wolves a number of scares in a game that lasted 99 owing to a late red card and a host of stoppages in a game that referee Stephen Martin miserably failed to control. This was the league unstoppable force in second-top scorers Wolves versus the immoveable object of the league's meanest defence in Preston. And in truth there was little between the two teams in terms of chances and play. Not that they were alike in style – if Wolves resemble a classical symphony when in full flow Preston are unashamed late 1970s punk – there's nothing subtle about their approach and they gave Wolves a hell of a game here. But Wolves' winning habit when not at their best resurfaced yet again. A number of challenges were thrown their way in a rugged opposition and a dodgy referee, but they came through it. Yet another positive sign in what's become a dream first two and a bit months of the season for the convincing table-toppers.

Match report

Nuno made one change from the team that beat Villa 1-0 last week. In came Leo Bonatini after scoring twice off the bench in Wolves' last two matches, with Helder Costa dropping to the bench. Preston were without new Republic of Ireland international Sean Maguire who strained a hamstring last weekend. He was replaced by ex-Man United forward Josh Harrop. The visitors arrived having only lost once this season – and the reasons behind that were evident in a largely frustrating half for Wolves. Undoubtedly the hardest-working team Wolves have faced so far, Preston harassed and harried them with a very effective high pressing game that Nuno's team struggled to cope with.  They consistently won the ball back in the Wolves half and, try as they might, the hosts just couldn't get their usual slick passing game going. Referee Stephen Martin didn't help Wolves' cause, setting the tone early on by allowing Josh Earl to escape without a booking when he wiped out Matt Doherty. Thereafter an irate Nuno and his backroom team grew more and more irritated by what they perceived to be rough tactics from the opposition – who have conceded more fouls and earned more yellow card than any Championship team. The crowd raise the noise level as the fouls continued, but it all masked what was a lifeless Wolves performance particularly in the final third where there was no urgency or creativity to speak of.  Yet Wolves still went into the break 1-0 up when, just before half time, Ivan Cavaleiro turned in Barry Douglas' cross after good work from Doherty in the build-up. It was scarcely deserved – Preston enjoyed more of the ball in good areas and had wasted two excellent opportunities via Daniel Johnson who forced John Ruddy into a good save and also blazed over from close range – but Wolves have made a nice habit of winning when not at their best under Nuno and that looked like being the case at half time.

The pattern of play continued in the second half but then two goals in three from Bonatini saw Wolves take complete control of the game. First he converted from the spot after Doherty was bundled over by Harrop and then the in-form Brazilian was in the right place as the ball hit him from Diogo Jota's saved shot and rolled over the line. Molineux went absolutely berserk and a cry of "we're Wolverhampton, we're top of the league" echoed round the stadium. Preston must have been wondered how on earth they'd gone from drawing 0-0 and the better team to 3-0 behind in the space of 19. But they responded with a goal of their own just two later when Hugill edged ahead of Danny Batth to nod a cross past John Ruddy. And then, after Bonatini and Cavaleiro had enjoyed standing ovations, Preston pulled another back when Tom Barkuizen's ball inside was deflected off Conor Coady for an own goal with 14 to go. Molineux was hosting a party just a few earlier but now there was tension in the air. However despite a frantic finale during which Browne was sent off for two bookings – although bizarrely he left the field before actually being shown the card owing to the ref having to deal with the third melee of the match and had to return from the dressing room to be ceremonially sent off – Wolves saw it through, with Batth and Miranda making crucial blocks and Alfred N'Diaye doing a great job of breaking up play. It was tension personified but Molineux erupted with joy and relief as the final whistle finally blew.


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Wolves

21Ruddy 6Batth 16Coady 25Miranda Booked at 85mins 2Doherty 8Neves 27Saiss Booked at 90mins 3Douglas Booked at 73mins  7Cavaleiro Substituted forEnobakhareat 75'minutes 33Bonatini Substituted forCostaat 75'minutes 18Jota Substituted forN'Diayeat 83'minutes Substitutes 4N'Diaye 5Bennett 12Marshall 17Costa 19Price 26Enobakhare 31Norris

Preston

22Maxwell 14Fisher 23Huntington Booked at 71mins  20Davies 32Earl 4Pearson 11Johnson Booked at 90mins 29Barkhuizen 8Browne Booked at 90mins 10Harrop Substituted  forMavididiat 61'minutes  9Hugill Booked at 90mins Substitutes 6Boyle 7Horgan 12Gallagher 15Woods 27Mavididi 28Hudson 37Robinson

Referee: Steve Martin Attendance: 27,352


Full time


                       Wolves Preston

Possession  44%       56%

Shots             11           10

Shots on Target 6       2

Corners           3            3

Fouls               11        17


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Preston North End 2.

Full Time 90'+9' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Preston North End 2.

90'+8' Daniel Johnson (PNE) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+8' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).

Booking 90'+3' Romain Saiss (WW) is shown the yellow card. Booking 90'+3' Daniel Johnson (PNE) is shown the yellow card.  Dismissal 90'+1' Second yellow card to Alan Browne (PNE) for a bad foul. (Browne went to derssing room; ref called him back to show him the cards) 90' Foul by Alan Browne (PNE).  90' Alfred N'Diaye (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 90' Jordan Hugill (PNE) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 87' Attempt blocked. Paul Huntington (PNE) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.  85' Corner, (PNE) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 85' Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (PNE) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Booking 85' Roderick Miranda (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 84' Stephy Mavididi (PNE) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 83' Tom Barkhuizen (PNE) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 83' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 83' Sub, (WW) Alfred N'Diaye replaces Diogo Jota. 82' Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (PNE) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Hugill with a headed pass. 80' Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide  to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas. 79' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota.  78' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). 78' Tom Barkhuizen (PNE) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (PNE). 77' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal! 76' Own Goal by Conor Coady, (WW) Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Preston North End 2. 75' Sub, (WW) Bright Enobakhare replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 75' Sub, (WW) Hélder Costa replaces Léo Bonatini. Booking 73' Barry Douglas (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 73' Tom Barkhuizen (PNE) wins a free kick on the right wing. 73' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). 72' Foul by Jordan Hugill (PNE). 72' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 71' Paul Huntington (PNE) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 71' Foul by Paul Huntington (PNE). 71' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 69' Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (PNE) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephy Mavididi. 68' Foul by Jordan Hugill (PNE).  68' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 68' Foul by Jordan Hugill (PNE). 68' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas. Goal! 65' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Preston North End 1. Jordan Hugill (PNE) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Browne with a cross. Goal!

63' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Preston North End 0. Léo Bonatini (WW) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

63' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romain Saiss. 63' Attempt saved. Romain Saiss (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross. 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ben Davies. 62' Attempt blocked. Romain Saiss (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross. 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen. 61' Sub, (PNE) Stephy Mavididi replaces Josh Harrop. 60' Offside, (PNE) Ben Davies tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside. Goal!

59' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Preston North End 0. Léo Bonatini (WW) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. 58' Penalty conceded by Josh Harrop (PNE) after a foul in the penalty area.  58' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty draws a foul in the penalty area.

57' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 56' Delay in match Ben Pearson (PNE) because of an injury. 56' Delay in match Léo Bonatini (WW) because of an injury. 55' Alan Browne (PNE) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 55' Foul by Jordan Hugill (PNE). 55' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Jordan Hugill (PNE) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 54' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 53' Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (PNE) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Darnell Fisher with a cross. 52' Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 49' Foul by Jordan Hugill (PNE). 49' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Delay over. They are ready to continue. Booking 48' Alan Browne (PNE) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 47' Delay in match Rúben Neves (WW) because of an injury. 47' Tom Barkhuizen (PNE) wins a free kick on the right wing. 47' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW).

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Preston North End 0.

Half Time

                       Wolves Preston

Possession  44%      56%

Shots               2            4

Shots on Target 1      1

Corners          1            2

Fouls               3            8

45'+2' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Preston North End 0. 45'+1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joshua Earl. Goal!

44' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Preston North End 0. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

41' Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (PNE). 41' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 41' Foul by Alan Browne (PNE). 41' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 38' Foul by Paul Huntington (PNE). 38' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Foul by Darnell Fisher (PNE). 38' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Joshua Earl (PNE) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 36' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a set piece situation. 36' Foul by Daniel Johnson (PNE). 36' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 29' Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (PNE) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen. 25' Offside, (WW) Roderick Miranda tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. 25' Attempt missed. Joshua Earl (PNE) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Pearson following a corner. 24' Corner, (PNE) Conceded by Roderick Miranda. 21' Jordan Hugill (PNE) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 21' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 20' Foul by Joshua Earl (PNE). 20' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Foul by Darnell Fisher (PNE). 18' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Corner, (PNE) Conceded by John Ruddy. 14' Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (PNE) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Pearson. 12' Jordan Hugill (PNE) wins a free kick on the right wing. 12' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 10' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 9' Delay in match Romain Saiss (WW) because of an injury. 5' Foul by Darnell Fisher (PNE). 5' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Attempt missed. Ben Pearson (PNE) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson. Kick Off First Half begins.



Championship leaders Wolves have a choice between Leo Bonatini, who came off the bench to score in last weekend's win over Aston Villa, and the man he replaced, Helder Costa. After seven weeks out with a hamstring strain, defender Willy Boly may play.   Preston striker Sean Maguire is a doubt, after a hamstring injury in last week's 2-2 draw at Fulham. In the 31 he was on the pitch Maguire set up Jordan Hugill's opening goal, then scored the second himself. Tom Barkhuizen, who went off on 72 with cramp at Craven Cottage when his side were still 2-0 up, should be fit for the trip to Molineux. North End boss Alex Neil is also positive about midfielder Ben Pearson, who was substituted on 59 at Fulham on his first appearance since 26 August. odds  win 60% Draw 23%  win 17%

Match facts

Wolves went top of the Championship last weekend for the first time since being promoted as champions under Mick McCarthy in 2009.  Nuno's side have picked up 26 points from their opening 12 Championship games - their best start in this division since 2001-02, when they narrowly missed out on promotion.  Since losing at Derby on 15 August, Preston have gone unbeaten in nine games, although they have drawn three of the last four.  Diogo Jota has scored six goals in his last seven league matches for Wolves, including three in his last four at Molineux.  Preston's Chris Maxwell and Wolves' John Ruddy have both kept six clean sheets in 12 Championship games this season - the best in the division.  North End have scored just three goals in their last six league meetings with Wolves.


12   Wolves 2 Jota (55' minutes), Bonatini (71' minutes)  Aston Villa 0  live on Sky Wolves go top

A chance to go top after Cardiff’s defeat by the Blues.

Wolves went top of the Championship with a deserved win against Midlands rivals Aston Villa thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and substitute Leo Bonatini.  After dominating a goalless first half, Wolves went ahead when a twisting Jota held off three Villa defenders to fire home from inside the area. Bonatini then added a second with a shot from a tight angle. But Villa keeper Sam Johnstone also pulled off a terrific double save to deny the two Wolves goal scorers. Villa's defeat was a first in nine league games for Steve Bruce's side, who remain seventh.

Wolves, who have lost only once themselves in that time, now move two points clear of Cardiff City and Sheffield United at the top. In a thoroughly entertaining first half the home team looked the most likely to score, Romain Saiss going close with a header early on before a sliding challenge from Alan Hutton prevented Helder Costa from bursting through on goal. Danny Batth then headed over from inside the area before Ruben Neves fired just wide from distance. The visitors, who drew 1-1 with Wolves in Bruce's first game in charge at Villa Park a year ago, had their moments too as Jonathan Kodjia and Robert Snodgrass both found space but failed to connect with crosses. But the best of the chances fell to Nuno's Wolves, defender Roderick Miranda hitting the side netting from 20 yards before a Neves shot from the edge of the area was turned away by Johnstone. Wolves took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Ivan Cavaleiro's cross eventually found Jota inside the box and his sharp turn gave him the space to fire past Johnstone. The hosts then doubled their lead when Hutton cleared from the on-rushing Jota only for it to fall to Bonatini, who found the net from a tight angle. Jota thought he had scored his second when his header was blocked on the line by Johnstone, who then also turned away a follow-up shot from Bonatini. Snodgrass hit the top of the crossbar with a chipped free-kick and James Chester and Josh Onomah both headed wide late on, but that was all Villa could muster.


Tim Spiers match report here https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/10/14/wolves-2-aston-villa-0--report-and-pictures/


Table As It Stands


  P GD Pts

1 Wolves   12 10 26

2 Cardiff    12 7 24

Wolves

21Ruddy 6Batth 16Coady 25Miranda 2Doherty 27Saiss 8Neves Substituted forN'Diayeat 79'minutes 3Douglas 17Costa Substituted forBonatiniat 45'minutes 18Jota 7 Cavaleiro Substituted forMarshallat 73'minutes Substitutes 4N'Diaye 5Bennett 12Marshall 26Enobakhare 29Vinagre 31Norris 33Bonatini

Aston Villa

1Johnstone 27El Mohamady Abdel Fattah 5Chester 26Terry 21Hutton 7SnodgrassBooked at 12mins 6Whelan 14HourihaneBooked at 42mins 37Adomah Substituted forOnomahat 73'minutes 22Kodjia Substituted forO'Hareat 79'minutes 39Davis Substituted forHoganat 64'minutes Substitutes 2de Laet 4Samba 9Hogan 13Steer 18Onomah 20Bjarnason 36O'Hare

Referee: Andy Davies Attendance: 30,239



   Wolves   Aston Villa

Possession   56% 44%

Shots               20      7

Shots on Target  6 1

Corners             6     2

Fouls                 11    9

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Aston Villa 0.

90'+3' Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (AV) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner. 90'+2' Corner, (AV) Conceded by Barry Douglas. 90'+2' Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye. 90'+1' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). 90'+1' Callum O'Hare (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 89' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 89' Callum O'Hare (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 88' Foul by Ben Marshall (WW). 88' Alan Hutton (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 87' Foul by Ahmed El Mohamady (AV). 86' Attempt missed. James Chester (AV) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner. 86' Corner, (AV) Conceded by Conor Coady. 85' Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 83' Robert Snodgrass (AV) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick. 82' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW).  82' Robert Snodgrass (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 79' Sub, (WW) Alfred N'Diaye replaces Rúben Neves because of an injury.  79' Sub, (AV) Callum O'Hare replaces Jonathan Kodjia. 78'  Offside, (AV) Jonathan Kodjia tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.  77' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 77' Alan Hutton (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.  73' Sub, (WW) Ben Marshall replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 73'  Sub, (AV) Josh Onomah replaces Albert Adomah. Goal!

71' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Aston Villa 0. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

69' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 65' Delay over. They are ready to continue.

                          Wolves   Aston Villa

Possession         63% 37%

Shots                    13       4

Shots on Target 2        1

64' Sub, (AV) Scott Hogan replaces Keinan Davis. 63' Delay in match Romain Saiss (WW) because of an injury. 62' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' Foul by Albert Adomah (AV). 61' Hand ball by Conor Hourihane (AV). 59' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty. Goal!

55' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Aston Villa 0. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

54' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 54' Foul by Albert Adomah (AV). 50' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 45'  Sub, (WW) Léo Bonatini replaces Hélder Costa.  Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Aston Villa 0.



HT              Wolves   Aston Villa

Possession    59%    41%

Shots               10          4

Shots on Target  1     1

Corners            6          0

Fouls                 6          5


Half Time 45'+4' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Aston Villa 0.

45'+3' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). 45'+3' Jonathan Kodjia (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45'+1' Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (AV) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane. 45' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW).  45' Jonathan Kodjia (AV) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 44' Offside, (AV) John Terry tries a through ball, but Keinan Davis is caught offside. Booking 42' Conor Hourihane (AV) is shown the yellow card. 42' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 42' Foul by Keinan Davis (AV). 41' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 41' Albert Adomah (AV) wins a free kick on the left wing. 39' Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (AV) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Hutton. 37' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner. 37' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Sam Johnstone. 37' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 37' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Saiss. 35' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (AV). 34' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 34' Ahmed El Mohamady (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Offside, (WW) Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 28' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Glenn Whelan. 28' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 26' Attempt missed. Roderick Miranda (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 26' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 25' Delay in match James Chester (AV) because of an injury. 25' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 25' James Chester (AV) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Corner, (WW) Conceded by John Terry. 24' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas. 18' Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (AV) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia with a cross. 16' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Glenn Whelan. 16' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 15' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). 15' Robert Snodgrass (AV) wins a free kick on the right wing. 13' Attempt missed. Danny Batth (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a set piece situation. 13' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 13' Delay in match Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) because of an injury.

Booking 12' Robert Snodgrass (AV) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 12' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 12' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (AV). 7' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 7' Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (AV). 7' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner. 6' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Albert Adomah. 5' Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (AV) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross. 4' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ahmed El Mohamady.  4' Attempt blocked. Romain Saiss (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross. 3' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 3' Foul by Alan Hutton (AV).Kick Off

First Half begins.

Wolves have defender Conor Coady available again after suspension for the local derby at   to Aston Villa.  Coady missed Wolves' 4-0 win at Burton prior to the international break, after being sent off at former club Sheffield United in the previous game.  Seventh-placed Villa are without Andre Green (hamstring) and Jack Grealish (damaged kidney) for the meeting with second-placed Wolves at Molineux.  Late checks will be made on Mile Jedinak (groin) and Keinan Davis (hip).  Henri Lansbury (knee) could also be available to Villa boss Steve Bruce, who marks the end of his first year in charge.  But Wales international Neil Taylor remains banned, Villa having failed in their appeal against his red card in the 1-0 win over Bolton - their last game before the international break.


Match facts

Steve Bruce's first game in charge of Villa was against Wolves a year ago - a 1-1 draw in a game of two penalties when Helder Costa cancelled out Jonathan Kodja's 15th-minute strike.

Wolves then won the return at Molineux in January, when Joe Mason got the only goal, once again in the 15th minute. It was their first   win against Villa since May 1978.  This is the 107th league meeting between Wolves and Aston Villa but only the third time the two old rivals, both of them Football League founder members in 1888, have met in the second tier.  Leo Bonatini, who has four goals and four assists to his name this season, is the only Championship player this season to have both scored and assisted four or more. Steve Bruce, who was very close to getting the Wolves job in 2012, has taken just one point from his most recent five league visits. His last victory at Molineux was in April 2007,  when his Birmingham City side won 3-2.

Analysis

BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright

With a sell-out crowd expected and both sides in excellent form, Molineux should come alive under the floodlights on derby day.  Wolves' feared four front players - Helder Costa, Leo Bonatini, Diogo Jota and Ivan Cavaleiro - are battling for three starting places and whoever misses out can justifiably feel unlucky not to start. Whoever it is will be a wonderful asset to have sitting on the bench, waiting to run at tired legs in the second half.  In defence, Conor Coady was excelling in a sweeper role before his suspension. Ryan Bennett seamlessly slotted into the back three for the 4-0 win at Burton and would be another to feel hard done by if he is not in the starting XI.  Villa's recent run of wins will be a slight concern for Wolves, whose two league losses came against sides bang in form, but they have also shown they can handle the big occasion. It should be a belter.

BBC WM's Aston Villa reporter Mark Regan

It's a game that captures the imagination, there's no doubt about that. Villa are sitting top of the Championship form table, having won their last four games. All of those were with an unchanged side, although that will have to change on Saturday thanks to the suspension of left-back Neil Taylor.  As well as a settled side, Villa boss Steve Bruce has found a formation that has got the best out of players like Robert Snodgrass and Albert Adomah, who has scored four in the past five games. So I can't see Bruce making a switch in terms of moving   from the 4-4-2 that's served him so well in recent weeks. If Taylor was available, I'm pretty sure he would have put out the same XI that beat Bolton.   The managers will have very different approaches and it'll be interesting to see which is the more effective. A win for Villa may win over some more of the fans that a few weeks ago were calling for Bruce's sacking. More importantly, the three points would move Villa to just one behind Wolves.



11  Burton Albion 0 Wolves 4 Jota (5' ), Saiss (11' ), Vinagre (41' ), Bonatini (62'  )

11  Burton Albion 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 Jota (5' ), Saiss (11' ), Vinagre (41' ), Bonatini (62'  )

HT 0-3

200th Wolves appearance for Captain Danny Batth

Burton were beaten 4-0 at home for the second time in five days as Wolves cruised to a victory that takes them second in the Championship table.  The visitors led inside five minutes when Diogo Jota calmly slotted home. Romain Saiss poked in the second and Ruben Vinagre all but made sure of a seventh league win from 11 games with a fine near-post finish to make it 3-0. Burton, hammered 4-0 by Aston Villa on Tuesday, saw Wolves match the scoreline through Leo Bonatini's strike.


Burton Albion 0 Wolves 4 – Report By Tim Spiers Sensational Wolves blitzed Burton 4-0 as they returned to second in the Championship table.

Diogo Jota opened the scoring in the fifth minute after racing clear of the Burton defence and by 11 minutes it was 2-0 when Romain Saiss netted his first ever Wolves goal from close range when Ruben Neves' free kick was spilled by Stephen Bywater. Wolves were 3-0 up at the break when Ruben Vinagre exchanged a one-two with Cavaleiro and beat Bywater.   And substitute Leo Bonatini completed the rout after half time when he lashed Cavaleiro's cross into the roof of the net.

Analysis

Portugal is generally famous for Nando's and Cristiano Ronaldo. Much more of this and it'll be famous for contributing to one of the most attractive football teams seen in Wolverhampton – and possibly even the West Midlands – in many a year, writes Tim Spiers at the Pirelli Stadium.  That's how good they were here. Some of the football produced by Wolves was nothing short of sensational. They'd been threatening to annihilate someone and it was Burton who were on the receiving end in a game that could – and should – have ended up 6-0 or 7-0 to Nuno's sublime side.  All the calls before the game were about Wolves 'bouncing back' from defeat. Well as Alan Partridge would say they played liquid football here. Burton were lambs to the slaughter as a team containing six Portuguese players and of course managed by a Portuguese head coach obliterated the opposition. Ivan Cavaleiro (who provided three assists), Diogo Jota and Helder Costa linked and interchanged with the grace of ballet dancers. Ruben Neves controlled the orchestra like a master conductor and the defence kept things as solid as granite. It was a pleasure to witness. Two of the four goals were dreamy, particularly from Ruben Vinagre who rubbed salt into the Burton wounds when he made it 3-0 just before the break.  The way Wolves briskly moved the ball from one end of the pitch to the other was deeply impressive. The movement, the trickery, the awareness, the precise passes at pace...Burton just had no answer. The game was over by half time. You got the impression Burton would rather have eaten a plateful of supermarket chicken than come out for the second half but they had to endure further punishment as substitute Leo Bonatini ended a lightning-quick counter with a fourth goal. Costa looked good on his proper return to the side, Cavaleiro was unplayable at times and Neves was back to his best. After no positives at Bramall Lane there were no negatives at the Pirelli Stadium. From one extreme to the other – and how the travelling fans enjoyed it.


Match report

At a damp and overcast Pirelli Stadium Nuno made four changes from the team that lost 2-0 at Sheffield United in midweek.  In came Ivan Cavaleiro up front, Ryan Bennett at centre half, Ruben Vinagre at left wing back and Romain Saiss in central midfield, with Leo Bonatini and Alfred N'Diaye dropping to the bench. Conor Coady missed out through suspension and Barry Douglas, who looked to be hobbling in the closing minutes at Bramall Lane, wasn't in the squad. Burton were tanked 4-0 by Villa in midweek and brought in former Blues and Albion veteran Lloyd Dyer. Wolves forward Joe Mason is on loan at the Brewers but was ineligible to play. Wolves had been under par in terms of performances for a couple of weeks – but they more than made up for it here with a first 45 minutes that was sensational at times. The free-flowing football that defined their opening weeks of the campaign  was back and better than ever. The front three of Cavaleiro, Jota and Costa interchanged beautifully, Matt Doherty and Vinagre bombed down the flanks and Ruben Neves pulled the  strings from midfield in what was a welcome return to form for the 20-year-old.  They blitzed the Brewers from the get-go and were 2-0 up inside just 11 minutes. First Cavaleiro released Jota – who was the central forward of the Portuguese front-line – and he beat Bywater with a cool finish. Their second came from a Burton mistake, with Bywater dropping a free kick onto Romain Saiss' toe for his first ever Wolves goal. And their third – just before the break – was a gorgeous move involving Cavaleiro and Vinagre, with the latter also netting for the first time in Wolves colours with a very smart 15-yard shot into the corner. Burton had enjoyed a productive 15 minutes or so when they began to win the physical battle, pushing Wolves deeper and testing John Ruddy on a couple of occasions (one save in particular was excellent). But otherwise this was a Portuguese pummelling. Time and again Wolves broke at lightning-quick speed via just a couple of passes. Wolves were purring. Jota could have netted a couple more in what was a half reminiscent of some memorable away days in the early 2000s when Wolves steamrollered Stockport, Bradford and Walsall in the opening 45 minutes under Dave Jones. Understandably the tempo lessened after the break. Costa was replaced by Bonatini after a good 51-minute showing. Jota should have made it 4-0 but headed Bonatini's cross over...but Wolves didn't have to wake long as they made it a rout in blistering fashion on the break. Doherty and Cavaleiro combined and Bonatini crashed into the roof of the net. The rest of the half was played out at a fairly sedentary pace as Wolves cruised to victory. Neves and Jota were rested (after Jota somehow headed over from close range) and thereafter chances were at a minimum until Danny Batth headed a Cavaleiro corner against the post with a minute to go, denying the Portuguese winger a fourth assist


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Burton

1 Bywater 23 Buxton 5 McFadzean 3 Warnock 12 Flanagan Sub  forNaylorat 45' 21 Akpan Sub  forSordellat 58' 7 Murphy 4 Allen 11 Dyer 10 Akins 9 Scannell Sub  forVarneyat 67' Booked at 78mins Substitutes 8 Lund 13 Ripley 15 Naylor 16 Varney 17 Sordell 19 Palmer 25 Barker

Wolves

21 Ruddy 5 Bennett 6 Batth 25 Miranda 2 Doherty 8 Neves Sub  forPriceat 74' 27 Saiss 29 Vinagre 17 Costa Sub  forBonatiniat 51'

18Jota Sub  forRonanat 77' 7 Cavaleiro Substitutes 4 N'Diaye 19 Price 20 Ronan 26 Enobakhare 31 Norris 32 Deslandes 33 Bonatini

Referee: Tony Harrington Attendance: 5,080

                     Burton     Wolves

Possession   47%       53%

Shots                 9           12

Shots on Target  2        5

Corners             9            4

Fouls                 10         12


Full Time 90'+4'

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4.

90'+1' Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Burton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer. 90'+1' Corner, (Burton) Conceded by Danny Batth. 88' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Lloyd Dyer. 84' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jamie Allen. 83' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 83' Luke Varney (Burton) wins a free kick on the left wing. 82' Foul by Connor Ronan (WW). 82' Stephen Warnock (Burton) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 78' Luke Varney (Burton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 77' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 77' Foul by Luke Varney (Burton). 77' Sub, (WW) Connor Ronan replaces Diogo Jota. 76' Hand ball by Jamie Allen (Burton). 75' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 75' Luke Varney (Burton) wins a free kick on the right wing. 74' Sub, (WW) Jack Price replaces Rúben Neves. 73' Attempt blocked. Jamie Allen (Burton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Akins. 71' Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Burton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Akins. 67' Sub, (Burton) Luke Varney replaces Sean Scannell. 67' Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a through ball. 65' Luke Murphy (Burton) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 65' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW).  64'

Corner, (Burton) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. Goal!

62' Goal! Burton Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

60' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 60' Stephen Warnock (Burton) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 59' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box  is blocked. 58' Sub, (Burton) Marvin Sordell replaces Hope Akpan. 58' Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton). 58' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 56' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Léo Bonatini with a cross. 54' Lucas Akins (Burton) wins a free kick on the left wing. 54' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW).  52' Corner, (Burton) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 51' Hand ball by Luke Murphy (Burton).  51' Sub, (WW) Léo Bonatini replaces Hélder Costa. 48' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 47' Foul by Stephen Warnock (Burton). 47' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45' Sub, (Burton) Tom Naylor replaces Tom Flanagan.

Second Half

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Half Time

                    Burton  Wolves

Possession    55% 45%

Shots                 6        5

Shots on Target  2   4

Corners             6       2

Fouls                  5       6

Half Time 45'+3'

First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Goal! 41'

Goal! Burton Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Rúben Vinagre (WW)  left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

38' Corner, (Burton) Conceded by Matt Doherty.  33' Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Burton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece  situation.  33' Attempt blocked. Kyle McFadzean (Burton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a headed pass.  33' Tom Flanagan (Burton) wins a free kick on the right wing. 33' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW) . 31' Attempt blocked. Romain Saiss (WW)  left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 30' Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton). 30' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW)  wins a free kick on the right wing. 29' Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton). 29' Roderick Miranda (WW)  wins a free kick in the defensive  half. 28' Corner, (Burton) Conceded by Roderick Miranda. 28' Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Flanagan. 27' Corner, (Burton) Conceded by John Ruddy. 27' Attempt saved. Jamie Allen (Burton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Akins. 27' Luke Murphy (Burton) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW) . 26' Attempt saved. Kyle McFadzean (Burton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 26' Corner, (Burton) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 26' Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Burton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Akins. 24' Corner, (WW)  Conceded by Stephen Bywater. 23' Corner, (WW)  Conceded by Tom Flanagan. 22' Offside, (WW)  Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 19' Corner, (Burton) Conceded by Ryan Bennett. 19' Tom Flanagan (Burton) wins a free kick on the right wing. 19' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW) . 17' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW) . 17' Sean Scannell (Burton) wins a free kick on the right wing. 16' Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton). 16' Danny Batth (WW)  wins a free kick in the defensive  half. 14' Jamie Allen (Burton) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 14' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW) . 12' Corner, (Burton) Conceded by Romain Saiss. 12' Lucas Akins (Burton) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW) . Goal!

11' Goal! Burton Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Romain Saiss (WW)  right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation. 11'  Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW)  right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. 10' Hélder Costa (WW)  wins a free kick in the attacking half. 10' Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton). 7' Foul by Hope Akpan (Burton). 7' Rúben Neves (WW)  wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal! 5'

Goal! Burton Albion 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Diogo Jota (WW)  right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Kick Off First Half begins.


Burton are set to be without defenders John Brayford (calf) and Ben Turner (hamstring), who both had to come off during the   defeat by Aston Villa.  Tom Flanagan and Tom Naylor could come into the defence, while on-loan Wolves striker Joe Mason is ineligible.  

Wolves will be without suspended defender Conor Coady, who serves a one-game ban following his midweek red card at former club Sheffield United. Left-back Barry Douglas hopes to shake off a knock suffered at Bramall Lane. Wolves slumped to fourth, three points off top spot, after their first   defeat of the season, while Burton start the day in 19th.


Match facts

Burton remain undefeated in league games against Wolves, having drawn at Molineux and won at the Pirelli Stadium in last season's two Championship fixtures.  The Brewers came from a goal down to win 2-1 in last season's   game, Cauley Woodrow scoring in the 90th minute.  Burton have failed to score in four of their last five Championship games, but they won the only game in which they did find the net (2-1, against Fulham). No side has had more red cards in the Championship this season than Burton (2) but they also have the fewest yellow cards in the division (9).  All six of Burton's league goals this season have been scored by different players. Despite losing their last   match in midweek at Sheffield United, no side has won more   Championship points than Wolves (10).

10  Sheffield United  2 Clarke (39', 58') Wolves 0

Sheffield United 2 Clarke (39', 58')  Wolves 0  Coady (Dismissed at  15') HT 1-0


Leon Clarke scored either side of half-time as Sheffield United beat Wolves to go second in the Championship.  They were good value for their win, but were helped by the early dismissal of Wolves' Conor Coady for pulling down Clarke as he chased a through ball. Wolves also missed a penalty when trailing 1-0, Ruben Neves hitting the post after Diogo Jota had been fouled.


Ex-Wolves man Clarke, who netted twice in Sunday's win over Sheffield rivals Wednesday, converted two crosses.  The Blades are without a number of attacking options because of injuries and Clarke has taken advantage, scoring four goals in the space of four days to secure two impressive victories for last season's League One champions.  Clarke started his career at Wolves and struggled during a second spell at Molineux, but the 32-year-old was in clinical form against his former club to earn a seventh win in 10 league games for Chris Wilder's side this term.  His first goal came from a low Enda Stevens cross, while his second was a towering header from a Mark Duffy free-kick.  United dominated the first half after Coady had been sent off and asserted control again after £15.8m midfielder Neves had failed to equalise for the visitors from 12 yards.  It was an unhappy return to Bramall Lane for Coady, who spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Sheffield United and was also a summer transfer target for the Blades.  His red card led to Wolves making a tactical switch and taking off £13m winger Helder Costa, whose return to the first team after nearly six months out injured lasted only 19 minutes.


Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It was a different type of performance. The question on everybody's lips was how we'd turn up, with the opposition having a day more to recover and everything that went with a massive result on Sunday.  We're a consistent side so I wasn't surprised with the level of the performance. Apart from a gift of a penalty, there wasn't much action in and around our penalty area."


Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC WM: "I'm disappointed. The game started well until the moment with the red card. We kept in the game, but it's a bad result.  We showed character. We only conceded in the second half with a mistake from us, which is something we have to look at and try to avoid. There's nothing very positive from this game."  On Coady's dismissal: "The law is clear. If you are the last man holding an opponent when you're not trying to play the ball, it's a red card."

Tim Spiers https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/09/27/sheffield-united-2-wolves-0---report/

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

27 Blackman 16Carter-Vickers 13Wright d forDuffyat 56'minutes 5 O'Connell 2 Baldock Booked at 75mins 6 Basham Booked at 67mins 15 Coutts Booked at 54mins 4 Fleck

3 Stevens d forLaffertyat 45'minutes 36 Brooks 9 Clarke d forEvansat 79'minutes Subs 1 Moore 7 Lundstram 10 Sharp 21 Duffy 24 Lafferty 32 Evans 44 Carruthers

Wolves

21 Ruddy 6 Batth 16 Coady Booked at 15mins 25 Miranda 2 Doherty 4 N'Diaye 8 Neves Booked at 61mins d forCavaleiroat 64'minutes 3 Douglas 17 Costa d forSaissat 20'minutes 33 Bonatinid forEnobakhareat 45'minutes 18 Jota Subs 7 Cavaleiro 12 Marshall 19 Price 26 Enobakhare 27 Saiss 29 Vinagre 31 Norris

Referee:  Peter Bankes Attendance: 25,893

                Sheff Utd   Wolves

Possession  55%     45%

Shots             11          7

Shots on Target  5    2

Corners         11         2

Fouls              18         8


Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

 90'+5' Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+3' Daniel Lafferty  (SU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+3' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 90'+1'   Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jamal Blackman.  90'+1' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare. 87' Foul by Ched Evans  (SU). 87' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 86' Attempt missed. Danny Batth (WW) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner. 86' Corner, (WW) Conceded by George Baldock. 86' Foul by John Fleck  (SU). 86' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Foul by Ched Evans  (SU). 84' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Sub, 79' Sub, (SU) Ched Evans replaces Leon Clarke. Booking 75' George Baldock  (SU) is shown the yellow card. 74' Foul by Leon Clarke  (SU). 74' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 73' Attempt missed. Alfred N'Diaye (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 71' Foul by Leon Clarke  (SU). 71' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 70' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 70' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 67' Chris Basham  (SU) is shown the yellow card for hand ball. 67' Hand ball by Chris Basham  (SU). Sub, 64' Sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Rúben Neves. 64' Foul by Leon Clarke  (SU). 64' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' Attempt blocked. John Fleck  (SU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 61' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Matt Doherty. Booking 61' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card. 60' David Brooks  (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). Goal! 58' Goal! Sheffield United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Leon Clarke  (SU) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross following a set piece situation.  58' George Baldock  (SU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 58' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). Sub, 56' Sub, (SU) Mark Duffy replaces Jake M Wright. 56' Paul Coutts  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 56' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). Booking 54' Paul Coutts  (SU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 54' Foul by Paul Coutts  (SU). 54' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51' Penalty missed! Still Sheffield United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Rúben Neves (WW) hits the right post with a right footed shot. 50' Penalty conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers  (SU) after a foul in the penalty area. 50' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Diogo Jota draws a foul in the penalty area.

49' Foul by Chris Basham  (SU). 49' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Sub, 45' Sub, (SU) Daniel Lafferty replaces Enda Stevens.

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Sub, 45' Sub, (WW) Bright Enobakhare replaces Léo Bonatini.

 Half Time

                Sheff Utd  Wolves

Possession  59%    41%

Shots               9          2

Shots on Target 4    1

Corners           10        0

Fouls                 7         4

45'+2' First Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

43' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 43' Attempt blocked. David Brooks  (SU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 43' Foul by David Brooks  (SU).  43' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal! 39' Goal! Sheffield United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Leon Clarke  (SU) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens with a cross. 38' Paul Coutts  (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Foul by Léo Bonatini (WW). 37' Foul by Leon Clarke  (SU). 37' Danny Batth (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 37' Attempt missed. Chris Basham  (SU) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. 36' Paul Coutts  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 33' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Alfred N'Diaye. 31' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Danny Batth. 30' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). 30' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Foul by Leon Clarke  (SU). 27' John Ruddy (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Attempt saved. Leon Clarke  (SU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack O'Connell with a cross. 26' Attempt missed. Chris Basham  (SU) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Enda Stevens with a cross following a corner. 26' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Danny Batth. 25' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Romain Saiss. 24' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Barry Douglas. 21' Corner, (SU) Conceded by John Ruddy. 21' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Romain Saiss. Sub, 20' Sub, (WW) Romain Saiss replaces Hélder Costa. 18' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Roderick Miranda. 18' Attempt blocked. John Fleck  (SU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Brooks. 17' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 17' George Baldock  (SU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 16' Attempt missed. Paul Coutts  (SU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation. 16' Attempt saved. John Fleck  (SU) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Brooks. Dismissal 15' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the red card. 15' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 15' Leon Clarke  (SU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 14' Offside, (WW) Roderick Miranda tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 13' Corner, (SU) Conceded by John Ruddy. 13' Attempt saved. Jack O'Connell  (SU) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross. 12' Corner, (SU) Conceded by Conor Coady. 11' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 11' Foul by Enda Stevens  (SU). 9' Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 5' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 5' Foul by John Fleck  (SU). 2' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Foul by George Baldock  (SU). Kick Off

First Half begins.

Richard Stearman, who has missed the last seven games with a hamstring problem, could return for Sheffield United against his former club.  Full-back Kieron Freeman and striker Clayton Donaldson are also in contention for the Blades.  Third-placed Wolves, three points behind Championship leaders Cardiff City, have no new injury worries ahead of the game at Bramall Lane.  Fit-again winger Helder Costa could feature for the first time this season.  

Wolves could go top of the table if they won by two goals or more. But victory for the Blades, in sixth, would send them up into second.


Match facts

Sheffield United have not won in their last five league games against Wolves - the last two of which were in the visitors' 2013-14 League One promotion season.  Wolves have won on their last two league visits to Bramall Lane - as many as in their previous 19 attempts.  Sheffield United have won 15 of their last 18  , matches played on Wednesday in all competitions. The only loss in that time was a 3-0 League defeat by Arsenal in October 2007 under Bryan Robson.  Wolves have lost just one of their last 10 Championship games, scoring at least twice in each of the last three.  Since the start of last season, the Blades have won more league games than any other side in the top four tiers of English football (36).


09  Wolves 2 Enobakhare (80' ), N'Diaye (90'+3 ) Barnsley 1 Jackson (90'+1


Wolves 2 Enobakhare (80' ), N'Diaye (90'+3 ) Barnsley 1  Jackson (90'+1 ) HT 0-0

 

Alfred N'Diaye scored a stoppage-time winner for Wolves in a dramatic finale to their game against Barnsley.  Tykes defender Adam Jackson cancelled out Bright Enobakhare's goal in added time, before Leo Bonatini set up midfielder N'Diaye for the winner. N'Diaye crossed for Enobakhare's first league goal late on, before Jackson fired in a loose ball from close range. Wanderers remain level on points with Leeds United and Cardiff City at the top of the Championship table.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side struggled to break down a resolute Barnsley defence until 19-year-old Enobakhare - who scored Wolves' winner in their Carabao Cup win over Bristol Rovers on Tuesday - expertly slotted in 10  from time.  Jackson looked to have earned Barnsley, who won 4-0 at Molineux last season, a point in stoppage-time.  But Senegal international N'Diaye, on loan from Villarreal, slid  with virtually the last kick of a frantic finish to hand Wolves their sixth league win in nine matches and keep them second in the Championship. Barnsley have won just twice this campaign and are just outside the relegation zone.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: "I'm delighted with three points, whether we deserved them is another question. I didn't think we played well in the first half - second half we were much better but can't only play well for 45 .  I think we didn't play how we usually play - our mobility, the creativity of changing the ball from one side to the other, and creating space - we didn't do it.  During the second half there was a total change, this is the next step that we have to make for the next game, we want 90  of consistency."

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom said:

"I feel sick but that's why you play. You can't feel any more alive than those last 15 .  There wasn't too many things wrong from what we ask the players to do. We deserved a point and we thought we'd got it. It was just a moment of switching off.  We were good with the ball and dominated large spells and their only threat was on the counter-attack."

Wolves

21 Ruddy 6 Batth 16 Coady Booked at 57mins 25 Miranda 2 Doherty 27 Saiss Booked at 70mins Sub  forN'Diayeat 80'  8 NevesBooked at 47mins 29 Vinagre Sub  forDouglasat 45' 7 Cavaleiro Sub  forEnobakhareat 65' 33 Bonatini 18 Jota sub 3 Douglas 4 N'Diaye 12 Marshall 17 Costa 19 Price 26 Enobakhare 31 Norris

Barnsley

1 Davies 2 McCarthy 18 Jackson 6 Lindsay 24 Pearson 4 WilliamsBooked at 27mins 7 Hammill 10 Moncur Sub  forMcGeehanat 82' 20 Potts Sub  forUgboat 82' 15 Barnes Sub  forHedgesat 70' 9 Bradshaw s5 MacDonald 8 McGeehan 13 Townsend 16 Pinnock 19 Ugbo 26 Thiam 34 Hedges

Referee: Jeremy Simpson Attendance: 28,154

                 Wolves Barnsley

Possession 50% 50%

Shots            14     13

Shots on Target 4 3

Corners         5        8

Fouls            15        4

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Barnsley 1.

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Barnsley 1.

90'+5' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 90'+5' Ryan Hedges (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

90'+3' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Barnsley 1. Alfred N'Diaye (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

Goal! 90'+1' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Barnsley 1. Adam Jackson (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation. 90' Foul by Léo Bonatini (WW).  90' Matty Pearson (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.  88' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 88' Foul by Adam Jackson (Barnsley). 87' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 85' Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye following a fast break. 84' Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Roderick Miranda. 83' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 83' Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 82' Sub, Barnsley. Ike Ugbo replaces Brad Potts. 82' Sub, Barnsley. Cameron McGeehan replaces George Moncur.

82' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 82' Matty Pearson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

80' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Barnsley 0. Bright Enobakhare (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye with a cross.

80' Sub, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Romain Saiss. 78' Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Danny Batth. 78' Attempt blocked. Ryan Hedges (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brad Potts.  74' Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Romain Saiss. 72' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 71' Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Danny Batth. 70' Sub, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Harvey Barnes. Booking 70' Romain Saiss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 70' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 70' Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing. 68' Foul by Bright Enobakhare (WW). 68' Adam Jackson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Douglas. 65' Sub, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 64' Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 62' Attempt blocked. Joe Williams (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 62' Attempt blocked. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Moncur. 62' Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 61' Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Romain Saiss. 59' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Liam Lindsay. 58' Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Moncur with a cross following a set piece situation. 58' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 58' Matty Pearson (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing. 58' Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Booking 57' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 57' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 57' Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 56' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Romain Saiss. 52' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 51' Delay in match Joe Williams  (Barnsley) because of an injury. 51' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 51' Adam Jackson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by  Adam Davies. 50' Attempt saved. Barry Douglas (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 50' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas. 49' Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas. Booking 47' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 47' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 47' Joe Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Barnsley 0.

 HT                 Wolves     Barnsley

Possession   50%         50%

Shots                4               6

Shots on Target 0          2

Corners           3               3

Fouls                5               3

45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Barnsley 0.

45'+2' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  45'+2' Hand ball by Brad Potts (Barnsley). 45'+1' Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 44' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 44' Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.   44' Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matty Pearson. 43' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 43' Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing. 40' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre. 38' Foul by George Moncur (Barnsley). 38' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 37' Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harvey Barnes. 37' Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross. 36' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Liam Lindsay. 35' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Hammill. 33' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 32' Delay in match Brad Potts (Barnsley) because of an injury. 31' Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 30' Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matt Doherty. 27' Delay over. They are ready to continue. Booking 27' Joe Williams (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 26' Delay in match Rúben Neves (WW) because of an injury. 26' Foul by Joe Williams (Barnsley). 26' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 25' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Roderick Miranda tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 24' Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 23' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 20' Brad Potts (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.  20' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 17' Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brad Potts with a cross. 16' Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Diogo Jota. 15' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Matty Pearson. 14' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross. 13' Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Williams from a direct free kick. 12' Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 12' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 10' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 7' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 7' Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  Kick Off

First Half begins.

Wolves hope that striker Leo Bonatini and defender Ruben Vinagre are fit for the  game against Barnsley.  Both players were forced off with knocks during last weekend's win at Nottingham Forest, which lifted Wolves to second in the Championship. Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom has no new injury or suspension concerns. Goalkeeper Adam Davies is set to make his 100th consecutive start for the club while midfielder Lloyd Isgrove (foot) could return. A much-changed Wolves side claimed a 1-0 extra-time victory over Bristol Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.  Barry Douglas, Kortney Hause and Morgan Gibbs-White will all hope to be involved in the squad once again, while forward Helder Costa and defender Ryan Bennett are also nearing comebacks.


Match facts

Wolves' 4-0  defeat by Barnsley last September was their first defeat in 14  league meetings with the Tykes.  Wolves have conceded six of their last seven league goals in the second half of matches. The Tykes have lost eight of their last 10 Championship  games, although they did avoid defeat last time out in a 1-1 draw at Preston. Wolves have won nine of their last 12 matches in all competitions.  No Championship side has conceded more headed goals this season than Barnsley (four).


EFL3 Tue 19th Sep Wolves 1 Enobakhare (98') Bristol Rovers 0

EFL3  WW 1 Enobakhare (98')    Bristol Rovers -AET HT 0-0 FT 0-0

Wolves face Man CIty away in the fourth round

Championship side Wolves saw off a resolute Bristol Rovers in the third round of the Carabao Cup thanks to Bright Enobakhare's extra-time goal.  League One Rovers provided a stern test for their opponents at Molineux as the game ended goalless after 90 minutes. Wolves goalkeeper Will Norris was forced into several fine saves with Rovers registering 21 shots at goal. But teenage forward Enobakhare fired in after Barry Douglas found him in the box to put Wolves through. Tom Lockyer was shown a straight red card for the visitors in the 120th minute after bringing down substitute Donovan Wilson. Rovers, backed by almost 2,000 fans from the West Country, gave a fine account of themselves against a  side who made eight changes from Saturday's league win at Nottingham Forest. Norris, who came in for John Ruddy, palmed Liam Sercombe's strike wide before the break, pushed Marc Bola's low effort onto the post in the second half and tipped over Sercombe's shot deep into extra-time. Wolves created plenty of opportunities themselves before Enobakhare's winner - Sam Slocombe saving brilliantly at point-blank range from Enobakhare and Roderick Miranda's late looping effort hitting the crossbar. Enobakhare left Slocombe with no chance with his first goal of the season, smashing the ball high into the net from just inside the area.

Wolves

31Norris 25Miranda 16Coady 6Batth Booked at 74mins 38Buur Substituted forWilsonat 90' 4 N'Diaye Booked at 102mins 19Price Booked at 101mins 32Deslandes Substituted for Douglasat 60'Booked at 72mins 12Marshall Substituted forRonanat 68' 26Enobakhare 14Zyro Substituted forCavaleiroat 68' Substitutes 3Douglas 7Cavaleiro 13Burgoyne 20Ronan 24Gibbs-White 30Hause 35Wilson

Bristol Rovers

1Slocombe 2Leadbitter Substituted forPartingtonat 97' 4Lockyer Booked at 120mins 16Broadbent Substituted forMooreat 105' 20Bola 7Sercombe 8O Clarke 14Lines 10Bodin 9Harrison Booked at 58mins Substituted forGaffneyat 90+2' 11Nichols Substituted forTelfordat 85'Booked at 90mins Substitutes 3Brown 18Telford 19Moore 21Smith 22Partington 24Sinclair 30Gaffney

Referee: Tony Harrington Attendance: 12,740


 Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

                        Wolves Bristol Rovers

Possession  52%      48%

Shots             16          21

Shots on Target 5    10

Corners          9          10

Fouls            23          16

120'+3' Second Half Extra Time ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

120'+1' Foul by Rory Gaffney (BR). 120'+1' Danny Batth (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 120'+1' Billy Bodin (BR) wins a free kick on the right wing. 120'+1' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). Dismissal  120' Tom Lockyer (BR) is shown the red card.  119' Donovan Wilson (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  119' Foul by Tom Lockyer (BR). 118' Foul by Rory Gaffney (BR). 118' Danny Batth (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 118' Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (BR) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. 115' Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (BR) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 114' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Conor Coady. 111' Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (BR) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. 110' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Alfred N'Diaye. 110' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Will Norris. 110' Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (BR) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. 109' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 109' Foul by Joe Partington (BR). 106' Foul by Connor Ronan (WW). 106' Rory Gaffney (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half Extra Time begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

105' Sub, (BR) Byron Moore replaces Tom Broadbent. 105'+3'

First Half Extra Time ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

                         Wolves Bristol Rovers

Possession    52%      48%

Shots               16           17

Shots on Target 5         8

Corners             9            7

Fouls               21          12

 105' Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (BR) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 104' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Will Norris. 104' Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (BR) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. 103' Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Booking 102' Alfred N'Diaye (WW) is shown the yellow card. Booking 101' Jack Price (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 101' Foul by Jack Price (WW). 101' Tom Broadbent (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 100' Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (BR) header from very close range misses to the left. 100' Attempt saved. Dominic Telford (BR) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Goal!

98' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

97' Sub, (BR) Joe Partington replaces Daniel Leadbitter because of an injury. 96' Delay in match Daniel Leadbitter (BR) because of an injury. 96' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 96' Ollie Clarke (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 94' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 94' Ollie Clarke (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 93' Foul by Bright Enobakhare (WW). 93' Ollie Clarke (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 92' Foul by Donovan Wilson (WW). 92' Marc Bola (BR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 92' Foul by Bright Enobakhare (WW). 92' Daniel Leadbitter (BR) wins a free kick on the left wing.

First Half Extra Time begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

90' Sub, (WW) Donovan Wilson replaces Oskar Buur because of an injury.

                         Wolves Bristol Rovers

Possession       53%          47%

Shots                   14             13

Shots on Target 4               5

Corners                9               6

Fouls                   15            12

Full Time

90'+5' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Booking 90'+4' Dominic Telford (BR) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+4' Alfred N'Diaye (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by Dominic Telford (BR).  90'+2' Sub, (BR) Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison. 90'+2' Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (BR) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 90' Roderick Miranda (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. 90' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ollie Clarke. 90' Attempt blocked. Barry Douglas (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 86' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Oskar Buur.  85' Sub, (BR) Dominic Telford replaces Tom Nichols. 81' Attempt saved. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from the  centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 79' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 79' Daniel Leadbitter (BR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 76' Connor Ronan (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 76' Foul by Tom Broadbent (BR). 75' Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (BR) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Booking 81' Danny Batth (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 74' Ollie Clarke (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  74' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 74' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Ivan  Cavaleiro. 74' Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (BR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 72' Attempt saved. Marc Bola (BR) left footed shot from the left side of the box  is saved in the top right corner. Booking 72' Barry Douglas (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 71' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). 71' Liam Sercombe (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 69' Danny Batth (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  69' Foul by Ellis Harrison (BR).  69' Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (BR) left footed shot from the centre of the  box is saved in the centre of the goal. 68' Sub, (WW) Connor Ronan replaces Ben Marshall. 68' Sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Michal Zyro. 66' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 65' Delay in match Michal Zyro (WW) because of an injury. 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ollie Clarke. 62' Hand ball by Ellis Harrison (BR). 60' Sub, (WW) Barry Douglas replaces Sylvain Deslandes. Booking 58' Ellis Harrison (BR) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 58' Danny Batth (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 58' Foul by Ellis Harrison (BR). 57' Attempt saved. Danny Batth (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 57' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Chris Lines. 56' Foul by Ellis Harrison (BR). 56' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 55' Daniel Leadbitter (BR) wins a free kick on the left wing. 55' Foul by Sylvain Deslandes (WW). 55' Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (BR) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 54' Attempt missed. Danny Batth (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. 53' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Sam Slocombe. 53' Attempt saved. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

 52' Daniel Leadbitter (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Foul by Sylvain Deslandes (WW). 48' Foul by Bright Enobakhare (WW). 48' Tom Lockyer (BR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 46' Foul by Marc Bola (BR).  46' Jack Price (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

 ht                  Wolves  Bristol Rovers

Possession  54% 46%

Shots                8      7

Shots on Target 1 1

Corners           5      4

Fouls               9       5

Half Time

45'+1' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

45' Foul by Michal Zyro (WW). 45' Tom Broadbent (BR) wins a free kick on the right wing. 44' Oskar Buur (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  44' Foul by Billy Bodin (BR). 42' Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (BR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 42' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Will Norris. 42' Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (BR) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. 40' Attempt missed. Alfred N'Diaye (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 37' Attempt blocked. Michal Zyro (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 37' Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (BR) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 36' Tom Lockyer (BR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Foul by Michal Zyro (WW). 35' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter. 32' Tom Lockyer (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 32' Foul by Michal Zyro (WW). 31' Foul by Ellis Harrison (BR). 31' Danny Batth (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 30' Daniel Leadbitter (BR) wins a free kick on the right wing. 30' Foul by Bright Enobakhare (WW). 29' Billy Bodin (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Foul by Sylvain Deslandes (WW). 28' Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (BR) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 28' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Danny Batth. 28' Attempt blocked. Ellis Harrison (BR) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 27' Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 27' Ben Marshall (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Foul by Chris Lines (BR). 25' Foul by Oskar Buur (WW). 25' Marc Bola (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (BR) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 24' Attempt missed. Danny Batth (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. 23' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Marc Bola. 22' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Jack Price.  22'Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (BR) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 20' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 20' Ellis Harrison (BR) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 19' Attempt missed. Danny Batth (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. 18' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter. 16' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 16' Liam Sercombe (BR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 14' Attempt missed. Michal Zyro (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. 13' Attempt missed. Michal Zyro (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. 12' Corner, (BR) Conceded by Roderick Miranda. 11' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 11 Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (BR).  Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 7' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tom Broadbent. 6' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tom Lockyer. 4' Jack Price (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 4' Foul by Billy Bodin (BR). Foul by Billy Bodin (BR).  1' Foul by Jack Price (WW). 1' Liam Sercombe (BR) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Kick Off First Half begins.

 NEWS

Wolves, who are second in the Championship, may choose to rotate their squad for the visit of League One side Bristol Rovers. Willy Boly and Helder Costa are still out, but left-back Barry Douglas is close to a return after five games out. Rovers will be without centre-back Ryan Sweeney, who was sent off in their 3-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic. Darrell Clarke's  beat second-tier opposition in round two, winning 1-0 at Fulham with Ellis Harrison's goal.

MATCH FACTS

Wolves have faced Bristol Rovers just once in the League Cup, a fourth-round victory in October 1972 on their way to their first-ever semi-final in the competition.  Wolverhampton Wanderers have progressed past lower league opposition in 11 of their last 12 League Cup games at the Molineux, although the last seven have been against League Two sides. The third round is the furthest Bristol Rovers have been in the League Cup since they lost to Wolves in the fourth round in 1972/73.  Wolves haven't reached the fourth round as a second-tier side since 1995-96, eventually reaching the quarter-final. After seven successive  losses to opposition from a higher tier, the Gas defeated Fulham in the last round; they haven't knocked out two higher-league sides since 1972/73, when they knocked out three (Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester United).



08 Nottingham Forest 1  Wolves 2

Nottingham Forest 1 Carayol (75')  Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Jota (47', 81')

HT 0-0

Diogo Jota grabbed a second-half double against Nottingham Forest to earn a win which takes Wolves up to second in the Championship table. The on-loan Atletico Madrid midfielder slid in the opener from Ivan Cavaleiro's fine cross. Substitute Mustapha Carayol levelled with an audacious shot from out wide that caught out keeper John Ruddy. But Wolves  remained sharper and more threatening in attack and Jota's cool strike on the break secured the points. Leeds remain top on 17 points, ahead of Wolves and Cardiff on goal difference following the Welsh side's 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.  The Molineux club, who have won five of their eight league games this season, were good value for their win despite not being at their best.  They created the better chances before the break, the best of which saw Leo Bonatini's close-range shot deflected wide by Joe Worrall after great approach play by left wing-back Ruben Vinagre. Tame efforts by Daryl Murphy, Kieran Dowell and Liam Bridcutt were as good as the hosts could muster until Carayol saw Ruddy trying to sneak off his line in anticipation of a cross to make it 1-1. But Jota exchanged passes with the impressive Bonatini to net his fifth goal of the season and consign Forest to a fourth defeat from their eight league games.


Nottm Forest

43Smith 27Darikwa 42Worrall 5MillsBooked at 82mins 6Traore 7BridcuttBooked at 90mins 11Osborn 17Brereton sub Walkerat 86'minutes 20Dowell sub Carayolat 62'minutes 10McKay sub Cummingsat 71'minutes 9Murphy Substitutes 2Lichaj 13Fox 18Carayol 30Henderson 31Bouchalakis 34Walker 35Cummings

Wolves

21Ruddy 6Batth 16Coady 25Miranda 2Doherty 27Saiss 8Neves 29Vinagre sub Deslandesat 64'minutes 7CavaleiroBooked at 56mins sub Marshallat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins 33Bonatini sub N'Diayeat 83'minutes 18Jota Substitutes 4N'Diaye 12Marshall 19Price 20Ronan 26Enobakhare 31Norris 32Deslandes

Referee: Geoff Eltringham Attendance: 25,756 WW 1993


 Nottm Forest Wolves

Possession   56%  44%

Shots                7       11

Shots on Target 6    6

Corners           1         4

Fouls               4        15



Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time 90'+7' Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. 90'+6' Delay over. They are ready to continue.  90'+6' delay in match Diogo Jota (WW) because of an injury. 90'+5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Matt Mills. 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.  Booking  90'+3' Liam Bridcutt  (NF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  90'+3' Foul by Liam Bridcutt  (NF).  90'+3' Alfred N'Diaye (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking

90'+1' Ben Marshall (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+1' Ben Osborn  (NF) wins a free kick on the left wing.  90'+1' Foul by Ben Marshall (WW).  88' Attempt saved.  Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye.  86' Sub, (NF) Tyler Walker replaces Ben Brereton. 86' Corner, (NF) Conceded by John Ruddy. 86' Attempt saved. Tendayi Darikwa  (NF) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross. 85' Liam Bridcutt  (NF) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 85' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 83'  Sub, (WW) Alfred N'Diaye replaces Léo Bonatini because of an injury. 83' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 82' Delay in match Léo Bonatini (WW) because of an injury. Booking  82' Matt Mills  (NF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Goal!

81' Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 77'

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 75' Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Mustapha Carayol  (NF) right footed shot from long range on the left to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Armand Traore. 71' Mustapha Carayol  (NF) wins a free kick on the left wing.  71' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW).  71' Sub, (NF) Jason Cummings replaces Barrie McKay. 68' Offside, (NF) Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.  68'

Joe Worrall  (NF) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 68' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 67' Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the  bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 65' Ben Brereton  (NF) wins a free kick on the right wing. 65' Foul by Sylvain Deslandes (WW). 64' Daryl Murphy  (NF) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 64' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 64' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 64' Sub, (WW) Sylvain Deslandes replaces Rúben Vinagre because of an injury. 62' Delay in match Rúben Vinagre (WW) because of an injury. 62' Sub, (WW) Ben Marshall replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 62' Sub, (NF) Mustapha Carayol replaces Kieran Dowell. 60' Attempt saved. Liam Bridcutt  (NF) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daryl Murphy. Booking 56' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 56' Armand Traore  (NF) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 56' Foul by Liam Bridcutt  (NF). 56' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 52' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 51' Delay in match Armand Traore  (NF) because of an injury. 48' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (WW). 48' Tendayi Darikwa  (NF) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

47' Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Second Half

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.


HT Match Stats

               Nottm Forest   Wolves

Possession  52%               48%

Shots               4                     5

Shots on Target 3               3

Corners           0                    3

Fouls               2                      7



Half Time


45'+2'

First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+1' Barrie McKay  (NF) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 45' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Joe Worrall. 43' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 43' Liam Bridcutt  (NF) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by Matt Mills  (NF). 41' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Smith. 39' Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 37' Attempt saved. Kieran Dowell  (NF) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 35' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Armand Traore. 31' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break. 30' Offside, (NF) Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside. 28' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 28' Armand Traore  (NF) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 25' Attempt blocked. Barrie McKay  (NF) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 22' Attempt saved. Kieran Dowell  (NF) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Brereton. 18' Daryl Murphy  (NF) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 18' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 17' Foul by Tendayi Darikwa  (NF). 17' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 14' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed  shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 12' Armand Traore  (NF) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 12' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 11' Daryl Murphy  (NF) wins a free kick on the left wing. 11' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 9' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.  Assisted by Léo Bonatini.  6' Liam Bridcutt  (NF) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 6' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 5' Attempt saved. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from the  right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 3' Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy  (NF) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Barrie McKay. Kick Off


Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton will probably have an unchanged squad for the visit of fourth-placed Wolves.  Defender Michael Mancienne may return to face his former club, but the game comes too soon for David Vaughan (groin), Matty Cash (ankle) and Jamie Ward (calf).  Wolves are still missing winger Helder Costa following summer ankle surgery.  Defender Willy Boly is expected to be out for another two weeks with a hamstring injury.  Romain Saiss is pushing to return after starting on the bench for the 3-3 draw against Bristol City on Tuesday, a result which denied the Molineux club the chance to move into the top two.  Left-back Barry Douglas has not featured for the past four games, since playing in the 2-1  defeat by Cardiff.


Match facts

Forest have not won in five league games against Wolves, since a 3-0 victory at Molineux in November 2014. Wolves have only lost two of their last 11 visits to the City Ground in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last three. Barrie McKay has been involved in six goals in his first seven league matches for Nottingham Forest (two goals, four assists). McKay's two goals have both been scored at the City Ground, while his four assists have all been  from . Wolves' Leo Bonatini has been involved in five league goals (three goals, two assists) but all of these goals have been at Molineux. Wolves have conceded three goals in the last 15 of Championship games this season, the latest of them in Tuesday's 3-3  draw with Bristol City. Only Sunderland and opponents Forest have conceded more (4).



07 Wolves 3  Bonatini (28' ), Jota (54' ), Batth (85' )  Bristol City 3 Flint (43' ), Diedhiou (58'  pen), Reid (82' )  .


Danny Batth scored a late header as Wolves rescued a point in a six-goal thriller at   to Bristol City.   Batth headed Ben Marshall's corner beyond Frank Fielding, moments after Bobby Reid's sixth of the season looked to have snatched an unlikely City win.   Leo Bonatini had tapped the hosts into an early lead, but Aden Flint poked in Bailey Wright's attempt for 1-1.  Diogo Jota then steered Wolves back ahead, before Famara Diedhiou equalised from the spot to set up the late drama.  They carved out opportunity after opportunity at 2-2, with numerous crosses flashing across the Robins penalty area and Jota's half-volley rattling the crossbar.  Yet Reid's tap-in after Matty Taylor had struck the post somehow looked to have given City, who won 1-0 at Reading on Saturday, a first victory at Molineux since 1931.  Captain Batth's header into the bottom corner three  later deservedly drew Wolves level, however, and ensured they remain in the top six after just one defeat from their first seven games.  Lee Johnson's side have also lost just once this season and are now unbeaten in five league matches.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo on clashes on the touchline:

"The referee just asked for us to relax. Me and Lee [Johnson], we know each other from a long way ago. It was about the staff, they were arguing. It's football. It's normal. On failure to give Danny Batth a penalty - "It was clear. I don't want to judge the work of the referee - I know it's a tough job - but Bristol started very aggressively and there should be a little bit more protection to our players. I don't understand why it was not a penalty."

Bristol City assistant head coach Jamie McAllister:

"I felt aggrieved when Bailey [Wright] went up to win a header and they're all shouting for a penalty. You can see on the video that Bailey won the header, we were concerned about our player who was down injured and they're looking for a penalty which was poor.  Then at the end, we get the ball, their player's down and they don't give it us back which I think is shocking, bad sportsmanship.  Was I pushed? Yes, I kept calm and pushed his arm  . He was in my face, there was no punch, it never happened. The ref just came over to calm things down."

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Bristol City 3.

Full Time 90'+5' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Bristol City 3.

Line-ups


 

Wolves

21Ruddy 6Batth 16Coady 25Miranda sub  Saissat 76' 2Doherty 8Neves sub  Marshallat 84' 4N'Diaye 29Vinagre 7Cavaleiro sub  Enobakhareat 76' 33Bonatini 18JotaBooked at 68mins Substitutes 12Marshall 14Zyro 19Price 26Enobakhare 27Saiss 31Norris 32Deslandes

Bristol City

1Fielding 5Wright 4Flint 6BakerBooked at 21mins 3Bryan 11O'Dowda 7Smith 8BrownhillBooked at 48mins sub  Patersonat 77' 45Leko sub  Taylorat 68' 9Diedhiou sub  Packat 78' 14Reid

Substitutes 10Taylor 15Steele 18Woodrow 19Eliasson 20Paterson 21Pack 23Magnusson

Referee: Steve Martin Attendance: 23,045

Match Stats

                         Wolves   Bristol City

Possession   54%           46%

Shots               21              12

Shots on Target  5           4

Corners             9               8

Fouls                 15              9

Match finishes

90'+5'

Foul by Ben Marshall (WW). 90'+5' Korey Smith (BC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  90'+4' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 90'+4' Bobby Reid (BC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Korey Smith. 90'+2' Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (BC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Paterson following a set piece situation. 90'+1' Foul by Danny Batth (WW).  90'+1' Matty Taylor (BC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 90' Corner, (BC) Conceded by John Ruddy. 90' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (BC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marlon Pack. 89' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 89' Jamie Paterson (BC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 88' Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 87' Hand ball by Matty Taylor (BC). Goal!

85' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Bristol City 3. Danny Batth (WW) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner.

84' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aden Flint. 84' Sub, (WW) Ben Marshall replaces Rúben Neves. Goal!  82' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bristol City 3. Bobby Reid (BC) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner. 82' Matty Taylor (BC) hits the left post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Aden Flint following a corner. 82' Attempt blocked. Aden Flint (BC) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross. 81' Corner, (BC) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 80' Offside, (WW) Danny Batth tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 78' Sub, (BC) Marlon Pack replaces Famara Diedhiou. 77' Sub, (BC) Jamie Paterson replaces Josh Brownhill. 77' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. 76' Sub, (WW) Bright Enobakhare replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 76' Sub, (WW) Romain Saiss replaces Roderick Miranda. 75' Diogo Jota (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 74' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 72' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 72' Bobby Reid (BC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aden Flint. 70' John Ruddy (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Foul by Aden Flint (BC). 69' Corner, (BC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 69' Attempt blocked. Famara Diedhiou (BC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 68' Sub, (BC) Matty Taylor replaces Jonathan Leko. Booking 68' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card. 67' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 67' Bailey Wright (BC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 65' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 65' Jonathan Leko (BC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 64' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 63' Delay in match Danny Batth (WW) because of an injury. 63' Delay in match Bailey Wright (BC) because of an injury. 62' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Callum O'Dowda.  61' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Bailey Wright. 61' Foul by Aden Flint (BC). 61' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 58' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bristol City 2. Famara Diedhiou (BC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. 57' Penalty conceded by Rúben Vinagre (WW) with a hand ball in the penalty area. 57' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 57' Jonathan Leko (BC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

54' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bristol City 1. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini following a corner. 54'

Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner. 53' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Nathan Baker. 53' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre. 52' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner. 51' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aden Flint. 51' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 51' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 51' Callum O'Dowda (BC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Frank Fielding. 48' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Booking 48' Josh Brownhill (BC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 47' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 47' Foul by Josh Brownhill (BC). S

Second Half  begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol City 1.

                 Wolves   Bristol City

Possession  55% 45%

Shots              9        5

Shots on Target  3 1

Corners          1        5

Fouls               5         5

 Half Time 45'+3'

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol City 1.

45'+1' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 45'+1' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 43' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol City 1. Aden Flint (BC) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bailey Wright following a corner. 42' Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (BC) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Famara Diedhiou following a corner. 42' Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (BC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 42' Corner, (BC) Conceded by Alfred N'Diaye. 42' Corner, (BC) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 41' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 41' Callum O'Dowda (BC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 39' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 39' Jonathan Leko (BC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 39' Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (BC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 37' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 37' Korey Smith (BC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 36' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Foul by Callum O'Dowda (BC).  35' Corner, (BC) Conceded by Alfred N'Diaye. 35' Attempt blocked. Bobby Reid (BC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Korey Smith. 34' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 33' Delay in match Diogo Jota (WW) because of an injury. 32' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. Goal!

28' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bristol City 0. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre. 28' Attempt blocked. Rúben Vinagre (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye.  27' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 27' Callum O'Dowda (BC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 25' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 25' Foul by Korey Smith (BC). 25' Corner, (BC) Conceded by Danny Batth. Booking 21' Nathan Baker (BC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 21' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Foul by Nathan Baker (BC). 19' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 19' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 19' Foul by Aden Flint (BC). 15' Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (WW). 15' Callum O'Dowda (BC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Offside, (BC) Josh Brownhill tries a through ball, but Famara Diedhiou is caught offside. 13' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick. 13' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13' Foul by Josh Brownhill (BC). 11' Offside, (WW) Diogo Jota tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside. 6' Attempt missed. Roderick Miranda (WW) right footed shot from the centre of  the box is too high following a corner. 5' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Nathan Baker. 5' Corner, (BC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 3' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Kick Off First Half begins.


Wolves boss Nuno is likely to name an unchanged side following Saturday's 1-0 Championship   win over Millwall.  Willy Boly is still injured, so Danny Batth may remain in a three-man defence after his first league appearance of 2017-18, having helped his side keep a sixth clean sheet in eight games.  Ninth-placed Bristol City, like third-placed Wolves, have also lost just once this season in six league matches.  Injured full-back Eros Pisano (knee) will be out for another 10 days.


Match facts

Wolves have not lost a   match against Bristol City in any competition since March 1931, a run of 23 games without defeat.  The Robins have not kept a clean sheet in a league match at Molineux since December 1992, since when they have conceded on nine consecutive visits. Wolves have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven league matches, conceding twice in each of the other two matches. Since they were promoted to the Championship in 2015, Bristol City are yet to win   from   on a Tuesday. Romain Saiss has completed 376 of his passes so far in the Championship this season, 11 more than any other player in the league.


06 Wolves 1 Jota  10' Millwall 0

Diogo Jota's superb early strike was enough to give Wolves victory over 10-man Millwall at Molineux.  The Portuguese midfielder opened the scoring when he fired past keeper Jordan Archer from the edge of the box after a one-two with Leo Bonatini.  Millwall were reduced to 10 men when Aiden O'Brien was given a second yellow card for pulling back Matt Doherty.  And Wolves went close to doubling their lead late on when Archer denied Romain Saiss from close range.  

Having won their opening three league games of the season, Nuno Espirito Santo's side had only taken a point from the previous two. But Jota's early strike, which flew past Archer's right hand, proved to be enough to claim a victory which put Wolves third in the table.  Jota went close again midway through the first half, when his angled drive flashed across the face of the goal before Ruben Neves fired inches over on the stroke of half-time.  After Steve Morison headed over for the visitors after the break, Romain Saiss then went close to making it 2-0 with Archer pushing away his deflected shot.  O'Brien was shown a red card for his second booking in 11 minutes but the hosts failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage despite late efforts from Leo Bonatini and Saiss.  The Lions gave the hosts a late scare when keeper John Ruddy denied Shaun Williams. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo:  "There is a lot of work to be done to make them better, the boys have to enjoy it but at the same time improve.  We should do more with the quality of possession and the chances that we had.  When the opponent is down to 10 it can reduce the spaces but we should be more aggressive in those moments. It is the next step. "We want to achieve points. Where we are in the table at this moment doesn't mean anything."

Millwall manager Neil Harris: "I think in the first half we showed too much respect to Wolves. We maybe lacked a little bit of belief in imposing our style of play. We addressed it at half-time and I thought that for 20 minutes in the second half we looked much better - a lot more Millwall-like, a lot more dogged. I thought we were the better side and then the red card comes and changes the momentum of the game again. Aiden is a really bright football player and he knows better than to pull somebody back when he is on a yellow card and that made it an uphill struggle for us."

Line-ups

Wolves

21Ruddy 6BatthBooked at 57mins 16Coady 25Miranda 2Doherty 27Saiss 8NevesSubstituted forN'Diayeat 77'minutes 29Vinagre 12MarshallSubstituted forEnobakhareat 59'minutes 33Bonatini 18JotaSubstituted forCavaleiroat 87'minutes Substitutes 4N'Diaye 7Cavaleiro 19Price 20Ronan 26Enobakhare 31Norris 32Deslandes

Millwall

1Archer 2McLaughlin 17WebsterBooked at 41mins 4Hutchinson 3MeredithSubstituted forFergusonat 79'minutes 14WallaceSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 79'minutes 6Williams 23Saville

22O'BrienBooked at 65mins 20Morison 9Gregory Substitutes 5Craig 10Onyedinma 11Ferguson 12Romeo 13King 18Tunnicliffe 35Cooper

Referee: Robert Madley Attendance: 24,426


90'+4' Foul by Roderick Miranda(WW). 90'+4' Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+3' Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 90'+3' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by John Ruddy. 90'+3' Attempt saved. Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin. 90'+2' Offside, (WW) Romain Saiss tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside. 88' Attempt saved. Romain Saiss(WW) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. 87' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Shaun Williams.  87' Sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota. 86' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson. 86' Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty(WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare. 83' Diogo Jota(WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 83' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall). 82' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 82' Attempt saved. Romain Saiss(WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare. 81' Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini(WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 79' Sub, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces James Meredith.  79' Sub, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Jed Wallace. 78' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota(WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 77' Sub, (WW) Alfred N'Diaye replaces Rúben Neves. 76' Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Gregory. 73' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves(WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 73' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota(WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 72' Foul by Rúben Vinagre(WW). 72' Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 70' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson. 70' Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare(WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 68' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini(WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Dismissal 65' Second yellow card to Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) for a bad foul. 65' Matt Doherty(WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 65' Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall). 64' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Archer. 64' Attempt saved. Romain Saiss(WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare. 63' Léo Bonatini(WW)  wins a free kick in the defensive half.  63' Foul by George Saville (Millwall). 61' Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. 60' Foul by Léo Bonatini(WW). 60' Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini(WW) right footed shot from outside the box is  blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 59' Sub, (WW) Bright Enobakhare replaces Ben Marshall. 58' Foul by Diogo Jota(WW). 58' Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 57' Danny Batth(WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 57' Foul by Danny Batth(WW). 57' Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing. 56' Delay over. They are ready to continue. Booking 55' Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 55' Delay in match Diogo Jota(WW) because of an injury. 54' Diogo Jota(WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 54' Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall). 53' Rúben Vinagre(WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 53' Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall). 52' Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Meredith with a cross. 51' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves(WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall. 50' Attempt saved. Ben Marshall(WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Millwall 0.

    HT              Wolves        Millwall

Possession  64%               36%

Shots               5                      3

Shots on Target 2                1

Corners           2                     2

Fouls                5                     4


45'+2' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Millwall 0.

45' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves(WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. 44' Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a cross. 44' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Marshall. 42' Hand ball by Romain Saiss(WW). Booking 41' Byron Webster (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  41' Diogo Jota(WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 41' Foul by Byron Webster (Millwall). 34' Roderick Miranda(WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 34' Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall). 31' Corner, (WW) Conceded by James Meredith. 27' Foul by Ben Marshall(WW). 27' James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing. 25' Foul by Diogo Jota(WW). 25' George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23' Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Meredith with a cross. 22' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota(WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.  Assisted by Rúben Vinagre. 14' Attempt saved. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a cross. 14' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Roderick Miranda. Goal!

10' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Millwall 0. Diogo Jota(WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

9' Foul by Rúben Neves(WW). 9' Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 9' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jordan Archer. 9' Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini(WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 6' Roderick Miranda(WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 6' Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall). 4' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves(WW) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross. 4' Ben Marshall(WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 4' Foul by George Saville (Millwall). 3' Offside, Millwall. James Meredith tries a through ball, but George Saville is caught offside. 2' Foul by Diogo Jota(WW). 2' Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 1' Attempt blocked. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Morison. Kick Off First Half begins.


New signing Alfred N'Diaye could make his Wolves debut after joining on a season-long loan from Villarreal.  Willy Boly has a hamstring injury, meaning Danny Batth, Ryan Bennett or Sylvain Deslandes could play.  Millwall manager Neil Harris may name the same side which beat Norwich 4-0 before the international break. Winger Shane Ferguson and defender Liam Cooper are pushing for a starting spot, while striker Tom Elliott has recovered from an ankle problem and may play.


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Match facts

Wolves have lost three of their last four  league games against Millwall (W1) but they did win their most recent encounter 4-2 at Molineux in May 2015.  The Lions have conceded 14 goals in their last five matches against Wolves in all competitions.  Wolves have suffered just one defeat in their last six Championship games, winning four and drawing the other.  Millwall are winless in their last 10  games in the Championship (D3 L7), failing to score on seven occasions, including both games this season. Barry Douglas has been involved in more goals than any other defender in the Championship so far this term (3 - one goal, two assists). Brentford (93) are the only Championship side to have attempted more shots (including blocks) than Millwall (85) in the league this term.


05 Brentford  0 Wolves 0

On the day that Wolves sold long term devoted player "Dangerous" Dave Edwards to the Royals an attacking goal-scoring midfielder was needed!

Brentford's winless start to the Championship season stretched to five matches after a goalless draw with Wolves, who remained unbeaten. Jota Peleteiro struck the base of the far post for the Bees late in the first half, after home goalkeeper Daniel Bentley had denied Leo Bonatini. Wolves' Diogo Jota and Ivan Cavaleiro both had good chances to break the deadlock after half-time. Brentford applied pressure late on but could not find a way through. While Wolves had won three of their first four league games, Brentford had taken just a single point, their worst start to a season since the 2010-11 campaign. But there was little to choose between the sides in a tight, competitive first half, in which Bentley and opposite number John Ruddy performed well. The second period was also busy, with Wolves having the best chances, but both sides had to settle for a point..


Brentford

1Bentley 22Dalsgaard 6DeanBooked at 36mins 29BarbetSubstituted forBjellandat 72' 2Colin 12MokotjoSubstituted forWoodsat 65' 8Yennaris 23JotaSubstituted forJozefzoonat 65' 19Sawyers 11Watkins 9Maupay Substitutes 5Bjelland 7Jozefzoon 14Egan 15Woods 20Clarke 28Daniels 47Canos

Wolves

21Ruddy 25Miranda 16Coady 15Boly 2DohertyBooked at 43mins 8NevesSubstituted forPriceat 86' 27Saiss 29Vinagre 26EnobakhareSubstituted forCavaleiroat 45' 33BonatiniSubstituted forDickoat 78' 18Jota Substitutes 5Bennett 6Batth 7Cavaleiro 9Dicko 19Price 20Ronan 31Norris

Referee: Tim Robinson Attendance: 10,35 ?1600 WW

Match ends, Brentford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

                        Brentford Wolves

Possession   53%          47%

Shots              13              15

Shots on Target 2           4

Corners               8            6

Fouls               11            10


90'+5' Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+4' Offside, (WW) Roderick Miranda tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside. 90'+2' Neal Maupay (Bees) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+2' Foul by Willy Boly , (WW). 90' Corner, (Bees) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 89' Attempt missed. Henrik Dalsgaard (Bees) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon with a cross following a corner. 89' Corner, (Bees) Conceded by Conor Coady. 88' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty , (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nouha Dicko. 86' Neal Maupay (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 86' Foul by Roderick Miranda , (WW). 86' Sub,  (WW) Jack Price replaces Rúben Neves. 84' Corner, (Bees) Conceded by Matt Doherty. 81' Foul by Neal Maupay (Bees). 81' Roderick Miranda , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Attempt missed. Andreas Bjelland (Bees) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation. 79' Nico Yennaris (Bees) wins a free kick on the left wing. 79' Foul by Romain Saiss , (WW). 78' Sub,  (WW) Nouha Dicko replaces Léo Bonatini. 78' Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Bees) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Neal Maupay. 77' Offside, (WW) Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught  offside. 75' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Romain Saiss is caught offside. 75' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Daniel Bentley. 75' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota , (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Léo Bonatini with a through ball. 72' Foul by Andreas Bjelland (Bees). 72' John Ruddy , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  72' Sub,  (Bees) Andreas Bjelland replaces Yoann Barbet. 71' Corner, (Bees) Conceded by Conor Coady. 71' Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Bees) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers. 70' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro , (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross. 68' Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Bees). 68' Diogo Jota , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Corner, (Bees) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 66' Corner, (Bees) Conceded by Rúben Vinagre. 65' Sub,  (Bees) Ryan Woods replaces Kamohelo Mokotjo. 65' Sub,  (Bees) Florian Jozefzoon replaces Jota. 63' Foul by Kamohelo Mokotjo (Bees). 63' Diogo Jota , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willy Boly.  60' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves , (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner. 59' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Maxime Colin. 59' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota , (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross. 58' Foul by Nico Yennaris (Bees). 58' Ivan Cavaleiro , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Foul by Jota (Bees). 58' Willy Boly , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Romaine Sawyers (Bees) wins a free kick on the right wing. 57' Foul by Rúben Vinagre , (WW). 57' Attempt saved. Maxime Colin (Bees) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 55' Attempt missed. Nico Yennaris (Bees) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner. 55' Corner, (Bees) Conceded by Willy Boly. 54' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 53' Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Bees) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers. 52' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 52' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Henrik Dalsgaard.  46' Foul by Kamohelo Mokotjo (Bees). 46' Diogo Jota , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Second Half

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Sub,  (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Bright Enobakhare.

Half Time 45'+4'

First Half ends, Brentford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time  Brentford Wolves

Possession     54%       46%

Shots                  6             7

Shots on Target 1         3

Corners               1          3

Fouls                   4           6


45'+4' First Half ends, Brentford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+3' Attempt blocked. Roderick Miranda , (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a cross.  45'+3' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Harlee Dean. 45'+1' Ollie Watkins (Bees) wins a free kick on the right wing. 45'+1' Foul by Rúben Vinagre , (WW). 45'+1' Ollie Watkins (Bees) wins a free kick in the attacking  half. 45'+1' Foul by Roderick Miranda , (WW). Booking 43' Matt Doherty , (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 42' Ollie Watkins (Bees) wins a free kick on the left wing. 42' Foul by Matt Doherty , (WW). 40' Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Bees). 40' Diogo Jota , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 38' Jota (Bees) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. 38' Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Bees) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nico Yennaris. 37' Attempt missed. Romain Saiss , (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick. Booking 36' Harlee Dean (Bees) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 36' Foul by Harlee Dean (Bees). 36' Diogo Jota , (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 35' Foul by Kamohelo Mokotjo (Bees). 35' Bright Enobakhare , (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 34' Offside, (Bees) Yoann Barbet tries a through ball, but Maxime Colin is caught offside. 30' Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini , (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a through ball. 29' Offside, (WW) Léo Bonatini tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside. 28' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 26' Delay in match Harlee Dean (Bees) because of an injury. 26' Kamohelo Mokotjo (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Foul by Matt Doherty , (WW). 25' Attempt saved. Rúben Vinagre , (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 24' Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Bees). 24' Romain Saiss , (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Ollie Watkins (Bees) wins a free kick on the left wing. 22' Foul by Roderick Miranda , (WW). 18' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Roderick Miranda. 17' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Harlee Dean. 17' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota , (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 13' Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Bees) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers. 11' Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Bees) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a headed pass. 10' Corner, (Bees) Conceded by John Ruddy. 10' Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Bees) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay. 9' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 7' Delay in match Bright Enobakhare , (WW) because of an injury. 5' Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini , (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 4' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Daniel Bentley. 3' Foul by Rúben Neves , (WW). 3' Kamohelo Mokotjo (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Attempt missed. Nico Yennaris (Bees) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers. Kick Off


First Half begins.


Brentford boss Dean Smith says Spanish winger Jota is keen to figure following a back injury, despite being the subject of rejected bids this week. Rico Henry is close following a knee problem, while Sergi Canos could also return after a twisted ankle.   Wolves, who have named the same starting line-up in all four league games, made 11 changes for their EFL Cup win at Southampton on Wednesday. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to revert to his strongest .


Match facts

Brentford have not lost three consecutive league games against Wolves since January 1939.  Wolves did the league double over Brentford in 2016-17, a feat they last achieved back in the 1938/39 campaign. Brentford have failed to win any of their last six league games (D2 L4), their worst run in the Football League since January 2012 (seven games without a win). Wolves are looking to win their first three  games in a league season since 1962-63. Barry Douglas has been directly involved in a goal in each of Wolves' last three league games (one goal, two assists).



    

EFL2 Saints  0 Wolves 2 Batth 67 Wilson 87

Saints 0 Wolves 2  Batth (67'), Wilson (87') HT 0-0  Wolves meet Bristol Rovers in the next round at Molineux Tues/Wed 19/20 September  pic Mark Feehan Peter & Dave at St Maty’s

TIm Spiers in the Star = Goals from Danny Batth and Donovan Wilson saw Wolves reach the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win at Premier League side Southampton.  Both teams wasted great chances in the first half with Nouha Dicko and Dusan Tadic missing the target from close range. Goalkeeper Will Norris also made a flying save to deny Maya Yoshida in what was an entertaining contest. Batth gave Wolves a deserved lead halfway through the second period when he headed home Ivan Cavaleiro's corner. Michal Zyro made his comeback from the bench after 16 months out and he set up the goal that sealed it when Wilson, just two minutes after coming on, beat Fraser Forster.

Analysis

And this was Wolves' second team....  They say football's a squad game – well Wolves' looks pretty darn good at the moment, writes Tim Spiers at St Mary's. Wolves just don't do League/EFL/Milk/Carabao Cup wins. They certainly don't do them against teams in a higher division than them, with Premier League Coventry City (ask your parents, kids) their last victims some 22 years ago.  Wolves reached the quarter finals that year and have got nowhere near ever since.  Well life feels pretty different under Nuno Espirito Santo. The whole club has been revitalised in a very short space of time...witness the 1,500 who made the six-hour round trip to watch what they knew would be a second string side. Saints fielded a number of international players and several first-teamers. But Wolves deserved beat them. They also, in spells, played the better football in what was certainly no smash-and-grab.  The Championship may be the very clear priority but if Wolves can put out a 'reserve' side and still beat Premier League opposition, long may their run continue.

Match report

Nuno sprang a big surprise with his line-up, handing Ben Marshall a start after six weeks out with a hip injury.  Ivan Cavaleiro made his first start of the season, while French defender Sylvain Deslandes came in for his first senior appearance since April 2016.  Also back for the first time since April 2016 was Michal Zyro, who was named on the bench along with a host of under-23 youngsters.  Southampton selected a strong-looking XI which included England international keeper Fraser Forster, former Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu, playmaker Dusan Tadic and prolific striker Charlie Austin.  Wolves, backed by an impressive away following of 1,500 fans, may have had the far weaker team on paper but they started like a house on fire – and could have been 3-0 up inside 10 minutes. All three chances fell to Nouha Dicko in a remarkable 90-second  blitz and he should certainly have scored two of them.  First Jack Price sent him clear of the Saints defence with a lofted through ball, but the striker couldn't control the ball. Then the impressive Ruben Vinagre played to Dicko who saw his shot from a tight angle saved by Fraser Forster. And then Cavaleiro tenaciously won the ball off Jeremy Pied in the box and squared to Dicko who scuffed his effort from a few yards out in what was a glorious opportunity spurned. Wolves have made a great start in possession with Cavaleiro and Vinagre combining nicely and Price looking to dictate play. But the hosts soon came into in and created a number of chances of their own before half time, mostly from set pieces as Wolves' zonal marking came unstuck yet again. Maya Yoshida sent a free header wide from a corner, then fellow defender Jan Bednarek headed straight at Will Norris, again unchallenged. From the third free attempt Norris was forced to pull off a stupendous reaction stop at full stretch from another Yoshida header. Tadic wasted a chance as glaring as Dicko's when he fired wide from six yards after Danny Batth failed to clear, with the Saints edging an entertaining first half but failing to break the deadlock. Mauricio Pellegrino's side matched Wolves with a three-at-the-back system which in particular lessened the attacking forays of Jordan Graham. Cavaleiro was Wolves' dangerman and Vinagre was lively behind him, teeing up Dicko for a half chance just before the break when the striker yet again peeled off his man but fired into the side netting. Connor Ronan replaced a rusty Marshall at half time and the young Irishman made a sprightly start to the half, as did Graham who essentially became a winger and caused havoc with a series of crosses on the overlap, while Ronan added some much-needed creativity but also some tenacity in midfield by winning the ball back on a number of occasions. For the first 20 minutes of the half Wolves were the superior side, producing some excellent passing play with an admirably unswerving refusal to lump it long whatever the circumstance. The game looked there for the taking – and on 67 minutes Batth took it. The captain rose highest to meet an inswinging corner and head past Forster, sparking wild scenes in the away end behind that goal.  Wolves have fully merited the lead for an impressive, controlling second half display. Saints reacted by sending on attacking trio Nathan Redmond, Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini at an increasingly anxious St Mary's, while Zyro made his long-awaited comeback when he replaced Dicko and was promptly booked inside 30 seconds after an adrenalin-heavy late tackle. And thereafter they were comfortable. Despite the Southampton changes Norris had very little too, with a deep-lying light blue wall stopping them in their tracks at almost every opportunity.  Then, just two minutes after coming on, Donovan Wilson became the second academy graduate to score on the night, taking a Zyro pass and beating Forster to put the icing on the cake for Nuno's team.


Key moments

7 – Price nearly plays Dicko in on goal but the striker mis-controls the ball.

8 – Cavaleiro wins the ball back high up, squares to Dicko but he scuffs a golden opportunity wide.

39 – Norris pulls off a stunning reflex save to deny a goalbound Yoshida header.

40 – Tadic somehow fires wide from a great position a few yards out.

67 – GOAL – Danny Batth rises highest to head home Cavaleiro's inswinging left-wing corner.

87 – GOAL – Zyro tees up Donovan Wilson who takes a touch and clips it over the keeper.


Line ups

Southampton (4-2-3-1): Forster; Pied, Bednarek (Redmond, 73), Yoshida, McQueen; Romeu, Stephens; Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal (Gabbiadini, 76); Austin (Long, 76). Subs: McCarthy, Cedric, Bertrand, Davis.

Wolves (3-4-3): Norris; Bennett, Batth, Deslandes; Graham, Price, Edwards, Vinagre; Marshall (Ronan, 45), Dicko (Zyro, 75), Cavaleiro (Wilson, 85). Subs: Burgoyne, Johnson, Goncalves, Armstrong.

Goals: Batth (67), Wilson (87)


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Referee: James Linington Attendance: 17,931 1500 WW

Match ends, Southampton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

                Southampton Wolves

Possession 51%           49%

Shots              9                  7

Shots on Target 4           4

Corners          6                 5

Fouls             13                 8


Posted at 90'+4' Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

90'+2' Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond  (Saints) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. 89' Corner (Saints). Conceded by Connor Ronan.

Goal! 87'

Goal! Southampton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Donovan Wilson  (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Edwards.

86' Shane Long  (Saints) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Foul by Jack Price  (WW).  85' Sub, (WW) Donovan Wilson replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 78' Foul by Nathan Redmond  (Saints). 78' Jordan Graham  (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 77' Corner (Saints). Conceded by Will Norris. 77' Foul by Manolo Gabbiadini  (Saints). 77'

Michal Zyro  (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 76' Sub, (Saints). Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Sofiane Boufal. 76' Sub, (Saints). Shane Long replaces Charlie Austin.

Booking 75' Michal Zyro  (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 75' Sam McQueen  (Saints) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 75' Foul by Michal Zyro  (WW). 74'

Sub, (WW) Michal Zyro replaces Nouha Dicko. 73' Sub, (Saints). Nathan Redmond replaces Jan Bednarek. Goal!

67' Goal! Southampton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Danny Batth  (WW) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross. 67' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jack Stephens. 62' Connor Ronan  (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 62' Foul by Sofiane Boufal  (Saints). 60' Jordan Graham  (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Foul by Sam McQueen  (Saints). 56' Ivan Cavaleiro  (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 56' Foul by Jack Stephens  (Saints). 56' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro  (WW). 56' Jack Stephens  (Saints) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 54' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Maya Yoshida. 54' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jan Bednarek. 52' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Jan Bednarek. 51' Attempt saved. Jack Price  (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal 47' Foul by Charlie Austin  (Saints). 47' Danny Batth  (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 46' Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko  (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 46' Foul by Sofiane Boufal  (Saints). 46' Jack Price  (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Second Half


Second Half begins Southampton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45' Sub, (WW) Connor Ronan replaces Ben Marshall.

Half Time

           Southampton Wolves

Possession 49%        51%

Shots             8              3

Shots on Target 4      1

Corners         4             1

Fouls             6              5


Half Time 45'+3' First Half ends Saints 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+3' Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse  (Saints) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 45'+2' Charlie Austin  (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+2' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 45'+1' Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Booking 45' Oriol Romeu  (Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45' Foul by Oriol Romeu  (Saints). 45' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Booking 45' Ben Marshall (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45' Jérémy Pied  (Saints) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45' Foul by Ben Marshall (WW). 42' Corner (Saints). Conceded by Sylvain Deslandes. 40' Attempt missed. Dusan Tadic  (Saints) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. 40' Corner (Saints). Conceded by Will Norris. 40' Attempt saved. Jérémy Pied  (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 40' Attempt saved. Jan Bednarek  (Saints) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 39' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 39' Charlie Austin  (Saints) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 38' Attempt missed. David Edwards (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 37' Attempt saved. Jan Bednarek  (Saints) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. 36' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 36' Charlie Austin  (Saints) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  33' Sylvain Deslandes (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 33' Foul by Charlie Austin  (Saints). 28' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 27' Delay in match Will Norris (WW) because of an injury. Booking 27' Charlie Austin  (Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 27' (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Foul by Charlie Austin  (Saints). 25' Attempt missed. Jérémy Pied  (Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. 24' Attempt saved. Sofiane Boufal  (Saints) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. 23' Foul by Oriol Romeu  (Saints). 23' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 21' Foul by Jack Stephens  (Saints). 21' Rúben Vinagre (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 15' Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida  (Saints) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. 15' Corner (Saints). Conceded by Danny Batth. 13' Corner (Saints). Conceded by Jordan Graham. 11' Foul by Ryan Bennett (WW). 11' Sofiane Boufal  (Saints) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 7' Corner (WW) Conceded by Fraser Forster. 7' Attempt saved. Nouha Dicko (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. 3' Foul by Dusan Tadic  (Saints). 3' David Edwards (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Kick Off


First Half begins.


Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is likely to rotate his squad for the visit of Wolves in the EFL Cup.  Shane Long, James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal, Sam McQueen and Jan Bednarek could all start, with Saturday's league fixture against Huddersfield in mind. Wolves, whose first loss of the season came against Cardiff on Saturday, are still without Helder Costa (ankle). Nouha Dicko, Jack Price, Connor Ronan and Danny Batth may feature against last season's beaten finalists.




04 Wolves Bonatini (67' ) Cardiff City Ralls (54' ), Mendez-Laing (77' )

Wolves 1 Bonatini Lohner Maia (67' ) Cardiff City 2  Ralls (54' ), Mendez-Laing (77' )  HT 0-0

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing continued his hot scoring streak as Cardiff edged a thrilling top-of-the-Championship encounter at Wolverhampton Wanderers.   The winger claimed his fifth goal in four games to maintain Cardiff's 100% start to the season, while at the same time ending Wolves' perfect record. Joe Ralls had broken the deadlock after half-time with a well-placed shot. Lohner Leo Bonatini levelled after an error by Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge, but Mendez-Laing ended home hopes. Both sides came into the match having won all three of their opening Championship games this season. Wolves impressed midweek by winning 3-2 at Hull City, with Championship-record signing Ruben Neves - a £15.8m capture from Porto - claiming his first goal for his new club.  But in seeing off Aston Villa 3-0 in their second game of the campaign, Cardiff's far less expensively assembled squad had proved they could match the big spenders in the division.  That was underlined as the visitors set the early pace and the reflexes of John Ruddy were tested, when the Wolves goalkeeper had to get down smartly to push Junior Hoilett's shot around the post.  Then from the resulting corner Sol Bamba crashed a header off the crossbar when the defender was left unmarked in the box.   But Wolves held firm and gave warning of their own threat when Bright Enobakhare shot just wide.  Despite the attacking intent being shown by both sides the first half ended scoreless, but with both benches involved in an angry exchange after Loic Damour's foul on Romain Saiss - for which the Cardiff midfielder was booked. The goal the game deserved finally came within nine minutes of the restart, but to the disappointment of the majority of the 27,068 fans packed into Molineux it was claimed by the visitors.  Hoilett found a chink of space to roll the ball across goal and Ralls sent it left-footed back past Ruddy into the far corner.  The Wolves stopper kept his team in the game, though, when he denied Kenneth Zohore what would have been a fine solo goal.  That proved crucial as the home side drew level moments later, when Cardiff keeper Etheridge could only push out a shot and Barry Douglas swept the ball back in for Leo Bonatini to poke home. But with 13 minutes remaining the dangerous Zohore, whose pace and strength and pace had stretched the Wolves defence all afternoon, unselfishly picked out fellow speedster Mendez-Laing - a former Wolves academy player - to drive home the winner.  The win set another record for Cardiff, who before this campaign had never won their opening three games of the season and have now won four in a row.  Pic Mark Feehan - the lads on the way back to Euston from Molineux

Line-ups

Wolves

21Ruddy 25Gonçalves Miranda 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 8da Silva Neves 27SaissBooked at 28minsSubstituted forRonanat 83'minutes 3DouglasBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDickoat 78'minutes 26EnobakhareSubstituted forCavaleiroat 58'minutes 33Bonatini Lohner Maia 18Teixeira da Silva Substitutes 5Bennett 6Batth 7Cavaleiro 9Dicko 19Price 20Ronan 31Norris

Cardiff

25Etheridge 2PeltierBooked at 56mins 4Morrison 14Bamba 6Richards 17Gunnarsson 8RallsBooked at 38mins 19Mendez-Laing 20DamourBooked at 45minsSubstituted  orEcuele Mangaat 90'minutes 33HoilettBooked at 19minsSubstituted forD Wardat 83'minutes 10Zohore Substitutes 5Ecuele Manga 7Tomlin 9D Ward 15Halford 23Kennedy 28Murphy 30Bogle

Referee: Scott Duncan Attendance: 27,068


                        Wolves Cardiff

Possession   63%      37%

Shots              12          17

Shots on Target 3       5

Corners           2            4

Fouls               14         13


Full Time

90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Cardiff City 2.

90'+4' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+4' Foul by Kenneth Zohore (CC). 90'+3' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. 90'+1' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+1' Foul by Jazz Richards (CC).  90' Sub, (CC) Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Loïc Damour. 90' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 89' Foul by Connor Ronan (WW). 89' Joe Ralls (CC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 88' Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 85' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 85' Aron Gunnarsson (CC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 84' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 84' Kenneth Zohore (CC) wins a free kick on the left wing.  83' Sub, (WW) Connor Ronan replaces Romain Saiss.  83' Sub, (CC) Danny Ward replaces David Junior Hoilett. 82' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 82' Kenneth Zohore (CC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 81' Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (CC) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Peltier.  78' Sub, (WW) Nouha Dicko replaces Barry Douglas. Goal! 77' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Cardiff City 2. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (CC) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore. 75' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves. 74' Hand ball by David Junior Hoilett (CC). 74' Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (CC) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore with a headed pass.  73' Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Diogo Jota. 71' Corner, (CC) Conceded by Roderick Miranda. 70' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Goal!

67' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Cardiff City 1. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas. 67' Attempt missed. Barry Douglas (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a cross. 66' Corner, (CC) Conceded by John Ruddy. 66' Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (CC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls. 64' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 64' David Junior Hoilett (CC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 63' Attempt missed. Loïc Damour (CC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation. 62' Foul by Roderick Miranda (Wolverhampton  Wanderers). 62' Kenneth Zohore (CC) wins a free kick on the left wing. Booking 61' Barry Douglas (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  60' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). 60' Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (CC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 60' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 59' Delay in match Joe Ralls (CC) because of an injury.   58' Sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Bright Enobakhare. 57' Offside, (WW) Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Romain Saiss is caught offside. Booking 56' Lee Peltier (CC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 56' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 56' Foul by Lee Peltier (CC). 54' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Cardiff City 1. Joe Ralls (CC) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.  53' Attempt missed. Loïc Damour (CC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore. 52' Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (CC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. 48' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Sol Bamba. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Cardiff City 0.

Half Time 45'+3' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Cardiff City 0.  45'+2' Delay over. They are ready to continue. Booking  45'+1' Loïc Damour (CC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+1' Delay in match Romain Saiss (WW) because of an injury. 45' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 45' Foul by Loïc Damour (CC). 43' Hand ball by Aron Gunnarsson (CC). 42' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 42' Joe Ralls (CC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Attempt missed. Jazz Richards (CC) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 41' Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (CC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett. 41' Delay over. They are ready to  continue. 40' Delay in match Sean Morrison (CC) because of an injury. 39' Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Coady. Booking 38' Joe Ralls (CC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 38' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 38' Foul by Joe Ralls (CC). 34' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 33' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 33' Foul by Sol Bamba (CC). 32' Attempt missed. Loïc Damour (CC) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sol Bamba with a headed pass following a set piece situation. 31' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 31' Loïc Damour (CC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 31' John Ruddy (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 31' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (CC). 29' Hand ball by Barry Douglas (WW).

Booking 28' Romain Saiss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 27' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 27' Loïc Damour (CC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 26' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Foul by Joe Ralls (CC). 25' Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (CC) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass. 23' Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 22' Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (CC) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner. 21' Corner, (CC)  Conceded by Barry Douglas. 20' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 20' Loïc Damour (CC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 19' Foul by Loïc Damour (CC). Booking 19' David Junior Hoilett (CC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 19' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 19' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (CC). 18' Sol Bamba (CC) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.  17' Corner, (CC) Conceded by John Ruddy. 17' Attempt saved. David Junior Hoilett (CC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 16' Attempt saved. Romain Saiss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare. 13' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 13' Delay in match Loïc Damour (CC) because of an injury. 10' Foul by Lee Peltier (CC). 10' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 6' Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (CC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. 4' Foul by Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton  Wanderers). 4' Aron Gunnarsson (CC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 2' Loïc Damour (CC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins.


At least one of the Championship's three 100% records must end at Molineux as Wolves host Cardiff City.  Both sides, and third-placed Ipswich Town, who host Brentford, have won their first three matches.  Nuno's Wolves have an unchanged squad to choose from, while Cardiff's new striker Omar Bogle is in contention for his debut, but is unlikely to start.  Bluebirds right-back Callum Paterson, keeper Lee Camp and midfielder Kadeem Harris all remain sidelined by injury.


Match facts

Wolves have won four consecutive league games for the second time in 2017. They also won five in a row back in April, during which they beat Cardiff at Molineux in the process.  Cardiff City's winning start represents the first time in the Championship club's 107-year history that they have won their opening three league games of a season.

Wolves have not won their first four league games of a season since 1998-99, when they were in the second tier, under Mark McGhee.  This is boss Neil Warnock's best start to a league campaign since 2010-11, in which he guided QPR to the Championship title. But no side of his have ever won their opening four games to a league season. Wolves' 3-1 win over Cardiff in April 2017 ended a three-match losing streak in the league - their longest-ever losing run against the Bluebirds. Cardiff are still to concede their first league goal this season - but they have managed just one clean sheet in their last 20 league visits to Molineux.


03 Hull City  2  Dawson (27'), Meyler (90'+10) Wolves 3 da Silva Neves (6'), Teixeira da Silva (43'), Dicko (90') HT 1-2

3 Hull City 2 Dawson (27'), Meyler (90'+10 pen) Wolves 3 da Silva Neves (6'), Teixeira da Silva (43'), Dicko (90') HT 1-2


Championship-record signing Ruben Neves scored a stunning first goal for Wolves as Wanderers continued their 100% start to the season by winning at Hull City.  Neves, a £15.8m buy from Porto in July, found the top corner from 30 yards to give the visitors an early advantage.  Hull captain Michael Dawson nodded in from close range to equalise, but Diogo Jota turned in Bright Enobakhare's cross to restore Wolves' lead.  Nouha Dicko sent Hull to a first defeat, despite David Meyler's penalty.

Tim Spiers says

Hull City 2 Wolves 3 – Report

Goals from Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Nouha Dicko saw Wolves extend their winning run with a 3-2 victory at Hull.

Neves scored a stunning 30-yarder to open the scoring in the sixth minute before Michael Dawson equalised from a corner.  After superb work from Bright Enobakhare Wolves' were back in front by half time when Jota tapped home. Hull hit the bar as they ramped up the pressure late on but substitute Dicko sealed the three points in the last minute, meaning a very late stoppage time penalty from David Meyler was irrelevant.

Analysis

Edge past Middlesbrough? Not bad. Convincingly beat Derby? That's quite impressive. Win both of those games and then go to Hull a few days later, come under big pressure and win yet again? Right okay, I think Wolves might be on to something here.  Nuno Espirito Santo's team travelled to Hull and back and returned with all three points to continue their perfect start to the season, writes Tim Spiers at the KCOM Stadium. They did so thanks to two moments of pure brilliant from Ruben Neves and Bright Enobakhare, the former unleashing a 30-yard stunner and the latter once again adding end product to his raw genius when setting up Diogo Jota. That's indicative of some of the level of quality Wolves are producing in the early days of Nuno's reign. But more impressive here was the second half rearguard action that denied Hull, a team considered among the promotion favourites who spanked Burton 4-1 here on Saturday, an equalising goal. Make no mistake, Wolves came under severe pressure from a very decent Hull side. In years past they'd have crumbled, without a shadow of a doubt. But there's something different at play here. Wolves, from back to front, look very well equipped to make a big impact in this division. And, while the explosive football and moments of sheer artistry have got their supporters rubbing their eyes in disbelief, it's the defensive rigidity and discipline that bodes so well for the season ahead, starting at Molineux on Saturday when Cardiff are the visitors for an early-season top-two showdown. 'Bring it on' will be the message from Wolves. Nothing is phasing them right now.

Match report

On a sunny midsummer evening Nuno had the luxury of naming the same XI for the third successive league game, meaning Ivan Cavaleiro again had to settle for a place on the bench.  He was joined by Jordan Graham who, having being left out the squad at Derby came in for Connor Ronan. Hull also named an unchanged side from the team that beat Burton 4-1 at the KCOM on Saturday. Abel Hernandez scored a hat-trick in that game and he partnered Fraizer Campbell up front. Hernadez began the game in confident mood, testing John Ruddy after just 15 seconds with a low effort from 18 yards. In fact the Tigers made the better start with Willy Boly having to deny a certain goal when just reaching Kamil Grosicki's pull-back ahead of the stretching Hernandez after the winger got around the back of Roderick Miranda. But Wolves were in front after just six minutes – in the most spectacular way imaginable. Ruben Neves picked the ball up fully 30 yards from goal, set his sights, and planted the ball into the corner for what will be one of the goals of the Championship season. It seemed to shake Hull who struggled to keep possession and Wolves almost doubled their lead when a Neves corner to the back stick was somehow headed over by Miranda who got under the ball just a yard from goal. The wing backs Matt Doherty and Barry Douglas were causing the hosts problems and a final ball was all that was lacking. Wolves were looking vulnerable from set pieces though – and that's where Hull's equaliser came from. Seconds after Douglas had cleared off the line from a flag kick, a short corner from the left was whipped in, Ruddy missed it with Hernandez pressurising, Neves cleared off the line but there was Michael Dawson to head home.

It looked like it would be an uncomfortable end to the half...but another moment of brilliance saw them retake the lead. Bright Enobakhare stormed past Max Clark down the right flank, got to the byline and played across goal where Jota slammed home from close range. Wolves hadn't reached the scintillating levels of football they'd produced at Derby but it was effective enough. In the second half though, with perhaps fatigue a factor for both sides, it descended into a scrappy affair. Romain Saiss, Neves and Jota were all deservedly booked for over-zealous challenges and Wolves struggled to make headway. They were very nearly pegged back when Campbell barged his way through the Wolves backline and drew a superb save from Ruddy. And then the hosts were just inches from an equaliser when a Hernandez header bounced off the crossbar with Ruddy beaten. Wolves were winning fewer 50/50s and the home crowd lifted the volume levels with Nuno's team on the ropes in what was becoming a stern test of their defensive credentials. Boly crucially headed a cross behind with Hernandez waiting. And in the process the striker was hurt, leading to a six-minute stoppage that quelled Wolves' moment. The visitors took full advantage, sealing the deal when substitutes Ivan Cavaleiro and Nouha Dicko combined with the former sending the latter clean through and he made no mistake to send the away end into raptures. Hull managed to pull one back in the 99th minute, owing to a long stoppage when Hernandez was injured, via a David Meyler penalty when Doherty was judged to have fouled Max Clark, but it was too little too late for the Tigers.


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Hull

1McGregor 34Aina 21DawsonBooked at 90mins 5Hector 24Clark 20BowenSubstituted forLarssonat 60'minutes 22Henriksen 11Clucas 7Grosicki 10HernándezSubstituted forMeylerat 86'minutes 25CampbellBooked at 70minsSubstituted forDiomandeat 76'minutes Substitutes 3Mazuch 8Meyler 13Mannion 14Diomande 16Larsson 17Weir 30Lenihan

Wolves

21Ruddy 25Gonçalves Miranda 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 27SaissBooked at 48mins 8da Silva NevesBooked at 68mins 3Douglas 26EnobakhareSubstituted forCavaleiroat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins 33Bonatini Lohner MaiaSubstituted forDickoat 75'minutes 18Teixeira da SilvaBooked at 54minsSubstituted forBennettat 85'minutes Substitutes 5Bennett 6Batth 7Cavaleiro 9Dicko 11Graham 19Price 31Norris

Referee: Jeremy Simpson Attendance: 17,145

Full Time 90'+11'


                           Hull Wolves

Possession   42%   58%

Shots              10         8

Shots on Target 4    4

Corners            4        4

Fouls              11        8

Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Pix Abbswolf - planning in the Old Whyte Harte

90'+10' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90'+10' Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Hull).  Goal! 90'+10' Goal! Hull City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. David Meyler (Hull) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner. 90'+9' Penalty conceded by Conor Coady (WW) after a foul in the penalty area. 90'+9' Penalty Hull City. Adama Diomande draws a foul in the penalty area. Booking 90'+4' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Booking 90'+2' Michael Dawson (Hull) is shown the yellow card. 90'+2' Attempt missed. Max Clark (Hull) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Dawson. 90'+1' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 90'+1' Sam Clucas (Hull) wins a free kick on the left wing. Goal!

90' Goal! Hull City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Nouha Dicko (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a through ball following a fast break.

88' Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner. 87' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ola Aina. 87' Delay over. They are ready to continue.  86' Sub, (Hull) David Meyler replaces Abel Hernández because of an injury. 85' Sub, (WW) Ryan Bennett replaces Diogo Jota. 83' Delay in match Abel Hernández (Hull) because of an injury. 83' Corner, (Hull) Conceded by Willy Boly. 80' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Adama Diomande (Hull). 79' Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ola Aina with a cross. 79' Offside, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside. 77' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull).  76' Sub, (Hull) Adama Diomande replaces Fraizer Campbell. 75' Sub, (WW) Nouha Dicko replaces Léo Bonatini. 74' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty. 73' Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Hull) right footed shot from outside the box is  blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson. 72' Attempt missed. Abel Hernández (Hull) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ola Aina with a cross. 71' Hand ball by Fraizer Campbell (Hull).  71' Abel Hernández (Hull) hits the left post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross following a corner. 70' Corner, (Hull) Conceded by Conor Coady. Booking 70' Fraizer Campbell (Hull) is shown the yellow card. 69' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69' Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Hull). Booking 68' Rúben Neves (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 68' Foul by Rúben Neves (WW). 68' Fraizer Campbell (Hull) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 66' Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 65' Attempt saved. Fraizer Campbell (Hull) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 62' Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini (WW) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross. 61' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Dawson. 60' Sub, (Hull) Sebastian Larsson replaces Jarrod Bowen. 60' Sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Bright Enobakhare. 56' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Hull). 55' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 55' Fraizer Campbell (Hull) wins a free kick on the right wing. Booking 54' Diogo Jota (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 54' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 54' Ola Aina (Hull) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Dangerous play by Abel Hernández (Hull). 49'

Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hull). Booking 48' Romain Saiss (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 48' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 48' Fraizer Campbell (Hull) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull). 46' Willy Boly (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46' Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Hull). Second Half

Second Half begins Hull City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Half Time

                       Hull            Wolves

Possession  36%           64%

Shots               2                  4

Shots on Target 2           2

Corners          2                 2

Fouls               1                2


45'+4' First Half ends, Hull City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

45'+2' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Michael Hector. 45'+1' Rúben Neves (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45'+1' Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Hull). Goal!

43' Goal! Hull City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare.

40' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 40' Jarrod Bowen (Hull) wins a free kick on the right wing.  35' Offside, (WW) Roderick Miranda tries a through ball, but Bright Enobakhare is caught offside. Goal! 27' Goal! Hull City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Michael Dawson (Hull) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal following a corner. 27' Corner, (Hull) Conceded by Barry Douglas. 26' Corner, (Hull) Conceded by Barry Douglas. 21' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 19' Delay in match Rúben Neves (WW) because of an injury. 19' Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.  16' Attempt missed. Roderick Miranda (WW) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a corner. 16' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ola Aina. Goal!

6' Goal! Hull City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

2' Michael Dawson (Hull) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Foul by Barry Douglas (WW). 1' Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Kick Off. First Half begins.


Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky could name the same starting XI that thrashed Burton Albion 4-1 on Saturday, as there are no new injury concerns.  Midfielder Kevin Stewart has been close to selection in recent weeks after recovering from an ankle problem.  

Wolves are without midfielder Dave Edwards, who was injured in training having been left out of their line-up for their first two league games.  Helder Costa (ankle), Phil Ofosu-Ayeh and Ben Marshall (hip) are still out.


Match facts

Hull City have won four of their last five  league encounters against Wolves (D1), as well as scoring at least twice in 12 of their last 15  fixtures.  Hull are one of two s to put double figures past Wolves in the league, doing so in December 1919 (10-3), with Man Utd the other (10-1, October 1892).  Wolves are looking to win their opening three league matches of a season for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign. Abel Hernandez - who scored a hat-trick for Hull at the weekend - has attempted more shots than any other Championship player this season (12).


02 Derby County 0   Wolves 2 Douglas (32'), Cavaleiro (76')

Wolves scored a goal in each half at Pride Park as they beat Derby County to maintain their highly encouraging start to the season. Summer signing Barry Douglas got the first in the 32nd minute - the defender firing home a left-foot shot when Derby failed to deal with a far-post cross. Ivan Cavaleiro then wrapped up their second win of the new campaign on the break from close range on 76 minutes. It left Gary Rowett's Rams with just a point from their first two games.  Wolves are now one of only four Championship sides with 100 per cent records, and will host another, Cardiff City, at Molineux next Saturday, although they first face a midweek trip to Hull. Ivan Cavaleiro, scored of Wolves' second goal, was sent off on their last trip to Pride Park in April In a game of few chances, in which neither keeper saw too much action, Wolves claimed their third straight victory in all competitions under new head coach Nuno. The expensively-reassembled Chinese-owned side are still to concede a goal under their new boss, with three clean sheets, including their midweek EFL Cup win at home to League Two side Yeovil. But with only a single-goal lead, the points were not secured until a fast break by Bright Enobakhare and Jota set up Cavaleiro to seal victory with a close-range left-foot finish. Having ended last season with a 1-0 win at home to Preston, Wolves have now gone 393 minutes of competitive action without conceding a goal, since Derby completed a 3-1 win over them at Pride Park back on 29 April.

 

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "There is still a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but the boys did a fantastic job today and we are getting there. From day one they knew what we wanted but the talent must be supported by a lot of discipline, and the boys have this culture of working to get better each day. The spaces were in the Derby team and we should have taken advantage sooner, but the chances were there and the goals will come, but defending well is important and clean sheets are a first step to winning.

Derby manager Gary Rowett: "It was really disappointing. We struggled to create enough chances and we couldn't find that bit of quality to unlock the door. I just felt too many times today we had the ball wide and we crossed it to no mans land, we had the ball in the final third but didn't have the ability to create a chance. Wolves are a good side but I was really disappointed with lots of aspects of our game and we certainly have to take an awful lot more responsibility."

Time Spiers report here https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/08/12/derby-0-wolves-2--report/

Line-ups


Derby

1Carson 14Wisdom 6Keogh 33Davies 3Forsyth 18ButterfieldSubstituted forBrysonat 63'minutes 44Huddlestone 15Johnson 7RussellSubstituted forNugentat 62'minutes

9Martin 19WeimannSubstituted forAnyaat 71'minutes  Substitutes 4Bryson 8Anya 12Baird 16Pearce 20Bennett 28Nugent 35Mitchell

Wolves

21Ruddy 25Gonçalves Miranda 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 27Saiss 8da Silva Neves 3Douglas 26EnobakhareSubstituted forRonanat 81'minutes 33Bonatini Lohner  aiaSubstituted forCavaleiroat 65'minutes 18Teixeira da SilvaSubstituted forDickoat 86'minutes Substitutes 5Bennett 6Batth 7Cavaleiro 9Dicko 19Price 20Ronan 31Norris

Referee: Lee Probert Attendance: 27,757

 

Match Stats


                                Derby   Wolves

Possession      52%          48%

Shots                  13             12

Shots on Target 3              3

Corners             10              5

Fouls                   6             10


Match ends, Derby County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time 90'+4' Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. 90'+3' Hand ball by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Nouha Dicko (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro. 88' Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (DC) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Nugent. 87' Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (DC) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner. 87' Corner, (DC) Conceded by Rúben Neves. 86' Sub, (WW) Nouha Dicko replaces Diogo Jota. 86' Bradley Johnson (DC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 86' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 83' Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (DC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom  Huddlestone. 82' Corner, (DC) Conceded by John Ruddy. 82' Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (DC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass. 81' Sub, (WW) Connor Ronan replaces Bright Enobakhare. 80' Craig Bryson (DC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 80' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 77' Foul by Craig Forsyth (DC). 77' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! 76' Goal! Derby County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break.

74' Foul by Andre Wisdom (DC). 74' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 73' Hand ball by Barry Douglas (WW). 71' Sub, (DC) Ikechi Anya replaces Andreas Weimann. 70' Foul by Craig Bryson (DC). 70' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 67' Attempt missed. David Nugent (DC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Martin. 65' Sub, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Léo Bonatini. 63' Sub, (DC) Craig Bryson replaces Jacob Butterfield. 62' Sub, (DC) David Nugent replaces Johnny Russell. 61' Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (DC) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross  following a corner. 61' Corner, (DC) Conceded by Roderick Miranda. 60' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the  left. Assisted by Romain Saiss. 58' Corner, (DC) Conceded by John Ruddy. 58' Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (DC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a headed pass. 58' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare with a through ball. 57' Chris Martin (DC) wins a free kick on the left wing. 57' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 54' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. 54' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini with a through ball. 54' Foul by Chris Martin (DC). 54' Roderick Miranda (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 53' Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (DC) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner. 52' Corner, (DC) Conceded by Barry Douglas. 52' Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (DC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Forsyth. 50' Corner, (DC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 48' Corner, (DC) Conceded by John Ruddy. 48' Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (DC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by  Andreas Weimann.  47' Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (DC) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a set piece situation. 46' Richard Keogh (DC) wins a free kick on the right wing. 46' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW).  Second Half begins Derby County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.


Half Time

                     Derby    Wolves

Possession 54%      46%

Shots               2           6

Shots on Target 0     1

Corners           3          5

Fouls               2           4


Half Time 45'+4' First Half ends, Derby County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45'+3' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Coady. 45'+3' Corner(WW) Conceded by Andre Wisdom. 45'+2' Tom Huddlestone (DC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+2' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 45'+1' Chris Martin (DC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 45'+1' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 44' Chris Martin (DC) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 44' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 43' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 42' Delay in match Johnny Russell (DC) because of an injury. 41' Corner(WW) Conceded by Curtis Davies. 39' Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (DC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson. 36' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 35' Delay in match Bradley Johnson (DC) because of an injury. 35' Delay in match Rúben Neves (WW) because of an injury. Goal!

32' Goal! Derby County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Barry Douglas (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal

29' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross. 27' Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saiss with a headed pass following a corner. 26' Corner(WW) Conceded by Andre Wisdom. 26' Corner(WW) Conceded by Johnny Russell. 26' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 24' Corner(DC) Conceded by Romain Saiss. 17' Craig Forsyth (DC) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Foul by Bright Enobakhare (WW). 12' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 11' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 11' Foul by  Craig Forsyth (DC). 10' Corner(DC) Conceded by Roderick Miranda. 8' Corner(DC) Conceded by Conor Coady. 6' Corner(WW) Conceded by Bradley Johnson. 4' Foul by Andreas Weimann (DC). 4' Bright Enobakhare (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 1' Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (DC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andreas Weimann with a headed pass. Kick Off First Half begins.


Striker Matej Vydra (hamstring) is a doubt for Derby after he missed the abandoned EFL Cup tie at Grimsby.   Jamie Hanson (calf), and Max Lowe (abdomen), George Thorne (hamstring), Jason Shackell (back) are all out, but midfielder Thorne and defender Shackell have both returned to training. Wolves midfielder Ivan Cavaleiro could return for the first time since being sent off at Pride Park in April.  Helder Costa (ankle) and Ben Marshall (hip) are still on the sidelines.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby: "We know we cannot win every game at  but we want to be pushing to win every game at  and we know the onus is on us a bit more. Wolves are a good side. I watched them against Middlesbrough. At times they are very unpredictable with the way play a 5:3:2 or 5:2:3 with lots of movement and lots of possession. They have a very continental look to their team and have spent a lot of money but we have good players too. We can't worry about the opposition."


Match facts

Derby have won each of their last three  league games against Wolves, racking up 12 goals at an average of four per game, with eight of those coming in the first half.

Last season Wolves lost both league games against Derby for the first time since 1992-93 - they haven't lost three games in a row against them since November 1991.

Chris Martin has scored more league goals than any other player in the previous three Championship seasons (43, including play-offs).

Wolves' last four Championship wins have all come by a single goal to nil, including their opening day victory against Middlesbrough.

The Rams have lost only once in their last 18 league games at Pride Park (W11 D6 L1).

Wolves lost their last  game in the Championship, 3-1 at Derby in April. However, they have netted in nine of their last 10  league games.


EFL Cup 1st Round1 Tuesday 8th August  Wolves 1 Dicko 76 Yeovil Town (bottom of the League) 0.    

Wolves 1 Yeovil 0 – Report

By Tim Spiers  Nouha Dicko scored the winner as Wolves edged past Yeovil in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The striker struck 14 minutes from time, heading home Jordan Graham's corner as Molineux breathed a collective sigh of relief. Wolves dominated play but created few goalscoring opportunities on an otherwise frustrating evening. But the scoreline made it three 1-0 wins at Molineux in 10 days including the pre-season win over Leicester and Saturday's victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship.

Analysis; New head coach, 11 new players, new formation, new playing style, renewed optimism in the stands...same old Wolves in the League Cup. Newport County, Barnet, Crawley and Cambridge have all visited Molineux in the past two seasons and been just about edged out by the odd goal on each occasion in what have largely been dull borefests. Wolves may have won this competition twice but the Wolves of 1997 to 2017 have absolutely rubbish in this competition, let's be honest. Here they scraped past a team that was humiliated 8-2 at Luton Town just four days ago. Wolves of course had the majority of the play, but by the 75th minute Yeovil had fashioned the best chance of the match. Did Nuno learn much from the game? Other than the fact his fringe players didn't really give him a selection headache for Saturday's trip to Derby, no. But Dicko gave a timely reminder of his goalscoring abilities with a snaffled winner 14 minutes from time. Indeed, that makes it two goals by strikers in successive games, an unheard of notion last season. What an age we live in. Nuno made nine changes from the team that beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on Saturday, with only Willy Boly and Leo Bonatini keeping their places.

Ruben Vinagre, an 18-year-old loanee from Monaco, was given his debut at left wing back, while goalkeeper Will Norris and defender Ryan Bennett also came in for their first Wolves appearances. Yeovil perhaps surprisingly made only three changes from their 8-2 shellacking at Luton at the weekend and the priority for the League Two side was surely to, first and foremost, restore some pride after that defeat. Any Wolves fans turning up expecting a big win should have known better. Their recent record in the League Cup is poor to say the least, and even when they've beaten the likes of Barnet, Crawley and Cambridge in the past two seasons it's been by the odd goal. The first half was a frustrating one. Wolves produced some tidy build-up play – as you'd expect against a lower league team content to sit deep and defend – but the end product wasn't there. The best move they produced started with a Boly pass to Bonatini who fed Jordan Graham – he crossed for Bonatini who headed wide.  Other than that Connor Ronan sent a couple of pot shots wide and Nouha Dicko sent a shot on the turn over the bar from a Danny Batth knockdown. And that was it. In fact Yeovil produced the only shot on target of the opening 45 minutes when a rare venture forward ended with Otis Khan shooting straight at Norris.

Jack Price, Dicko and Ronan came up with a few nice touches here and there but it was safe to say that no one staked their claim for a place in the team to face Derby at the weekend. There were also a couple of hairy moments for Boly who looked more comfortable going forward with the ball than he did defending. The big centre half also met a Graham corner, heading it down into the ground and over the bar. Wolves came out with renewed purpose after the break with the pacey and exuberant Vinagre in the thick of the action. He fired a shot into the side netting from a tight angle on the left, then sent in a low cross which the keeper spilled and Dicko just failed to get to the loose ball. Graham whipped a free kick into the corridor of uncertainty with all the zip of a Stuart Broad off-cutter, but no one could get on the end of it. Dicko then tried to take the initiative, crashing an excellently-struck 20-yarder inches over the bar. It was the kind of urgency Wolves had been sorely lacking and it was no surprise when Diogo Jota and Bright Enobakhare were sent on with just over 20 minutes left, with Edwards and the tiring Bonatini withdrawn. But it was Yeovil who then fashioned arguably the chance of the night. Substitute Sam Surridge was left completely unmarked between Batth and Boly but sent his 15-yard free shot just wide of the post. Then was then another hairy moment when a Batth pass only just reached Boly. Wolves were playing with fire – but then with time running out Dicko broke the deadlock. Graham, a man whose middle name should be changed by deed poll to 'Assist', sent an outswinging corner towards Dicko and he couldn't miss with his close range header. Dicko, now full of beans, barged his way inside before firing low at the keeper. And thereafter Wolves did an impressive job of seeing the game out, controlling possession and not letting Yeovil have a sniff of goal.

Key moments

76 – GOAL – Jordan Graham whips a corner to the back post where Nouha Dicko nods in from close range.

Line ups


Wolves (3-1-4-2): Norris; Bennett, Batth (c), Boly; Price; Graham, Edwards (Enobakhare, 69), Ronan (Saiss, 81), Vinagre; Dicko, Bonatini (Jota, 69). Subs: Burgoyne, Miranda, Coady, Doherty. Goal: Dicko (76)

Yeovil (4-4-2): Krysiak; Alfei, N Smith, Dickson, James; Khan (Olomola, 66), C Smith (Gray, 81), Bailey, Browne; Zoko (Surridge, 55), Sowunmi. Subs: Maddison, Davies, Mugabi, Santos.

Attendance: 9,478 Referee: Robert Lewis (Shrewsbury)


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                         Wolves Yeovil

Possession  66%         34%

Shots             16            2

Shots on Target 4      1

Corners       10            2

Fouls               6         17

01  Sat 5th August  Wolves 1 (Bonatini, 33’)  Middlesbrough 0

 

Before the match a 24 hour penalty marathon raised over £10,000 for Cure Leukaemia is support of Carl Ikeme, who was also the cover boy, with Jody Craddock’s new commission.  Carl’s daughter lead Wolves out, while the South Bank tribute was pictured by Mark Feehan from the North Bank


Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Bonatini 33 Middlesbrough 0


Brazilian Leo Bonatini scored on his debut to give Wolves an opening-day Championship win against (Boro)   The 23-year-old striker, on loan from Al Hilal, pounced on a sloppy pass from defender Daniel Ayala and slotted a fine finish past Darren Randolph.  Boro forward Martin Braithwaite should have levelled at Molineux before the break, but headed wide while unmarked.  Britt Assombalonga was denied by goalkeeper John Ruddy as Boro pressed late on and Wolves held on for victory.

Brazilian Leo Bonatini scored on his debut to give Wolves an opening-day Championship win against Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old striker, on loan from Al Hilal, pounced on a sloppy pass from defender Daniel Ayala and slotted a fine finish past Darren Randolph. Boro forward Martin Braithwaite should have levelled at Molineux before the break, but headed wide while unmarked. Britt Assombalonga was denied by goalkeeper John Ruddy as Boro pressed late on and Wolves held on for victory. Wolves' new manager Nuno Espirito Santo handed starts to seven summer acquisitions, including the Championship's record signing Ruben Neves in midfield.

Finding a prolific striker was one of Nuno's priorities ahead of the campaign, after midfielder Dave Edwards and winger Helder Costa, missing through injury, topped Wolves' scoring charts last season. And it was former Brazil under-17 player Bonatini who made the difference with the most composed of strikes after some terrible defending. Ayala attempted to pass the ball to Ben Gibson, but it was woefully short allowing Bonatini to nip in and place his effort into the bottom corner.  Middlesbrough also struggled to find the back of the net in 2016-17, scoring just 27 times as they were relegated from the Premier League. New boss Garry Monk started three of his new forwards - Ashley Fletcher, Assombalonga and Denmark international Braithwaite - but they could not find a way through a resolute Wolves defence.

Tim Spiers fill report here https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/08/05/wolves-1-middlesbrough-0--report/

Wolves

21Ruddy 25Gonçalves MirandaBooked at 28mins 16Coady 15Boly 2Doherty 27Saiss 8da Silva Neves 3Douglas 26EnobakhareSubstituted forEdwardsat 78'minutes 18Teixeira da SilvaSubstituted forGrahamat 84'minutes 33Bonatini Lohner MaiaSubstituted forDickoat 57'minutes Substitutes 4Edwards 5Bennett 6Batth 9Dicko 11Graham 20Ronan 31Norris

Middlesbrough

25Randolph 22Christie 4Ayala 6Gibson 3Friend 16HowsonSubstituted forGestedeat 81'minutes 8ClaytonBooked at 58mins 14de RoonSubstituted forForshawat  5'minutesBooked at 90mins 10Braithwaite 9Assombalonga 18FletcherSubstituted forBamfordat 57'minutes  Substitutes1Konstantopoulos 2Fabio 7Leadbitter 11Bamford 20Fry

34Forshaw 39Gestede


Referee: Darren Bond Attendance: 29,692 2594 away fans


                             Wolves Middlesbrough

Possession         48%      52%

Shots                    10           5

Shots on Target 2            2

Corners                4            4

Fouls                   14          13


Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time  90'+5' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 0. Booking 90'+4' Adam Forshaw (Boro) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+4' Foul by Adam Forshaw (Boro). 90'+4' Jordan Graham (WW)  wins a free kick on the left wing. 90'+3' Hand ball by David Edwards (WW) . 90'+1' Offside, (WW)   Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but David Edwards is caught offside. 90' Foul by Daniel Ayala (Boro). 90' Jordan Graham (WW)  wins a free kick on the left wing. 86' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Boro) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. 84' Sub, (WW)   Jordan Graham replaces Diogo Jota. 81' Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (WW)  left footed shot from outside the box is too high.  81' Sub, (Boro)  Rudy Gestede replaces Jonny Howson. 80' Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Boro) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson.  78' Sub, (WW)   David Edwards replaces Bright Enobakhare. 77' Romain Saiss (WW)  wins a free kick in the defensive half. 77' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Boro). 74' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW)  right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.  72' Corner, (Boro)  Conceded by John Ruddy.  72' Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Boro) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrick Bamford with a through ball. 72' Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Boro) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton following a set piece situation. 71' Foul by Willy Boly (WW) . 71' Patrick Bamford (Boro) wins a free kick on the right wing. 68' Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (WW)  left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross. 67' Corner, (WW)   Conceded by Adam Clayton. 67' Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare (WW)  left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 67' Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (WW)  left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner. 66' Corner, (WW)   Conceded by George Friend.  65' Sub, (Boro)  Adam Forshaw replaces Marten de Roon. 63' Offside, (Boro)  Marten de Roon tries a through ball, but Adam Clayton is caught offside. 62' Corner, (Boro)  Conceded by Conor Coady. 61' Diogo Jota (WW)  wins a free kick on the left wing. 61' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Boro). 59' Corner, (WW)   Conceded by Marten de Roon. 58' Adam Clayton (Boro) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 58' Diogo Jota (WW)  wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Foul by Adam Clayton (Boro).  57' Sub, (WW)   Nouha Dicko replaces Léo Bonatini.

 57' Sub, (Boro)  Patrick Bamford replaces Ashley Fletcher. 56' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW)  right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 55' Corner, (WW)   Conceded by Adam Clayton. 53' Attempt missed. Barry Douglas (WW)  left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Romain Saiss. 52' Léo Bonatini (WW)  wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Foul by Daniel Ayala (Boro). 52' Offside, (WW)   Léo Bonatini tries a through ball, but Barry Douglas is caught offside. 51' Attempt saved. Bright Enobakhare (WW)  right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romain Saiss. 51' Barry Douglas (WW)  wins a free kick on the left wing. 51' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Boro). 46' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW) . 46'

Britt Assombalonga (Boro) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 0.

  Half Time

                    Home Team   Away Team

                     Wolves Middlesbrough

Possession 54%     46%

Shots              2           1

Shots on Tgt  1          0

Corners         0           2

Fouls            11          6

 Half Time 45'+2' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 0.

45'+1' Foul by Diogo Jota (WW). 45'+1' Cyrus Christie (Boro) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Barry Douglas (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Boro). 43' Attempt missed. Martin Braithwaite (Boro) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross

37' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  37' Foul by Daniel Ayala (Boro). Goal!

33' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 0. Léo Bonatini (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

32'  Foul by Barry Douglas (WW).  32' Britt Assombalonga (Boro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  31' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 31' Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Boro).  29' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half.  29' Foul by Jonny Howson (Boro). Booking 28' Roderick Miranda (WW) is shown the  yellow card. 27' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW).  27' Britt Assombalonga (Boro) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 25' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Conor Coady. 24' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 24' Britt Assombalonga (Boro) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23' Léo Bonatini (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 23' Foul by Adam Clayton (Boro).  22' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss tries a through ball, but Bright Enobakhare is caught offside. 20' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 20' Britt Assombalonga (Boro) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 20' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Léo Bonatini. 19' Foul by Léo Bonatini (WW). 19' Adam Clayton (Boro) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18' Foul by Willy Boly (WW). 18' Britt Assombalonga (Boro) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 17' Offside, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside. 15' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Léo Bonatini. 14' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 14' George Friend (Boro) wins a free kick on the left wing. 12' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 12' Adam Clayton (Boro) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 11' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 11' Martin Braithwaite (Boro) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 7' Diogo Jota (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 7' Foul by Marten de Roon (Boro). 2' Foul by Roderick Miranda (WW). 2' Ashley Fletcher (Boro) wins a free kick on the right wing. Kick Off First Half begins.

BBC pre-match

Wolves and Middlesbrough have new managers in place for their opening match of the Championship season.    Nuno Espirito Santo and Garry Monk have spent heavily during the summer and their new clubs are among the favourites to be promoted.  Wolves have several new signings available for debuts, including £15m midfielder Ruben Neves.  Britt Assombalonga, who joined Boro from Nottingham Forest, is poised for his first outing for the Teessiders. Jonny Howson, Cyrus Christie and Martin Braithwaite are also set for their first competitive appearances after their summer transfers to Middlesbrough.  Gaston Ramirez is one player who will not be involved, after his move to Sampdoria. Wolves are without wingers Ivan Cavaleiro (suspension), Kortney Hause (knock) and Helder Costa (ankle), so on-loan Atletico Madrid forward Diogo Jota is set to start as part of a front three.

SAM's prediction Home win - 35% Draw - 28% Away win - 37%

Match facts

Wolves have won four and lost just one of their past seven opening-day matches.  Middlesbrough have won just one of their past eight matches on opening weekend (D4 L3), beating Birmingham 2-0 in 2014-15.  Middlesbrough have won their last four games against Wolves in all competitions, last winning five in a row in February 1995.  Wolves have won four of their past six home games against Middlesbrough in all competitions, though lost the last meeting in October 2015. There will be five players who played in the Champions League last season set to appear for Championship clubs in 2017-18, three of those for Wolves (Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Willy Boly). Middlesbrough signing Martin Braithwaite hit double figures in each of his last two seasons in the French top flight for Toulouse, netting 22 goals in total.


PSFs

Wednesday July 12 Wolves v Werder Bremen – 6pm KO – Parkstadion – Zell Am Ziller + for coach transfer from Munich contact member Mark Griffiths

Won 0-1 https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/07/13/wolves-1-werder-bremen-0---match-highlights/

Saturday  July 15 (6pm) Viktoria Plzeň Jenbach

Won 1-2 Tim Spiers highlights report

Tuesday 18th July FK Jablonec at Kematen

Lost 1-0 Tim Spiers report

Saturday July 22nd (3pm)  at Shrewsbury

Lost 2-0 Tim Spier’s report

Tuesday July 25 (7:30pm) Peterborough Utd

Won 1-0 Fans

Saturday, July 29th (3pm) (Home) Molineux retiring PL Champions Leicester City

Won 1-0 Nathan Judah
































01

Sat

6th August

15:00


WOLVES

1

0

Middlesbrough

3

3

3=

+1

Boro

EFL1

Tue

8th August

19:45


WOLVES

1

0

Yeovil Town

-

-

-

-

Yeovil EFL1

02

Sat

13th August

15:00


Derby Cty

0

2

WOLVES

3

6

2

+3

Rams

03

Tue

15th August

19:45


Hull City

2

3

WOLVES

3

9

2

+4

Tigers

04

Sat

20th August

15:00


WOLVES

1

2

Cardiff

0

9

3

+3

Sheepsh***ers















5

Sat

26th  August

15:00


Brentford

0

0

Wolves

1

10

3

3

Bees

6

Sat

09th  September

15:00


Wolves

1

0

Millwall

3

13

3

4

Lions

7

Tue

12th  September

19:45


Wolves

3

3

Bristol City

1

14

4

4

BCFC

8

Sat

16th  September

15:00


Nottm Forest

1

2

Wolves

3

17

2

5

Forest

EFL3

Tue

19th September

19:45


Wolves

1

0

Bristol Rovers

-

-

-

-

BRovers

9

Sat

23rd  September

15:00


Wolves

2

1

Barnsley

3

20

2

6

Barnsley

10

Wed

27th September

19:45


Sheffield Utd

2

0

Wolves

0

20

4

4

Blades

11

Sat

30th September

15:00


Burton Albion

0

4

Wolves

3

23

2

8

Burton

12

Sat

14th October

17:30

Sky

Wolves

2

0

Aston Villa

3

26

1

10

Vile

13

Sat

21st October

15:00


Wolves

3

2

Preston NE

3

29

1

11

PNE

EFL4

Tue

24th October

20:00


Manchester City

0

0

Wolves

AET

Lost

pens

04/01/2017

ManC

14

Sat

28th October

15:00


QPR

2

1

Wolves

0

29

2

10

QPR

15

Tue

31st October

19:45


Norwich

0

2

Wolves

3

32

1

12

Budgies

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