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  34   Fri   25th February     19:45 Sky   Wolves           1 - 2    Birmingham           0    35     20     -5     Blues

  35   Sat  4th  March          15:00          Reading         2 - 1    Wolves                   0    35     21     -6      Royals

  36   Tue  7th  March         19:45          Ipswich          0 - 0    Wolves                    1    36     21    –6     Tractor Boys

  37   Sat  11th  March        15:00          Wolves           1 - 0    Rotherham             3     39     20    -5      Millers

  33   Tue 14th  March        19:45          Brentford        1 - 2    Wolves                    3     42    18    -4       Bees

  38   Sat  18th  March        15:00          Fulham          1 - 3    Wolves                     3     45    16    -2      Cottagers

  39   Sat   1st   April          15:00          Wolves           x - x    Cardiff                     -     –     –       –       Sheepsh***ers

  40   Tue  4th   April          19:45          Wolves           x - x    Nottm Forest            -     –     –       –       Forest

  41   Sat   8th   April          15:00          Bristol City     x - x    Wolves                     -     –     –       –       Bristol

  42  Fri   14th  April           19:45          Wolves          x - x     Brighton Sky            -     –     –       –       Seagulls

  43   Mon 17th  April         15:00           Leeds            x - x    Wolves                      -     –     –       –      Damned

  44   Sat   22nd April         15:00          Wolves          x - x    Blackburn                 -     –     –       –        Blackburn

  28   Tue  25th  April         19:45          Wolves             pp     Huddersfield           -     –     –       –5       Terriers

  45   Sat  29th  April          15:00          Derby Cty      x - x    Wolves                     -     –     –       –         Rams

  46   Sun 7th  May            12:00           Wolves          x - x    Preston North End     -     –     –       –       PNE


  28   Tue  28th February      19:45         Wolves   25 April pp     Huddersfield       -     –     –       –5     Terriers



46  Sun   7th  May         12:00   Wolves  Preston North End

45  Sat   29th  April       15:00   Derby County  Wolves

28  Tue  25th  April       19:45   Wolves   Huddersfield  

44  Sat   22nd April       15:00   Wolves  Blackburn

43  Mon 17th  April        15:00   Leeds  Wolves

42  Fri   14th  April         19:45  Wolves   Brighton Sky

41  Sat   8th   April        15:00   Bristol City   Wolves

40  Tue  4th   April        19:45    Wolves   Nottm Forest

39  Sat   1st   April        15:00    Wolves   Cardiff

38  Sat  18th  March       15:00   Fulham 1 Odoi (54' ) WW 3  Cavaleiro (34' ), Weimann (47' ), Edwards (72' )

HT 0-1

Wolves moved five points clear of the Championship relegation zone with victory at Fulham, who missed the chance to climb into the top six.  Ivan Cavaleiro tucked in Helder Costa's cross from close range to give Wolves a half-time lead. Andreas Weimann doubled their advantage with a left-foot shot from the edge of the box before Denis Odoi pulled one back with a deflected shot.  But Dave Edwards tucked home another Costa cross to seals Wolves

 Fulham 1 Wolves 3 - Report

Wolves made it three wins from three as they beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage. Tim Spiers E&S

Ivan Cavaleiro, on his first start since January, opened the scoring when he tapped home Helder Costa's pass just after the half hour mark.  Andreas Weimann doubled the lead shortly after half time and, although Fulham soon pulled one back through Denis Odoi, David Edwards secured the points after more superb work from Costa on the break.  Wolves official photographer caught Peter and Cheesey in the crowd

Analysis

No offence to the magnificent, historic, beautiful stadium that is Molineux, but can Wolves play the rest of the season away from home? For the second time in five days they took on an attractive, attacking London team on their own turf - and deservedly beat them, writes Tim Spiers at Craven Cottage. This time the margin of victory was greater, even if their dominance of the match wasn't, but Paul Lambert's fiercely committed team were good value for this most vital of three points. Who saw this past week coming? Wolves were booed off last Saturday but three wins from three matches have pulled them up to an unlikely 16th position - five points ahead  of the drop zone. Last week it was clear that if they reproduced their Rotherham performance every week Wolves would be relegated. Well, if Wolves are away from home they're a completely different  animal. For four successive away matches they've been the better team, unluckily losing to Reading, drawing when they should have won at Ipswich and now beating  Brentford and Fulham. Cavaleiro in a free role was inspired, but the performance of Costa topped that. His two magnificent assists were the difference here. Lambert suggested he'd take the shackles off and the boss, who came under severe criticism during his team's dire losing run, deserves credit for the game plan he implemented here, restricting space for Fulham and playing them like a fiddle on the counter. The worry, though, is that six of Wolves' last eight are at home. Should they transfer their away form to Molineux then survival won't be an issue. Lambert went with the team that powered Wolves to victory in the second half at Brentford (bar Morgan Gibbs-White who came on for the final seconds) with Cavaleiro and Ben Marshall replacing Nouha Dicko and George Saville, who dropped to the bench. The Wolves boss had called Fulham the best footballing side in the Championship. Well, in the first 45 minutes Wolves took them on - and were deservedly ahead at the break. An open and attractive half of football saw the action flow from end to end, with both sides creating a number of chances. Wolves attacked - and defended - in big numbers, expending plenty of energy but not letting play-off-chasing Fulham have a moment's peace. That even included the home goalkeeper, with Wolves surrounding the Fulham box for goal kicks and forcing a number of errors from their defence. Cavaleiro, playing in a free role, caused trouble from the off and excelled with the freedom that Lambert had on Friday suggested the Portguese man needed to get the best from him. He almost slipped Costa - who picked up where he left off at Brentford - with an early through ball, before whistling a shot across goal and wide from a brisk counter involving Marshall and Weimann. Marshall, who covered so much ground in protecting Doherty but also breaking forward, forced keeper David Button into a sprawling save from 18 yards, while Costa also fired a long-range effort down the keeper's throat. Everyone in a lime green shirt was working hard, even flair player Costa - and his determination created the opening goal. Costa harried Fredericks out of possession near the corner flag, shrugged off the full back and ambled into the box before playing to Cavaleiro who couldn't miss from six yards. It was the least Wolves deserved. Yes Fulham created opportunities of their own - Kebano shooting just wide, Aluko firing at Ikeme from a dangerous position and Kevin McDonald almost doing the inevitable when he sent a free header wide - but Wolves had earned their lead. They had also protected their goal well, with Evans and Edwards sitting deep to deny Fulham's marauding midfielders space, while Hause made a couple of vital blocks and interceptions. Far from sitting back on their lead Wolves came racing out of the traps in the second half. Costa almost teed up Cavaleiro up for number two but his pass was intercepted in the nick of time. However just a minute later Wolves doubled their advantage. Coady's ball reached Weimann and he emphatically beat the keeper to score his second goal in three games. Fulham have been one of the form sides in the league of late and their response was a positive one. They pressed Wolves deeper back and, just seven minutes after Weimann's strike, they pulled one back when Odoi picked up Batth's clearance and boomed one in from range.  With the hosts seeing so much of the ball Lambert took off a tiring Cavaleiro - his work done - for Dicko, to defend from the front and try and get a third. And then, with the midfield battle being lost, on came Romain Saiss to do some smothering and shore things up with 23 minutes to go, Marshall the man to depart. It was now one-way traffic, albeit with Wolves adequately protecting Carl Ikeme with a wall of green shirts as the hosts sprayed it around looking for an opening. But they didn't account for the magic of Costa. The wing wizard raced down the right, got to the byline and crossed for Edwards who tapped home in front of goal. It sparked wild scenes in front of Wolves' 2,300 travelling fans. The remaining 18 minutes were a breeze, with Ikeme barely tested. What a week it's been.

Read more at http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/03/18/fulham-1-wolves-3-report/#4QlfQIBsbrdOkXSV.99


Fulham

27Button 2FredericksSubstituted forOdoiat 53' 26Kalas 13Ream 30SessegnonSubstituted forMaloneat 80' 10Cairney 6McDonaldSubstituted forCyriacat 45' 14Johansen 7Kebano 24Aluko 11Ayité Substitutes 1Bettinelli 3Malone 4Odoi 9Cyriac 15Madl 25Martin 36De La Torre

Wolves

1Ikeme 16CoadyBooked at 77mins  6Batth 30Hause 2Doherty  14EvansBooked at 40mins  4Edwards 17CostaSubstituted forSavilleat 79'  50CavaleiroBooked at  9minsSubstituted forDickoat 61' 64MarshallSubstituted forSaissat 68' 63Weimann Substitutes 8Saville 9Dicko 21Lonergan 22Bödvarsson 27Saiss 55Gibbs-White 60Williamson

Referee: Chris Kavanagh Attendance: 20,668 (WW 2,300)


  Fulham  Wolves

Possession 70% 30%

Shots 15 9

Shots on Target 4 5

Corners 5 2

Fouls 3 10



Match ends, Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Full Time 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. 90'+3' Offside, Fulham. Cyriac tries a through ball, but Neeskens Kebano is caught offside. 87'

Attempt saved. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. 86' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 86' Danny Batth (WW).  84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Saville.  80' Sub, Fulham. Scott Malone replaces Ryan Sessegnon. 80' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham). 80' David Edwards (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Sub, (WW) George Saville replaces Hélder Costa. Booking 77' Conor Coady (WW) is shown the yellow card. 76' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Denis Odoi with a cross. Goal!

72' Goal! Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. David Edwards (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

71' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Foul by David Edwards (WW). 68' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 68' Foul by Lee Evans (WW). 68' Sub, (WW) Romain Saiss replaces Ben Marshall. 64' Offside, (WW) Andreas Weimann tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside. 63' Attempt blocked. Cyriac (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen. 61' Sub, (WW) Nouha Dicko replaces Ivan Cavaleiro. 61' Offside, (WW) Lee Evans tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside. 59' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kortney Hause. 59' Attempt blocked. Cyriac (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 58' Offside, (WW) Lee Evans tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside. Goal! 54'  Goal! Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Denis Odoi (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano. 53' Sub, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Ryan Fredericks. 51'

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko. 50' Cyriac (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing. 50'

Foul by Conor Coady (WW). Goal!

47' Goal! Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Andreas Weimann (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Coady 46' Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady. Second Half Second Half begins Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45' Sub, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Kevin McDonald.

Half Time

  Fulham Wolves

Possession 68% 32%

Shots 9 6

Shots on Target 1 3

Corners 3 2

Fouls 2 6


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

45'+2' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).  45'+2' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 44' Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. 43' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Hélder Costa. 42' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon. 41' Delay over. They are ready to continue.  40' Delay in match Tom Cairney (Fulham) because of an injury. Booking 40' Lee Evans (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 40' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 40' Foul by Lee Evans (WW). Booking 39' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 39' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 39' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (WW). 38' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Tomas Kalas. 38' Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Floyd Ayité. 36' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro. 36' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left  wing. 36' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). Goal!

34' Goal! Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 31' Attempt blocked. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano. 30' Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (WW) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Edwards. 29' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham). 29' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 28' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano with a cross following a corner. 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matt Doherty. 27' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall. 25' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing. 25' Foul by Lee Evans (WW). 24' Offside, (WW) Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside. 23' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23' Foul by David Edwards (WW). 22' Attempt missed. Lee Evans (WW) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andreas Weimann. 22' Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen. 21' Offside, (WW) Lee Evans tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside 20' Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 18' Offside, (WW) Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside. 10' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Weimann. 9' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 9' Foul by Lee Evans (WW). 7' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité. 5' Offside, (WW) Carl Ikeme tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside. 4' Attempt blocked. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Edwards. 2' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Kck Off First Half begins.


Fulham are again likely to be without club captain Scott Parker, who is struggling with a back injury.  Winger Floyd Ayite remains doubtful with a hamstring problem, while Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon has a broken jaw.

Wolves winger Ben Marshall did not start Tuesday's win at Brentford because of a dead leg. Defender Richard Stearman, on loan from Fulham, is ineligible, but Mike Williamson could return after being rested for the victory at Griffin Park.  Jordan Graham is close to returning to the first  following a long-term knee injury, but Michal Zyro is not expected to be fit for some weeks.


MATCH FACTS


Fulham are without a win in each of their last five league clashes with Wolves (D1 L4), even though the Whites have scored six goals in their last two.

Wolves have won consecutive league games  to Fulham; they last recorded three in a row in December 1962.

Fulham have won a league-high 22 points from losing positions this season in the Championship.

The Whites have also attempted the most shots in the Championship this season overall (585), 30 more than any other side.

Seven of Helder Costa's nine league goals this season for Wolves have come  from .

Fulham are now unbeaten in eight Championship matches (W5 D3) - the longest current run along with Ipswich Town.33  Tue 14th  March       19:45   Brentford  1 Colin (31' ) Wolves2  Doherty (86' ), Costa (89' )

HT 1-0


Wolves scored twice in the last four minutes as they came from behind to beat Brentford and move four points clear of the relegation zone. Full-back Maxime Colin fired low into the corner to give the Bees an half-time lead against the run of play. Nouha Dicko hit the bar and Lee Evans had a shot blocked on the line for Wolves before Matt Doherty  levelled.  The visitors continued to dominate and Ivan Cavaleiro crossed for Helder Costa to volley in a deserved winner. Wolves are now 18th in the Championship, having picked up seven points from their past three games, and sit just five points behind their opponents.

Frenchman Colin showed the composure of a striker to slot  his fourth goal of the season from Konstantin Kerschbaumer's flick, but the defeat for Dean Smith's side was their second at  in the space of four days.  Ex-Benfica forward Costa ended an eight-game drought to snatch the points after Doherty had converted Ben Marshall's fine cross.  Brentford have kept just one clean sheet from their 13 league games in 2017, while Paul Lambert's Wolves side now have three s between them and the bottom three.  

Brentford boss Dean Smith: "That was certainly the worst performance at Griffin Park in my time here. I don't even think we had a first gear and Wolves were better from start to finish. Today we were out-battled. They won every loose ball, won the second balls and I don't think we won a header all game. Normally we out-football sides but we couldn't pass water. If you get beaten by a side that outmanoeuvres you, you can take it, but they had more desire."

Wolves boss Paul Lambert told BBC WM 95.6:

"Even at 1-0, I didn't think we should have been down, the lads were excellent. There was no problem for me. I never felt severe stress or pressure at all, even though we were a goal down, because we were creating. It was just a matter of time before we got one. In the second half, we looked great."


Brentford

1Bentley 2Colin 6Dean 14EganBooked at 34mins 22Henry 8Yennaris 15Woods 23JotaSubstituted forClarkeat 69' 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forSawyersat 80' 47CanosBooked at 51mins 21VibeSubstituted forJozefzoonat 61' Substitutes 7Jozefzoon 11Hofmann 16Bonham 19Sawyers 20Clarke 29Barbet 30Field

Wolves

1Ikeme 16Coady 6BatthBooked at 74mins 30Hause 2Doherty 14Evans 8SavilleSubstituted forCavaleiroat 61' 63WeimannSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 90+4' 4Edwards 17Costa 9DickoSubstituted forMarshallat 82' Substitutes 5Stearman 21Lonergan 22Bödvarsson 27Saiss 50Cavaleiro 55Gibbs-White 64Marshall

Referee: Keith Stroud Attendance: 8,732


  Brentford Wolves

Possession 43% 57%

Shots 9 24

Shots on Target 3 5

Corners 3 7

Fouls 12 11

Full Time  90'+6' Second Half ends, (Bees) 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

 90'+6' Foul by David Edwards (WW).  90'+6' Florian Jozefzoon (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  90'+4' Sub, (WW). Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Andreas Weimann.  90'+3' Attempt saved. Harlee Dean (Bees) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a cross. 90'+2' Foul by Lee Evans (WW).  90'+2' Romaine Sawyers (Bees) wins a free kick on the right wing.  90'+1' Ben Marshall (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.  90'+1' Foul by Ryan Woods (Bees).

Goal!  89' Goal! Brentford 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Hélder Costa (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Goal!  86' Goal! Brentford 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

 83' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  83' Foul by Sergi Canos (Bees).  82' Sub, (WW). Ben Marshall replaces Nouha Dicko.  82' Foul by Conor Coady (WW).  82'  Florian Jozefzoon (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  80' Sub, (Bees). Romaine Sawyers replaces Konstantin Kerschbaumer. 78' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW).  78' Florian Jozefzoon (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  77' Corner (WW). Conceded by Nico Yennaris.  77' Corner (WW). Conceded by John Egan.  77' Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross.  75' Nouha Dicko (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing.  75' Foul by Ryan Woods (Bees). Booking  74' Danny Batth (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  73' Foul by Danny Batth (WW).  73' Florian Jozefzoon (Bees) wins a free kick on the left wing.  73' Attempt blocked. Conor Coady (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.  72' Attempt missed. David Edwards (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross following a corner.

 72' Corner (WW). Conceded by John Egan.  71' Ivan Cavaleiro (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.  71' Foul by Ryan Woods (Bees).   69' Sub, (Bees). Josh Clarke replaces Jota. 67' Foul by Kortney Hause (WW).  67' Sergi Canos (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  65' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Batth following a corner.  65' Attempt missed. Danny Batth (WW) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner. 65' Corner (WW). Conceded by Maxime Colin.  64' Attempt missed. Jota (Bees) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Maxime Colin.  62' Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty.  62' Attempt blocked. Nouha Dicko (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.  62' Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.  61' Sub, (Bees). Florian Jozefzoon replaces Lasse Vibe.  61' Sub, (WW). Ivan Cavaleiro replaces George Saville.  58' Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 58' Corner (WW). Conceded by John Egan.  55' Attempt missed. George Saville (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.  53' Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Bees) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rico Henry with a headed pass.  51' Foul by George Saville (WW).  51' Lasse Vibe (Bees) wins a free kick on the right wing. Booking  51' Sergi Canos (Bees) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.  50' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50' Foul by Sergi Canos (Bees).  50' Attempt missed. Maxime Colin (Bees) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner. 50' Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Bees) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner. 50' Corner, (Bees). Conceded by David Edwards. 49' Corner, (Bees). Conceded by Kortney Hause. 49' Attempt blocked. Lasse Vibe (Bees) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nico Yennaris. 48' Attempt missed. George Saville (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. 48' Nouha Dicko (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a through ball. Second Half

Second Half begins Brentford 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Half Time 45'+2' First Half ends, (Bees) 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. 42' Sergi Canos (Bees) wins a free kick on the left wing.  42' Foul by Lee Evans (WW).  41' Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Bees) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jota. 41' Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nouha Dicko with a headed pass. 38' Foul by Jota (Bees). 38' Andreas Weimann (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 35' Ryan Woods (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 35' Foul by Nouha Dicko (WW). 35' Attempt missed. David Edwards (WW) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross following a set piece situation. Booking 34' John Egan (Bees) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 33' Foul by John Egan (Bees). 33' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 33' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross following a set piece situation. 32' Foul by Rico Henry (Bees). 32' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. Goal! 31' Goal! Brentford 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Maxime Colin (Bees) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Konstantin Kerschbaumer. 30' Lasse Vibe (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 30' Foul by Kortney Hause (WW). 28' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Conor Coady. 27' Foul by Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Bees). 27' George Saville (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 25' Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andreas Weimann. 25' Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. 24' Foul by Nico Yennaris (Bees). 24' Lee Evans (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 23' Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Bees) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vibe. 22' Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Bees) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 22' Foul by Lee Evans (WW). 14' Corner (WW). Conceded by John Egan. 14' Attempt saved. David Edwards (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann. 12' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation. 11' Foul by Ryan Woods (Bees).11' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 10' Corner, (Bees). Conceded by Conor Coady. 9' Delay over. They are ready to continue. 8' Delay in match Lee Evans (WW) because of an injury. 8' Attempt saved. Lee Evans (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Conor Coady. 5' Foul by Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Bees). 5' Lee Evans (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 2' Corner (WW). Conceded by Harlee Dean. 1' Attempt missed. David Edwards (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nouha Dicko with a headed pass. Kick Off First Half begins.


Brentford could rest midfielder Nico Yennaris, who has been playing despite a calf problem in recent games. Andreas Bjelland is likely to be out again after missing two matches with a hamstring injury, and Josh McEachran has not recovered from an ankle injury.

Ivan Cavaleiro could start for Wolves after making his return from injury as a late substitute in Saturday's win over bottom side Rotherham United.  Manager Paul Lambert has no new injuries or suspension to contend with.  Ivan Cavaleiro has made 25 appearances for Wolves since signing from Monaco in a £7m deal in August

Match facts

The Bees have won their last two  league games against Wolves, scoring seven and conceding none. Wolves have won just three of their 11 previous league trips to Griffin Park (D1 L7). Brentford have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 league games in 2017, with the most recent one coming at the end of January against Aston Villa (3-0). Helder Costa has scored six of his eight league goals  from Molineux this season - the only Championship midfielder to have scored more on the road this term is Fulham's Tom Cairney (seven). Jota has been directly involved in six of Brentford's last nine league goals (four goals and two assists).



37  Sat  11th  March      15:00   Wolves   Rotherham


Before the match Peter A, Stoo, Stef and Dave made presentations to Richard Skirrow, Club Secretary and Paul Richards, Head of Safeguarding at Molineux.  Thanks to Tim Spiers and Dave Slape for the pictures

Wolves 1  Weimann (45'+1 minutes) Rotherham 0


Before the match Peter A, Stoo, Stef and Dave made presentations to Richard Skirrow, Club Secretary and Paul Richards, Head of Safeguarding at Molineux.  Thanks to Tim Spiers and Dve Slape for the pictures.


Andreas Weimann got the only goal against Rotherham as Wolves edged to a nervy first win in eight games.  Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme twice rescued his side with saves from Danny Ward before Weimann scored in first-half injury time. That came 10 minutes after Rotherham keeper Lewis Price had saved Helder Costa's penalty. But Wolves could not add to their lead and, but for a poor late miss by Semi Ajayi, Rotherham would have drawn. Defeat for the Millers leaves the Championship's bottom club still with only one away point this season. Wolves' first victory since winning at Barnsley on 31 January, three days after their FA Cup win at Liverpool, leaves Paul Lambert's side still just a point clear of trouble. The hosts could have been two goals down inside the first 20 minutes after lone Millers striker Ward was twice sent clear, the first thanks to a careless misplaced pass from Romain Saiss. But keeper Ikeme twice repelled the threat, as Ward fired straight at him each time. Wolves wasted a chance to go one up on 34 minutes when, having himself gone down under Joe Mattock's challenge, Costa took a weak penalty that was saved at a comfortable height to his left by Rotherham keeper Price. But, on the stroke of half time, Weimann chased an apparently lost cause, won possession and rounded Price before tucking the ball into an empty net. Seconds later, he clattered into full-back Will Vaulks with an inflammatory challenge right in front of the away dugout that ended up with a booking for Weimann and a lengthy lecture for both managers from referee Jeremy Simpson.  After a poor first half, the second half was more open, with chances at either end before centre-half Ajayi's late miss.


Wolves

1Ikeme 16Coady 60Williamson 30Hause 8Saville 19PriceSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 82'minutes 27Saiss 17CostaSubstituted forBödvarssonat 66'minutes Edwards

64MarshallSubstituted forCavaleiroat 86'minutes 63WeimannBooked at 45mins Substitutes 2Doherty 6Batth 9Dicko 21Lonergan 22Bödvarsson 50Cavaleiro 55Gibbs-White

Rotherham

12Price 4Vaulks  15Ajayi  26Belaid  3MattockBooked at 88mins  7FordeSubstituted forBrayat 83'minutes  33SmallwoodSubstituted forYatesat 57'minutes8Frecklington

22NewellSubstituted forTaylorat 57'minutes 24Adeyemi 9D Ward Substitutes 11Taylor 25Dawson 27Bray 30Purrington 39Yates 40Warren 45Bilboe

Referee: Jeremy Simpson Attendance  20,077, with 206  from Rotherham.

  Wolves Rotherham

Possession 61% 39%

Shots 10 12

Shots on Target 5 2

Corners 8 3

Fouls 9 15

Full Time


90'+5'

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Rotherham United 0.

90'+3' Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (RU) right footed shot from very close range is too high. (Sitter missed) 90'+2' Corner, WW. Conceded by Lee Frecklington. 90'+2' Corner, WW. Conceded by Joe Mattock. 89' Conor Coady (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Lee Frecklington (RU). Booking 88' Joe Mattock (RU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 88' Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 88' Foul by Joe Mattock (RU). 87' Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (RU) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Will Vaulks with a cross. 86' Foul by George Saville (WW). 86' Jerry Yates (RU) wins a free kick in the defensive half 86' Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Edwards. 86' Sub, WW. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Ben Marshall. 84' Offside, WW. Ben Marshall tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside. 83' Sub, RU. Alex Bray replaces Anthony Forde. 83' Andreas Weimann (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 83' Foul by Lee Frecklington (RU).  82' Sub, WW. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Jack Price. 81' Foul by David Edwards (WW). 81' Joe Mattock (RU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 79' Attempt missed. Aimen Belaid (RU) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross following a corner. 79' Corner, RU. Conceded by Kortney Hause. 79' Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (RU) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Frecklington following a corner. 79' Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (RU) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jon Taylor with a cross following a corner. 78' Corner, RU. Conceded by Conor Coady. 74' Foul by David Edwards (WW). 74' Tom Adeyemi (RU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 72' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 72' Foul by Lee Frecklington (RU). 71' Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (RU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Taylor. 67' Attempt missed. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by George Saville following a fast break. 66' Sub, WW. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Hélder Costa. 66' Foul by David Edwards (WW). 66' Anthony Forde (RU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 64' Attempt missed. Jerry Yates (RU) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross. 62' David Edwards (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 62' Foul by Lee Frecklington (RU). 61' Attempt saved. David Edwards (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross. 57' Sub, RU. Jon Taylor replaces Joe Newell. 57' Sub, RU. Jerry Yates replaces Richard Smallwood. 56' George Saville (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 56' Foul by Danny Ward (RU). 51' Attempt blocked. David Edwards (WW) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross. 51' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 51' Foul by Joe Mattock (RU). 50' Offside, WW. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside. 48' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Price. 46' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 46' Joe Mattock (RU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Rotherham United 0.

Half Time

 Wolves Rotherham

Possession 67% 33%

Shots 5 5

Shots on Target 2 2

Corners 6 1

Fouls 4 8


45'+5' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Rotherham United 0.

45'+4' Delay over. They are ready to continue. Booking 45'+3' Andreas Weimann (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 45'+2' Delay in match Will Vaulks (RU) because of an injury. 45'+2' Foul by Andreas Weimann (WW). 45'+2' Will Vaulks (RU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Goal!

45'+1' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Rotherham United 0. Andreas Weimann (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a through ball.

44' Attempt missed. Aimen Belaid (RU) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. 44' Foul by George Saville (WW). 44' Anthony Forde (RU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 43' Romain Saiss (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 43' Foul by Danny Ward (RU). 41' David Edwards (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 41' Foul by Richard Smallwood (RU).  36' Corner, WW. Conceded by Joe Mattock. 35' Corner, WW. Conceded by Joe Newell. 35' Penalty saved! Hélder Costa (WW) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the top centre of the goal. 34' Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa draws a foul in the penalty area. 34' Penalty conceded by Joe Mattock (RU) after a foul in the penalty area.

34' David Edwards (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 34' Foul by Lee Frecklington (RU). 33' Offside, WW. David Edwards tries a through ball, but George Saville is caught offside. 30' Corner, RU. Conceded by George Saville. 26' Corner, WW. Conceded by Joe Mattock. 24' Foul by Jack Price (WW). 24' Joe Newell (RU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 24' Corner, WW. Conceded by Joe Mattock. 21' Attempt saved. Danny Ward (RU) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi with a through ball. 17' Ben Marshall (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 18' Foul by Will Vaulks (RU). 17' Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (RU) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Vaulks with a cross.  13'

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (RU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Frecklington with a headed pass following a set piece situation. 13' Foul by Conor Coady (WW). 13' Joe Mattock (RU) wins a free kick on the left wing. 10' Ben Marshall (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 10' Foul by Lee Frecklington (RU). 10' Attempt saved. Danny Ward (RU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi with a through ball. 8' Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner. 7' Corner, WW. Conceded by Aimen Belaid. 5' Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a set piece situation. 4' Hand ball by Lee Frecklington (RU). 2' Corner, WW. Conceded by Aimen Belaid. 2' Attempt blocked.  Kortney Hause (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross. 1' Foul by Richard Smallwood (RU). 1' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Kick Off First Half begins.


Wolves host Championship bottom club Rotherham United at Molineux looking for their first win in eight matches. Defender Mike Williamson is available after suspension, while £13m winger Helder Costa may start after coming off the bench at Ipswich on Tuesday.

Rotherham will have forward Danny Ward available again after he missed Tuesday's defeat by Brighton. The Millers are 19 points adrift of safety and have lost nine of their last 10 league games.


Match facts


Rotherham have won only one of their last 20 league meetings with Wolves - a 1-0 win at the New York Stadium in August 2014. Wolves' draw at Ipswich on Tuesday ended a run of six successive defeats, five of which were in the league. The Millers have picked up just one point from their 18  league games this season - fewer than any other side in the top four tiers of English football. Helder Costa has been involved in four of Wolves' last six  league goals (one goal, three assists). Rotherham have conceded in each of their last 16 league games - their longest run without a clean sheet since 1991.











































36  Tue  7th  March       19:45   Ipswich  0 Wolves  0

Ipswich Town 0 Wolves 0 - Report by Tim Spiers

Wolves finally ended their losing streak as they claimed a 0-0 draw away at Ipswich Town. Paul Lambert's team were left ruing their luck after hitting the woodwork twice in the final five minutes.  Jon Dadi Bodvarsson struck a post and Ben Marshall curled a free kick onto the bar as Wolves were left frustrated.

Analysis  pic Time Spiers - 443 WW fans pre match

Well, it's a start.  Wolves stopped the rot at Portman Road to end their six-game winless streak - but yet again it was a case of what might have been, writes Tim Spiers. In fact this was deja vu from Reading just four days ago. Again it was a sleep-inducing first half of little to no action. Again Wolves greatly improved after the break and controlled the game for long spells. Again they couldn't make their dominance count. This time they hit the post and the crossbar, both in the final five minutes, but it just wouldn't go in. At least they avoided losing six consecutive matches at this level for the first time since 1984/85. They also kept their first clean sheet since January. Small steps, but steps nonetheless.

If Wolves had succumbed to their old boss Mick McCarthy's team and lost seven matches in a row, the knives would had been out for Lambert. They would also have moved to within goal difference of being in the relegation zone. But now they can at least see the next week as a window of opportunity. Wolves host Rotherham on Saturday - a team that has earned one solitary point from 18 away matches this season - before next Tuesday's trip to Brentford, a game on hand on all of their relegation rivals bar Blackburn.

If Lambert can make it a dream week, Wolves can pull clear of the mess they still find themselves in. As at Reading on Saturday changes were expected, but yet again Lambert had a few surprises up his sleeve, the main one being to drop £13m record signing Helder Costa to the bench. Danny Batth, Matt Doherty, Jack Price, Andreas Weimann and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson came into what looked like a hard-working team set up not to get beat. And that's exactly how it played out in a truly dire first half. Wolves gave little away, but created next to nothing themselves. They did, as is the fashion these days, have a contentious decision go against them - Doherty raced into the box from Weimann's through ball, there was a tangle of legs and the defender appeared to handle the ball as he fell, but the referee gave a free kick inches outside the box instead of what looked like a penalty. The two teams had one sniff of goal apiece - David Edwards saw his header from a tight angle blocked, while Carl Ikeme had to get down low to save David McGoldrick's shot. That was pretty much it, although Doherty was also in the right place to clear in front of his own goal after Tom Lawrence skinned Kortney Hause and crossed low into the box. Wolves added a new tactic - the long throws of Ben Marshall, who was their best player in a first half team performance that could kindly be described as industrious.  The long balls to Bodvarsson were too frequent and not enough players were on the same wavelength. Doherty and Hause were nervy at the back and, while all three midfielders closed down well enough, they conceded possession too readily, particularly Romain Saiss. All in all it was a tough watch. The 300 or so who had made the very long trip east - one of Wolves' lowest away followings in the past decade - weren't exactly being rewarded with a feast of football.

The second half, mercifully, improved. The game opened up and both sides had chances, with Ipswich threatening with a barrage of set pieces. Wolves were starting to look useful on the counter attack and Weimann began to heavily influence proceedings down the right. It was the Austrian's low cross to Bodvarsson which led to Wolves' first big chance of the game when Marshall side-footed wide. The front three were all getting into good areas but, yet again, that crucial killer instinct was deserting Wolves, with a number of near misses in terms of the final pass as Lambert's team began to dominate proceedings. It was the same old story. Wolves had most of the play and had Ipswich on the back foot for long spells but keeper Bartosz Bialkowski wasn't tested. On came Costa with eight to go, replacing the impressing Weimann. They continued to press - Bodvarsson hit a post from a tight angle and then Marshall curled a free kick onto the bar, both within four minutes of each other.

The footballing Gods had deserted Wolves.


Read more at http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/03/07/ipswich-town-0-wolves-0-report/#8vl81W9QVaWZy4I1.99


Ipswich

33Bialkowski 29EmmanuelSubstituted forMooreat 84'minutes 4Chambers 6Berra 5SmithSubstituted forKenlockat 61'minutes 3KnudsenBooked at 21mins 18G Ward 8Skuse 37Diagouraga 27Lawrence 10McGoldrick Substitutes 1Gerken 11Pitman 12Spence 17Bru 20Sears 28Moore 30Kenlock

Wolves

1Ikeme 2Doherty 6BatthBooked at 47mins 30Hause 8Saville 19Price 27Saiss 63WeimannSubstituted forCostaat 82'minutes 4Edwards 64Marshall 22Bödvarsson Substitutes

5Stearman 9Dicko 16Coady 17Costa 18Iorfa 21Lonergan 50Cavaleiro

Referee: Darren Deadman Attendance: 15,076  Tim Spiers = There are 443 Wolves fans here in a crowd of 15,076


Home TeamIpswichAway TeamWolves

Possession

Home43%Away57%

Shots

Home3Away8

Shots on Target

Home2Away1

Corners

Home7Away8

Fouls

Home11Away5

Full Time

90'+3' Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

90'+1' Offside, IT. Kieffer Moore tries a through ball, but Tom Lawrence is caught offside. 89' Danny Batth (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 89' Foul by Kieffer Moore  (IT). 88' Corner, WW. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski. 88' Corner, WW. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen. 88' Ben Marshall (WW) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside  the box from a direct free kick. 87' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 87' Foul by Cole Skuse (IT). 85' Corner, WW. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski. 85' Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

84' Sub, IT. Kieffer Moore replaces Joshua Emmanuel. 82' Sub, WW. Hélder Costa replaces Andreas Weimann. 81' Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 81' Foul by Jonas Knudsen (IT). 79' Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Edwards  with a headed pass. 79' Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (IT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toumani Diagouraga. 77' Corner, WW. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen. 76' Matt Doherty (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 76' Foul by Myles Kenlock (IT). 74' Kortney Hause (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 74' Foul by Tom Lawrence (IT). 72' George Saville (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 72' Foul by Joshua Emmanuel (IT). 70' Attempt missed. Jack Price (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Romain Saiss. 69' Corner, WW. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen. 67' Corner, WW. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski. 66' Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Saville. 64' Foul by David  Edwards (WW). 64' Luke Chambers (IT) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 61' Sub, IT. Myles Kenlock replaces Tommy Smith. 61' Offside, WW. Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Jón Dadi Bödvarsson is caught offside. 61' Offside, IT. Luke Chambers tries a through ball, but Tom Lawrence is caught offside. 59' Offside, IT. Jonas Knudsen tries a through ball, but Tom Lawrence is caught offside. 58' Foul by Matt Doherty (WW). 58' David McGoldrick (IT) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 57' Corner, WW. Conceded by Joshua Emmanuel. 54' Corner, IT. Conceded by Romain Saiss. 54' Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson. 53' Corner, IT. Conceded by Carl Ikeme. 52' Corner, IT. Conceded by Carl Ikeme. 52' Corner, IT. Conceded by Matt Doherty. 50' Delay over. They are ready to continue.  50' Delay in match Carl Ikeme (WW) because of an injury. 50' Delay in match Grant Ward (IT) because of an injury. 49' David Edwards (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 49' Foul by Cole Skuse (IT). 48' Corner, IT. Conceded by Matt Doherty. Booking  47' Danny Batth (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 47' Foul by Danny Batth (WW). 47' Tommy Smith (IT) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Second Half

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

HT   Ipswich Wolves

Possession 44% 56%

Shots 2 2

Shots on Tgt 1 1

Corners 2 1

Fouls 4 2

45'+2' First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+1' Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (IT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lawrence. 39' Offside, WW. Ben Marshall tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside. 33' Corner, WW. Conceded by David McGoldrick. 33' Attempt blocked. David Edwards (WW) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann with a cross. 32' Ben Marshall (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 32' Foul by Luke Chambers (IT). 31' Attempt missed. Toumani Diagouraga (IT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Lawrence following a corner.  30' Corner, IT. Conceded by Danny Batth. 30' Corner, IT. Conceded by Danny Batth.  25' Foul by Kortney Hause (WW). 25' Tom Lawrence (IT) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Foul by George Saville (WW). 22' Grant Ward (IT) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22' Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick. Booking 21' Jonas Knudsen (IT) is shown the yellow card for hand ball. 20' Hand ball by Jonas Knudsen (IT). 14' Foul by David McGoldrick (IT). 14' Kortney Hause (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 6' Foul by Tom Lawrence (IT). 6' Kortney Hause (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Ipswich Town midfielder Emyr Huws, goalscorer in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brentford, has a hamstring injury and is a doubt for the visit of Wolves. Luke Hyam is sidelined for two to three weeks with an ankle injury.

Wolves take on former manager Mick McCarthy's Ipswich looking to avoid a seventh straight defeat. Ivan Cavaleiro returns to the squad after eight games out with a knee injury, but suspended defender Mike Williamson is missing for the visitors. On his first league start in 15 months, Williamson was sent off five minutes before full-time in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Reading for a second bookable offence.  As well as going out of the FA Cup at  to Chelsea, Wolves have lost five league games in a row to fall within a point of the Championship drop zone.

Match facts

Wolves last lost seven matches on the trot in March/April 2012, all in the Premier League, when Terry Connor was manager following the sacking of McCarthy. Wolves have not won on their last two visits to Portman Road, since a 2-0 victory in September 2012. Since then, following the appointment of ex-Wolves boss McCarthy in November 2012, Ipswich are unbeaten in their last six league games against Wolves, the last four of which have been draws. Wolves have won a league-high 57.1% of their Championship points  from  (20 out of an overall total of 35) this season. Tom Lawrence has six Championship goals in 2017 so far - no other Ipswich player has scored more than twice.


35  Sat   4th  March       15:00   Reading  2 Kermorgant (48'), McShane (78')  Wolves 1 Marshall (50'), Williamson (Sent off 85')


Well, bringing Williamson back was a great idea as he makes a stupid tackle and is sent off.  Very poor game (Ady WiIliams)

Reading strengthened their Championship play-off hopes as they inflicted Wolves' fifth successive league defeat.  The game burst into life after half-time as Yann Kermorgant deflected Liam Moore's shot past Carl Ikeme to put the hosts ahead. Two later Ben Marshall touched in Nouha Dicko's fine cross to level.  But Paul McShane met John Swift's free-kick with an inch-perfect header before Wolves defender Mike Williamson was sent off late on.

18,629 1,814 WW

Reading

26Al Habsi 2Gunter 5McShane 16Moore 24Blackett 4van den BergSubstituted forEvansat 71'minutes 23WilliamsBooked at 90mins 25PopaSubstituted forMeiteat 63'minutes 8Swift 7BeerensSubstituted forGrabbanat 63'minutes 18KermorgantBooked at 90mins Substitutes 6Evans 11Obita 19Meite 31Jaakkola 38Kelly 50Grabban 54Mutch

Wolves

1Ikeme 18Iorfa 60WilliamsonBooked at 85mins 30Hause 8SavilleSubstituted forBödvarssonat 84'minutes 16CoadySubstituted forDohertyat 90+3'minutes 27Saiss 4Edwards 17Costa 9DickoBooked at 66minsSubstituted forWeimannat 72'minutes 64Marshall Substitutes 2Doherty 6Batth 19Price 21Lonergan 22Bödvarsson 26Enobakhare 63Weimann

Referee: Andy Madley Attendance: 18,629

  Reading Wolves

Possession 55% 45%

Shots 6 13

Shots on Target 3 5

Corners 2 6

Fouls 12 17


Match ends, Reading 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time 90'+5'

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. 90'+4' Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (WW) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross. 90'+3' Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by John Swift.  90'+3' Sub, WW. Matt  Doherty replaces Conor Coady. 90'+1' Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation. Booking 90'+1' Danny Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card. Booking 90'+1' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90'+1' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading). 90'+1' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Dismissal 85' Second yellow card to Mike Williamson (WW) for a bad foul. 85' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 85' Foul by Mike Williamson (WW) 84' Sub, WW. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces George Saville. 79' Corner, Reading. Conceded by George Saville. Goal! 78' Goal! Reading 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by John Swift with a cross following a set piece situation. 77' Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing. 77' Foul by George Saville (WW) 76' Attempt missed. George Evans (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban. 75' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 75' Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading). 74' Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann. 74' Attempt saved. George Saville (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Coady. 72' Sub, WW. Andreas Weimann replaces Nouha Dicko. 72' Attempt missed. Mike Williamson (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kortney Hause following a  corner. 71' Corner, WW. Conceded by Liam Moore.  71' Sub, Reading. George Evans replaces Joey van den Berg. 71' Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading). 71' David Edwards (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 67' Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading). 67' George Saville (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Booking 66' Nouha Dicko (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 66' Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 66' Foul by Nouha Dicko (WW) 64' Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (WW) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hélder Costa. 63' Sub, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Adrian Popa. 63' Sub, Reading. Lewis Grabban replaces Roy Beerens. 60' Corner, WW. Conceded by Paul McShane. 59' Adrian Popa (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing. 59' Foul by George Saville (WW) 56' Attempt saved. David Edwards (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Coady with a cross. 56'

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner. 56' Corner, WW. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi. 56' Attempt saved. Conor Coady (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 55' Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 55' Foul by Dominic Iorfa (WW) 55' Attempt missed. Dominic Iorfa (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Coady with a cross. 51' Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing. 51' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW)

Goal! 50' Goal! Reading 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Ben Marshall (WW) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nouha Dicko with a cross. Goal! 48' Goal! Reading 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Williams. 48' Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey van den Berg.

Second Half begins Reading 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

HT              Reading Wolves

Possession 65% 35%

Shots 1 3

Shots on Target 1 1

Corners 1 3

Fouls 8 11


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

45'+1' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 45'+1' Foul by Kortney Hause (WW).   45' Tyler Blackett (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.  45' Foul by Dominic Iorfa (WW). 44' Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 44' Foul by Mike Williamson (WW). 44' Corner, WW. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.  42' Attempt missed. Conor Coady (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall following a corner. 41' Attempt saved. Romain Saiss (WW) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross. 41' Corner, WW. Conceded by Liam Moore. 41' Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (WW) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 39' Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Booking 38' Mike Williamson (WW) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 38' John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 38' Foul by Mike Williamson (WW). 37' Offside, Reading. Danny Williams tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside. 33' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 33' Foul by George Saville (WW). 31' Offside, Reading. Tyler Blackett tries a through ball, but John Swift is caught offside. 30' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading). 30' Dominic Iorfa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 28' Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading). 28' Nouha Dicko (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26' Foul by Romain Saiss (WW). 24' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading). 24' Mike Williamson (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 23' Hand ball by Liam Moore (Reading). 22' Corner, Reading. Conceded by  Romain Saiss. 20' Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading). 20' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 19' Corner, WW. Conceded by Paul McShane. 18' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading). 18' Hélder Costa (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 15' Offside, Reading. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside. 13' Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 13' Foul by Nouha Dicko (WW). 12' Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading). 12' Ben Marshall (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 11' Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing. 11' Foul by Hélder Costa (WW). 8' Hand ball by Conor Coady (WW). 7' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 7' Foul by David Edwards (WW). 6' Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 6' Foul by Nouha Dicko (WW). 3' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading). 3' Kortney Hause (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Kick Off First Half begins.



Reading seek their first win in three games after successive defeats by Championship promotion rivals Huddersfield Town and Brighton.  January's EFL Young Player of the Month John Swift may be recalled, but Reece Oxford (hamstring) will not feature.  

Wolves defender Kortney Hause is expected to return after being left out last weekend for disciplinary reasons.   Having slipped to 20th, just two points clear of danger, Wolves hope to avoid a fifth straight league defeat. None of Wolves' injured players will be back in time for the trip to the Madejski Stadium, but winger Ivan Cavaleiro (knee) is set to resume training next week after a month-long absence. And Jordan Graham, also disciplined along with Hause by boss Paul Lambert last week, is back in training following 13 months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire: "We need to be realistic in what we are trying to achieve. The thing for us is we need to learn from everything.  You need to learn to work under pressure, to play in big games against better s. We need to learn against very good s to know what do differently.  I said at the beginning of the season that hopefully we could end up in the top 10. It is in a period of over two to three years that we are trying to build a  to maybe go up to the Premier League."


Wolves boss Paul Lambert told BBC WM: "In games, we're having most of the ball but we have to finish off. The important thing is to never be frightened to miss. Hopefully, after getting his goal last weekend, Nouha Dicko will now go on a run. We have to be better in both boxes. But there's not too much wrong. We got there with confidence."


Match facts

Wolves have lost their last four league games, as well as losing in the FA Cup fifth round to Chelsea.  They have not suffered five league defeats in a row since November/December 2014, under Kenny Jackett. They last lost six matches on the trot in an ultimately seven-match losing run in March/April 2012, when Terry Connor was manager, following the sacking of Mick McCarthy. Reading are winless in their last three league meetings with Wolves, having failed to score in all three games. Reading have won eight of their last 10  Championship games. Only Fulham (83%) have a better passing accuracy than Reading in the Championship this season (81%).34  Fri   24th February   19:45   Wolves  1 Birmingham 2 report here Blues

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