Rotherham 3 Wolves 3 - match report and pictures

Wolves came back from 3-1 down to rescue a point in a see-saw thriller at Rotherham.

Kenny Jackett’s side looked dead and buried after former Molineux loanee Nouha Dicko struck in the 10th and 53rd minutes either side of Kieran Agard’s 36th-minute header which cancelled out Danny Batth’s header on nine minutes.

But Bakary Sako’s penalty on 59 meant it was ‘game on’ and James Henry rifled home the equaliser five minutes later.

Wolves, who produced a much-improved second-half performance, then looked in the ascendancy and substitute Leigh Griffiths had a clean-through chance and Sako and Henry further efforts as they tried to snatch the winner.

Head coach Jackett made two changes from the starting line-up that lost 2-0 to MK Dons last week.

Jack Price replaced the suspended Kevin McDonald and Bjorn Sigurdarson came in for Griffiths up front.

That meant Sako kept his place after being accused of a lack of effort last week.

Wolves started brightly in a highly-charged atmosphere in a snappy tempo and should have done better in the third minute when Sako ran 50 yards after Sigurdarson headed away Ben Pringle’s free kick.

He teased the Millers defence before finding the unmarked Henry to his right but the winger ran into trouble and ended up winning a corner when he should have shot first time.

Dicko gave notice of Rotherham’s intentions in the sixth minute when he volleyed wide before strike partner Haris Vuckic fired inches wide from eight yards out after Scott Golbourne headed away a throw.

But Wolves broke to take the lead when Batth stooped to head home Henry’s whipped-in free kick for his first goal of the season.

The visitors’ lead lasted only a minute however as Rotherham levelled through Dicko, who tapped home at the near post from close range to convert Pringle’s centre after Ikeme punched clear and Sako couldn’t get close enough to close the cross.

Inspired by his goal, Dicko tried an over-the-shoulder volley from 30 yards out that dropped a yard wide of Ikeme’s far upright on the quarter hour mark.

Instead of forcing the pace again, Wolves couldn’t respond and it was Rotherham who took hold of the game.

Ikeme was left screaming at his team-mates on 23 as right-back Mark Bradley was allowed to race through unmarked to latch onto Kieran Agard’s left-wing cross but fortunately for the visitors, he ballooned over.

The Millers remained on top and got a second goal as Agard climbed above Golbourne at the far post and sent a towering header in at the opposite side of the goal.

Ikeme had to be alert again seconds before the break but this time from one of his own players as Sam Ricketts’ backpass threatened to go over him and he managed to tip the ball over the bar as Wolves welcomed the half-time whistle, relieved to get to the break without suffering further.

Things went from bad to worse for Wolves as Ricketts was booked for pushing Dicko on 51 and two minutes later, the on-loan Wigan forward made it 3-1 when he ghosted into the box to chest home Pringle’s cross after the hosts worked the ball from right to left.

The goal was little more than the Millers deserved at that stage as they were far hungrier than Wolves, who lacked ideas and creativity.

But just six minutes later the game turned on its head to give the visitors renewed hope just when all seemed lost.

Doyle, Sigurdarson and Batth all went up for a header from Golbourne’s cross and the referee signalled a penalty for handball.

Sako needed no second invitation as he rifled home his seventh goal of the season from the spot, keeper Adam Collin’s hand merely helping the ball into the roof of the net.

Griffiths replaced Sigurdarson on 62 and within two minutes, Wolves were level.

Dave Edwards threaded Henry through in the inside right position as Rotherham were left four on two but he didn’t need his team-mates as he held off a defender before lashing in a fierce shot off Collin for his fourth goal for the club.

For the first time since briefly taking the lead through Batth, Wolves were in the ascendancy as they finally took the game to the Millers.

Griffiths found himself clean through on 68 only for his control to let him down and the chance was lost.

Then Wolves had two chances within seconds of each other in the 71st minute.

First Sako tried his luck with a curling shot that bounced in front of Collin, who parried but just out of Griffiths’s reach.

Wolves retained possession and Henry popped up on the left, lifting a chip that landed on top of the net.

The visitors continued to look the more likely scorers but couldn’t add to their tally and had to settle for a point.

But it was a much-improved second-half performance from Jackett’s side and they will hope to have regained their form as they go into Christmas.

Comments for: "Rotherham 3 Wolves 3 - match report and pictures"

nik.hare1

Great point and come back from 3-1 down, going on Thursday against Crewe when WWfc could go top. Please Santa. Ta very much. U.t.w.

Orlando Wolves

Correct, an excellent result to come back from 3-1 down. Rotherham have been one of our bogey teams over the years, in 23 meetings we have only won 4 games.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to fellow Wolfies.

oldergold

One point better than none, let's just stay around the results , they all were kind to us today Come Wolves

Doyler!

Well earned point n we still second but new players needed asap. Need to counter threats from these type of teams.They just about managed to turn it around we need more grit and skill to open them up and for me midfield is the key. Sako better today but Edwards headless chicken again.

But at least we did not lose and could of won. Now two tough games coming up Crewe next the Orient.

Got to get a win off the back of these.

Well done lads.

UTW

Chillo Wolf

When i heard that it was Price and Edwards in midfield i feared the worse. I'm not slating these two individually as i believe they have strong attributes. However, holding midfielders they aint.

Santa please can we have a holding, dominant midfielder for the new year please?

len

in the end we got a point so we have to be happy , but our midfield is deed and now defence starting to leek ,and again tinkerman striks, now starting to worry was 9pts from Brentford now one

Bazrat

Are you Chris H in disguise.

chris h

No he ain't. That being said he has a point.

Chillo Wolf

Cracking point, well done boys!

ThaiWolf

Commentators Mikey & Andy made the game sound really exciting, on the radio, in the second half. Sounded like a better performance from Sako today.

What happened to Henry in the second half? Sounded like he was injured.

It seems our defence was struggling to prevent Pringle from delivering crosses into the penalty area.

Spot on ref! Seeing a penalty when no one else did. It's good to get a decision going our way at last.

Wolves are still struggling to find some form. At 3-1 I thought we may be in for a thrashing. Not today. Still need a midfield general. A newer version of Mike Bailey would do.

Siggy has to go. He's had his chances but is too timid and doesn't know how to 'turn' defenders. A 30 something, seasoned pro centre forward would do nicely thank you. Know of anyone?

Tomwolf

You must remember Henry, spent a month out with a groin injury, and only came back last week. He looked jaded in the second half last week, then KJ, said he was still having a slight problem with it in training this week. So he needs to take it steady, has we've got games thick and fast between now and January. As for a striker I would go for Leon Clarke he's about 28 now which is good age, and Kevin Phillips as an impact player. Nicky Adams, could be a Mike Bailey type of player. Pringle would be a good signing too very lively and skilful too . UTW

Mensa Wolves

I was also wondering whether Leon Clarke would be a decent option.

He got lambasted for a couple of daft things he apparently did whilst he was a Wolves youngster.

He started his career brightly but then got squashed by the torrent of negative abuse from the stands.

He didn't have the wherewithal to handle it back then. The situation has changed now and I'm sure he's more mature now too.

Phillips would be a great signing but a physical, powerful presence is needed more urgently for the way KJ plays.

brownwolf

I agree with Sue

The Flying Winger

Me too

Farmer Ted

Don't be too harsh, Len was busy on Strictly, his mind wasn't on the job.

One thing he did make clear; "we got a point so we have to be happy"

torbaywolf

Definitely a fighting point earned but I am very concerned that our defence is now starting to creak somewhat , and oh how we miss Doherty , and our midfield is misfiring totally . I am aware that Edwards is a favourite of the manager but even at this level he is just not good enough . We have virtually no creativity in midfield and , personally , I cannot see how even a half fit O'Hara would not be an improvement . We badly need a foil for Griffiths and he is now missing the sort of chances he thrived on at Hibs last season . Come on lads let's have two wins out of the next two home games and give us supporters a great feeling going into 2014 . A great Christmas and New Year to all supporters

Tomwolf

WOW 1-0 up, 3-1 down, and a 3-3 full time score, now that's was a ''xmas cracker'' I said yesterday, a draw would do for me, three points would be better. But at least it ends our dismal run, and hopefully this comeback will lift the lads, confidence, to go on and have a good period of results over xmas and early new year. But I was surprised to see Sigurdarson, who only last weekend, couldn't even get into the squad, yet today he bypassed Cassidy and McAlinden, and more so our 'top scorer' Griffiths. Yet KJ, said both Sako and Griffths were spoken too, about their performances of late, but they will both start the game, Sako got the nod, but our only main goal threat Griffiths could only make the bench, for a player ( who I do like very much ) but as struggled to score all season.to take his place. Then the referee gave us a lifeline with the penalty, which Sako put away, that seemed to lift the lads, and Henry went on to score an excellent goal, which I think Griffiths had a hand in, instantly he came on he made a difference on the pitch, which puzzles me why when fit, he does not start, and like I said a better touch by Griffo, and who knows we could have come away with all three points, as both Henry and Sako had decent chances after him, to wrap the points up. But all in all I'm happy with the end result, and well done to our amazing away fans. I do like that Ben Pringle what a good little player he is, and worth looking at, along with Nicky Adams, at Crawley. As is Leon Clarke, who's still scoring, even though Coventry are dropping points now, so could be prepared to sell in January, with the money problems their still having? And Kevin Phillips, as an impact player for 20mins-45mins. WELL PLAYED TODAY LADS: UTW:

The Flying Winger

Ding Dong, the bells are ringing, that is the alarm bells!

Jacket is still messing around with the strikers, stubborn over the midfield which nearly cost us again.

We luckily managed to claw back a result and fair play to the team for doing that but the foolishness of not seeking to strengthen in the loan window is haunting us again for another season.

Below par again, the mistakes of previous seasons are bring made again, Griffith's on the bench, and two strikers picked who cannot score goals.

The pack are closing on us.

When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn.??????

A festive greeting to all Wolves Fans, inc Sue.

Chillo Wolf

Couldn't disagree more with this assessment if i tried ... but nevermind

Happy Christmas Flying Winger

The Flying Winger

Well that is surprising!!!

Same to you Chillo Wolf, let's look forward to 3 points from our next game.

HumbersideWolf

Much improved performance after the penalty and from that point we started to dominate play and seemed more likely to win. Until then we had been largely outplayed by a Rotherham side who showed pace and creativity, while we were ponderous and disjointed. We still seem miles away from dominating any team in this league, and the problems in midfield identified by many on this site were evident once again. Let's hope we can maintain the second half performance in our next two matches at home.

On a separate note, I thought the New York Stadium was one of the best small stadiums I have visited, with its steep banking close to the pitch giving a great view and creating a good atmosphere.

Slawit Wolf

I am sad to say I agree with ThaiWolf about Siggy. I was at the match today and I am afraid Siggy was largely ineffective. Jackett is spot on when he says he does not use his body enough against defenders. It seems he simply does not have the strength yet to play well against them. I thought he might compensate by showing trickery and clever running, but that was largely missing. Normally I would have been thrilled to have watched a game were we came back from 3-1 down, but I felt that too many players were average to disappointing today and that but for the lifeline of the penalty that came out of the blue, we would have been well beaten. Credit to the lads for getting the equaliser, though, and, but for Griffith's poor control when clear through,we could have won the match.

mardygit

When are we going to be at it from the off, fighting fire with fire. Marvellous came back, I know our name attracts a cup tie atmosphere for these clubs but scoring first we should have gone after the second and third goals. Unless Mcdonald can do it, we need a midfielder in the Mike Bailey mould at the moment our mid field as got more holes in it than a cullinder. I do not know what to make of Siggy is he being told to do things that are alien to him, at the moment he is a powder puff striker. I feel a bit of sympathy for Liam Mcalinden gets on last week does well not used this week. COME ON WOLVES.

sue

Maybe this result will restart our season, listening to it at 3-1 I thought it was all over, a good fight back. Sounded like an exciting match.

chris h

Good point after being 3-1 down. I wonder if Kevin Doyle manages to score a goal when he has a kickabout on the backlawn with his kid or kids. Come on Kevin you can score plenty at this level, it is all in your head.

Chillo Wolf

Worked his socks off by all accounts Chris. I think Van Persie would struggle to score for us currently as we are not providing good service.

We are a better team with Doyle in the side than without him. Having said that, he really does need to score more goals, if only to get the critics off his back.

Dominant, holding midfielder and Kevin Phillips for Christmas please Santa

Sir Billy Quiet

Chilli Wolf - Doyle has a responsibility (and contract) to score goals. Working hard is a given, if he ain't scoring at this level then he needs replacing.

Chillo Wolf

SBQ - Did you not read my full post?

Here's a recap; We are a better football team when Doyle is playing.

Nowt more to be said.

chris h

RIP David Coleman. Great commentator and a friend of Wolverhampton Wanderers when we needed it most. SAVE THE WOLVES.

Chillo Wolf

RIP David

Farmer Ted

Chris,

David has been off the air for many years and a lot of our younger friends won't know too much about him. He was a skilful and incisive commentator across such a wide range of sports. He must have been an inspiration to many of today's commentators.

He was human, and like us all, dropped the odd clanger but was able to laugh at himself and a wonderful Private Eye book called Colemanballs.

My favourite (remember, you oldies?) : of David Hemery winning gold in the 400m hurdles. "He opens his legs and shows his class"

Wonderful stuff David. Cheers mate!

Of Wolves. We got away with it yesterday but still a great fight back. We now have two home games. One we should win and one we must win. If we do so we could be leading the pack into the New Year but that mustn't stop Steve Morgan supporting his head coach, who clearly wants to strengthen.

I've had a word with my mate in the large suit and he's up for it !

Solentwolves

RIP David Coleman. One of our greatest commentators.

chris.bridgewood.39

Brentford closing in, 1 point out of 9, Mr Moxey, the warning signs are there, act now, everyone knows we need a target man and 2 midfield players, get them in January of face the play off. If the fans can see it, then why can't you Mr Moxey

paul

A good point? are you all on something, Doyle 6m Sako 3m Siggi 2.5m we should be hammering this League with far better players than any other team, Jackett had half a season in charge and and i don"t think he has picked the same team twice yet this season," conclusion" he has been lucky even other results keep going for him, i would like to say i am enjoying the football but i just don"t see any shape to the way we play, this is a very poor side, i can"t believe we are top,

Chillo Wolf

My new years resolution is to suffer fools more easily

Therefore ... Paul, merry xmas and a happy new year

siwolves69

For gods sake jacket wake up get edwards out the squad never mind the team Evans and price not the answer we need a forward thinking midfielder if not ohara then find a seasoned pro ind the mold of Rae Cameron ince to sort the boys out and get Phillips upfront instead of our fifth midfielder Doyle we need two goalscorers we should walk this league instead of worrying about orient Brentford and lower league teams we was in same div as man its Liverpool and city not so long ago

Esso Ian

January window is the last chance saloon for wolves I fear, Lets see what fat santa moxey will bring...

wolfhound

Riding our luck again with a penalty have seen nothing to change my mind that says we need to add at least one quality striker and one creative midfielder to achieve promotion.

ivor.smith.58

Wolfie 1

Well played to come back from the brink! It showed character - now lets destroy Crewe and win against the Orient to get back on track.

karlwolves

ANOTHER WEEK PASSES AND SUPERSTAR ANELKA STILL HASNT SCORED.LMAO

Realistic Wolf

Let us be totally honest, a point yes but another shambles of a performance. No shape and no creativity, little wonder we struggle to score. Without the penalty we were dead and buried. Still no midfield to speak of and weak up front. KJ has had ample time to sort it and in my opinion has failed. Given that he said he was happy with the squad well the buck must stop there. As for keeping Edwards is the team let alone the squad is beyond belief. What KJ sees in him is worrying and proves he is merely grasping at straws. Wasn't happy when he was appointed and am even less so now with his drab tactics (I use the term loosely by the way)

I too

Very nice fotos, captured the moments very well but Why is there a flying bottle in pic 7/11?

Oh yes their fans threw it at our players. Lets hope that the FA do something about such violence captured by cameras of all descriptions and not just videos.

A massive fine would seem appropriate.

Then again, I do believe that Rotherham did not have the bottle at the end of the day.

Merry Xmas

paul

thanks Chillo Wolf, same as that, but there are none so blind as them that cannot see, HAPPY CLAPPER ARE YOU,