Wolves 0 Shrewsbury Town 0 - match report, video and pictures

Wolves’ record-breaking nine-match winning run came to an end as they were frustrated by a stubborn Shrewsbury to draw 0-0 at Molineux.

Kenny Jackett’s side could have few complaints as they struggled to match their recent levels of performance and failed to force opposing keeper Joe Anyon into a serious save despite dominating.

Brentford’s 1-0 win at Leyton Orient at lunchtime meant Wolves went into the game top on goal difference and they are now a point clear.

James Henry fired straight at Anyon in first-half time added on and substitute Leon Clarke could only prod the ball straight at the keeper on 79.

But it was a poor sum total of openings as Wolves couldn’t break down a well organised defence as they failed to score for the first time in 10 since the 1-0 defeat at Gillingham on January 3.


Head coach Jackett made his first change in six games and it was an enforced one as captain Sam Ricketts failed to recover from a thigh strain in time.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell won the race to replace him ahead of Matt Doherty, who remained on an unchanged bench.

Wolves favourites Steve Bull, Andy Mutch, Andy Thompson and Robbie Dennison were paraded on the pitch before kick-off, but it was the appearance of Graham Turner, who managed both clubs to success that drew the biggest applause, and from both sets of fans.

Wolves enjoyed by far the most possession of a one-sided first half, but Shrewsbury had clearly done their homework and contained them with some ease.

The visitors defended in numbers, getting plenty of men behind the ball when Wolves attacked.

And, coupled with a less than turbo-charged home side who failed to scale the heights of their blistering first 45 minutes at Swindon, it made for a frustrating first 45 minutes for Wolves fans as their side toiled away in the early spring Molineux sunshine.

Chances were extremely thin on the ground, with no clear-cut openings before half-time.

Shrewsbury went closest, with Sam Foley forcing a falling save to his right from Carl Ikeme with a tame, left-foot shot in the second minute.

James Henry, who was Wolves’ liveliest player in the opening period and showed most urgency, fired over from a shot on the turn in the eighth minute in their first attack.

Shrewsbury briefly threatened again in the 16th minute when Joe Jacobson rose highest to Wolverhampton-born Miles Storey’s corner but could only head well over the bar.

Wolves had to wait until the minute of time added on at the end of the half to test keeper Joe Anyon, and even then Henry’s fiercely-hit left-foot drive was straight at him.

Both teams looked sharper for the break and Shrewsbury were first to threaten through Storey, who looked to lob Ikeme and had the keeper at full stretch to tip away on 46.

Wolves returned fire and Scott Golbourne saw a sidefooted effort headed away from in front of the line by Connor Goldson after Anyon spilled Henry’s cross on 48.

The home side however had a double scare on 54 when Joe Jacobson’s free kick was deflected wide then Tamika Mkandiwire’s header flashed inches wide from Storey’s corner.

Ten minutes into the second half Wolves made a double substitution in a bid to find that elusive breakthrough with Leon Clarke and Matt Doherty replacing Henry and Ebanks-Landell.

But the switch had little immediate effect as Wolves struggled to break down a determined Town rearguard.

Two half chances fell to Sako, but the French winger dragged his first effort wide on an angled run from a loose ball after Jacobs tumbled, then he screwed wide after a lovely disguised pass from Jacobs inside the full-back.

A third attempt from Sako, on 77, drifted wide from the edge of the box.

Clarke had Wolves’ clearest chance two minutes later from McDonald’s dink over the top, but could only sidefoot straight at Anyon from point-blank range.

Sako had two more half openings, seeing a fierce drive blocked by Connor Goldson on 87 from Richard Stearman’s pull back then rifling a rising right-footed effort a foot too high two minutes later.

Wolves were inches away from a goal in the third of the three minutes’ time added on when Clarke and Dicko slid in for Doherty’s header across the face of goal.

But it was the excellent Mkandiwire who got a foot to it first to clear the danger.

That left Wolves settling for a point as their winning run came to an end but there could be few complaints on a day when they struggled to open up a very well organised defence.

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Comments for: "Wolves 0 Shrewsbury Town 0 - match report, video and pictures"

The Flying Winger

It had to happen sometime and at least we didn't lose.

More teams will make it harder for us from now and it is a timely reminder for all how hard the final run is going to be.

Shame for such a big crowd no to see a win but there you go.

Change of tactics may be needed in the next few weeks so will be interesting to see how we move forward from today.

All credit to Shrewsbury.

Mountain Wolf

I agree with everything you've said and hope that the lads' confidence hasn't taken too much of a knock. Even the South Bank seemed not quite at its best although many attempts were made to fire up an atmosphere. On the plus side we were warm and dry. It's been a long time since that happened.

Stearmans overhead kick

Spot on flying winger. The bottom six teams will be taking points off the top six teams from now up until the end of the season without a doubt.This happens in all divisions coming towards the end of the season. I posted on here a few weeks ago that this usually happens around Easter time though .It happened also when we was winning for fun the last time we were in this division, Agree, the change of tactics will have to be considered by Kenny. To combat a few stubborn well organized defensive displays like witnessed today.They come not to get beat and done it very well. But don't forget these got a home draw against Brentford a couple of weeks ago and could have won it in the last minute. We have all been spoiled recently but be prepared for the spoilers to give us more of what we have witnessed today. Even this won't stop us winning the division though.


Totally agree with you, Flying Winger.

Bruce, Trinidad

Agree we are going to get a lot of this from opposing teams. Over the years we always seem to disappoint big crowds. Let's hope this is just a minor hiccup.


It had to end at some point, pity it was at home against a side we should beat , but it's another point and on another day the chances would of been converted. Fair play to the Shrews, they stuck to their game plan.

Let the band wagon roll on to Crawley, the 2 games in hand are going to be massive, win them and it should be promotion.

Chins up, move on.

It will all end glorious.

We did,nt loose ! 10 games unbeaten , look on the bright side of life, it ain,t to bad UTW

Ronnie Allen

good luck with o levels....


Thanks for the grammar lesson, my fingers to big for phone UTW

Ronnie Allen

Solid, but let's not get nervous.


Nine wins in a row Plus a Drawer =10 games unbeaten on this run of games . Is that better UTW


Its always hard when smaller teams park the bus infront of the bigger ones, but at least its a point, and we all know how far a point can go when the league is so tight at the top.

Main thing now is our heads dont drop and we get back to winning ways asap, still top of the league, still got the best defensive record in the league and were still favourites for the title, so any doom mongers waiting for this result, keep your critism to yourself.

Jack the Hat


You should know all about small clubs parking the bus, we used to have a hard time getting round yours.


Stearmans overhead kick

Shouldn't you be down the scrapyard with your Spanish flag Jack sorting your own clapped out bus Jack?

Jack the Hat

Stearmans overhead kick,

What has rattled your cage?, Rhys agrees with me look,

" Its always hard when smaller teams park the bus infront of the bigger ones ( Buses ), ". Never mind you might win the next match.

I should be at the hospital seeing how our walking wounded are doing.


Stearmans overhead kick

Your on here early posting Jack.Has the landlord also got fed up of your daftness and chucked you out ?

Jack the Hat

Stearmans overhead kick,

You seem to know all about do you talk through experience.

Gorra loff ay ya.



You get games like this, everybody does. Brush it off, get back on the bike & let's see three points against Crawley.

Good to see Graham Turner get a good welcome back here.

brierley hill wolf

Took there foot of the pedal a bit today shame but like you say tfw at least they didnt lose and shreswbury deserved a point they worked hard and could easily have nicked it.

Jack the Hat

brierley hill,

I was under the impression the Shrews went into overdrive.



Still in your armchair Jack? Been a bit quiet lately?

Jack the Hat


I know I have been quiet lately, your mods waste-bin must be overflowing to the extent it has become a fire hazard, L☺Ls. Never mind the odd one is getting through to keep up your moral. This is the time of the Championship season where the nerves start to jangle, are you sensing anything among wolves fans yet?.


brierley hill wolf

Jack I dont think they went into overdrive more like we stalled


Is that supposed to make any sense or have you had one too many watching MOD2 in your armchair?


It's usually the way at Wolves.A couple of good away wins.Then come home to a big crowd only to disappoint.Still all good things come to an end.Now let's start another winning run.

Statos Boring Brother

Well it had to come to an end at some stage but credit to the Shrews who worked very hard even if it frustrating to watch. Its something we're likely to see again at home a couple of times when we play Carlise & Colchester and possibly Rotherham if they are clinging on to the play offs. We might even see it away when we play Stevenage & Crewe who might decide to pack the defence and play for a point.

I think we miss Ricketts when he's out, not just for his defending and overlaps but also the way he orgainises and nags the lads. The team has been playing so well and working so hard for the last month that possibly we just ran out of steam a little.

At least we've now got a 4 point advantage on Orient in third place. UTW


was in the north bank, and despite the large crowd, and a plucky shrewsbury wolves ran out of steam and kj needs to freshen up the lineup for the next game to keep things ticking over. sako was dissapointing and tried to shoot from anywhere and leon clark needs to start next game, dicko was isolated too often. our defence were untroubled and ikeme only had one save as well,.

roll on next game. utw.

Jack the Hat


North Bank!, isn't that an insult to your modern monstrosity of a stand. How was your vertigo and had you got your oxygen bottle with you. If wolves need to freshen up the side, I recommend Febreze, a few squirts of that in the changing room should do the trick and it is not to be sniffed at.

Roll on the next game!, careful what you wish for, just sayin'.

Gorra loff ay ya.


Ronnie Allen

Now is not the time to get nervous. Like we always do...

Where is that bloke with that flag, ' You have cheered us up again'.

Is he still alive? Bless....

Jack the Hat

Ronnie Allen,

Alive and kicking, I see the nerves are also kicking in among you lot, this is understandable after your traumatic Double-Drop. We are used to it as we had to go through the Great Escape initiation. Keep flying the flag as we have, you never know.


P.S. I hope it was me you were referring to. L☺Ls.


I would like to say well done to Shrewsbury did what they came to do, thought we missed Ricketts leadership.


Sue, fully agree with you, on both accounts.


Sue, I think Danny Batth is outstanding, but you are right, we missed the Captain today..


brierley hill wolf

Too true sue I wrote on here a few days ago that I thought ricketts was the best signing we have made for years, trouble is you dont realise till they aint playing!!!!

Jack the Hat

brierley hill

How many Ricketts have wolves got?.


Harry Hooper

Have you noticed that the Wolves do not play well without their captain? In fact results prove it. Best get him back on the pitch.


No need for despondency - time and time again you have examples of top teams slipping up to teams from the bottom. It happens: Villa beating Chelsea today; Accrington beating Chesterfield just recently. In our case, we have not lost. This game was always a potential banana skin - but we will pick ourselves up and march on. Fair play to the Shrews - hope they can stay up. As for us, we're still top. UTW


This was always going to happen, the lads have been fantastic and have made us fans proud, The test is how we bounce back to winning ways, which I have no doubt we will do on Tuesday.Come on boys we are right behind you and KJ.


I can only agree with the comments above. Shrewsbury came with a battle plan, and stuck to it. Pity we didn't have 3/4 Kevin McDonald's today. The lad was excellent,he was a one man army most of the game, clearly m.o.t.m. I felt three / four of our player's looked a little leggy. But fair play to the Shrew's they we're in our faces all the match, and never stopped running and harrying us. And even had a couple of good chances to score. But I felt we we're snatching at to many of our half chances. Lets hope we resume normal service on Tuesday, we're, another Cup Final awaits us. UTW:


I hope Sam Ricketts, is fit for Tuesday, he was sorely misses today. UTW:

The Voice of Reason

Disappointed but it's not the end of the world. We've got countless opportunities to pick up points and we need to take them, starting on Tuesday at Crawley. Come on you Wolves.


I grew up watching Wolves one week and either Shrewsbury Town the next, with Wellington Town (Telford) in the mean time. My heart is with the Wolves....but a torn day considering Salop's position. I am reasonably happy, we will be ok Wolves.

chris h

Not even Real Zaragoza! Missed Ricketts as predicted we would by JIWAL the other day. Thought Henry was very unfortunate to get the hook. He had the beating of his full back, gives vital width and puts in good crosses. The type of service Clarke and Dicko should thive on. Also felt we needed another midfielder to drive into the box, and it was crying out for Edwards to be given a chance in the last quarter. All things come to an end, but we need to win on Tuesday bearing in mind Sheff Utd the following Saturday will be a tough game.


I also think the next two games will suit us more, as with Shrewsbury, they we're fighting to stay in this league. But Crawley, are safe, an therefore will come at us, which suits our style of play, we're we can hit them on the break, with our pace and power. As for the Sheffield Utd match, their also playing out of their skins, and are fighting for a play off place, as well as a Cup Final place. So that will be a far more attacking game. Lets hope Kevin McDonald plays like he did today. UTW:

Sir Billy Quiet

If we can pick up maximum points from our two games in hand then Orient will be a long way off with games running out .........


Still top and thats ten unbeaten so no need to panic even if we found 2nd bottom hard to brake down, we play better on the counter attack so Tuesday i expect us to hit back with a win, Shrewsbury came to spoil and were good at it and more teams will come and try the same, sometimes you need to go long to beat the "park the bus tactics" and a big target man is whats needed so if the loan market is still open and one is free to come in then i think we should go and get one as a back up.


Mistake..... Sorry!!! Wanted to say : it was tedious for a long time with the JOH story but was great to see everyone getting behind the boys recently. I'm a black country bloke through n through currently living in Austria but whenever I'm over I get to the Mol.... Todays draw was a good result to me. We broke some records, are top of the league with a fresh young force and are quite often looking comfortable...... Thats why I am glad of the draw! It's a reminder that although good, we are not invincible. Superman always has a knock, but gets back up and finishes em off!!! Get into em and finish on a flyer! UTW, Gibbo

Dingle Dave

First thing i'd like to say is well done Shrewsbury, not the best team around but came with a game plan and got a point, Yes we are unbeaten in 10 and that's great but we played the last 20 mins like we was 3-0 up and seeing the game out!. KJ got the tactics wrong and rightly changed the team.

We need to hold our nerve now in the run in and keep calm, win our games in hand over LO and we will be in a great position (Stating the bleeding obvious i know).



Disappointing performance today but just a blip. Dont think we would have scored in this game if we played to mifnight. Onward and upward


Very much a case of "after the Lord Mayor's show ...". Disappointing result and particularly poor first half performance by Wolves.

The first half complacency was in marked contrast to the commitment shown by Leyton Orient and Brentford in the earlier game.

No repeats please or it's the dreaded playoff lottery.


A well deserved point for Shrewsbury. We had an off day - made enough chances to have won easily but too many passes went astray, too many crosses over hit, and too many shots off target. Here's hoping for a win on Tuesday and Saturday - back to winning ways!!


Wolves dominated large chunks of this match, particularly in the second half, but rarely tested the Shrews goalkeeper. Far too many shots were high, wide and not too handsome. Sako was the most dangerous forward in a gold shirt, and yet he was the biggest culprit in the number of off target shots. A little more composure would have yielded a better outcome.

Both Ebanks-Landell and Henry might feel a little agrieved at being substituted as neither of them did much wrong, but Jackett needed to do something to change things. Doherty and Clarke did to some extent help enliven the game, and perhaps if Clarke had scored with his half chance, the headlines would have been all about a ten match winning run.

Although Shrewsbury rode their luck at times their defensive game plan worked, and you have give some credit to their manager and players. Whether it will work in future matches for them against other the top teams is debatable. But good luck to them, I hope they survive.

It would be easy to focus on the negatives of Saturday's game; no goals, two points dropped, etc. But the fact is that the unbeaten run continues, with another clean sheet, and we have edged another point clear of Orient with those two extra games in hand. Far better to remember that the ultimate purpose of this campaign is promotion, and consequently, this draw in some small way, will help us to achieve it. The glass is more than half full.

Lobo para siempre

It's a sign of the (good) times: Wolves 0 - Shrewsbury 0 and no-one has called for KJ's resignation, let alone Messrs. Morgan and Moxey.


Jack the Hat

Lobo para siempre,

Love it, great joke material.



You cannot win every game you play but it is a little disappointing not to take the three points. H

The positives are the team is still keeping clean sheets and we took a point. Orient lost and some of the others are faltering. If we and Brentford can open up a gap that will be fine.

Clarke is just getting back into the swing of things and we have a solid group of players to get through the mass of games .

Stay positive people!!! Good things come to people who have patience.

Come on you Wolves!!!

We Only Need One Half!

Your destiny is still in your own hands! the only ones who can stop you are yourselves.

Jack the Hat

One Half,

....... and Shrewsbury, mate.



WONOH: spot on mate, hopefully a slight blip yesterday, though Shrewsbury had a game plan, and we couldn't break it down, so fair play to them. They deserved their much needed point.


Farmer Ted

Shrewsbury proved their manager (and the twisted E&S headline) right. They came with a game plan and held a deep line totally negating Wolves pace. Thought Henry should have stayed on, particularly with his crosses for Dicko and Clarke. Strangely quiet second half performance from Matt Doherty we needed him in his normal rampaging wing back play.

Still it had to end sometime and I reckon we are better suited to away games with Sako, Dicko, Henry and Jacobs against home defences which naturally play a higher line.

Should Clarke start? Not for me. Bring him on if a change is necessary.


Agree Ted.

Their tactics and play were worked well for them.

I'm pleased with the result in one way, Graham Taylor, whom I respect enormously, went home happy.

Shame Wolves couldn't continue the winning run.

But good luck to Wolves for the remainder of the season.

Our radio commentators painted their usual precise picture of the action on the pitch as it happened.

"Sako receives the ball 10 yards into the Shrewsbury half, back to goal, passes it off to Golbourn who finds Jacob, Jacob passes to Sako who has made a great run down the left, crosses the ball, fast and low, oooh! the ball went right across the goal, a yard from the line, any touch would have sent it into the back of the net..........

Radio commentary is no substitute for being there. But it is good, and it's the best we expats have. We are no poorer supporters because we cannot be there in person.

Love Wolves, hate discrimination, hate intolerance to others opinions (Northern Wolf I forgive you), love the position Wolves are in now.

45 years with Wolves and ending, last blog, time is out.


Thai: just for the record it was Graham Turner, not Taylor........



Surely not your last blog, ThaiWolf?

Wednesbury wolves

Farmer ted, this is the first time I've ever agreed mate, you are totally spot on with your comments, Shrewsbury are fighting for there lives and came with a game plan, and a game plan that couldn't be broken, agree with Chris h aswell Edwards should've been given chance for last 30 mins, as for Clarke I know he's been out injured, but how lazy was he on Saturday!!!! Great to see the support on Saturday for graham turner, shame he never got to see that sort of support at the golden palace when he was in charge, except at wembley, 5-10,000 every wk, they were the good old days, when the true supporters stood by. Anyway let's hope for 3 points on Tuesday.


Something was missing. Needed to get at Shrewsbury from the off rather than the lethargic start we had. Tiredness? maybe or more likley we were sussed by Shrewsbury and we don't have a plan B. MacDonald was very quiet at first but came good as the game progressed. Dicko seemed way too isolated and there was little urgency around him to get things going. Henry and Jacobs were active and I was surpised Henry came off. I though Price had a cautious game and accepted sitting back a little too much.

Anyway, a point gained and more learning for this still developoing squad.

I would have thought a go with McAlinden would have been worthwhile as he has some pace and gets on the end of things, in the last half hour. Together with Dicko and Clarke would have given a very different threat up front to Shrewsbury.

More away matches than home left, where we should get more space in the attacking half, which our style should exploit more easily. Hopefully this result will jolt the squad and management to realising we need to be at our best and have alternatives going forward.

2 hard away matches coming, best of luck lads! UTW!

Black Country Wanderer

Yep,something missing alright,the fear factor

We thought turning up was all we had to do,that was my biggest fear all week

Lets hope this reminds our players that the job isnt finished yet,and to focus on every game not just the top teams

carl wolves

In a fairly lacklustre attacking display yesterday, a mention for the performance of McDonald. I thought he was absolutely immense yet again. He had to do a lot more driving forward from midfield than is usual for him rather than his normal playmaking from a little bit deeper. However, he did so briliantly and came the closest by far to opening them up. Not taking away from any of other players this season but he really looks the class act in our side for me, brilliant signing.


jack the hat one for you, went with my wba friend yesterday he had 2 tickets a good win for you but no doubt we will be playing you next yr, utw,o by the way dant see you there

Jack the Hat


Sorry to be late answering but I've only just cracked what "Dant"means,

Didn't, ay et.

.... as a Dingle you went all the way to Wales instead of Dingleton to watch Shrewsbury?. I believe you but a good many wouldn't. Oh!, you wouldn't see me there because you weren't, Nel. Sorry about getting your Nom de Gerre back to front as I'm only taking the urine just like you are trying to.

All the best.


wolves 4 ever

Jack the hat don't you make it easy to hate and despise W B A , your own rubbish aint doing that well ANELKA woke up did,nt he bet he could,nt wait to get away,most likely went by one of the buses you keep on about,m most likely be playing your lot next season.



Jack the Hat


Like I said .......



Correction - eleven.


When I met Vic in Shrewsbury library ,he said Wolves would win easy?


I was only asking , last week, where is Jack the Hat?

Because we were on that winning run he was nowhere to be found. Well here he is, sniffing after scraps we have left him. A draw instead of a win, which co-insides with a fortuitous win of your team at Swansea

So here he is, like a rat coming out of the darkness and being true to life Jack, we should have known you would reappear. Enjoy the scrap morsel we have left you. I hope and pray that you will join Cardiff and Sunderland in the big drop. See you there Jack but until then, may your fortunes continue to worsen but please Jack stay off our site.

Try to keep that poster of a 100 years ago, in mind and alter the wording just a little.


but as a rider Jack........................... WE DON'T

Jack the Hat


Now look, I give your club's management and players a good service as I give them a break from Dingle Hecklers as you have just proven. Maybe Jezz would like to send me a special award, something like a pie and a pint trophy in cut glass.

Gorra loff ay ya.


Ye Olde South Bank

Not the most enjoyable game, nor the most enjoyable result. However, if we'd taken a 0-0 draw at Brentford recently, and beaten the Shrews 3-0, we'd have been delighted. Well, I suppose we got those 4pts, but the other way around ;-)

It's as the old football saying goes: "If you can't win the game, make sure you don't lose it". Well, we couldn't and we didn't. so

Best to see it as yet another point chalked-up and an unbeaten run that stretches to 10 games. Disappointing for sure but, as we all know, you can't win 'em all. Least of all when the oppo parks a bus.


Forgive me if I moan again about our blog site. Is it just me, but why is it that you can post on here then leave the site, return later, see your post - only to return again later and NOT see your post any more? My posts, of late, have been coming and going and then coming back again. I am somewhat puzzled. I must be missing something.


Solent. It is par for the course. Try posting under the nom du whatsit of JtH. You will see a difference. every one will be shown.

I know that for a fact because I have exactly the same problem as your good self.

Bet this appears n then is GONE in a FLASH!!!!!!


Solent - If you post a comment, it means that you have logged in, and your comment appears within a few seconds. As long as you are logged in, you should be able to see your comment.

However, if you leave the site and return later, you will only see the comment if you log in again. You can check if you're logged in or not by looking at the top RH corner of the web page where it will show (in your case): MNA ID. Solentwolves

There seems to be a time delay whereby the staff at E & S upload all the comments being posted periodically during the day. If you wait long enough it will show your comment whether or not you're logged in.

Trust that makes sense.


Really it was a scenario written for Graham Taylor

Both his clubs battling on the day.

he actually said a draw would be the best result really for him, both sets of players obliged him

Kenny may not be happy mind, but they turned up and did not lie down, roll on Tuesday, make up for it. UTW

Chillo Wolf

Taylor? Or Turner?

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