Report and pics of Wolves 1 Huddersfield 3

If Sunday was an awakening for Wolves, then this was a 45-minute nightmare from which there would be no recovery.

If anything could go wrong last night, it did as their proud 16-match unbeaten home record – their longest since 21 from March 1988 to March 1989 – came to an end in chaotic fashion.

From fit-again Sam Ricketts hitting the post in the sixth minute to Nouha Dicko hitting goalkeeper Alex Smithies’ legs to Richard Stearman being out-muscled in the build-up to the first goal then Danny Batth deflecting Sean Scannell’s shot in for the second, it seemed nothing went right for Kenny Jackett’s side.

Shots were ballooned off target (Yannick Sagbo, Bakary Sako) and passes went astray (Kevin McDonald).

From a confident-looking, fast, fluent and fluid side who really took the game to the Terriers early on, Wolves were gradually reduced to an error-ridden team who could barely put one foot in front of the other by half-time.

The crowd recognised this as what will hopefully turn out to be a blip as they responded by thundering ‘Kenny Jackett’s barmy army’ and ‘Wanderers we love you’ at the death on a night they could have gone top of the table.

By contrast, Huddersfield grew in confidence once they got their noses in front against the run of play and never looked back.

Perhaps the stay-aways in the disappointing crowd of 19,059 – Wolves’ lowest since March – knew something the rest of us didn’t.

And it was the visitors who ended the half on top with a two-goal cushion and seemingly out of sight.

The one player who showed most willing by this point was the recalled Dicko.

Time and again he looked to ‘roll’ his marker with his considerable strength to put either himself or team-mates in on goal.

After Ricketts cut inside with a trademark run only to strike the base of the post in the sixth minute, Dicko was put through by McDonald only to see his shot cannon off Smithies’s legs.

Debutant Sagbo, who played at the head of the midfield in the 4-2-3-1 formation, ballooned high over the bar in their next chance.

And, with a quarter of an hour gone, Wolves looked well set for what has become a trademark dominant home half.

But all that unravelled five minutes later when Harry Bunn prodded home Grant Holt’s cross, after the on-loan Villa striker used his burly size to budge past Richard Stearman.

It was the second game in a row Stearman has been beaten for a goal, after being brushed off by Michael Hector for Reading’s first on Sunday.

The goal rocked Wolves and robbed them of their fluency and Jacob Butterfield dispossessed McDonald before racing away and exchanging passes before testing Ikeme with a low shot that forced a diving save.

Then it got worse as Huddersfield doubled their lead to punish a catalogue of errors.

Bakary Sako, Sagbo and Scott Golbourne all missed the chance to clear before the ball arrived at the feet of Scannell, whose angled shot was going wide or was certainly covered by the diving Ikeme, before it took a wicked deflection off the sliding Batth.

It was also the second game in a row that a goal has deflected off the Brierley Hill stopper, after Glenn Murray’s wonder strike came off him at Reading.

The South Bank roared the team off at half-time in the anticipation of a comeback. But their hopes seemed shortlived when Huddersfield made it 3-0 six minutes after the break.

This time there could be no complaints as Conor Coady let rip with a peach of a curling shot that ripped into the top corner from 25 yards.

Wolves eventually responded through Sako, who bundled his way through before poking the ball through Smithies’ legs on 71 to give the hosts hope after Dicko flicked on.

But it was a bridge too far for Wolves on this occasion as they were made to pay heavily for their mistakes.

Batth headed on top of the bar and Sako was inches away with a curler but too many players weren’t quite at it on the night.

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Comments for: "Report and pics of Wolves 1 Huddersfield 3"

Adam H

Lol

SEATTLE WOLF

Your point?

WBA

No points

BeeCee

I thought you had 3 points from a fluke victory against Burnley. The FIRST if I recall!!!!

Adam H

Actually ceebeebees make that our second.

10th in the league and in the last 16 for Capital one cup :D

ELDERVO

U got a brother called prep

colehill wolf

words failed me above lets hope by Saturday they react accordingly its been coming for a number of weeks

youngand hungry is a troll

Is he not?....

youngand hungryphil

I would say he most definitely a troll, would you not?

Robert

Pretttty awful display tonight with even the usually reliable guys having a bad day at the office. Hope things pick up by Saturday.

Wednesbury wolves

Well I'm afraid there's only 1 person to blame for tonight's performance or lack of one, and that's mr jackett!!! Why change a team that played quite well 2nd half v reading, and bring in a striker that has hardly kicked a ball never mind scored a goal, and plays him from the start, couldn't even hit the target with the 2 efforts, may have an eye for signings but sure ain't got an eye for signing a prolific scorer, only dicko comes out of tonight's game with his head held high, rest embarrassing or was it all to do with accommodating sagbo?????? Anybody noticed stearman been shocking since Danny Baatth gone off boil, shows how much Danny been covering!!!!!! 6 goals in 2 games conceded, back to the drawing board.

TiburonWulf

Wednesbury Wolves nailed it .. "Stareman" has been Wolves weak link for several seasons .. I was astonished KJ brought him back .. but he was good enough under the shadow of Batth. But once that shield was removed, all was revealed. Since Wolves are having a hard time scoring the last thing we need is a leaky defence.

Maybe a crazy idea, but how about nudging McDonald back to play alongside Batth .. which would open up more options in midfield ..

Then again .. Kenny's not a knee jerk decision maker .. it took how many games to change up the formula?? It will be interesting to see how long it takes for what appears to be now a crisis in central defence ..

sue

The defence was all over the place tonight but to blame Stearman is not very fair. He made a few mistakes but so did everybody else including Batth ,I get the impression some can't wait to jump on his back , we all know some Wolves fans only like it when they can have a hate figure.

I'd like to think it was just a bad night and go on to the next match, I might get it in the neck here but I thought Clarke played well when he came on .

The Flying Winger

Hi Sue_it wasn't just a bad night, it was similar to the Reading game they ran at us through the middle and fired shots which went in.

To many defenders went to one player leaving the others open.

They had probably watched the Reading game on the telly!!

Same old put the ball in the back of the net, we have come along way and the football and effort has been a joy to watch, but time moves on

tatmon

I agree Jacketts decision to play him from the start was wrong but give him time The main reason for the defeat was changing the 4-2-3-1 formation to a 4-4-2 to accommodate sagbo. He tried to change this with la parra in the second half and by switching back to the tried and tested formation but too little too late.

The Flying Winger

What a disappointing night, we were all hoping to go top by beating a side near the bottom of the league, but as ever we have been there before.

The signs have been there for a while although some posters chose to ignore it, well have another look.

The way we were taken apart by Reading was a major concern, we have been playing some excellent football which has been a joy to watch but not putting the ball in the back of the net.

We have waited and waited to sign a striker and I hope Sagbo works out, however you have to question his goals tally and what he will bring to the team that we haven't already got.

Why when we had a striker Clarke who came as a free scoring player who also scored pre season wasn't picked, not given game time.

This is not a bad day at the office, this is a wake up call and Jackett will be judged on what happens next.

But waiting as we have done before has been our usual mistake.

Let's see what can be done on Saturday, but it won't have gone un noticed by the other teams that run at us and they can score fairly easily.

No not good enough.

Chillo Wolf

We are a top ten team in progress at best FW

A team that has over performed so far this season and raised fans expectation levels. yes bad performance but great start to season and certainly no need to panic

'no not good enough' give me a beak!

The Flying Winger

Thanks for your comments, I keep hearing about a team progress some time you have to move away from that, how long will it be?

Give you a break, if you do think it is good enough then I cannot help you with that, we gave been cut open twice now conceeding six goals in case you hadn't noticed.

We have changed the team several times to accommodate new signings, we were told Sagbo was fit, we have waited and waited then sign a player who has no goal scoring record.

No not good enough by far, watch Jackett interview.

I as I said to you a few games back look at the table not much difference in top to bottom, slippery slope

Hope tat clears things up for you.

Kev in Mallorca

Chillo

Correct there's no need to panic but the other day I did read one Dingle who said the Wolves were on their way to be challenging the top 4 in the Premier, say's it all dow it?

Adeu

BeeCee

KEV. I think you misread it. I am sure it was top 4 in the Championship.

I am NOT always right. However it is very rare that I am wrong.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Chillo.

We have just the same on our site. Like your club have so far this season we over achieved for a few seasons. Instead of appreciating that and saying well done, a section of the fans can't wait to get on here saying told you so and demanding better from the team.

The Championship is a tough division it's early days and things change drastically, Fulham could soon be back up there as will Cardiff if they ever get their act together.

Good luck mate, with the fans as well as the football. It won't be long before your being called a happy clapper with rose tinted specs, been there got the T shirt.

sue

Thanks for that Bully,very well said,I'm already a happy clapper doesn't bother me!!

Chillo Wolf

Yep agree with your comments mate

Some fans just really haven't a clue

paul

O well i did say we would blow it, after starting well we got out played in midfield, in fact the MF were powder puff, although i commend KJ for the football we now play some times in the championship you need a power player in MF and this is missing and the rest of the league have noticed, i have said before this is a massive step up from last season so lets hope this is a blip and we put it right on Saturday. UTW

Clueless

Yet another terrible day by wolves, this is where Jacket earns his pay. Needs to kick the players up the a**, sit them down and make them justify a sub par performance...

No excuses, the standard set is what they are being judged by now, need to see a win next game, start another unbeaten run.

I don't mind a loss, but according to the radio wolves were outplayed and out-fought, by a team who were not that great their self's and to me ateast, is what stings more than the loss..

Clueless

To me at least I meant..

baza

Worrying signs 64% possession 23 shots the stats tell a different story to the actual result. We should be winning games with these stats, Whats happened to our wonderful defence and we need to be hitting the target more often, My worry is in season 2012/13 the position we were in pld11-19pts in 5th position.

Now pld 10- 18 pts 7th posion at both times hoping to be promoted to the premier league but we all no what happened. Come on Morgan & Moxey give KJ the support in the transfer windows and invest in some quality players, I do not want to end up feeling like I did in the two relegation seasons.COME ON ME BABBIES.

Kev in Mallorca

No Comment!! Shall I not?

SEATTLE WOLF

Like I noted to Glassbou, your fellow Baggie, fair play! You get a free shoulder punch! All good.

Kev in Mallorca

Seattle

I really shouldn't sink so low but I'm afraid the mind is strong but the flesh is weak.

Adeu

PaigntonBaggie

Oops ;-)

SEATTLE WOLF

That was a tough one. Huddersfield played well, if sticking to a tried and true game plan, so credit to them as much to the argument that we had a second poor defensive effort; said on another blog that Holt is in a false league below his talents. He was to much for Stears, I am afraid to admit.

Still, we can and should be able to learn from this humbling experience and better ourselves for the coming weeks, if to the immediate future and the visit of a tough Wigan side. Roster, like Powell, will come to Molineux with a convicted plan to frustrate and catch us in the counter. We will need to prepare and get our players mentally ready to redeem themselves.

I think Kenny Jackett, who also must take responsibility, as I know he will, humbly so, can elevate his nous and managerial edge to better prepare us.

On we go , with hope and vigor in our step.

Oh, and last if all, having listened to the match, online, my hats off to all you supporters at the match, signing at full voice, cheering on Jsckett and the team.

Class act. They won't forget that, trust me!

UTMW!

tatmon

The main reason for the defeat was changing the 4-2-3-1 formation to a 4-4-2 to accommodate sagbo. He tried to change this with la parra in the second half and by switching back to the tried and tested formation but too little too late.

Glassboy, fair play, if I am chagrined enough to admit!

Stourbaggie

What a difference a week makes are there some loose wheels on the wagon

AussieFan

Even KJ can have a bad day at the office. We have lost a game of football, that's all. OK, it was one we should have won, but we are not in crisis - we are two points (and a few goals of difference) off the leaders. Onwards and upwards. UTMW.

wolvesmatt

a poor result and performance but not quite time for panic stations just yet. not a great match for sagbo to make his debut in and I felt a little sorry for him. I'd have started with Edwards just behind dicko, a system that has suited us well with sagbo coming on from the bench at some point.

6 goals conceded in 2 games though all of a sudden asks questions about our defence. Ive said all summer that we need cover/competition at centre half(Kenny must have agreed, hence the attempt to sign Maguire). Ebanks Landel is one for the future but not yet ready to battle for a centre half position and rickets has played the vast majority of his career at full back. you cant go a full season with just 2 centre halves anymore than you can with just 2 centre forwards. the same can be said for mcdonalds position, up until the last couple of games he has looked class but if we need to rest him, who can we bring in?? with Evans seemingly injured now we, look light in that area too. (how has Jack Price been doing for Yeovil anyone??)

we are still a good team and to be in or around the play off positions at this stage is no more than we could have expected. I do find it frustrating though that didn't make necessary additions in the summer. none of the new signings have managed to nail down a regular spot yet and that does make me question whether they were cheap options

Bazzaboy97

Y & H, rather quite is he not LOL, Boing Boing

Stearmans overhead kick

Think you mean quiet ? Or can't you spell

Trust Jackett

I thought it intriguing that Jackett described the Reading game as an 'awakening' to the Championship.

I can only think he means the physical toll it takes on the players, especially considering the consistency of selection over the first few weeks.

This is what is meant by a long, hard season.

We have a great young team and a superb spirit, are we just a little light on quality alternatives if our key players are feeling a bit jaded?

WBA

I watched this crap sunday

Richard stearman hahaha

priceywba....Plymouth..

To all the Wolves fans who come on to our site........( To take the P ) Oh no is this signs of things to come, lost 1 - 3...................................But for the good fans of Wolves, don't worry we all have them days your be okay.

Old fat and bloated

TAXI FOR JACKET!!!!!

POORMOL DOWN AND JACKET OUT BY DECEMBER

BOING BOING

The View From Baggy Bottom

It's a long season in the Championship and there are always setbacks along the way. You had a great start to the season and got points on the board early, but that hasn't lead to any great degree of self belief, judging by the comments I've read on here this season,(not that I do read them very often).

Despite our obvious differences, you could change some of the names of the posters and players on here and you could just as well be reading the Albion threads. We have our share of doom and gloomers and angry 'demanders'.

There's a long way to go yet for both teams this season, but I'd be surprised if by the end of the season Wolves hadn't progressed from last season and at least established themselves as one of the better Championship teams with a brighter longterm future. I know that probably sounds patronising, coming from a Baggie, but its not meant to be. I would prefer both teams to be slugging it out in the Premier League on a regular basis.

Some of your "supporters" who post on our site don't deserve the time of day, but I know that most genuine Wolves supporters deserve better. So, good luck you lot. Keep the faith!!

TVFB♥B

Cheers, TVFBB - sane and sensible.

tesswoody

Maybe it was the Wolves psyche that with a win we could go top ! It plays odd things with the mind and possibly the team switched off/lost the belief. i don't know. I do hope that this is the case.

I saw them play Charlton a couple of weeks ago. I was so thrilled and proud of the team. I didn't have any of the nervous negative thoughts of the previous Championship year. They came from behind and could easily have won that game. The Charlton fans around me were very impressed.

Dicho was fantastic strong, powerful and determined. Evans was brilliant. Maybe we missed him last night after injury.

I am confident that this is a blip.

Kenny will steady the ship I am sure.

Let's all be positive! UTW

Funny how the Baggies are on here after a couple of wins but they went very quiet after Lescotts headbutt and consecutive defeats?!

Back to basics on Saturday, we've picked up a few injuries but its not yet time to panic, we've had a great start.

Ikeme, Ricketts, Stearman, Bathh, Goldbourne, VLP, Mc Donald, Evans, Edwards, Sako, Dicko

Kev in Mallorca

?????????????? or are you Young and Hungry?

The one and only reason I've posted on here, and I must admit it was in a moment of weakness, is to have a little pop at our resident Wasp who is Young and Hungry who posts over in the Black Country the minimum at least 10 times every thread.

Before anyone else chips in, don't mention Jack he pales into insignificance compared to tarp.

Adeu

BeeCee

Well said Balearic KEV. There is absolutely no one but no one that is more insignificant the Jack the Cap. Pity he doesn't realize it.

CantelloRocket 78

Kev,

I'm pretty certain it's '1877', the one who kept coming over the Baggies site telling everybody about Lescott's 'headbutt', yet there's absolutely no evidence and Albion flatly denied it-

if he keeps shouting his mouth, maybe Joleon will sue the back-garden tittle-tattler.......

AlexWWFC

Hello all, I have been reading these comments for years and thought I would finally get involved.

I was at the match last night and the first thing I want to say is that from row c, on the left hand side of the south bank I could clearly see stearmans shirt getting pulled for the first goal. The ref and linesman knew something had happened from the reactions but because they hadn't seen anything they couldn't give anything.

For me that preety much set the tone for the game, for the first 20 mins Huddersfield played hoof ball and I thought looked a terrible team, we outplayed them like we have most teams this season (as strange as that sounds with a 3-1 scoreline) but and it is a big but I really think we had one of those days.

We hit the post, missed an open goal that would have been 3 - 3 alone without anything else, and that was from well worked chances not the Huddersfield goals which either involved a foul, deflection or a piece of magic (which the third was you cant stop those).

I really think Huddersfield had a lot of luck last night, and if we play like that and Huddersfield play the way they did for 46 games this season the table won't lie, it would of been amazing to be top after 10 games but lets be realsitic we are 7th after 10 games we are 2 points off the top (3 with GD) and after the performance I watched last night I think it is far from panic time I think on another night we would of thrashed Huddersfield.

Come on me Babees

Well, that was totally unexpected, was it not?

Lobo para siempre

Mystified by the performance. even more mystified how the stay-aways could have been among the crowd.

We'll get over this.

youngand hungryphil

We need to perform much better, do we not?

LonewolfReturns

Went to the match and if we had scored in the first twenty minutes we would have gone on to win.

However some points and observations

When Huddersfield pressed us and went man to man -then the only person they where prepared to let have the Ball was Danny - Reason is he needs to improve on his distribution dramatically.

We played two players from the start - one a new signing and another as full back who both have had very little match time lately - and it showed -why the new guy wasn't started later in the match doesn't make sense he and our fullback looked very ring rusty.

Sako I love him but God he needs to pass the ball at times instead of trying a one man attack.

McDonald great player but we cannot only rely on his ability to launch our passing play he's now under two to one pressure in most matches.

However I' m still optimistic that we are going to finish in the top half - the main aim should be to have the ability to go from our style of last season and the first 6 or so of this and also bring in a style we can switch to when we are being pressed - the midfield is the key link