Wolves 3 Sheffield Wed 0 - Report and pictures

It started with a dodgy penalty but it ended with one of Wolves’ most convincing victories of a pulsating season that refuses to die for Kenny Jackett’s side.

Bakary Sako’s 18th-minute spot kick following Nouha Dicko’s fall that looked right out of Fernando Forestieri’s book of tricks paved the way for a third win in four home games.

Benik Afobe (55) and substitute James Henry (67) added the gloss that was slightly tarnished by Richard Stearman’s exit on a stretcher 17 minutes from time.

But it was just the sort of determined, full throttle performance to make the missing fans whet their lips in anticipation of Friday night’s televised visit of Derby.

Jackett made two changes from the line-up that made it successive draws at Brighton on Saturday.

Scott Golbourne and Nouha Dicko replaced Kortney Hause and James Henry as Jackett went for a more attacking team.

Wolves, unusually kicking towards the South Bank in the first half, immediately set about putting Wednesday under pressure.

There was plenty of possession but little in the way of clear-cut chances until after Rajiv Van La Parra crossed too close to keeper Keiren Westwood in the 11th minute, with both strikers poised to pounce in the box.

Wednesday threatened two minutes later when Tom Lees climbed between two Wolves players at the far post but nodded too high from Jeremy Helan’s deep free kick.

But the home side were quite literally in a hurry as they chased an early breakthrough, and they took the lead in somewhat fortunate circumstances.

Nouha Dicko skipped past the challenge of Helan but was still accelerating when he was caught by minimal contact from Claude Dielna, who had made three glorious interceptions earlier to deny the fired-up Wolves attack.

Referee Simon Hooper had no hesitation in pointing to the spot however and Sako side-footed home for his 12th goal of the season, but only the second penalty.

For the home side, virtually all their concentration was on pushing forwards at every opportunity.

But they had to be wary of Wednesday on the break and in ex-Owls loan defender Danny Batth, Wolves had the right man in the right place on three occasions to head powerfully away.

Kevin McDonald was having arguably the best attacking display in a Wolves shirt as he burst forward on several occasions from central midfield.

And it all added up to what was probably Wolves’ most attacking performance of the season as they forced another four good chances in eight minutes either side of the half hour.

Jack Price rolled the ball wide after Sako played it into Matt Doherty who miscued his shot and van La Parra’s effort was blocked on 25 minutes.

Two minutes later, Benik Afobe put Dicko through but the striker produced a poor first touch and the ball rolled harmlessly behind.

On 32, Dicko was much closer as his spectacular curling shot from 20 yards was superbly clawed out of the air by a flying save from Keiren Westwood palming away.

Within 60 seconds, Price sidefooted straight at the keeper after Sako put Van La Parra through for the cut back on the overlap.

That was it from Wolves as attacking force before the break, but they couldn’t relax.

Wednesday threatened with a header from Jacques Maghoma that had keeper Tomasz Kuszczak at full stretch to palm away in the 36th minute.

The competitive edge of the game threatened to spill over in the two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.

First, Afobe caught Helan late with a challenge and the noise of the collision could be heard around the ground.

Then Sam Hutchinson did what looked like the same thing on Sako.

If Wolves thought they were going to repeat their furious first half by laying siege to the Wednesday goal, they were sadly mistaken. Instead the Owls tried in vain for the equaliser.

Maghoma was inches away with a curling shot that bounced just wide of Kuszczak’s left-hand post.

Wednesday continued to cause Wolves problems and a header from the towering Atdhe Nuhui bounced on top of the net to give the hosts another nervous moment.

Jackett felt the need to change things and in the 52nd minute he brought on Henry for Van La Parra, who had something of an untidy start to the second half.

Wolves broke to double their lead with their first real attack of the second half on the hour.

The excellent Doherty looked up from the right and his cross was perfect for the in-rushing Afobe to meet it full on the volley.

The ball hit the inside of Westwood’s right-hand post before nestling in the opposite corner for his eighth goal in 13 games for Wolves and 27th of the season.

And Henry duly made it 3-0, floating a delicious rising shot into the far corner of the net after cutting in from the right and adjusting himself to strike it with his right foot.

But there was more drama to come as Stearman, clearly struggling, fell to the floor after deliberately poking the ball out for a throw-in in the 73rd minute.

And the Wolverhampton-born stopper suffered the misfortune of being stretchered off on his 200th League game for the club.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell replaced him for his first start since November 22.

Wolves will be hoping the damage to Stearman isn’t long term as they could do without disruptions at this stage.

But either way, the team look set for the challenge of Derby - and the race for a play-off place is still very much on.

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Comments for: "Wolves 3 Sheffield Wed 0 - Report and pictures"

The Tank

Good result , keeps the pressure on and got a sneaky feeling we might be seeing some play off action down old Molineux way !

Come on you Wolves

THE DUDE

Not if you believe the Flying Winger, Chris H at al.

The Flying Winger

TD, yes there is still a big way to go to realise that which was shown by the results tonight.

Can we do it who knows, but there is hope!

THE DUDE

SORRY FLYING WINGER, I SHOULD HAVE SAID SPANISH RAY INSTEAD OF YOURSELF

The Flying Winger

Thanks TD. Fingers and Toes crossed!!!

chris h

Dude, I predicted we would go up via the play offs when a few of us on here made predictions at the start of the season, I accept this may have been wishful thinking. I have since said if we do go up Kenny Jackett should try walking on water and I ' stand' by that.

WillenhallBaggie

Well done Wolves, you played well tonight. Looking forward to a Black Country derby next season.

Jack the Hat

Willenhall,

Yes mate a dive like that deserves to win any wet competition.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Any wet competition"?

Very poor.

old age pensioner

Unlike sessegnon dive against villa? Or have you forgot that one?

ItsPeteNuts

Terrible observations, poorly expressed.

The Flying Winger

A good nights performance goals and three valuable points, the other results show how difficult it is to break into the top six.

We swept aside a team lower in the league and one that was coming with several changes.

I hope that Stearman is okay that would be a hammer blow to lose him at this time of the season., Jackett has said may be a trapped nerve so fingers crossed.

Another goal for the excellent Afobe, onto Friday with another big test for us.

Jack the Hat

Still marking time in eighth place, three points and an inferior goal difference to make up, good job the team is playing well, another couple of dives should help, bet the referee had a good game.

Derby at home on Friday, that will be another big game.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Dreadful comments.

Jack the Hat

Jack the Hat

Had to miss post to bring up this string.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

*sound of toilet being flushed*

old age pensioner

After Saturday's draw at bogey team bring ghton who had won the previous three and were hungry for wolves scalp folks were saying Tuesday would be a must win , and in true WWfc style wolves delivered.

In their previous three home games Brighton had beaten, Leeds,Birmingham,Derby,.....

So although three points would have been great, a point was still good,

Tonight we faced a Sheffield wed side who were playing for pride and we comfortably dispatched them, despite the expressandstar describing the penalty as fortunate........

We are still three points from sixth with 24 points still up for grabs, now we move on to mis-firing Derby county who have now drew two and lost three , and we owe them and how......roll on Friday night. Utw

Ye Olde South Bank

Not sure I'd describe Brighton as a 'bogey team' anymore - that's history. If my memory serves me correctly, we've only lost one of the last six - maybe seven - games against the Seagulls.

Ye Olde South Bank

I'm sure we all hope Richard Stearman's injury is nothing serious, so best wishes for a speedy return. Being carted off on a stretcher is not the best way to celebrate your 200th game, but hopefully the boys' 3-0 victory will make him feel a little better.

Tonight's excellent result sets us up nicely for the visit of Derby. I asked the lads to bring their shooting boots tonight and they duly obliged - now, bring 'em with you on Friday, too. We owe Derby a bit of a caning, so let's hope they get it.

===== "The Wolves eat Rams" =====

derbyshirewolf

Well, the attendance wasn't what I would have hoped for, but the support inside the ground was every bit as positive as I had envisaged.

Not that many of the usual moaning suspects on the thread tonight. I think the team answered them with their performance!

It was a pleasure to watch.It made my return journey journey ( the last part from Derby station) really worthwhile, even at such cost.

I must say that Benik Afobe is a real star in the making. It is not just his composure in front of goal, but his all round play which impresses. His work with Nouha Dicko really could develop, albeit at a a risk of weakening midfield. It is worth persevering with.

So many other positives too, e.g. McDonald's passing vision, Jack Price's immense defensive covering of ground, and Sako's occasional sheer class. Roll on Friday! If K.J. can keep his players grounded, and immensely focused, we could be within spitting distance of Derby ( metaphorically speaking ). Who would have thought that a month ago.

Well done Wolves. In my 62nd year of supporting you, I'm still proud and enthusiastic.

No Sweat

'And Henry duly made it 3-0, floating a delicious rising shot into the far corner of the net after cutting inside from the right and adjusting himself to strike it with his right foot'. Now I was among the 18,683 and could have sworn he struck it with his 'weaker' left foot. Oh, I've just scrolled through your picture gallery and, sure enough, it's the left. Was your reporter actually at the match? Perhaps he's as old as me and was thinking of the sign they used to have in Gents' toilets, 'Please adjust your dress before leaving'. Didn't notice Henry doing that though.

wolvesmatt

Excellent result and performance against a side that in my opinion are capable of taking points from the teams above us. Hopefully we can take advantage of Derbys dip in form on Friday.

Seriously hope Stearmans injury isn't as bad as it looked. He is IMO one of 4 or 5 players that we cannot afford to be without(Baath, McDonald, Afobe and Sako being the others)

Ritchie Wolves

Good win as all wins are! the two men in midfield were man of the match and stuck like glue, Afobe and Henry's goal's were top class.

Derby must be a wee bit worried and for all on here that gives KJ a bad time over the so called tinkering should have egg on their faces and if you don't agree, ask Derby, they didn't rotate early on in the season and now they have 7 top players out injured. What a shame, keep it going Wanderers............................

DancesWithWolves

Sounds a great result at the right time. A win against Derby would be the icing on the cake, and a point wouldn't be too disappointing. Derby have strengthened well this season, and we haven't, but it hasn't prevented them having a dip in form now. We know all about dips. Kenny has come a long way since our November dip, when serious doubts about him were raised. Afobe is looking like the buy of the season in this division. Memo to Kenny: The emergency window closes a week tomorrow. New players aren't everything (as Derby are proving) but another inspired signing could help us into the top six.

Cookley Wolf

Really good performance, and it could have been 3 or 4 by half time. Can't believe how all the teams above us keep picking up the points as well. What a valuable 3 points it could prove to be on Friday if we can get revenge over the Rams!

Finchy

After all the moaning I did on our keeper yesterday he provided a top class save plucking the ball from the top right corner from a corner header keeping us 1-0 ahead.

Some great goals and was a nice change to have them shooting the opposite way for a change!

VLP did not want to be subbed... his head couldnt drop any lower as he walked off. Feel bad on Dicko he wants and needs a goal so bad you could see his frustration when not given the ball in good oportunities.

Really good game, hope we are as good against Derby.... If we beat them it should open up 5th and 6th place to play for the rest of the season, maybe even 4th depending how Norwich do.

Exciting times!

The Flying Winger

Good post Finchy, that was an excellent save and a better game for him.

As you say Exciting times, and an interesting table when the games have been played the weekend.

It will be interesting to see who gets the nod for CB as I doubt Stearman will make it and probably unwise to try.

Ritchie Wolves

I have to say I did think about your comment when he pulled that one off Finchy! Gordon Banks would have been proud of it....

Finchy

Haha yeah it went through my mind as it happened too :) I was directly inline with it about 30ft away so had a good view of it, was a fine save! and a good view of afobe's goal to.

They were a threat in the air, beat us to headers all night, I thought they was going to get a goal from one at somepoint, but luckily the keeper was on form to deny it.

Jack the Hat

Finchy,

When dirty Dicko new he couldn't score he resorted to diving. None of you criticizing the referees performance I see. You are so unlike the honest BAGGIES.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack the Hat

Oops, Knew.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Abysmal nonsense.

Finchy

The ref was a lot more forgiving with wednesday than us, he hardly gave us fouls, their players practically climbing all over us and tugging shirts.

And you can get of your high horse regarding diving.. I saw the villa game, you bitter because you never got given the peno decision....

The Flying Winger

Dirty Dicko, I despair with you.

old age pensioner

As I posted earlier, sessegnon dived against villa.

Jack the Hat

old age,

I did answer you but the abuse button may have been red hot and it was binned, I have tried again but I expect you will need a new button as it will burn out. I'll give you one guess who hammered it.

Gorra loff ay ya?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Cretinous assertion.

Finchy

Just looked at the fixtures for the weekend... if we win Friday we could really take advantage, we're all playing each other except for Brentford.

Robw64

There are loads of six pointers left to play with the top 9 and I therefore reckon that it is not only 6th position that is up for grabs? With our remaining 8 fixtures, we probably need 5 victories and I can see them coming from Leeds, Ipswich and Millwall at home and Blues and Wigan away? There is no reason that we cannot get anything out of the Derby, Forest or Middlesbrough fixtures either. With players like Ikeme, Golbourne, McDonald, Sako, Dicko and Afobe, we are now a match for most teams!

tesswoody

This is a great result and hopefully will fill the team with the confidence to beat Derby on Friday evening!

Just hope Stearman is OK.

Hold fast Wolves you can do this !

UTW

Tomwolf

First off, I hope I and others, haven't jinxed Stearman, with our comments yesterday. Hopefully he will make a speedy recovery. I thought McDonald was excellent last night, ive had my doubts about him, at times this season. But he's beginning to show the form, he did so constantly last season. As many keep saying on here, Afobe looks a top striker in the making. He certainly plays with confidence in himself, and is never afraid to unleash a first time shot on goal, it thudded against the one post, on to the other, in a blink of an eye. As for Henry's goal, what a cracker it was, you could see when he cut inside, their was only one thing on his mind, and that was to smack it, into the back of the net, and didn't he do just that. Now on Saturday, I thought Kuszczak, was to blame for the Brighton goal, but being behind that goal, last night, I thought his save, was Top Class, it looked a certain goal, until he shifted his feet so quickly, to produce an outstanding save. Just shows how you can go from zero to hero in a few days. UTW:

Tomwolf

On another note, I see that cheat from Watford, FF, scored a goal on Saturday, and got a penalty last night. Yet surely, he should have been serving a three match ban, for his outrageous cheating, against Sako.

Jack the Hat

Tom,

What ban would you have given dirty Dicko for his outrageous cheating?, just asking.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Ridiculous question.

JT Bang Bang

Jack Strap

KJ . Nouha you are a diver, u must be punished

Dicko.... Fair play boss , what u gonna do

KJ.... I have a DVD of the Budgies games under Pulis here, u must watch Sessegnon and learn how to dive properly

Dicko..... But there are hours of footage to sit through boss with no action. You are too cruel

KJ .... It's your own fault, don't worry though the Budgies v Villa games are on

Dicko.... They were hilarious boss, is Bungle Ben Fosters cock up on and Lescotts point blank miss

KJ .... All there kid . Now go get started , there are hours of boredom to sit through before those gems

Dicko... Well worth it though. Ps boss can I read Jack Straps post match meltdown comments he posted?

KJ ... Course u can son , they were even funnier than his January transfer prediction ones

X X Bang Bang

Finchy

you've got a right bee in your bonnet about this havent you cretin...

Minimal contact still mean contact. Your scum bag player dived with no contact, that Watford player play acted being struck in the face, big difference...

Jack the Hat

Finchy,

Are you saying big tough dirty Dicko could be knocked over with a feather?, I see.

The bee in my bonnet is that none of you have decried dirty Dicko's action as BAGGIES did with Sess, but that is alright in your delusional world. BAGGIES will just carry on being honest in the real world.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Just wretched.

Shewolf1943

I see the old Jack has re-surfaced. BEHAVE. There was a coming together last night Dicko did not fall to the ground clutching his face as if poleaxed, and the ref decided it was a penalty. As you know some go for you and some don't. Dicko did not cheat IMO.

Jack the Hat

She1943,

Hi girl,

Some of your lot seem to enjoy a dig at my alternative banter, that is okay by me, but they can't handle it if I respond which I am ever likely to.

The E&D apologetically mention minimal contact to try and excuse dirty Dicko's dive and that is what I base my banter on, how did a tiny touch bring down a player galloping in the penalty area?, that would never have happened in my playing days. I have to laugh at one twerp and his childlike comments, Petesnuts is the name, bet he knows how to use the abuse button, maybe he can teach me.

Take care.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Almost entirely without wit or merit.

derbyshirewolf

Come on Jack! I know it's a nice piece of alliteration, but what aspect of Dicko's play was "dirty"?

Yes, he went down in the box when there was contact. Many a referee would not have given it, and some might have booked him for diving.

But did Dicko commit a dirty foul? Did he do a Forestieri and simulate being hit?

No, none of these.

Therefore be fair Jack. No more cheap phrases, designed to wind up our more volatile supporters. They might, like Finchy, resort to name calling, and while that is something I dislike, it could be argued that you, in your gleeful way, set the ball rolling.

Black Country Wanderer

JTH give it a rest!!

How many of the same comment do you need to post

Everyone knows Dicko is no cheat,he would far rather score himself than give a tap in to Sako

There was contact,minimal maybe, but the guy was running at pace, and any touch at that rate can cause a tumble,and it did,we have had more than our fair share of bad decisions in both boxes this season, so an "ify" one for us for a change we will take no problem

Wouldnt have argued if it wasnt given,but cheat? no way Jose

Derby may not be so wasteful as Wednesday,so KT may change it for Friday

Has to keep Dicko and Afobe up front though,maybe VLP makes way for Henry or Edwards

Midfield still our weak area,puts so much pressure on back four,but it seems its out score the opponents time in KJ world,so hold on to your hats guys, it could be a roller coaster end to the season

6 wins maybe required,possibly 5 and a draw,so its still there,and no team will fancy playing us at this point thats for sure

Jack the Hat

Wanderer,

I'm only answering the banter you lot are putting up in a gentlemanly way, no swearing from me.

Dirty Dicko was brushed against and he bit the dust as though he had been Sledge hammered, you say as much yourself, he cheated end of.

Thanks for agreeing with me.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Shewolf1943

Jack you must learn to remember people's first names. It is NOUHA Dicko. Repeat three times after me NOUHA NOUHA NOUHA Have you remembered yet?

ItsPeteNuts

"Sledge hammered".

"he cheated end of."

Barely a shred of literacy.

Sir Billy Quiet

Yes and Watford were gifted 3 points by Reading on Friday. Reading made 9 changes to the first team.....

Remember the outcry when MM did something similar at Man Utd?

wolfie136

Well the loan window is still there to be used so if Stearman is out for sometime and it didn't look good did it perhaps the fat controller can get Bob to loosen the purse strings,but wouldn't hold my breath

Finchy

Go on... At least try holding your breath!

wolfie136

Knob somes u up mate other people have opinions get over it.

old age pensioner

Check out wolves February goal of the month winner on official wolves youtube.

Afobe,dicko,sako, the almost telepathic link these guys have , is amazing. And what a goal,boom!!!!!!!

DancesWithWolves

Can anyone believe what plonker this guy must be? This is a comment posted on the Daily Mail online report of the Sheff Wed game:

CommentKing, Sydney, Australia, a day ago

Karl Henry makes surprise Wolves comeback, scoring on return. The Football League are said to be looking into the contractual arrangements that has led to Henry playing for two different clubs in three days outside of the transfer window. . . . Come on DM!

Shewolf1943

Dances. Nothing surprises me with newspaper reports. A few years ago I had been to watch Wolves v Birmingham City one Friday night and in the E & S next day the players were marked for their performance and one guy was marked 7 and he wasn't even in the squad never mind in the team. I actually phoned E & S to see if the reporter had been to the game.

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