Blackburn 1 Wolves 2 - Report and pictures

A controversial David Edwards goal gave Wolves three points as they made a perfect start to the season.

Edwards appeared to handle Nouha Dicko's cross as he diverted the ball into the net but, despite loud Blackburn protests, the goal stood.

Wolves had earlier taken the lead through their first attempt on goal, when Benik Afobe continued where he left off last season with a superb finish.

A blunder from goalkeeper Carl Ikeme helped Rovers equalise, when he palmed Craig Conway's wickedly deflected effort into the net.

But, despite some strong late pressure from the hosts, Wolves held on for a repeat of the scoreline on the opening day of the 2011-12 season.

Wolves started on the back foot and within two minutes Jordan Rhodes hit the post, taking advantage of a slack Kortney Hause pass before firing a 20-yard rasper against Ikeme's right-hand post.

Defensive errors littered Wolves early play, as they struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Ben Marshall and Shane Duffy both sent efforts wide, before Ikeme showed wonderful reflexes to tip a Duffy header over the bar.

Blackburn debutant Danny Guthrie and then Conway fired shots off target for Rovers, as the visitors continued to struggle.

But from nowhere - and with their first shot of the season - Afobe gave them the lead just before the half hour mark, taking Conor Coady's through ball and cutely finishing past onrushing goalkeeper David Raya.

The goal settled Jackett's team and Dicko stabbed just wide from a powerful James Henry cross. But, on 39 minutes, they were rocked by a freak Blackburn equaliser.

Dominic Iorfa and Stearman both make excellent last ditch challenges and the ball fell to Conway, whose 18-yard shot looped viciously goalwards and Ikeme misjudged the flight, palming the ball into the net.

Rovers were good value for their equaliser but, on the stroke of half time Wolves re-took the lead, in controversial circumstances.

Dicko's left-wing cross got the faintest of touches from Edwards - and replays confirmed it had hit his hand on its way past Raya.

Blackburn protested, but referee Mark Haywood was unmoved and awarded the goal.

Wolves came flying out of the blocks in the second half and should have made it 3-1 within two minutes, but Afobe missed Iorfa's low cross after the full-back bombed forward.

Henry and Dicko both saw shots blocked in what was a scrappy start to the second-half.

Both sides were struggling to exert themselves in midfield and the game became littered with slack passes and niggly fouls.

Then Wolves had a let-off when Rhodes got in-behind the defence, only to fire across goal and just wide in a glorious opportunity.

Wolves then came within inches of making the game safe, when Henry delightfully skipped through two players and sent a long-range effort crashing off Raya's crossbar.

Afobe's rasping 20-yarder was straight at the goalkeeper, as Wolves aimed to take control in the closing stages.

But Blackburn came on strong and pushed hard for an equaliser, with Marshall and substitute Fode Koita testing Ikeme from range.

Koita then sent a superb ball into the box which was screaming out for a touch, but it flashed across goal and to safety.

Sheyi Ojo and Adam Le Fondre both made their debuts late on, with boss Kenny Jackett sending on some fresh legs.

But Blackburn continued to press and three minutes into five added on by the referee they hit the post, with Ikeme brilliantly tipping Koita's shot onto the woodwork.

From the corner, Jason Lowe headed inches wide with Corry Evans unable to get a touch from two yards out.

Wolves were holding on for dear life with McDonald and Ojo making superb midfield tackles to quell two attacks.

Ojo then broke clear with Wolves three-on-one - he raced into the box and appeared to be fouled, but the referee booked him for diving.

With the clock reaching 97 minutes, Blackburn had a free kick on the left of the box, but Wolves cleared their lines and held on for a thoroughly hard-earned victory.

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Comments for: "Blackburn 1 Wolves 2 - Report and pictures"

Old Gold Heart

Great win against a good side, albeit it sounds like we may have had some luck

Orlando Wolves

I agree it was a great win at a place where points are hard to come by. OK we had some luck with the Edwards goal, but, I guess it only balanced thing out as their goal appears to have been a touch fortunate.

A great start to the season. UTW

chris h

Win the Ashes, 3 points away at Blackburn, a sunny day. No (h)arm in that lot,Dave.

*Rampton*

A very hand(y) win indeed.

Stokewolf64

Doesn't get much better chris...

UTW

Silver Wolf

Too true. A red letter day for the memory bank.

The Tank

Do Nicely !!

Never an easy place to go , Sako exit might turn out a blessing in disguise and give the midfield a bit more balance with more all round midfield players coming in .

Up you mighty Wolves !!!!

Plastictaffy

In Jackett we trust coyw

wol1877ves

A controversial David Edwards goal gave Wolves three points! who cares it wouldn't bother me if a controversial goal won every game for us so long as we win, its the 3 points that count and that's all im bothered about, its the first game 3 points on the board so well done lads and keep these controversial points coming ...WWFC...

Sherpavan D4 double winners

Good result at a difficult place

The Flying Winger

Lucky, well earned, hard fought, good team effort, probably all of those.

3 points in the bag, another Dangerous Dave story from the E&S

Jackett has to sort out the slow start and as I said the defence worries the lif e out of me, we should have signed a CB.

Would like to see EBanks -Landell come in think her is unlucky not to be picked.

Great away support again.

Onto the next game and if Ojo did dive, cut it out!

BrownedOff

Strange game. But first of the season and has got to be expected.

Concerns at the back, promise at the front, and not sure what to make of midfield.

Perhaps by mid-September we'll have a better idea of expectations.

Can't say any more than that!

Mid Wales wolf

Great 3pts, Ewood Park never an easy place to go, and first game of the season home teams are always up for it. Glad Kenny decided to play Dave Edwards, who looked in preseason to be likely to lose his place. Daves value to team is immense. Looking forward to seeing how we do against Hull next week, got a feeling Oji may well start.

1wolves

Great start to the season let's hope we can continue the way we started.

Well done lads, keep it up.

CAROLINA WOLF

Point is, it equals three. I'll take it.

Bleydh

Great result. I'll take 3 points away every time.

oldergold

Mistakes are bound to happen, first game tension like a lacky band , good start well done, as for the moans they even out like every season UTW,

Solentwolves

Exhilarated. Great start. Especially pleased for the 3500 or so travelling fans.

oxyamwolf

Aint bothererd about the lucky goal. Points that count and these are three good ones! UTW

Tomwolf

An excellent hard earned 3pts, on WM it sounded like Coady and Edwards played very well. Ifora was making a few reckless tackles, but hopefully he will settle down and get back to how he played last season. Its very early days but an excellent start, well done the lads. UTW:

Old Wulfrunian

A great result against a team who only finished a couple of places below us last season. I'd have settled for a point before the game but 'Dangerous' came up trumps again, as he did in the same fixture on our last visit.

It took us a while to get out of 1st gear but that is to be expected, perhaps, bearing in mind the quality of the opposition who were playing their first match of the season on their home pitch in front of an expectant crowd.

I think Ebanks-Landell will start against Newport on Tuesday and although I can't see KJ changing a winning side in the next league game, if E-B puts a marker down it might provide food for thought.

Stokewolf64

Well done lads, a great 3 points away at Blackburn which is always a tough fixture.

We're away on hols at the moment, but it made my day reading the match commentary on the BBC website, and even better....

We're sitting in a small bar opposite Portimao train station (Wolves away shirt on of course) I'm concentrating on the BBC commentary, when an old Portuguese Fella sitting at the next table turns round and says in a Wolvo accent "Up The Wolves"

Turns out out he moved from Wolvo to Portugal 32 years ago.. Drinks (and plenty of stories) all round!!!!

Now how does it go "Wanderers here, Wanderers there"

UTW

wolvesmatt

Excellent result and even though we may have had a helping hand along the way we still looked the better side overall. McDonald showed his class again and I think it would be a mistake if we don't push the boat out a little to offer him a better deal. There were couple of areas for concern, we looked shaky defensively at times and Golbourne will be exposed at times if we don't play a natural left winger in front of him. But yes overall a pleasing performance and a good day!!

Old Salopian

Dave Edwards - the Shropshire Maradonna!! UTW

Breretonwolf

Visiting family in San Diego, California, and followed on E&S and BBC. Both so slow. Great win, and a great day. Emgland win the Ashes, Wolves and Hull KR both win. 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and not a cloud in the sky. If Carlsberg did Saturdays....

Stearmans overhead kick

Blackburn away ? Glad that ones out of the way 3 points as well Well done lads .

wol1877ves

the bonus is 107.7 the wolf or signal 107 has commentary on all the wolves games now...WWFC...

old age pensioner

Great three points well done the lads, lucky? Who cares. Ut w

Albrightondek

Well, it wasn't the most convincing of wins, but it was a win. Perhaps now that the first game is out of the way, and 3 points on the board, it will settle the lads down a bit.

It seemed to me that Rovers had deliberately set about positioning Rhodes to be up against Hause from the start. The ploy almost paid off for them, especially in the first twenty minutes or so, when they were clearly on top. However, Wolves survived somehow, and Hause recovered his composure along with the rest of the defence.

The turning point came with Afobe's goal. A cool, calculated, controlled finish from Afobe. He didn't blast it, just placed the ball past the goalkeeper in a very professional way.

The Rovers goal was a bit flukey. There seemed to be some lax play in the build up to it by our midfield and defence, but both Iorfa and Stearman did their level best to try and stop the shot. I'm not sure who deflected the shot, but it looped over Ikeme. On another day Ikeme might well have prevented it going in, but he seemed to jump just fractionally too early to palmed it away.

Most of the supporters around me were a little bemused as to what happened when Edwards scored - as I was. Did he head the ball? Did it come off the goalkeeper? None of us considered it was handled by Edwards albeit accidently. It's probably best to describe it as a lucky goal, that the official gave Wolves the benefit of the doubt.

The rest of the game was a mish-mash of some good and some poor play by both sides. If it had finished a draw, there probably wouldn't have been too many complaints from the supporters. A slightly fortuitous win, but a win nonetheless.

derbyshirewolf

A journey back home, which should have taken two hours, took three and a half, thanks to road works, closed off roads, and subsequent traffic jams.

It was a good job that I had a win, and a half decent performance to keep me cheerful.

One for you chris h. "four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire", the first of which was right outside the ground, causing the first of the car crawls!

As for the performance, we were good in patches, but not consistently so. Despite conceding a weird goal, we did iron out our defensive frailties after about twenty minutes, and looked in greater control thereafter.The win was undoubtedly deserved,and the form, I feel, will improve.

One final point. I sincerely hope that the group of about thirty alcohol fuelled crazies, who did so much damage in the hospitality area at half time, get their future just desserts. I know they were all caught on CCTV, and filmed a lot . I just want people who filmed them to hand in their recordings to the police. What happened was shameful, unprovoked, and so damaging to the reputation of my club.

*Rampton*

There isn't any reports of unruly behaviour, criminal damage or even requests from the Police Re: Mobile phone/camera footage!

Perhaps you are mistaken with just a little upbeat start of the season excitement with 20 or so fans enjoying a few beers.

derbyshirewolf

Broken air ducts? Smashed up electrical wall units? Beers being flung everywhere? Parents frantically hurrying their children to safety? A pleasant way to be "enjoying a few beers".

A strange code of ethics you seem to have" Rampton."

*Rampton*

My ethics are pretty sound lad, and If what you have suggested has taken place then yes these Individuals need to be rooted out charged and banned!

Your version of events seem a little exggerated "derbyshire".

It's awfully strange no media reports of this yobbish activity have arisen! Also no mention from other travelling fans!

Now "derbyshire" are you sure the gridlocked traffic episode hasn't heated your brain! hence the hasty crowd report...

apwbd

I have to agree with Derbyshire. It happened on the upper tier, it started as harmless chanting after the Edwards goal, which quickly escalated to ripping some grey units off the wall and trashing them on the ground. By the time the police arrived the 2nd half had begun so the crowd had dispersed. I'm all for a few beers before the game, but that behaviour wouldn't be tolerated anywhere else, why is it acceptable in a football stadium? Anyway, great win, let's stick to the positives! Afobe and Edwards played brilliantly. UTW!

derbyshirewolf

So Rampton, though I may be getting on a bit (though I'm quite chuffed that you referred to me as "lad"), my brain does not appear to be quite as addled as you inferred it was. No, it was not an exaggeration.