Wolves 3 Bristol City 2 - Report and pictures

Wolves came from behind to beat Bristol City and win their first game at Molineux for three months.

Ivan Cavaleiro's late penalty completed a stunning comeback at a raucous Molineux.

Wolves took an early lead through David Edwards' header but were behind at half time when poor defending allowed Tammy Abraham and Aden Flint to score.

Helder Costa's magnificent volley drew Wolves level and then Cavaleiro third goal in four games put Wolves ahead with five minutes left.

Bristol City thought they'd equalised in the last minute of stoppage time but a header was cleared off the line by first Matt Doherty and then Richard Stearman. The visitors believed it was in - and boss Lee Johnson stormed onto the pitch to argue with the referee while Wolves celebrated.

Analysis

There's never a dull moment with Wolves is there.

Even under the so-called dour Scot Paul Lambert, Wolves can't fail to be a thrillingly entertaining club to watch, on and off the field.

That's 13 goals in two matches at Molineux. And a sorely-needed victory too - Wolves' first at home since September.

Successive victories on the bounce have propelled them up the table to 15th, some eight points clear of relegation, just a couple of weeks after it looked for all the world that they were in a relegation dogfight.

Those fears haven't been eradicated completely of course, but if Wolves continue to show this fighting spirit - coupled with some Portuguese magic in the former of Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro, who were again excellent here - they won't be anywhere near the bottom three.

Shoddy defending had undone an impressive first 30 minutes in which Wolves looked in control. Either side of half time they were depressingly fragile at the back yet again.

But they weathered the storm, barged their way in front and just about saw out four minutes of added time.

Unsurprisingly, Paul Lambert stuck with the same XI that had convincingly beaten Nottingham Forest 2-0 last weekend.

There was one change on the bench though where Joe Mason returned after a two-month injury absence to replace Romain Saiss who dropped out of the squad.

Wolves started in confident mood, picking up where they left off at the City Ground, and were in front inside three minutes when David Edwards notched his sixth goal of the season, flicking a corner from the man he's tied with on six, Helder Costa, into the net.

For the opening half an hour Wolves were by far the better team.

They played with intensity, winning the ball back with impressive regularity, while they moved the ball around briskly in midfield with Jack Price in fine form.

Richard Stearman was clearly enjoying himself, regaling the Stearman of 2014/15 when bombing forward and even treating the crowd to a few skills and turns.

Up front Helder Costa, Bright Enobakhare and Ivan Cavaleiro, as they had at Forest, all looked to run at the opposition and take players on.

Cavaleiro was doing it for fun, albeit often taking one touch too many, but he was the player looking most capable of providing something special.

Wolves were looking comfortable - but defensive frailties soon reared their ugly head and City scored twice in just six minutes to stun the hosts before half time.

Tammy Abraham

On 38 minutes they equalised. A ball forward reached dangerman Tammy Abraham - his touch took him past a wrong-footed Batth and then the striker lashed past Carl Ikeme with a good finish.

Wolves were shellshocked. But before half time, despite controlling much of the first half, they were behind.

A corner from the left reached who got the better of Richard Stearman and had the simple task of heading into the net from a few yards out.

Lambert's team were harshly booed off at half time, but you could hardly blame the fans who have grown all too familiar with defensive capitulations. Indeed, this was the fifth time in six matches that Wolves had conceded at least twice at Molineux.

With their confidence not restored by the time the teams kicked off again, Wolves began the second half on the back foot and were fortunate not to fall further behind.

Stearman got in a crucial block to deny Abraham and there were a couple of heart-in-mouth moments from corners, with Wolves miserably failing to get many of the basics right, not least talking to each other.

But Wolves survived - and just before the hour they were back level thanks to a very special goal from a special player. Costa's 12-yard volley from Conor Coady's cross was one to take the breath away - and it galvanised Wolves.

They looked so dangerous going forward when in full flow, but at the back were so brittle and fragile. Abraham was a constant threat and spurned a number of half chances.

But Lambert went for it, sending on two strikers in Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Joe Mason, who had worked so well in tandem at the start of the season - and within seconds they almost combined to devastating effect when Mason's goalbound shot from Bodvarsson's low cross was blocked.

Edwards then headed just over with a repeat of the corner that brought him his goal.

It was all about who scored next - and fortunately for Wolves it was them. Mason's flick was handled by Flint in the box - Cavaleiro stepped up and beat Fielding with a brilliant penalty into the corner.

There were a couple of nervous moments - this wouldn't be Wolves if there weren't.

And with the final kick of the match it looked like they'd blown in, but Matt Doherty and Richard Stearman's goalline clearance saved them, not that City boss Lee Johnson agreed as he stormed onto the pitch to confront the referee and his assistant at full time.

Yep, never a dull moment.

Key moments

3 - GOAL - Helder Costa's inswinging corner is met by David Edwards at the near post and he flicks a header past Frank Fielding.

20 - Ivan Cavaleiro skips inside and forces a good save from Fielding - the ball falls to Edwards who should score but scuffs his rebound at the keeper from six yards.

38 - GOAL - A ball forward reaches Tammy Abraham, his touch takes him past a wrong-footed Batth and then the striker lashes past Carl Ikeme with a good finish.

44 - GOAL - A corner from the left reaches Aden Flint who gets the better of Richard Stearman and has the simple task of heading into the net from a few yards out.

45 - Matt Doherty tests Fielding with a decent shot from 20 yards which the keeper pushes wide.

51 - Excellent block from Stearman as Abraham breaks into the box again.

54 - Successive Bristol City corners cause no end of problems for Wolves, with their hesitation and a lack of communication not helping matters. But Wolves survive.

58 - GOAL - A absolutely stunning goal brings Wolves level. Conor Coady gets to the byline and crosses deep - Costa meets it with a thunderous first-time left-footed volley from 12 yards that whistles past Fielding.

79 - Substitutes Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Joe Mason almost combine to put Wolves ahead just seconds after coming on. Bodvarsson's low cross is turned goalwards by Mason but it's crucially blocked by Flint.

79 - And now Edwards almost recreates his goal, flicking Costa's corner goalwards at the near post, but this time Fielding finger-tips over the bar.

85 - GOAL - Mason's flick is handled by Flint in the box. Cavaleiro steps up and sends a brilliant penalty into the top corner past Fielding's despairing dive.

95 - A header is brilliantly blocked on the line by Matt Doherty and then Richard Stearman dives in with a magnificent clearance. Every City player thinks it's over the line but the referee blows for full time.

Teams

Wolves (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Stearman, Doherty; Price, Edwards; Costa, Enobakhare (Mason, 78), Cavaleiro; Dicko (Bodvarsson, 78). Subs: Burgoyne, Iorfa, Hause, Saville, Ronan.

Goals: Edwards (3), Costa (58), Cavaleiro (85)

Bristol City (>4-4-1-1): Fielding; Matthews (Little, 66), Flint, Magnusson, Bryan; Reid (O'Dowda, 66), Pack (c), Brownhill, Freeman (Wilbraham, 86); Tomlin; Abraham. Subs: Lucic, Engvall, Smith, Paterson.

Goals: Abraham (38), Flint (44)

Attendance: 24,669 (1,483 Bristol City fans)

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

Position in the table

15th (28 points from 23 matches)

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Comments for: "Wolves 3 Bristol City 2 - Report and pictures"

CAROLINA WOLF

3 VERY VALUABLE POINTS. And in a few days we'll probably forget how close it was, it's in the WIN column now.

Keep it up lads.

CAROLINA WOLF

Merry Christmas to all. Especially you Wolfies out there.

BeeCee

The same to you and yours Carolina.

Olly the cat

Well done lads. A good result and a very entertaining game. Mind you, I think we got away with one in the final minute. The ball looked over the line for a Bristol City equaliser with the last kick of the match. It's about time Wolverhampton Wanderers had a bit of luck. We've had very few decisions go in our favour recently. We will know more when we see the highlights on Channel five tonight.

Dave Edwards had another good game, but the undoubted man of the match was Ivan Cavaleiro. This result puts a very significant gap to the bottom three. Wolverhampton Wanderers can now start looking at the gaps to the teams above them, rather than the teams below.

Bruce, Arouca, Trinidad

At last a home win. Not, from all accounts the most convincing but as mentioned above it takes the relegation monkey off our back. Now to keep it off. Another home game coming. Is it too much to ask for two home wins in succession?

London Wolves

idk which game you watched my friend, but the game i watched, we bossed all game long.

Dittonwolf

Wow that is Wolves, Dire at the back, depressing to watch and then you get all the excitement, It's all mixed emotions that can't be too good for the Heart.

Again my young Grandson Told me Wolves have a bad defence, That was before they had scored, Yes Farmer Ted we attended another game without your Permission.

Now can you Defend that defence and that was the best Stearman as played since his return.?

They need replacing.

The Flying Winger

Dittonwolf, we have come a long way in the last few weeks yes we have issues at the back as we do in midfield and attack but these players are competing and we are pulling ourselves up the table, goals are generally scored by defensive mistakes but you don't mention all the good tackles that have been made.

We should be celebrating our position in the table not carping on about our deficiencies hopefully Lambert will have been able to show Fosun there is reason to invest in the side for this season and next.

Farmer Ted

Ditton, why would you need my permission? Feeling guilty? Maybe you need replacing.

Tim Buzaglo

If we can get a back up keeper , 2 centre halves, a creative centre midfielder and a goal scoring striker in January then I think we will make the playoffs.

Anything less than that, then our chances of getting out of this league will be severely hindered.

West Park

Did it cross the line...????

The Flying Winger

Hi West Park, we have had so many decisions go against us I am not bothered if for once it went our way.

West Park

Merry Christmas flying winger... absolutely agree I don't care a fiddlers f@#K as Mccarthy would say but I hope it did as I'm a mean nasty b@#!*#d and would take great pleasure in knowing we got away with it .. happy new year ..

The Flying Winger

You too West Park.

Hong Kong Pete

Wes Park

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See my post below something went wrong

Peter

The Flying Winger

So some one at the E&S finally realised there was no live feed but another Bristol v Wolves match according to a friend of mine.

I hope all had a good day yesterday, the celebrations continued today and the team deserved their result a hard fought win our two foreign players again providing two goals thanks to Fosun for getting them in, Edwards again provided a gem of a goal.

I despair with the attitude of some fans at half time, but was pleased with the team in the second half in front of a large crowd.

Lambert must be in a difficult place trying to restore Dickos confidence, refreshing DadI and bringing Mason in, I would like to see the latter two together.

Not convinced with Bright at the moment and where was Saiss, full marks to Lambert for bringing on Daddi and Mason instead of a midfielder.

A win that takes us further away from the drop zone and hopefully will convince Fosun to invest early in Jan.

Rumours, McCarthy facing the sack, Jackett next Norwich manager.

Norwich fans not happy with Moxey, best of look with that one it was all going so well.

Delighted for Villa and hope our three midland sides have a better 2017.

sue

I thought Bright had a really good game today.I can never understand why people boo especially at half time.

Black Country Wanderer

Usual blend of good attacking play and poor defensive frailties

We cant keep scoring 3 to just about survive,and that's against a team that have been on as poor a run as we have lately

For all those knocking the foreign players,god knows where we would be without Costa and Cav

All that said ,a vital 3 points ,and that all adds to the confidence levels,but we sorely need CB and midfield general in January ,even if it means not getting a striker,we are capable of getting goals, but letting too many silly ones in at the back

Cradley Wolf

Well, two more goals against and before you start having a go Ted both of them were down to your

favourite player Batth !!!

For the first he falls flat on his backside and for their second he just stands still like a shop window dummy !!! (Watch The Highlights ).

I hope to god Lambert realises how crap he is and shows him the door on Jan 1st and brings in some proper defenders who know how to defend as we can't keep giving away stupid goals like we did today.

We have to make Costa a permanent signing in January as along with Cavaleiro they both had a blinder of a game today.

10 points to make up to the play off places, not an impossibility by any means as long as we can bring in some decent defenders and keep putting in the performances.

Farmer Ted

Hello Crudely, how's it going on the Yuletide sofa? I looked out for you in me Christmas jumper...Santa never turned up either.

Cradley Wolf

hey Ted seasons felicitations to you also my friend.

Bleydh

Unbelievable. Its the season of goodwill and we won at home yet still Wolves fans are sniping and niggling away at the players and each other with snide and nasty comments. As predicatable as it is pathetic.

sie69

On to the next game know,confidence is building going forward we just need to outscore the other teams as we still look vulnerable at the back

Chris Groves

Lambert has brought a stability to the team. He has definitely improved Wolves. With some improvement, (or help as PL likes to say), in defense, and a quality addition up front, Wolves could easily close the 9 point gap on the top 6. The season is not over.

Bleydh

We defended poorly and still got three points. You have to be happy with that. Onwards and homewards.

tamworthwolves

Went to the game today, Positive points:

3 points

Cody

Costa's goal

Edwards relentless running and goal threat

Spells of decent football going forward

Negative points:

PL's defensive zonal play at balls coming into the box. We lost the majority of balls in the box and Ikeme was static, what ever happened to a GK punching?

Dicko, sadly he's struggling and at be better rested.

All in all a welcome 3 points and Costa's goal was terrific forward play. But its the same old problem we all know about...the defence. PL, we are too thick to do zonal marking and Ikeme is over 6ft so tell him to come off his line and boss the box.

There were small shoots of improvement from the defence but until we get a solid back 4, the midfield and attackers need to get 3 goals a game.

Tim Buzaglo

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE JUST BEATEN 2 VERY POOR TEAMS IN FOREST AND BRISTOL.

IF WE DO NOT SUBSTANTIALLY ADD TO THE SQUAD, THEN WE WILL BE WELL BEATEN BY THE

STRONGER TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE.

Solentwolves

So pleased to see those three points go on the board. Three more from the QPR game please, lads.

Mountain Wolf

Well done lads. Still a long way to go but some promising moments. I thought Stearman had a good game.

KnightWolf

It looked better without Iorfa & Hause. Coady's distribution is better from the full back position than in midfield which suggests leaving him there is an improvement. Batth was better because he was concentrating on being a contact centre half . An experienced captain alongside him would have covered Abraham's pace.

For Bristol's second goal I wondered why all 11 players went back to defend, there was no escape outlet, and also why marking wasn't pinned down, and also why 5'6 Jack Price wasn't on the line and then Bristol left two men in the centre circle watching the corner taking place. So do the Maths...... Wolves had a goalkeeper and TEN outfield players in the box. Bristol had SEVEN. Zonal marking? Please no.

There has been an improvement under Lambert, there were several sharp passing movements which looked threatening and lifted the crowd, we've scored two good goals from open play and individuals now fit the pattern of play. Three points are very welcome and it's a "Well done lads, enjoy the weekend". Let's just hope Mr Lambert has a good contacts book and that Thelwell can deliver what the manager wants in January.

the big dog

I agree mountain , he played well and it was his clearance off the line not Danny, shame they pick man of the match twenty minutes before the end,( god knows why) should have got it

CAROLINA WOLF

OH ! And there was that Edwards bloke again with another one.

Wolvereeeen

Careful Carolina Woof, or that guy who keeps coming on and raging a great length how worthless dave is will start listing his stats again, that generally go something like: "he averages 3 goals a season over ten years, waste of space..." and yet again try, with selective maths, to prove how worthless dave (our top scorer) is and what a waste of money it was to give him a new contract. Indeed he may soon have to start averaging out how many goals a year dave has score since he was born, or something, in order to keep the figures looking iffy.

There's another guy who does the same thing about Price, though blatantly fibs and invents negative figures.

Meanwhile, TODAY, dave scores yet again, price starts and we win again.

THISE are the only stats I'm interested in at this moment.

I hope it continues. But if we lose the next the doom merchants will resurface to attack the usual suspects.

CAROLINA WOLF

Thanks Wolverine. Some people can't give credit when it's due, but Dave deserves credit not only for his contribution on the pitch, but off it as well.

A rare specimen indeed these days is Mr Edwards..............that bloke.

Happy Holidays.

Shewolf1943

Hi Carolina. People who criticise our Dave don't know a good thing when they see it. He works his socks off, supports other players and never causes any problems in the club. He has no ego either which is rare these days. A genuinely good guy. Wishing you all the best for the New Year keep healthy.

CAROLINA WOLF

You too Shewolf. Happy and Healthy New Year.

Capelwolf

Three points, brilliant. We should look no further than QPR now.

On the plus side we won a game we usually would have lost after going 1-2 down.

Enobakhare did well in the role demanded of him, a mature display.

We fans are not really qualified to comment knowledgably on the negatives in the team's display, the coaching staff will have seen it and address any matters in time for the QPR game. One big negative was the booing at half time because we were losing at home. I repeat a previous message, we will not win every home game, even if we win the league. Booing is moronic. Remember Wayne Rooney's comments to camera about the England team? Lose at home, roll with it otherwise the players will hate playing at home if they don't already.

A win is a win, and if it was a boxing match Wolves would have shaded it on points.

Forzawolves

Didn't go to match so can't comment on performance, so had to rely on BBC football website,

13 attempts 9 on target

Two wins on the bounce, roll on Saturday.....

Oh and the Tesco boys lost again, , merry xmas , utw.

paul

Loved the attacking game today but Stearman & Batth are just not good enough. school boy defending from both of them, PL will sort it next week you watch.

Farmer Ted

Stearman was outstanding...were you one of the half time boo boys?

sue

He was indeed outstanding today,really exciting match,did the ball go over the line?

Dittonwolf

He did have one of his good games but he still isn't good enough.

we need the likes of Dean Richards and Ade williams before his injury, them two was prem class from the lower leagues, They are out there if you look hard enough, I don't agree with half time Booing but can understand the frustration.

Farmer Ted

Was it a bit of a shock for you seeing the the new North Bank, sorry that Peter Knowles was unavailable, door knocking in Coseley.

Cradley Wolf

Ted agree with you about Stearman but your favourite son Batth was at fault for both City's goals and there's no denying that fact !

The sooner he is shown the door the better, he has been so hit and miss (mainly miss) this season he is becoming a liability and we can not afford to carry on with him in the team, as I have said before he is a league 1 player at best and should be shipped out as soon as possible.

The Flying Winger

paul, Stearman all day long he gave us 3 points today and brings a lot to the side.

Charming

First wake up E&S . To give us a feed from last years match was a disgrace . We deserve better . Top clubs don't have main service providers like you . On the match more of the same but PL has got hold of the team and instead of a Barnsley type collapse we fight back . So the spine comes first and we need a top midfielder a top central defender and a striker . A full back should also be added but then Marshall is a done deal ? We are on the way but there is much more to do !!

Solentwolves

Regarding the E&S live feed - that was weird to say the least. Fortunately there were alternatives.

London Wolves

first wolves game in a while (whilst at home for xmas), took the family, all non-wolves fans. . . . paid off. . . . bagged some new wolves fans - who want to now got to the QPR game :)

Great game - PL really has loads of passion for the game - was on his feel all game long.

Stars for me were all the player, but my fav's were:

Edwards - always everywhere and a real fearless trooper - should be captain.

Bath - really first and unbeaten in challenging players

Stears - we should sign him - a real rock and fearless

Price - great positioning and great play to get the game going. you know he can handle stuff in that part of the pitch

Bright - one little slip, but wow was he a spark

Cav - bossed that whole flank - and tracked back, esp when he lost it

Costa - great energy, real play maker and beginner of good things

bod - great flick on's when he came on - instant impact

all in all, a real team game - PL has found his team!

Bleydh

Agree with most but from where I was Price was as culpable as Batth for the first BC goal.

grahamr

Two of the best home games for excitement that I can remember for years and it's great. We are improving. Well done Wolves, I'm enjoying the games again.

Chrisemt

Overall a good game apart from the two silly mistakes that saw us behind at halftime. Again Batth making stupid errors!!! But what a crowd over 24,000..... But yet again most of the cheering and support coming from the SouthBank even at the last minutes of the game there was a large exodus of wolves fans exiting the NorthBank........ Why???? Why not hang on until the final whistle and cheer the team that played and won????

I still don't get why all four stands don't sing in unison and blow the roof off the stadium........ ??? At the end of the game where did the payers and PL come to do the celebration viking clap.....??? The SouthBank because that's where all the noise generally comes from.

I'm not here to moan or criticise but would just love us fans in all four stands to unite sing cheer and drown out the visiting fans and give the players the support and confidence to play their Hearts out.......... Thankyou.

Cookley Wolf

A great team performance to take the initiative from the word go, and then show sufficient determination to regain the upper hand and take a well deserved three points.

I thought Jack Price was a contender for man of the match - he sprayed the ball around with ease and linked the play so well it's hard to understand why both Jackett and Zenga seemed unconvinced by him.

Cavaleiro is worth his place in the team but today was guilty of overplaying things virtually every time he had the ball. He wasted a lot of promising situations, but at least wasn't afraid to get on the ball and try to beat people. Lambert might well have a bit of a headache once Jordan Graham is fit again.

Dicko is a dilemma. We all know he needs a goal but I thought he generally failed to trouble the opposition defence enough today, given the pace and strength we know he possesses. A rest or possibly a spell out on loan might be for the best. The young lad Bright on the other hand seemed lively, but we are desperate for a genuine goal scorer. At least we are now creating chances and looking a threat again.

I also thought Stearman's presence strengthened our defence, but the back four is undoubtedly our achilles heel. We can't keep giving ourselves such needless mountains to climb. An experienced centre half and a good full back would both be welcome in Jan.

Finally a word for Paul Lambert. Progress has definitely been made in a number of tangible ways and I have a really good feeling about what Lambert may be capable of given the right support and backing.

Well done to all concerned - the team deserved the standing ovation at the end which most fans stayed to give them.

Orlando Wolves

Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year to all you Wolves fans out there...UTW

sue

Happy New Year to you.

Shewolf1943

Same to you Sue and all Wulfies everywhere.

Robert

Some folks I know decry Dave Edwards but to me we need him in there. He is a live wire and capable of knocking in a goal at anytime and has saved us a few times this season. He covers a hell oa lot of distance each game. Well done Dave - keep it up.

Hong Kong Pete

West Park

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Not a lot said about the first hand ball in their penalty box interesting what those who were closer say about it, from where we were it looked clearly a penalty

If you are in the town Saturday l will be in Wetherspoons about 12.30 if you want a New Years drink please come up bring your friend

Lost your mobile number will get it again at QPR game

happy new year to everyone

Peter

the big dog

Paul, how can you call a player who clears a certain goal off the line with the last kick of the game to give your side 3 points instead of 1, cretin!!!

Bail

TBD, take no notice of Paul, I have watched his posts, he's clueless, no idea of football.

After he blamed Ikeme for conceding a goal when it was Andy Lonergan playing at the time, I now just leave him to his opinions and amaze at his thoughts.

VictoriousSecret

I didn't hear any booing at half time ?

Great win for us and another 3 points towards safety. What was goung on with Doherty at the end? He didn't want to join in with the celebrations and PL didn't look very happy with him. A great day topped off with a girls night out, but today I feel like death, warmed up

CAROLINA WOLF

23 down and 23 to go. A lot can happen. I'm going to remain positive on this and look forward to a productive 2017.

Happy New Year all.