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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
19:32 28th September 2013

Sako Stunner Seals Seventh Success

Wolves 2 (Griffiths 66, Sako 90) 

Sheffield United 0

A late Bakary Sako stunner sealed victory over Sheffield United for a Wolves side that had enjoyed little of the attacking play in the opening half.

It was a different story after the break though, and after Leigh Griffiths had broken the deadlock, fans favourite Sako staged his late party piece.

Dave Edwards made his first start since the opening day of the season as he replaced Zeli Ismail, and Jack Price made a first League start as he came in for the suspended David Davis.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and they won a corner inside the first 30 seconds but Sako’s kick landed on the roof of the net.

The opening minutes saw Carl Ikeme twice called into action as he blocked efforts from Florent Cuvelier and then Febian Brandy.

Scott Golbourne was pulled up for a challenge on Brandy 25-yards out but Tony McMahon’s free-kick was cleared and then Danny Batth was penalised for a challenge on Brandy to the left of the home area and this time it was Jose Baxter who saw his free-kick headed out.

Ikeme saved with his feet as Brandy jinked his way into the box and Baxter was wide when he latched onto the loose ball. 

In the 38th minute, Björn Sigurdarson broke on the right and he tried to find the unmarked Griffiths but Harry Maguire intercepted to prevent an almost certain goal.

The half ended with Griffiths dragging a low, angled shot wide.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 Sheffield United 0

Kevin Doyle replaced Sigurdarson at the start of the new half which was seven minutes old when Griffiths hit a cross-shot that was tantalisingly close to Doyle’s outstretched foot.

Brandy’s near post header wasn’t far away after a cross from Marlon King before Kevin Doyle’s first time drive went straight to George Long.

The keeper then needed two attempts to claim a 20-yard effort from Matt Doherty before Sako spotted Long off his line and tried an audacious goal attempt from just inside the Sheffield half that drifted wide.

In the 66th minute Wolves moved ahead. Batth played the ball out of defence to Sako who raced down the left flank and fired in a low cross that Griffiths nudged towards goal. Although Long blocked, the ball rebounded onto Griffiths and bounced back into the net.

Two minutes later Griffiths tried a shot that appeared to be blocked by a hand. The referee waved play on and when Griffiths retrieved the ball he crossed for Edwards to head home only for the cheers to be stifled by the linesman’s flag for offside.

Wolves were enjoying much more of the attacking play and Sako was causing all kinds of problems. One of his whipped in crosses went straight through Long’s goalmouth with just a touch needed.

Jake Cassidy went on for Griffiths for the remaining 17 minutes and, after Long had cut out yet another Sako centre, Anthony Forde was the final home change when he took the place of Edwards.

Kevin Doyle headed over after Sako cross but any concern for the home supporters disappeared in the 90th minute followings Forde’s right-wing corner. 

Michael Doyle headed the ball out but only as far as Kevin McDonald. He slid a short pass into the path of Sako and the ball was a blur as it flew into the net from just outside the box.

Deep into stoppage time Kevin Doyle ran onto a Doherty pass and tried to curl the ball inside the far post but his effort went wide. 

But a seventh League win out of nine and another clean sheet support leaving the ground in a happy mood.

Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Golbourne, McDonald, Batth, Ricketts (capt), Edwards (Forde 79), Price, Griffiths (Cassidy 73) , Sigurdarson (Doyle 45), Sako.

Unused subs: Elokobi, Stearman, Evans, McCarey.

Booking: Batth (64 – foul). 

Blades: Long, Maguire, King, McMahon, Hall (Taylor 80), Baxter, Hill, Collins, Brandy (Ironside 90), M. Doyle (capt), Cuvelier. 

Unused subs: Howard, Westlake, McGinty, Coady, McGinn.

Booking: McMahon (67 – foul).

Referee: D. Whitestone.

Attendance: 20,417.

Reading Under 18s 3 Wolves 1 (Keita)

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