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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
18:55 15th February 2014

Jacobs' Crackers Down County

Wolves 2 (Jacobs 16, 53) 

Notts County  0

A brace from Michael Jacobs proved enough for Wolves to see off the challenge of relegation battlers Notts County and, with Leyton Orient dropping two points at Preston, strengthen their grip on second place in League One.

Carl Ikeme returned in goal and with Leon Clarke ruled out through injury, James Henry returned to the starting line-up

After an impeccably observed minute’s silence had been observed to mark the passing of Sir Tom Finney, County kicked-off attacking the South Bank end. 

An early driven cross from Bakary Sako just eluded the outstretched foot of Henry, and then County keeper Bartosz Bialkowski beat the ball away at his neat post after Nouha Dicko had unleashed a fierce angled drive.

Dicko tried his luck again with a shot from the area that flashed inches over the bar and then, as Wolves continued to hold the ascendancy, Sako steered the ball the wrong side of the post as he ran in on a cross from Henry.

Wanderers moved into a deserved lead in the 16th minute. Sako backheeled the ball into the path of Scott Golbourne who hoisted a great cross from the by-line for Jacobs to plant a header past Bialkowski.

Three minutes later a Sako corner was half cleared back to the Frenchman who tried an audacious shot from wide on the left that the Polish keeper had to turn behind at his near post.

Bialkowski then saved a low drive from Dicko before County’s first real threat came in the 28th minute when James Spencer spread a short pass to Callum McGregor who fired inches wide of the far post.

Wolves were soon back on the attack and after Bialkowski had blocked a Sako shot, Alan Sheehan cleared from the edge of the six-yard box.

Bialkowski was in the thick of things again as he pawed away a Sako piledriver who had hit a shot on the run from 20-yards.

Three minutes before the break Spencer was booked for a dangerous aerial challenge on Richard Stearman.

Half-Time: Wolves 1 County 0

Wolves should have doubled their lead three minutes into the second-half. Sako beat the offside trap and squared the ball to the unmarked Dicko who held his head in despair after shooting wide with just the keeper to beat.

Jacobs saw his goalbound shot deflected wide by Spencer after Henry had set up the chance but the Molineux midfielder wasn’t to be denied and in the 53rd minute he grabbed his own and his side’s second goal with a low 30-yarder that flew into the corner of the net (pictured).

Two minutes later Henry had the chance of scoring a third when Sako’s through ball left him clean through but Bialkowski pulled off a superb save to thwart the winger.

Stearman, playing his 150th game for the club, was inches away from celebrating with a goal as he hit a shot on the turn that just cleared the far angle after Jack Price had crossed when the visiting defence failed to clear a Sako corner.

A great long ball from Sako dropped nicely for Dicko whose shot looked goal bound until it was blocked by Gareth Roberts.

A low drive from Jamal Campbell-Ryce was comfortably saved by the diving Ikeme, and then Henry fired over the bar after Sako and Dicko had shots blocked in quick succession.

Campbell-Ryce forced a near post save from Ikeme, and then the striker provided a telling cross that was headed over by Jack Grealish who was in a good position on the far side of goal.

Lee Evans replaced cramp victim Sako for the last few minutes which were played out without any due concern by a Wanderers side that made it five consecutive winning games whilst conceding just one goal, a penalty, in the process.

Wolves: Ikeme, Golbourne, Ricketts (capt), McDonald, Batth, Stearman, Jacobs, Price, Dicko, Henry, Sako (Evans 82). 

Unused subs: McCarey, Doherty, Elokobi, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell, Keita.

County: Bialkowski, Sheehan (capt), Smith, Grealish, McGregor(Appiah 59), Mullins, Spencer (Murray 59), Campbell-Ryce, Freeman, Boucaud (Fotheringham 76), Roberts.

Unused subs: Showumni, Spiess, Tempest, Hollis.

Booking: Spencer (42 – foul). 

Attendance: 18,019.

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