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22:46 1st March 2013

Sako's Late Point Saver

Wolves 1 (Sako 90+3)

Watford 1 (Abdi 41)

A Bakary Sako goal deep into stoppage time rescued a point for Wolves against high-riding Watford after a frenetic finish at Molineux.

Wolves, with two changes to their starting line-up, attacked the South Bank end from the kick-off. Stephen Hunt made his first League start of the season and Kevin Doyle went into the attack with Danny Batth and Tongo Doumbia dropping out.

The early pressing came from Wolves but the first chances fell to the visitors with Almen Abdi forcing a save from Carl Ikeme and then Cristian Battocchio hitting a shot that took a deflection as it flew inches wide.

There was a chance for Sako in the 15th minute after he had won possession to the right of the Watford area and cut inside before hitting a low shot that was booted clear from inside the six-yard box by Nyron Nosworthy.

Watford keeper Jonathan Boyd saved his side twice in the matter of seconds after Sako’s drive had struck a defender. Doyle quickly latched onto the loose ball and his fierce shot was parried by Bond who then threw himself at Björn Sigurdarson’s follow up with the Icelandic striker having looked odds on to score.

Ikeme held onto a Troy Deeney header under the crossbar, and then the home defence dealt with two Abdi corners in quick succession.

Watford took the lead four minutes before the break when Karl Henry was harshly penalised for a challenge on Matej Vydra 22-yards out. Abdi took the free-kick curling the ball over the wall and out of the reach of Ikeme.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 Watford 1

There were no changes at the break and the only event of note in the opening stages of the new half came when Sigurdarson was booked for a late challenge on Joel Ekstrand.

Kaspars Gorkss headed well wide following a Jamie O’Hara corner, and then Doyle went on a run before hitting a low shot that was saved by the diving Bond.

In the 64th minute there was a double switch for Wolves with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Jake Cassidy taking the places of Doyle and Hunt. Sigurdarson moved out to the right and Sako swapped flanks to his more favoured left side.

Almost immediately, Sako broke away on the left but his driven cross through the box eluded players from both sides and went out to the far side.

Then Watford spurned the chances of increasing their lead twice in a minute. Marco Cassetti took the ball to the by-line and hit a low cross that went to the far post where Ikechi Anya succeeded only in sending it back across the goalmouth when he had looked certain to score.

Then Ikeme made a superb fingertip save as he turned over a dipping long-range effort from Battocchio.

Abdi was booked for fouling David Davis who had only been on the field for five minutes after replacing Henry, then substitute Fernando Forestieri wasted an easy chance when he fired over from a good position.

As the game moved into stoppage time Bond had to adjust his stance at the last minute to beat away a deceptive centre from Cassidy before Wolves drew level in the 93rd minute. 

Matt Doherty’s long throw was headed away by Daniel Pudil - another of the Watford substitutes. The ball dropped to Sako and he swept it home from just inside the box with his right foot.

Loud appeals for a [penalty were ignored when Ebanks-Blake went down after a challenge by Nosworthy, and at the other end Forestieri scooped the ball over the bar in the dying seconds in front of a relieved South Bank.

Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Robinson, Henry (capt) (Davis 70), Gorkss, Johnson, Sigurdarson, O’Hara, Doyle (Ebanks-Blake 64), Hunt (Cassidy 64), Sako.

Unused subs: De Vries, Edwards, Ward, Batth.

Booking: Sigurdarson (48 – foul).

Watford: Bond, Deeney, Doyley (capt), Vydra (Forestieri 78), Anya (Pudil 84), Abdi, Cassetti, Nosworthy, Battocchio, Chalobah (Hogg 82), Ekstrand.

Unused subs: Yeates, Murray, Bonham, Geijo,.

Booking: Abdi (76 - foul)

Referee: P. Tierney.

Attendance: 18,571. 


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