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19:05 25th January 2014

New Boy Nouha Nets

Wolves 3 (Dicko 10, Williams-og 43, Sako 76) 

Bristol City 1 (Baldock-pen 23)

On a saturated playing surface Wolves saw off the challenge of a resolute Bristol City side to remain hot on the heels of Brentford and Leyton Orient at the top of League One.

Nouha Dicko made his debut in place of Leigh Griffiths who took a place on the bench. The only other change from the team that had beaten Preston a fortnight earlier saw Jack Price returning from injury for Dave Edwards who out with a foot problem. 

A tremendous hail storm complete with thunder and lightning preceded the teams coming out and, before the start, an emotional tribute was afforded to the late, great Bert Williams.

City kicked off attacking the North Bank end but Wolves were soon in possession and inside the opening minute a James Henry shot stuck Simon Gillett and ballooned up into the air before being collected by Robins keeper Elliott Parish.

Wolves dominated the attacking possession and yet it was City that had the first real chance as Aaron McCarey parried a fierce effort from Bobby Reid.

Wanderers were soon back on the attack and it came as no surprise when they took a tenth minute lead. Price played a lovely ball through to Lee Evans on the edge of the box. He flicked the ball on to Dicko who ran into the area and drilled a low, left foot shot past Parish.

Samuel Ricketts was next to try his luck after he had ventured up field but his effort from the corner of the area flew over the far angle.

City drew level in the 23rd minute from the spot. Henry leaned on Greg Cunningham as the pair ran into the hoe area. Cunningham went down, the referee awarded the penalty and Sam Baldock sent McCarey the wrong way with the kick. 

A Henry corner flew though a crowded box with no-one able to get a touch, and a cross from Scott Golbourne was just too high for the inrushing Dicko as Wolves looked to regain the advantage.

A free-kick from Evans struck the wall and rolled into the six-yard box where Aden Flint hacked clear before Dicko could prosper and then Kerleigh Osborne made a similar clearance after Price homed in after Parish had parried a shot from Michael Jacobs.

Cunningham was shown the yellow card after a heavy challenge on Henry shortly before Wolves moved back into the lead. In the 42nd minute Dicko hit a low cross from the right of the City area and the ball struck Derrick Williams and deflected past the helpless Parish.

Just before the break, Golbourne was the victim of a late challenge by Osborne. The incident was directly in front of the linesman who didn’t flag and when the ball next went out of play, and the defender spoke to the official , to the disgust of the crowd he was booked for dissent.

Half-Time: Wolves 2 Bristol City 1

The first corner of the new half went Wolves’ way. It was taken by Henry and Jacobs ran in at the near post and flicked the ball into the side netting.

Jacobs, Dicko and Evans all had shots blocked within the space of a few seconds and then, when  the visitors went forward, Osborne, and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, twice, saw efforts blocked before Cunningham fired over the bar.

Ricketts was booked for a tackle on Reid and from the resultant free-kick, 25-yards out, Emmanuel-Thomas hit a low shot narrowly wide.

Bakary Sako replaced Henry midway through the half and it took just six minutes before he made his mark on the game. After Kevin McDonald had a long-range piledriver turned over by Parish, Sako supplied a low cross that Dicko tried to control. 

The striker had his feet taken from under him by Adam El-Abd for what looked like a cast iron penalty only for the referee to wave aside the appeals. It was one of several decisions  that mystified the crowd

But on 76 minutes Sako hit a trademark 22-yard drive into the corner of the net to all but confirm that the three points were destined for the home bank account.

Dicko almost grabbed a fourth when he dispossessed Williams in the visitors box and hit a low cross-shot that was inches wide of the far post.

Sako just failed to get a touch to a driven cross from Jacobs, and after Gillett had been yellow carded for a challenge on Golbourne, Evans shot over after Sako had pulled the ball back into his path.

Wolves: McCarey, Golbourne, Ricketts (capt), McDonald, Batth (Elokobi 90+1), Stearman, Henry (Sako 69), Price, Dicko, Evans, Jacobs.

Unused subs: Hennessey, Griffiths, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell, Doyle.

Bookings: Golbourne (45 – dissent), Ricketts (63 – foul).

City: Parish, Osbourne (Burns 76), Flint, Williams, El-Abd, Cunningham, Elliott, Gillett (Pack 88), Reid (Barnett 80), Baldock (capt), Emmanuel-Thomas.

Unused subs: Fielding, Moloney, Bryan, Fontaine.

Bookings: Cunningham (40 – foul), Gillett (83 – foul).

Referee: N. Miller.

Attendance: 18,501. 

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