Wolves 1 (Hudson-og 90+1)
Cardiff City 0
Wolves made it a hat-trick of victories against the three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season thanks to a stoppage time own goal from Cardiff skipper Mark Hudson.
In a game of few clear cut chances, Kenny Jackett’s men bossed the possession although it took a brilliant save from Carl Ikeme to deny Kenwyne Jones shortly before Hudson’s faux pas.
Wolves, unchanged once again, defended the South Bank end as The Bluebirds got proceedings underway.
The opening minutes all belonged to Wolves although Richard Stearman had to clear behind a Nicky Maynard centre. Matt Doherty was then on hand to head out Peter Whittingham’s corner.
Fabio Da Silva fouled Rajiv van La Parra wide on the right but Bakary Sako’s angled free-kick was collected by City keeper David Marshall.
In the 13he minute Sako took two consecutive corners and from the second the ball deceived everyone and hit the inside of the far post before being cleared.
Stearman headed clear a cross from Adam Le Fondre and Doherty took the ball out of defence before spreading a pass to Van La Parra who then ran towards the City box before hitting a shot that took a heavy deflection and flew over.
Sako’s corner was cleared upfield to Le Fondre who steamed into the box before firing wide of the far post with the unmarked Maynard screaming for the ball.
Wolves were soon back on the attack and Tom Adeyemi earned himself a booking for a foul on Van La Parra just to the right of the visitors box. Sako’s free-kick was only half cleared and when Scott Golbourne lifted the ball back into the box it was headed out but only as far as Lee Evans.
The Welsh midfielder tried a low drive that went wide with Dave Edwards missing with a backheel in an attempt to divert the ball into the net.
After 28 minutes Van La Parra went on a run that took him through two challenges before he hit a shot that was deflected behind. From Golbourne’s corner, Danny Batth got in a header that was claimed by the keeper.
Edwards dispossessed Anthony Pilkington and fed Sako on the left. He, in turn, played the ball to Golbourne whose cross was headed wide at the far post by Nouha Dicko.
In a rare Cardiff attack Pilkington drove over the bar from 22-yards and then, after Le Fondre had fouled Van La Parra, Sako played the ball square to his Dutch team mate who hit a well struck effort that was, however, comfortably gathered by Marshall.
Doherty outpaced Da Silva as he ran into the Cardiff box and hit a rising drive that flew into the side netting.
Seconds before the break, a Pilkington corner was nodded on to Sean Morrison who ran in on the blind side but was wide at the back stick.
Half-Time: Wolves 0 Cardiff 0
Jones started the second period in place of Maynard. And, after 54 minutes, Ikeme had his first real save of the game to make as he turned aside a low shot from Whittingham.
Evans won a tackle and fed Edwards who was narrowly wide from 22-yards before both teams made a change with Edwards being replaced by Michael Jacobs and Cardiff’s Pilkington making way for Guido Bergstaller.
Kevin McDonald was too high with a long distance shot and then he supplied a through ball to Van La Parra who looked to be through before Da Silva raced across to clear at the last second.
Aron Gunnarsson was injured in a challenge with Jacobs and it was soon apparent that he couldn’t continue with Kagisho Dikcagoi taking his place.
Ikeme made a fine save to keep out a deflected effort from Whittingham, then Evans was yellow carded for a foul on Le Fondre. Seconds later Le Fondre appeared fortunate when a late challenge on Evans went unpunished by the referee.
With the crowd howling for a yellow card, the official didn’t even give a free-kick as the Wolves man rolled in agony on the floor. Evans was treated on and off the pitch before he could continue.
In the 83rd minute it took a reflex save from Ikeme to keep the scores level. Jones looked odds on to score but the keeper spread himself to block superbly.
With time running out, Marshall punched the ball clear off Batth’s head after Sako had fired a free-kick into the box, and the game looked destined to finish in a goal-less draw.
But, in the first minute of added time, Hudson sliced his attempt to clear a McDonald cross and the ball hit the near post before rolling over the line.
Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Golbourne, Evans, Batth (capt), Stearman, Van La Parra (Henry 87), Edwards (Jacobs 66), Dicko, McDonald, Sako.
Unused subs: McCarey, Clarke, Ricketts, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell.
Bookings: Evans (77 – foul), McDonald (84 – foul).
Cardiff: Marshall, Da Silva, Hudson (capt), Whittingham, Le Fondre, Connolly, Gunnarsson (Dikcagoi 75), Adeyemi, Pilkington (Bergstaller 66), Maynard (Jones 45), Morrison.
Unused subs: Brayford, Macheda, Eikrem, Moore.
Bookings: Adeyemi (28 – foul), Connolly (90+4 – foul).
Referee: D. Drysdale.
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