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20:15 6th December 2014

Red Card Controversy

Wolves 1 (Graham 41)

AFC Bournemouth 2 (Arter 73, Ritchie 85)

Referee Mike Jones was the centre of attention as Wolves fell to a fifth successive defeat with Bournemouth coming from behind to claim the points in what was a controversial contest at Molineux.

Jones red carded Rajiv van La Parra after the Dutchman had clashed heads in a mid-air challenge with Steve Cook and then, deep into stoppage time, Matt Doherty was also dismissed after he appeared to have won the ball in a tackle with Brett Pitman. 

After the heavy defeat at Brentford, head coach Kenny Jackett made four changes. Dominic Iorfa made his debut in the right-back slot with Doherty moving over to the left. Also included were Richard Stearman, Kevin McDonald and James Henry with Samuel Ricketts, Lee Evans and George Saville dropping out along with the injured Scott Golbourne.

Bournemouth kicked-off but after a minute’s play visiting keeper Artur Boruc had to dive at his near post to cut out a low cross from Bakary Sako.

Danny Batth headed wide following a Henry corner, and then Henry intercepted a misplaced pass and drew a diving save from Boruc with a powerful 22-yard effort.

Carl Ikeme was forced into his first action of the afternoon as he dived full length to save from Matt Ritchie.

Pitman and van La Parra were both high and wide with first time shots at either end of the pitch, then Iorfa had a shot blacked and van La Parra fired into the side netting.

Henry’s low cross was cleared by Tommy Elphick and, as Wolves upped the pressure, van La Parra saw his drive saved at the near post by Boruc. Then the Dutchman went on a run from halfway before he lost his footing as he ran into the Bournemouth area.

Dave Edwards was off target with a long range piledriver before Harry Arter went into the book for a challenge on McDonald.

Some good work, initially from Edwards and then van La Parra, opened up a chance for Danny Graham whose header was athletically tipped over by Boruc.

But, after Callum Wilson had scooped the ball over the bar from Simon Francis’s pull back, it was Graham who gave Wolves a 41st minute lead.

Henry lifted over a cross from the left and Graham rose to divert the ball inside the far post.

Half-Time: Wolves 1 Bournemouth 0

Charlie Daniels was booked for a foul on Henry and then Iorfa, who was making a confident debut, was also shown the yellow card for a tackle on Marc Pugh.

Boruc just managed to claim a low Sako cross before Molineux erupted in the 58th minute as van La Parra was shown the red card after he had clashed heads with Cook. There didn’t appear to be any malice in the challenge from either player but the referee wasted no time in showing the red card.

Ikeme saved bravely at the feet of Ritchie before Adam Smith went on as a replacement for Daniels. Smith had been on the field for less than a minute when he tested Ikeme with a fierce effort from 20-yards.

From Pitman’s short cross Elphick volleyed over from close range, but Bournemouth drew level in the 73rd minute. Ritchie played the ball inside to Andy Surman and the one-time Molineux midfielder played a short pass to Arter who drilled a low shot beyond Ikeme from just outside the area.

Almost immediately Michael Jacobs replaced Henry and another change for the home team came when Liam McAlinden took the place of Graham who left the field to warm applause.

After an eventful few seconds in the home area, Bournemouth took the lead in the 85th minute. Ritchie’s shot was brilliantly turned away by Ikeme and when Francis returned the ball into the box, Stearman headed Wilson’s header of the line. 

But the ball dropped nicely for Richie who rammed it into the net from eight yards out.

More drama followed deep into stoppage time when Doherty got a straight red despite him winning the ball, in a challenge on Pitman.  

Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Doherty, Edwards, Batth (capt), Stearman, Henry (Jacobs 74), van La Parra, McDonald, Graham (McAlinden 83), Sako (Clarke 87).

Unused subs: Kuszczak, Rowe, Price, Hause.

Bookings: Iorfa (53 – foul), Stearman (45+2), McDonald (89 – foul).

Sendings-Off: van La Parra (58 – violent conduct), Doherty (90+5 – foul).

Bournemouth: Boruc, Pitman, Pugh (Kermorant 73), Elphick (capt), Cook, Daniels (Smith 68), Francis, Ritchie, Arter, Wilson (Gosling 90+7), Surman.

Unused subs: Camp, Fraser, Stanislas, O’Kane. 

Bookings: Arter (31 – foul), Daniels (49 – foul).

Attendance: 20,196.

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