Wolves 1 (Afobe 50)
Ipswich Town 1 (Stearman-og 21)
Wolves’ play-off hopes are hanging by a thread after they were held to a draw by Ipswich Town at Molineux with one point from three games putting a severe dent in any hopes of promotion.
Kenny Jackett made two changes with Nouha Dicko and Scott Golbourne coming in for Jack Price and Kortney Hause. Familiar faces with the visitors included manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor whilst Christophe Berra was in Town’s defence and Stephen Hunt on the bench.
Ipswich kicked-off attacking the South Bank end and they won a first minute corner that was taken by Freddie Sears and cleared. Then Daryl Murphy took a swing at Jonathan Parr’s low cross but he was well wide with his effort.
Wolves’ first attack of note saw Rajiv van La Parra teeing up Dominic Iorfa for a cross that Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski plucked out of the air as he dived forwards.
Iorfa galloped towards the Town box before laying the ball wide to van La Parra whose low cross was booted clear by Berra.
The urgency of both sets of players was a testament to the importance of the game and the three points and, to the dismay of the vast amount of supporters in the ground it was Ipswich that took the lead in the 21st minute.
Teddy Bishop fired over a corner and Richard Stearman, under pressure from Tommy Smith, sent a looping header into his own net.
After van La Parra had shot over the bar with an angled shot from the edge of the box, the Dutchman then supplied the cross for Dicko to get in a header that didn’t trouble Bialkowski.
Dicko then beat two men on a run in from the left but his shot, after he had run into the box, bounced out for a throw-in off a defender.
Another Bishop corner was powerfully headed clear by Danny Batth and as Wolves tried to mount an attack, Benik Afobe was tripped by Parr who went into the book.
Five minutes before the break Wolves were inches away from an equaliser. Iorfa’s low cross was only half cleared by the Town defence and as the ball dropped Dave Edwards hit a first time shot that was deflected onto the outside of the post and out for an unproductive Bakary Sako corner.
Jay Tabb was yellow carded after a crunching tackle that left Dicko thumping the turf in pain before he received lengthy treatment.
Half-Time: Wolves 0 Town 1
Within a minute of the restart Wolves were awarded a free-kick on the left. Sako lifted the ball over and Dicko ran in at the far post to head a couple of feet wide.
Wanderers drew level in the 50th minute when Afobe tucked away his twelfth goal for the club. Kevin McDonald played the ball through to van La Parra whose cross-shot hit Smith and fell to Afobe who made no mistake from eight-yards (pictured).
Sears hit a 20-yard drive straight at Carl Ikeme before both sides made a change – James Henry replaced van La Parra for Wolves and Paul Anderson took the place of Parr for the visitors.
Dicko cleverly jinked his way to the by-line before squeezing out a low cross that was hacked clear, then there was some appreciative applause for Hunt when he went on in place of Bishop.
Henry and Afobe combined to set up Dicko but the striker’s attempt was blocked at close range for a corner, and then a long clearance from Ikeme dropped nicely in front of Dicko who was crowded out by both Smith and Berra allowing Bialkowski to dive in and take possession.
Tyrone Mings’s foul on Afobe 22-yards out gave Sako a free-kick opportunity. The ball hit the wall and although Sako regained possession and delivered a low cross, his effort was cleared.
Town substitute Chris Woods, who had only been on for three minutes, ran into the home area and hit a shot across the face of goal that flashed wide of the far post.
Dicko looked to be unlucky to be booked when he collided with Luke Chambers, as both players were watching and chasing a high ball.
In stoppage time Dicko just failed to get a head to McDonald’s driven cross, and then Edwards failed to get enough power behind a header from Sako’s centre.
Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Golbourne, Edwards, Stearman, Batth (capt), van La Parra (Henry 64) , McDonald, Afobe, Dicko, Sako.
Unused subs: McCarey, Doherty, Doyle, Price, Ebanks-Landell, Jacobs.
Booking: Dicko (88 – foul).
Town: Bialkowski, Parr (Anderson 66), Mings, Chambers (capt), Smith, Berra, Skuse, Murphy, Tabb, Sears (Wood 83), Bishop (Hunt 74).
Unused subs: Gerkin, Fryers, Chaplow, Williams.
Bookings: Parr (36 – foul), Tabb (18 – foul).
Referee: S. Attwell.
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