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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
18:30 7th November 2015

Hard Fought Stalemate

Wolves 0

Burnley 0

Despite spending much of the second period on the front foot, Wolves had to be satisfied with a point from joint table toppers Burnley after a much improved performance following the midweek disappointment at Bristol City.

Kenny Jackett opted for two changes to his starting eleven. Conor Coady and Nathan Byrne dropped down to the bench with their places taken by Jack Price and Sheyi Ojo respectively.

There were four former Wolves players in the Burnley party – Michael Kightly, Stephen Ward, Sam Vokes and David Jones whilst striker Andre Gray was born in the city. 

After an immaculately observes minute’s silence was held in respect of the war fallen and injured, Wolves kicked-off attacking the South Bank end.

Within the first few seconds Scott Arfield got in the first goal attempt of the game but his low, 25-yard drive went straight to Emi Martinez. 

The keeper was soon in action again, this time with a smart stop from Gray’s angled effort.

A curling cross from James Henry landed on top of the Burnley net and then the winger chipped a ball into the box for Dominic Iorfa to run onto on the overlap, but skipper and keeper Tom Heaton just won the race for possession.

Ben Mee fouled Henry near the right hand corner flag and Ojo played a short free-kick to Kevin McDonald but their attempt to work an opening failed and the visitors defence cleared its lines.

A piece of brilliance from Benik Afobe almost broke the deadlock after 26 minutes. He ran onto Price’s through pass and caught the ball on the by-line. With no-one up in support he tried a shot from the tightest of angles that drew a spectacular save from Heaton.

When Ojo was felled three yards outside the Burnley box it presented a chance for Henry whose free-kick curled over the wall before being snapped up by Heaton.

In the final minute of the half, Price’s challenge on Gray gave Burnley a free-kick opportunity which was cleared to Ojo who was fouled by Arfield. The Burnley man was booked for his troubles.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 Burnley 0

Ojo fired over the bar after Afobe and Edwards had carved out the opening before Ojo went into the book with the referee deciding he had dived under a challenge from Tendayi Darikwa.

George Boyd dragged a low shot wide of the post from the edge of the area before Wolves made a double switch. Martinez, who had picked up a strain earlier in the game was replaced by Carl Ikeme and Byrne took over from Ojo on the left side.

In the 62nd minute Henry launched a long ball towards the Burnley area. Edwards attempt at goal was blocked and when the ball ran to Afobe he drilled it inches wide from the 18-yard line.

Mee was booked after a clumsy challenge on Henry and, as the game reached its midway point, Afobe was close again, this time with a header that went just the wrong side of the post.

Burnley were being forced back and Edwards held the ball up nicely before teeing it up for Henry who saw his drive strike a defender and ricochet upfield.

In the 81st minute the referee, who had been incurring the wrath of the home support with some questionable decisions, awarded Burnley a free-kick some 35-yards out. As Matthew Taylor’s kick ran into the area it took a massive deflection but thankfully Ikeme was able to collect.

Loud appeals for hands in the Burnley area by Joey Barton were waved aside and then Edwards, with a shot on the turn, couldn’t have been much closer.

McDonald was booked for dissent shortly before the four minutes of added time but there was to be no late drama.

Wolves: Martinez (Ikeme 57), Iorfa, Golbourne, Edwards, Batth (capt), Williamson, Henry, Price, Afobe, McDonald, Ojo (Byrne 57).

Unused subs: Doherty, Wallace, Coady, Le Fondre, Holt.

Bookings: Ojo (52 – simulation), McDonald (88 – dissent).

Clarets: Heaton (capt), Arfield, Darikwa, Vokes (Hennings 65), Mee (Ward 78), Jones, Boyd (Taylor 75), Keane, Barton, Duff, Gray.

Unused subs: Gilks, Lowton, Kightly, Long.

Bookings: Arfield (45 – foul), Mee (63 – foul).

Referee: J. Moss.

Attendance: 20,684.

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