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18:40 28th November 2015

Another Frustrating Afternoon

Wolves 0 

MK Dons 0

Despite being on the front foot for most of the game, Wolves failed to find a way through the MK Dons defence in a frustrating afternoon at Molineux.

Kenny Jackett named an unchanged team for the game which was only the third against the Dons since their formation.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and after an uneventful opening few minutes the home side were awarded a free-kick on the left of the area after a poor challenge from Jordan Spence on Jordan Graham. 

James Henry curled the free-kick towards the far post but a defender was able to head clear. 

MK Dons were awarded a free-kick wide on the left which Josh Murphy fired into the side netting at the near post.

In the 16th minute, hesitation in the Dons defence saw Dave Edwards and Kevin McDonald taking possession with Henry screwing a shot wide from the 18-yard line.

Henry figured again in Wolves’ next attack as he just failed to get the touch needed to convert Graham’s low, driven cross.

A perfectly timed ball from McDonald gave Henry the chance to pull the ball into Benik Adobe’s path but Dons keeper David Martin was able to smother the striker’s angled shot.

Henry was seeing a lot of the ball and he drove wide of the near post after cutting in from the right before delivering a cross to Afobe whose diving header was saved by Martin.

The keeper then saved from Graham who tried a cheeky chip when most were expecting for him to cross.

In the 35th minute, Edwards picked Graham out on the left and from the low centre that followed it looked like the Welsh midfielder was about to break the deadlock but Martin just managed to deflect the ball away.

After a methodical build up there was a chance for Graham but he fired over the near angle and two minutes before the break, Afobe was just too high with a shot on the turn after McDonald had planted the ball into the box.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 MK Dons 0

The first chance of the new half fell to Edwards who cut into the box but saw his angled drive blocked. 

In the 55th minute a well worked Henry corner almost unlocked the door. His low kick ran through to Afobe who looked odds on to score until Martin pawed the ball behind. From the second corner McDonald’s far post header went over the bar.

A neat piece of work from Dominic Iorfa saw the defender leave two markers in his wake as he ran into the right of the area. He fired in a low cross that was met by McDonald but, as the crowd prepared to celebrate, Martin again saved the day for the visitors with a low save.

Edwards headed over from the corner conceded and then there was a double switch for Wanderers with Adam Le Fondre and Sheyi Ojo taking the places of Edwards and Graham.

After MK substitute Carl Baker, who had only been on for five minutes, had been booked for a late challenge on Henry, the underworked Carl Ikeme was finally forced into action as he pulled off a smart diving save from Samir Carruthers. The keeper then had to be at his best to keep out Baker’s long-range drive.  

On 78 minutes, Martin saved McDonald’s far post header after an excellent cross from Henry, then with time running out a free-kick from the left of the MK area and taken by the winger was headed out.

Martin smothered a low drive from Ojo in the 90th minute and, in stoppage time, Ikeme made a good save to keep out Daniel Powell’s shot after MK had won their first corner of the game. 

In the fourth minute of stoppage time and with virtually the last action of the contest, Iorfa burst into the box and hit a low cross into a crowded goalmouth with Martin winning the contest for possession.

Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Golbourne, Edwards (Le Fondre 64), Batth (capt), Williamson, Henry, Price, Afobe, McDonald, Graham (Ojo 64).

Unused subs: Flatt, Doherty, Coady, Byrne, Holt.

MK Dons: Martin, Lewington (capt), McFadzean, Kay, Potter, Bowditch (Powell 79), Spence, Carruthers, Maynard (Gallagher 86), Murphy (Baker 62), Poyet.

Unused subs: Hodson, Cropper, Benevente, Hall.

Bookings: Baker (67 – foul), Potter (77 – foul) McFadzean (86 – foul), Spence (90+2 – foul), Powell (90+4 – foul).

Referee: N. Miller.

Attendance: 19,814.

Everton Under 18s 0 Wolves 8 (Ennis, Finnie, Nicu 2, Armstrong, Ronan, Allan, Gibbs-White).


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