Rotherham United 1 (Newell 18)
Wolves 2 (Henry 5, Batth 44)
Headed goals from James Henry and Danny Batth gave Wolves a first win since the end of October. Kenny Jackett’s men deserved the three points although they were pushed all the way by a determined Rotherham side.
With Mike Williamson having been recalled to Newcastle, the fit again Ethan Ebanks-Landell returned to central defence whilst Adam Le Fondre came in for Benik Afobe up front.
The afternoon was overcast and there was a strong wind blowing as Wolves kicked-off defending the end of the New York Stadium that housed around 1,700 of their supporters.
The game had just entered its fifth minute when the visitors moved into the lead. Jordan Graham whipped in a superb cross and Henry was there to guide a header beyond the dive of keeper Lee Camp (pictured).
The duo combined again a couple of minutes later with Graham threading a through ball to Henry who sidestepped his marker before hitting a shot that lacked power enabling Camp to save.
A tenth minute corner from Graham almost led to a second Wolves goal. Batth powered in a header that had goal written all over it but Camp somehow scooped the ball away.
Rotherham were forced into an early change as Danny Ward Limped off to be replaced by Matt Derbyshire.
Home skipper Lee Frecklington headed over after a cross from Joe Newell but seconds later, in the 18th minute, Rotherham equalised as Newell got a toe to Harry Toffolo’s cross-shot to deflect the ball in via the inside of the far post.
Dave Edwards looked to restore Wanderers’ advantage with a shot on the turn from the 18-yard line but Camp did well getting down low to save.
Danny Collins ventured upfield and hit a rising drive from 25-yards that was inches wide of Carl Ikeme’s right-hand post, and when Wolves countered Henry played Dominic Iorfa in on the overlap but the defender’s low cross was hooked clear by Kirk Broadfoot.
Just before the break Batth put Wolves back in front as he gave Camp no chance with a far post header after Graham had fired in a corner from the right.
Half-Time: Millers 1 Wolves 2
Batth was in attacking mode again in the 49th minute but his looping header from Jack Price’s free-kick went over the bar.
Never one to give up on a lost cause, Henry chased the ball down into a corner and won possession from Toffolo before crossing to Le Fondre whose header drifted wide.
There were loud groans from the home supporters in the 57th minute as Grant Ward from just eight yards out blazed the ball over the bar after Tuffolo had sent in a powerful low centre.
At the other end, Graham’s corner struck the unsighted Ebanks-Landell and bounced just the wrong side of the post.
Le Fondre was given a healthy ovation from the fans of his former and present clubs when he left the field in the 77th minute with Afobe taking his place.
Kevin McDonald took a knock before he picked up the game’s only yellow card for a late challenge and he was then replaced for the final few minutes by Conor Coady.
Afobe looked ready to take away any last minute nerves from the travelling support as he went on a mazy run that took him into the Rotherham box. But just as he was about to get a shot in he stumbled and Collins knocked the ball behind for an unproductive corner.
Rotherham pushed hard in the three and a half minutes of added time but the visiting defence held firm.
Millers: Camp, Buxton, Collins, Broadfoot, Frecklington (capt), D. Ward (Derbyshire 13), G. Ward (Barker 77), Clarke-Harris, Newell (Hyam 56), Toffolo, Smallwood.
Unused subs: Collin, Mattock, Richardson, Yates.
Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Golbourne, Edwards, Batth (capt), Ebanks-Landell, Henry, Price, Le Fondre (Afobe 77), McDonald (Coady 86), Graham (Byrne 90+1).
Unused subs: McCarey, Doherty, Wallace, Holt.
Booking: McDonald (84 – foul).
Referee: D. Deadman.
Attendance: 9,759 (1,752 away supporters).