Huddersfield Town 1 (Wells 78)
A late goal from Nahki Wells condemned Wolves to defeat in a tight but disappointing contest at the John Smith Stadium.
Kenny Jackett made two changes, one of them enforced, with James Henry ruled out after suffering a hamstring injury. Jack Price dropped down to the bench and in came Joe Mason and Tommy Rowe.
Wolves kicked-off attacking the end of the ground that housed around 1,400 of their supporters.
Philip Billing got in the first shot of the game but he was well off the mark from just outside the box whilst for Wolves a George Saville volley struck a defender and went behind for what was an unproductive Rowe corner.
Jamie Paterson was wide with a speculative long-range effort, then some interplay between Wells and James Husband forced a hurried clearance from Ethan Ebanks-Landell. The ball went out for a throw-in but the referee wrongly awarded a corner which, thankfully, came to nothing.
There had been little to excite then crowd until, in the 24th minute, Paterson cut in from the right and hit a low 20-yard shot that stuck the outside of the near post and went behind.
Rajiv van La Parra’s deep free-kick was taken by home keeper Jed Steer and then Rowe was given a chance when the ball broke to him but he hurried his shot and fired well over the bar.
In the 33rd minute Wolves found themselves on the right side of a two on one break. Mason’s pass to Bjorn Sigurdarson was slightly over hit though, allowing Joel Lynch to force the striker wide and the danger was eventually cleared.
Billing almost shanked a van La Parra cross into his own net with the ball flying over the nearside angle of post and bar.
Lynch was then penalised for obstructing Mason wide on the right. Rowe’s free-kick was headed out to Saville whose shot bounced away off a defender.
Tommy Smith was booked for felling one time Town midfielder Conor Coady and he was followed, in stoppage time, by van La Parra for tripping Husband. The Town player’s reaction of grabbing hold of the Dutchman earned him a yellow card too.
Half-Time: Town 0 Wolves 0
Shortly after the restart Smith left his defensive duties to hit a rising drive from 22-yards over Carl Ikeme’s bar before valid penalty appeals, when Husband halted van La Parra’s run along the by-line, were waved away by the referee.
In the 54th minute a great run from Matt Doherty took him the by-line and when he hit a short, low cross into the six-yard box, Mason flicked the ball towards goal where Steer managed to turn it away.
Karim Matmour replaced Paterson for Town and within a couple of minutes of his introduction he fired wide from the 18-yard line.
Huddersfield had a great chance to break the deadlock when Husband broke free on the left. He squared a pass to Wells who had space and time in hand but he fluffed his opportunity allowing ?? to get back and clear.
After Saville had been booked for dissent, Mason finally got the ball into the Town net in the 72nd minute but his joy was cut short by the offside flag.
Then a Sigurdarson shot was blocked by a defender and Mason’s follow up was deflected behind for a corner.
Rowe was replaced by Nathan Byrne in the 78th minute but before the youngster had a touch of the ball, Huddersfield took the lead. Husband broke clear on the left and his low cross was tucked away by Wells from close quarters.
Harry Bunn had the chance to score a second for Town when he found himself with just Ikeme to beat but his attempted chip was both high and wide.
The home goal lived a charmed life in the four minutes of stoppage time. Danny Batth hit a great ball over the top for Mason who ran deep into the area where Steer thwarted him as he prepared to pull the trigger.
Ikeme then went up for a van La Parra corner which was half cleared to Saville but he dragged his shot well wide from just inside the box.
Finally, Sigurdarson found himself through on goal but Steer had spotted the danger and he ran from his area and just managed to clear to end any hopes Wanderers had of salvaging a point.
Town: Steer, Smith, Hudson (capt), Hogg, Paterson (Matmour 59), Husband, Bunn, Lolley (Manu 75) Wells (Crainie 90+3), Billing, Lynch.
Unused subs: Murphy, Whitehead, Dempsey, Bojaj.
Bookings: Smith (43 – foul), Lynch (45+1 – retaliation).
Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Doherty, Saville, Batth (capt), Ebanks-Landell, van La Parra, Coady, Mason, Sigurdarson, Rowe (Byrne 78).
Unused subs: Martinez, McDonald, Deslandes, Le Fondre, Price, Hause.
Bookings: Van La Parra (45+1 – foul), Saville (71 – dissent).
Referee: K. Wright.
Attendance: 121,714 (1,476 away supporters).