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22:22 11th August 2015

Wolves Through After Tight Battle

Wolves 2 (Dicko 15, Afobe-pen 58)

Newport County AFC 1 (Boden 5)

Wolves made it through to the second round of the Capital One Cup but they were pushed all the way by a spirited Newport County AFC side and had to come from behind to make it through.

There were five changes to the team that had beaten Blackburn in the season’s opener, one of which saw new loan signing Emiliano Martinez taking over from Carl Ikeme in goal.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and the first attack of the game saw captain for the night Benik Afobe cleverly lay the ball off for Scott Golbourne to deliver a dangerous low cross that was booted clear from the heart of a crowded area.

The visitors shook Molineux in the fifth minute by taking the lead with the unmarked Scott Boden heading home from just six-yards out after a cross from Danny Holmes.

County didn’t sit back and when they went in search of further reward there were some anxious moments in the home defence before Golbourne managed to clear the lines.

Martinez had to sprint way out of his area to clear as Alex Rodman threatened and then Sheyi Ojo rode three challenges before being hauled down on the edge of the ‘D’. Ojo took the free-kick himself curling the ball over the wall and drawing a full length diving save from keeper Joe Day.

But the Newport defence failed to clear and when Ojo returned the ball into the middle, Nouha Dicko fired home off the base of the far post to level matters in the 15th minute.

Shortly after Conor Coady had been booked for a challenge on Mark Byrne, the summer signing delivered a curling cross that was just too far in front of the head of Dicko.

Coady the sent a telling ball over the top directly into the path of Afobe who, off balance, was only able to shoot straight at Day.

In the 33rd minute Ojo went on another surging run from well inside his own half. He played the ball wide to Golbourne and sprinted into the area taking a return pass and hitting a low cross that ran through the goalmouth with no-one on hand to apply the finishing touch.

Just before the break, Matt Doherty glanced a header wide following a cross from Dominic Iorfa.

Half-Time: Wolves 1 Newport 1

Kortney Hause had to lift the ball over his own bar to clear a Newport attack shortly after the restart.

But Wolves were soon pressing and two Ojo corners stretched the County back line. From the first, Day had to punch clear and then Ojo’s second flag kick was only half cleared after a scramble in the six-yard box and when the ball fell to Dicko he was wide with a shot on the turn.

Wolves took the lead in the 58th minute from the penalty spot. Dicko pushed the ball to Afobe who was clipped by Scott Barrow as he ran into the box. The striker picked himself up and easily beat Day after a stuttering run up to the spot (pictured).

Martinez made a fine save at his near post to keep out a low shot from Holmes before Kenny Jackett made a double substitution sending on Adam Le Fondre and Rajiv van La Parra for Afobe and Doherty.

There was a moment of danger when Martinez’s scuffed clearance landed at Aaron Collins’s feet just outside the area but the substitute was way off target after making room to get a shot in. 

Martinez atoned for his error with a sharp save from Tom Owen-Evans’s drive before two bookings followed in the closing minutes – Iorfa for a tackle on Byrne and Nana Twumasi for a challenge on Coady.

The four added minutes saw Newport pressing hard but, to the relief of the home support, Wolves held out to progress in the competition.

Wolves: Martinez, Golbourne, Iorfa, Price, Ebanks-Landell, Hause, Coady, Afobe (capt) (Le Fondre 67), Dicko, Doherty (van La Parra 67), Ojo.

Unused subs: Ikeme, Stearman, Henry, McDonald, Enobakhare.

Bookings: Coady (19 – foul), Iorfa (86 – foul).

Newport: Day, Holmes, Barrow, Elito (Jones 90), Klukowski, Twumasi, Boden (Owen-Evans 70), Parselle, Rodman (Collins 70), Poole, Byrne (capt).

Unused subs: Taylor, Shephard, Bamford.

Booking: Twumasi (89 – foul).

Referee: D. Bond.

Attendance: 9,586.


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