Brentford 2 (Djuricin 17, Hofmann 88)
Wolves fans endured a night of misery at Molineux as visiting Brentford eased their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory with Kenny Jackett’s men struggling to put their game together.
Conor Coady and Sheyi Ojo returned to the starting line-up with Jack Price and Jed Wallace dropping down to the bench.
Wolves kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and inside the first two minutes they were awarded free-kicks either side of the visitors box. The first, taken by James Henry, was headed out to Coady who was wide from 25-yards and then Ojo over hit the second with the ball beating Danny Batth’s attempt to keep it in.
Brentford won a free-kick of their own when Kortney Hause was penalised for a shove on Alan McCormack in the D outside the home area. Alan Judge took the kick which was deflected over for a corner, also taken by Judge, that was cleared.
Henry was too high with a shot on the turn and Jake Bidwell earned himself a yellow card when he tripped Benik Afobe on the edge of the Brentford area. Henry’s free-kick hit the wall and was cleared.
Brentford were looking lively and it didn’t come as a shock when the Londoners took a 17th minute lead. Judge chipped the ball into the box and Marco Djuricin swung a foot at it beating Emi Martinez with a shot that took a hefty deflection on its way into the net.
Henry and Adam Le Fondre tried shots from distance that flew high over the bar and then Le Fondre was booked for foul on Judge in his eagerness to win the ball in the Brentford box.
Ojo went on a promising run cutting in from the left but his cross was too high for Le Fondre who was running in at the far post, before Scott Golborne’s ball was helped on by Le Fondre to Ojo who hit an angled shot that was beaten away by Bees keeper David Button.
Just on the break Afobe went on a run but he scuffed his shot from the edge of the box and the ball trickled out well wide.
Half-Time: Wolves 0 Brentford 1
Dominic Iorfa forced a corner seconds after the resumption but Ojo’s overhit flag kick snuffed out any danger to the opposition goal.
Martinez had to dive full length to keep out a low deflected shot from Judge and then Coady saw his effort smothered by Button after Le Fondre had set up the chance.
A double switch saw Jack Price and Rajiv van La Parra replacing Ojo and Henry respectively.
James Tarkowski was yellow carded after he upended Iorfa who had been put through on the overlap by Coady. Kevin McDonald lifted the free-kick into the middle but Batth was penalised for a push.
There was a chance for Afobe when Le Fondre’s short cross bounced into his path but uncharacteristically he shot over the bar from 10-yards out.
Le Fondre tried a near post flick after Golbourne had struck a low cross into the box with Button claiming the ball at the second attempt.
Brentford continued to look dangerous whenever they went forward and substitute Konstantin Kerschbaumer wasn’t far off with a fierce angle shot from the edge of the area.
Batth headed over following a McDonald corner and van La Parra was close but too high after he let fly from 20-yards.
Any chance of snatching a late point though, disappeared when substitute Phillip Hofmann found himself in the clear. The German born striker eased his way past Martinez and planted the ball into the empty net.
Wolves: Martinez, Iorfa (Doherty 78), Golbourne, Coady, Batth (Capt), Hause, Henry (van La Parra 53), McDonald, Le Fondre, Afobe, Ojo (Price 53).
Unused subs: Ikeme, Wallace, Byrne, Enobakhare.
Bookings: Le Fondre (36 – foul), Iorfa (66 – foul).
Brentford: Button, Bidwell (capt), Dean, Djuricin (Hofmann 75), McCormack (Kerschbaumer 78), Woods (Canos Tenes 71), Judge, Swift, Diagouraga, Tarkowski, Yennaris.
Unused subs: Bonham, Vibe, Gogia, O’Connell.
Bookings: Bidwell (14 – foul), Tarkowski (66 – foul).
Referee: P. Tierney.