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22:28 25th August 2015

REPORT: Bright Start, Tight Finish

Wolves 2 (Enobakhare 3, Ojo 58)

Barnet 1 (Dembele 75)

Missed chances made for a somewhat nervy ending to Wolves Capital One Cup tie with Barnet after Bright Enobakhare had marked his first senior outing with an early goal.

Sheyi Ojo added a second just before the hour mark but The Bees were in with a chance of forcing extra-time after Bira Dembele pulled one back. The Molineux men held on, though, to book a third round place.

As expected, Kenny Jackett made wholesale changes to his team with just three members of the side that lost to Cardiff at the weekend, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ojo and Kourtney Hause, starting against The Bees.

There were debuts for Academy graduate Enobakhare and summer signings Jed Wallace and Sylvain Deslandes, whilst it was a first start for Adam Le Fondre.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and within three minutes they were ahead. Le Fondre intercepted Michael Nelson’s underhit back-pass and although he was forced wide by keeper Jamie Stephens, the striker was able to square the ball to Onobakhare who slotted into the empty net.

Barnet’s first threat came following a huge throw-in from Sam Muggleton. He flung the ball into the heart of the area and Dembele ran in to power a header over the bar.

Matt Doherty cut in to the by-line from the right and hit a powerful, low cross-shot that Stephens could only turn into a crowded goalmouth. Luck was with the keeper, however, as the ball ran to a defender who booted clear.

After George Saville had been booked for tripping Shaun Batt, a slip by Mauro Vilhete gave Ojo a chance but the youngster curled his shot over the bar.

Midway through the half there was another chance for Ojo after a defender had failed to cut out Saville’s through ball but again the winger was off target.

After a great run through the middle as he skipped past three challenges, Enobakhare fed Ojo who this time saw his angled shot deflected for a corner.

Doherty ventured forwards and when he lobbed the ball over the stranded keeper, it landed on the roof of the net.

The visitors goal lived something of a charmed life in the closing minutes of the half. Enobakhare set up Ojo who was denied by a fine near post save by Stephens.

Then Doherty beat the offside trap in a diagonal run through the area but as he turned sharply he was only able to find the side netting from a tight angle.

In stoppage time it was Enobakhare again causing chaos in the Barnet defence as he rode a number of tackles only to be dispossessed in the area as he was preparing to shoot.

Half-Time: Wolves 1 Barnet 0

Both sides made changes at the break with James Henry coming on for Onobakhare whilst Martin Allen made a double switch sending on Curtis Weston and John Akinde for Muggleton and Batt.

It looked as if Le Fondre was about to get his first for the club in the 48th minute as he broke clear with just Stephens to beat. It was a dual that was won by the keeper who superbly blocked the striker’s low shot. 

A neat piece of work saw Henry play Doherty in on the overlap and the defender’s driven cross flew through the goalmouth with no-one able to get a touch.

Akinde’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected over Emi Martinez’s crossbar before Wolves went two up in the 58th minute. Le Fondre knocked the ball back into the path of Ojo who curled the ball inside the far post beyond the dive of Stephens.

Ojo was booked for simulation although it looked an extremely harsh decision, and then Henry’s snapshot flew inches wide.

Tommy Rowe and Dominic Iorfa replaced Saville and Deslandes with around 20 minutes remaining before Barnet pulled one back on 76 minutes with Dembele slotting home a cross from Elliott Johnson.

Le Fondre was tackled as he closed in on the Barnet goal and Ojo’s shot on the turn was only just too high as play swung from end to end. 

Barnet pressed hard in the dying seconds and in the fourth of the five added minutes it took a smart save from Martinez to preserve Wolves’ lead.

Wolves: Martinez, Doherty, Deslandes (Iorfa 73), Saville (Rowe 71), Ebanks-Landell (capt), Hause, Wallace, Price, Le Fondre, Enobakhare (Henry 45), Ojo.

Unused subs: Ikeme, Dicko, Afobe, Ronan.

Bookings: Enobakhare (3 – over-celebrating), Saville (19 – foul), Deslandes (68 – simulation).

Barnet: Stephens, Johnson, Dembele, N’Gala (capt), Nelson, Vilhete, Tomlinson, Champion (Gambin 54), Muggleton (Weston 45), Batt (Akinde 45), McLean.

Unused subs: Hoyte, Gash, Shomotun, McKenzie-Lyle.

Booking: Tomlinson (85 – foul). 

Referee: M. Heywood.

Attendance: 7,384.


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