Burton Albion 2 (Kightly 60, Woodrow 90+4)
Wolves 1 (Costa 40)
Burton snatched a stoppage time winner to deny Wolves a point from a scrappy affair at the Pirelli Stadium after the visitors had gone into the break one up through Helder Costa’s 40th minute penalty.
Once again there were wholesale changes to the Wolves team with seven made from the side that had beaten Barnsley in midweek. New signing Ben Marshall was named as a substitute.
Burton kicked –off attacking the terraced end of the ground that housed the majority of the 1,600 travelling supporters.
In the second minute Tom Flanaghan hit a low cross that was flicked narrowly over the bar by Lasse Vigen Christensen. Otherwise there was little to excite the crowd in the opening minutes.
A deep free-kick from Lee Evans was headed clear before Wolves’ first corner of the game, won by Nouha Dicko off Ben Turner, was taken by Costa.
His flag-kick was headed down by Kortney Hause before it was booted clear by a defender. The game was just 22 minutes old when Burton were forced to make a change with Damien McCrory limping off to be replaced by Tom Naylor.
Chances were few and far between and when George Saville tried his luck from distance his shot was well wide of the mark.
An accidental clash of heads saw Matt Doherty and Naylor on the floor but thankfully both recovered after treatment and were able to resume.
Dave Edwards intercepted a pass in midfield and slid the ball through to Dicko who turned his marker before hitting a curling effort from 20-yards that drew a fine diving save from Jon McLaughlin.
Five minutes before the break Wolves moved into the lead. Doherty crossed from the left and Edwards took the ball past McLaughlin and, although he was running away from goal, his legs were swept away by the keeper. Costa lashed the spot kick into the roof of the net (pictured).
In first half stoppage time Cauley Woodrow headed straight at Carl Ikeme after a cross from Naylor, and then Doherty and Dicko combined cleverly to set up a chance for Andreas Weimann who couldn’t make proper contact giving McLaughlin the opportunity to collect.
Half-Time: Burton 0 Wolves 1
Flanaghan was wide with a shot in the turn after a Burton corner had only been half cleared, and then one-time Wolves winger Michael Kightly, making his debut for the Brewers on loan from Burnley, forced a tremendous save from Ikeme after Christensen’s corner was only half cleared.
Richard Stearman was booked for a challenge on Kightly who took the free-kick from 22-yards out and it was Ikeme, again, that athletically denied his former team-mate.
But Kightly was all smiles on the hour mark as he turned home from close range a low cross from Marvin Sordell for the equaliser.
Almost immediately, Paul Lambert sent Bright Enobakhare on in place of Saville and shortly after his introduction he was the victim of a Luke Murphy challenge that earned the Burton man a booking.
Another foul on Enobakhare, near the right-hand corner flag, led to a Costa free-kick that was headed away and Burton then won a free-kick of their own when Hause fouled Kightly who took the kick and saw his effort taken by Ikeme.
With ten minutes remaining both sides made changes. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Marshall took the places of Costa and Weimann respectively whilst, for the Brewers, Lucas Akins replaced Kightly.
Ikeme was in the thick of things as the clock wound down and he did well to hold on to a deflected effort from Woodrow.
It was Woodrow who grabbed the winner as the game entered the last of the four added minutes. Palmer’s corner was headed away by Edwards but only as far as Flanagan who nodded the ball back into the danger area and Woodrow ran in to steer it into the net.
Brewers: McLaughlin, Flanaghan, Moushino (capt), Turner, Sordell, Woodrow, McCrory (Naylor 22), Christensen (Palmer 88), Kightly (Akins 80), Murphy, Irvine.
Unused subs: Bywater, Williamson, Miller, Barker.
Booking: Murphy (71 – foul).
Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Coady, Edwards (capt), Hause, Stearman, Costa (Bodvarsson 80), Saville (Enobakhare 62), Dicko, Mills, Weimann (Marshall 80).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Batth, Price, Ronan.
Bookings: Stearman (58 – foul), Dicko (89 – dissent).
Referee: K. Stroud.
Manchester United Academy Under 18s 3 Wolves 0