Brentford 1 (Colin 31)
Wolves 2 (Doherty 86, Costa 89)
After totally dominating their match against Brentford at Griffin Park it looked as if Maxime Colin’s first half strike was going to see Wolves travelling home pointless. But late, late goals from Matt Doherty and Helder Costa turned the game around and ensured that justice was done.
Paul Lambert made four changes for the game with Doherty, Nouha Dicko, Lee Evans and Danny Batth returning to the starting line-up whilst Romain Saiss, Ben Marshall, Jack Price and Mike Williamson were the men who dropped out.
Wolves kicked-off and inside the first minute Dave Edwards tried his luck with a shot from distance that was well wide of the mark before a George Saville corner was plucked out of the air by home keeper Daniel Bentley.
Bentley then caught a cross from Conor Coady whilst Carl Ikeme’s first action saw him taking a centre from Jota.
Evans forced Bentley into a diving save from 20-yards and then Andi Weimann got to the by-line and drove the ball into the six-yard box where it was cleared by the home defence.
A neat touch by Weimann released Edwards whose low shot drew a tremendous save from Bentley.
Wolves were looking by far the brighter of the two sides but Brentford went close on the break with Sergi Canos flashing a shot narrowly wide.
Dicko saw his low shot blocked and when the ball bounced up into the air, Doherty ran in to plant a header wide.
Costa hit a fierce effort from 25-yards but the ball flew straight into the arms of Bentley before, totally against the run of play, Brentford took a 31st minute lead through Canos who took a pass from Konstantin Kerschbaumer and curled the ball just inside the far post from 20-yards.
Given their dominance, it was a sickening blow for the visiting players to have to take.
Rico Henry’s foul on Costa gave Wanderers an immediate chance to hit back but Doherty was wide with a header after Evans had hoisted the free-kick into the box.
Just a minute later, another foul on Costa, this time by John Egan who was booked for his troubles, resulted in another Evans free-kick but Edwards was wide with the header that followed.
A low cross from Dicko was cut out by Bentley at the near post and then Weimann’s shot on the turn from just outside the box rebounded to safety off a defender.
Half-Time: Brentford 1 Wolves 0
Just three minutes into the second-half the woodwork came to Brentford’s rescue when Dicko took a short pass from Costa and almost snapped the crossbar in two with a fierce rising drive. Saville ran in on the loose ball but he blasted it well over the bar.
A brief spell of Brentford pressure followed with two corners before a left footed effort from Colin flew wide.
Canos was booked for a late tackle on Costa and then the Brentford man saw his low shot well saved by Ikeme.
Saville wen close with a shot from 20-yards whilst Evans saw his attempt blocked as Wolves continued to pile on the pressure.
Just past the hour mark both sides made a change with Ivan Cavaleiro taking over from Saville for the visitors whilst Brentford replaced Lasse Vibe with Florian Jozefzoon.
Cavaleiro was soon involved supplying a cross from which Dicko headed wide. Then Dicko and Evans both had shots blocked in quick succession as the ball pinged around the home area.
Batth’s header from a Cavaleiro corner looked to be going wide and Doherty raced in but, from the tightest of angles, he could only find the side netting.
Another Brentford substitution saw Josh Clarke replacing Jota.
Edwards missed the target with a header following a Costa corner and then Coady’s right foot drive was blocked as the bombardment continued.
Batth became the first Wolves player to be booked, for a late challenge on Jozefzoon, before more changes with Romaine Sawyers replacing Kerschbaumer for Brentford and Ben Marshall for Dicko for Wolves.
In the 86th minute the breakthrough finally arrived as Marshall’s low cross ran through to Doherty who gleefully tucked the ball over the line in front of the 800 plus supporters that had made the trip south.
A draw would have been the very least Wanderers deserved from the game but in the 89th minute their continued persistence paid off as Costa met Cavaleiro’s cross on the volley to beat Bentley all ends up and win the game (pictured).
In stoppage time Wolves were denied what looked a blatant penalty when Weimann was shaved over as he was about to convert from close range.
But, at the final whistle, to say the reaction of the Wolves players, the bench and the supporters was joyous would be an understatement.
Bees: Bentley, Colin, Dean (capt), Yennaris, Egan, Woods, Kerschbaumer (Sawyers 80), Vibe (Jozelzoon 61), Henry, Jota (Clarke 69), Canos.
Unused subs: Bonham, Hofmann, Barbet, Field.
Bookings: Egan (33 – foul), Canos (51 – foul).
Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Coady, Edwards, Batth (capt), Hause, Costa, Weimann (Gibbs-White 90+4), Dicko (Marshall 82), Evans, Saville (Cavaleiro 61).
Unused subs: Lonergan, Stearman, Bodvarsson, Saiss.
Booking: Batth (74 – foul).
Referee: K. Stroud.