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REPORT | Solid Performance

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21:49 15th July 2016

Victory at Gresty Road

Crewe Alexandra 0 

Wolves 2 (Iorfa 14, Mason 89)

A solid Wolves performance saw them ease to a 2-0 victory over League Two Crewe Alexandra in the senior squad’s first friendly of the pre-season.

Wanderers kicked-off on a sunny evening at Gresty Road with a noisy and sizeable support urging them on. But there was little to enthuse either set of supporters in the opening minutes with Carl Ikeme comfortably dealing with three deep crosses whilst Joe Mason’s cross at the other end was headed out.

Alex keeper Ben Garratt saved his side in the 13th minute as he athletically tipped over James Henry’s goalbound shot from the edge of the box after Kevin McDonald had slipped the ball into his team-mate’s path.

But seconds later Wolves were in front. From the corner conceded, taken by Jed Wallace, the home defence failed to clear its lines and when the ball ran to Mason he got in a shot that took a deflection off Zoumana Bakayogo on its way through to Dominic Iorfa who had little difficulty in beating Garratt (pictured).

Two minutes later and Garratt had to be at his best again to thwart Kourtney Hause who had gone on a surging run into the left of the home area before unleashing a low, left foot drive that the keeper managed to push away before he smothered the loose ball.

On 29 minutes there was a golden chance for the visitors following a Crewe corner. Wallace broke away with Jack Price and Mason for company with just two home defenders back. Wallace took a return pass from Price and fired only for Garratt, once again, to pull off a great save.

Shortly before the break the keeper was at it again this time pushing away George Saville’s header from Henry’s cross. It would be fair to say that it was only Garratt that prevented Wolves from going in at the break with a significant lead.

Half-Time: Alex 0 Wolves 1

Crewe made five changes at the start of the new half whilst Andy Lonergan for Ikeme was the only Wolves substitution.

Three minutes into the half Mason was too high with a shot from 20-yards and then Henry did likewise after he had been set up by Wallace.

Crewe almost drew level when Chris Dagnall slipped a short ball to George Cooper whose eight-yard drive was deflected for a corner by Matt Doherty.

On the hour Conor Coady and Aaron Hayden were respective replacements for Iorfa and Hause.

The second half was more of an even contest but Saville went close with a header that landed on the roof of the net after Henry had fired in a centre from the left.

As the game progressed further Wolves changes saw Nathan Byrne, Lee Evans and Bright Enobakhare replacing Wallace, McDonald and Henry.

Enobakhare, with some amazing close control, worked his way deep into the Crwe area before he was finally crowded out.

Seconds before the end, Mason settled things when he ran onto and controlled a long punt down field from Lonergan before clipping the ball over Dave Richards and into the empty net.

Alex: Garratt (Richards 45), Turton, Guthrie, Davis (capt) (Ng 45), Lowe (Saunders 45), Dagnall (Udoh 63), Cooper (Jennings 63), Smith (Jones 45), Bakayogo (Young 45), Bingham (Wintle 63), Ainley (Kirk 63).

Unused subs: Lowery, Finney, Dale, Pickering.

Wolves: Ikeme (Lonergan 45), Doherty, Iorfa (Coady 62), Price, Hause (Hayden 62), Batth, Wallace (Byrne 71), McDonald (Evans 76), Mason, Henry (Enobakhare 82), Saville.

Unused subs: Odoffin, Leak, O’Hanlon, Ronan, Ennis, Wilson.

Referee: D. Handley.

Attendance: 1,880 (650 visiting supporters).

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