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A Tasty Affair

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14:30 18th June 2014

A look at the new fixtures.

The first away game of the new campaign promises to be a tasty affair. Wolves travel to Rotherham on 16th August for a fixture that, if it’s half as entertaining as last season’s meetings between the clubs, when 16 goals were scored, will be a treat.

At the New York Stadium shortly before Christmas, Wolves came from 3-1 down to take a point from the Millers and then, shortly before the campaign’s end, came the unforgettable 6-4 thriller at Molineux.

After the first time visits to the likes of Stevenage, Crawley Town and Colchester last season, there are no new grounds to go to in the Championship, although Bournemouth have a fairly new stadium that was built on the site of the old Dean Court ground with the pitch rotated 90 degrees.

After successive home games on Boxing Day in the last three seasons, it will be turkey sandwich time this December 26 with a trip to Watford in the offing.

Kenny Jackett returns to Millwall in mid-October and The Lions provide the opposition for the final game of the season when they visit Molineux next May.

On the local derby front, Birmingham visit Wolverhampton at the start of November with the St Andrew’s return coming in April. The other Midlands derbies feature Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

But the focus will be on getting a good start and a Norwich City team, laden with men who were playing Premier League soccer last season, will doubtless provide tough opposition on the opening day.

The last time that the teams met at Molineux was in December, 2012. Former Wolf Andrew Surman headed the Canaries into a 12th minute lead, which was cancelled out by a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake strike eight minutes before the break.

It was against the run of play that City substitute Simeon Jackson restored the visitors lead in the 76th minute, only for Ronald Zubar to head an equaliser five minutes later. 

In stoppage time Molineux erupted as Steven Fletcher tucked away a low Matt Jarvis centre. But the cheers soon died away when the lineman’s offside flag was spotted.   

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