25th April 2017
Another Home Setback
Huddersfield Town 1 (Brown 31)
A first-half strike from Huddersfield’s Isaiah Brown proved enough to secure Town’s place in the play-offs whilst condemning Wolves to a disappointing Molineux night.
Following the lacklustre draw with Blackburn, Paul Lambert made six changes to his starting line-up. In came Silvio sa Pereira, Danny Batth, Dominic Iorfa, Jack Price, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Morgan Gibbs-White and one of the substitutes was Jordan Graham after a 15 month injury absence.
Six changes then became seven when Andy Lonergan picked up a back injury in the warm up and Harry Burgoyne, originally named as a substitute, came in as a late replacement.
Town kicked-off attacking the South Bank end and two early corners from Martin Cranie and then Aaron Mooy, were both headed clear by Batth.
In the tenth minute Iorfa lifted over a cross from the right and Dave Edwards got in a glancing header that drew a diving save from Danny Ward in the Huddersfield goal.
Brown took advantage of a lucky bounce to set up Nahki Wells who, from just inside the area, fired over the bar.
Richard Stearman got across to clear when Cranie threatened at the expense of a corner that came to nothing, then Burgoyne got down low to save Wells’ first time shot after a low cross from Rajiv van La Parra.
The one time Molineux winger was then fouled by Price who was shown the yellow card.
Town took the lead in the 31st minute when Brown hit a swerving shot from 25-yards that Burgoyne appeared to get his fingers to but was unable to keep out.
Two minutes later, after Ben Marshall had been fouled wide on the left, he drilled over the free-kick and Edwards launched a powerful near post header that went straight into the arms of Ward.
Just before the break, Iorfa fouled van La Parra near the left-hand corner flag and he joined Price in the book.
Half-Time; Wolves 0 Town 1
Joe Mason, back after a three month injury break, replaced Bodvarsson at the start of the new half which was just a minute old when Burgoyne dived to save a deflected effort from Wells.
Mason found a little space in the Town box and he wasn’t far off with a rising drive and then, in the 53rd minute, Wanderers were literally inches away from pulling level.
Silvio pulled the ball back into the path of Andi Weimann who hit a low drive that was palmed aside by Ward. Edwards grabbed possession and with his back to goal and at angle, he turned and hit the near post with his shot.
Both sides made changes in the minutes that followed with Collin Quaner taking the place of Sean Scannell for Huddersfield and there was warm applause when Graham replaced Gibbs-White with just over an hour gone.
Silvio became the third home player to go into the book after he had fouled Wells and when after the defence had failed to deal with the free-kick that followed, Quaner wasted a great chance by shooting wide from eight-yards out.
The striker did it again ten minutes later beating three men to leave himself a clear shot at goal but he just guided the ball tamely into the arms of Burgoyne.
Dicko was a late substitute for Silvio but it took a great saving tackle from Batth to stop Quaner who had run unopposed into the box.
Wolves; Burgoyne, Silvio (Dicko 84), Iorfa, Edwards, Batth (capt), Stearman, Weimann, Price, Bodvarsson (Mason 45), Gibbs-White (Graham 62), Marshall.
Unused subs: Brown, Saville, Coady, Hause.
Bookings: Price (27 – foul), Iorfa (43 – foul), Silvio (68 – foul).
Town: Ward, Hogg (capt), Scannell (Quaner 58), Mooy, Cranie, Lowe, van La Parra, Wells (Billing 90+2), Schindler, Brown (Bunn 71), Hefele.
Unused subs: Coleman, Whitehead, Hudson, Holmes-Dennis.
Referee: T. Robinson.
Attendance: 17,505 (682 away supporters).