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2 April 2016

McGoldrick back but Blues held after dominating first-half, with Pitman denied twice

Town had to settle for a point at Molineux but did enough to have won the game with Brett Pitman twice denied. 

The summer signing from Bournemouth saw his clever chip cleared off the line just before the break and then Carl Ikeme produced a brilliant save to keep out his header. 

Liam Feeney hit the post in a first-half dominated by Blues but Wolves improved after the break and Bart Bialkowski came to Town’s rescue to deny Matt Doherty.

David McGoldrick returned to action for the first time in four months to give Blues a boost with seven games left and a five point gap to bridge to the Play-Offs.  

Feeney was handed his first start since joining the Club on loan from Bolton before the international break, with Ben Pringle also coming into the side. McGoldrick was named amongst the substitutes after recovering from a badly torn hamstring. 

Bialkowski was in action early on, punching clear from Jeremy Helan’s cross after Town had lost possession in the middle of the park, then Danny Batth smothered the danger at the other end after Luke Chambers had headed back across goal.

Pringle’s free-kick from a dangerous area was held by Carl Ikeme, Jonas Knudsen almost getting in at the far post after some neat passing in the Town midfield. 

The Danish international was wide with a right foot effort from the edge of the box as Town began to get a hold on the game, Feeney then smashing a low drive against the post.

Chambers did well to block Helan’s cross as Wolves threatened for the first time but Town continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock, Freddie Sears cutting inside and testing Ikeme.

Blues had an anxious moment when Bialkowski couldn’t hold on to a free-kick under pressure from Michal Zyro but the hosts couldn’t take advantage, Knudsen then heading behind from Helan’s excellent cross.

Sears’ cross almost fell for Pitman 10 yards out, Knudsen again prominent down the left, his delivery forced away from danger as Feeney threatened.

Pitman was then inches away from giving Town what would have been a deserved half-time lead, the striker robbing Kortney Hause and lifting the ball cleverly over Ikeme but Hause redeemed himself by recovering to clear off the line.

Wolves made a change at the break with James Henry replacing Bjorn Sigurdarson, Town starting the better in the second-half though, Knudsen and then Pringle almost getting in.

Sears zipped a 25 yarder wide as Blues pressed for the opener, George Saville responding with a rare strike for the home side going wide of the far post.

Henry fired over from the edge of the box before Joe Mason joined the action before the hour for Kenny Jackett’s side, Helan making way.

Deft work by Chambers set in Feeney, whose cross was gathered by Ikeme as Pitman threatened, the ‘keeper then producing a fantastic save to keep out Pitman after he got on the end of Feeney’s cross. 

Wolves made a final change with Zyro replaced by Adam Le Fondre, Mick McCarthy changing it up as well with Pitman making way for Luke Varney and Pringle for Kevin Bru for the final 20 minutes. 

Varney headed over from Feeney’s cross, then Wolves produced their best move of the match, Matt Doherty denied from close range by the feet of Bialkowski after an excellent pass from Henry.

Henry, who had livened up the Wolves side with his arrival as a half-time substitute, failed to find the target from 20 yards, former Molineux player Christophe Berra wide at the other end with a header from a corner.

Ikeme diverted Bru’s shot behind for a corner and from the flagkick, Berra’s header was cleared off the line.

McGoldrick was given the closing stages but didn’t have an opportunity to conjure a winner with Doherty’s header going wide to bring the game to deadlock.  

Town: Bialkowski, Knudsen, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Skuse, Pitman (Varney 69), Feeney (McGoldrick 85), Pringle (Bru 69), Sears, Douglas. Subs not used: Gerken, Digby, Foley, Hyam.

Wolves: Ikeme, Batth, Doherty, Hause, Iorfa, Coady, Price, Saville, Sigudarson (Henry 46), Zyro (Le Fondre 68), Helan (Mason 57). Subs not used: Martinez, Deslandes, McDonald, Hunte.
Att: 20,225 





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