Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Swansea City – Match Review

Wolves launched a stunning late fightback coming from two behind to claim a point against Swansea at Molineux as they halted a run of five consecutive defeats.

Mick McCarthy’s men hadn’t won since August and looked to be heading for a sixth loss on the trot as Danny Graham and Joe Allan scored in the first half to put the Swans 2-0 up going into half time. Wolves dominated the second half and finally made the breakthrough six minutes from time through Kevin Doyle before Jamie O’Hara struck the all important leveller two minutes later. Whilst despair streaked through the away supporters Brendan Rodgers will be both relived that his players finally broke their points duck away from home. He will be angry though that his side threw away a two goal lead and know’s those lost points could come back to haunt them at the end of the season. The Swans were by far the better team in the first half with their midfield cutting off the supply to Doyle and striker partner Sylvain Ebanks-Blake who was given his first start of the season by McCarthy. The home side did have the first real chance of the game though with Karl Henry fizzing a volley into the palms of goalkeeper Michael Vorm.

However the away side were soon in the ascendancy with their slick passing and movement seeing Allan given space to try his luck from long range before Graham poked Angel Rangel’s cross just wide as they drew closer to breaking the deadlock. Record signing Graham was the man to break Wolves’ resistance taking Mark Gower’s pass into his stride before cooly slotting past Wayne Hennessey for his third goal in as many games. Adam Hammill went close to levelling for Wanderers with a 25-yard kick but they found themselves two behind within minutes as supporters started to turn on their side. The Welsh midfielder timed his run perfectly as he raced into the box to sweep home Grahams low cross into the net to put the Swans into dreamland.

The home fans booed their team off at the interval as they made their feelings known after an insipid first half display. Their displeasure slowly started to recede as Wolves came out fighting in the second half and Henry again tried his luck from range just after the restart sending a rasping effort just wide. Unfortunately that was as good as it got as Swansea continued to dominate with Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer providing the home defence with a series of problems down the wings. The only problem the visitors had was converting their chances and increasing their lead. It came back to bite them in the end in a frantic final six minutes as Wolves launched an astonishing comeback.

Firstly Doyle was on hand to half the deficit reacting first to smash the ball home from six yards out after substitute Sam Volkes saw his strike saved by Vorm. The Irishman then turned provider for O’Hara playing a neat interchange with Nenad Milijas down the left before squaring the ball for the former Tottenham midfielder to lash the ball high into the net sparking chaotic scenes in the stands. For Wolves it brings an end to their torrid run of defeats whilst Swansea will be delighted by a first point on the road although they will see it as two valuable points dropped.

 


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