Report - Wolves 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 04/10/2015
Wolves strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the Molineux to beat the Terriers on their own patch for the first time since 1988.Report - Wolves 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Town started brightly but it got progressively worse as the match went on and when Kevin McDonald put the home side in front on 22 minutes it was all downhill from there.

The second half showing was abysmal and had goalkeeper Jed Steer to thank in keeping the scoreline down as former loanee Benik Afobe struck a second half brace.

Chris Powell named an unchanged side for the third time but club captain Mark Hudson returned to the bench after being out with an ankle injury.

Conor Coady didn't feature against the club he left in the summer as the Wolves midfielder missed out through suspension.

Town took it to the home side from the kick-off as Wolves stopper Emiliano Martinez had to stretch to deny Mustapha Carayol after the winger cut inside from the left flank.

Harry Bunn should have done better when Carayol's deflected cross fell to him just inside the Wolves box before Ishmael Miller fired over on the turn.

Dean Whitehead's sliced clearance fell kindly for Afobe but Martin Cranie was on hand to deny the former Arsenal forward.

Slack defending allowed Wolves to take the lead on 22 minutes. McDonald latched on to the loose ball from Emyr Huw's header and played a neat one-two with James Henry before curling the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the area.

Town struggled to really get back into the match from then on and had Steer to thank when he denied Adam Le Fondre as he ran onto balls over the top.

But the Terriers did have chances before the break but failed to take any of them. Bunn's persistence forced Scott Goldbourne into an error but Miller could only fire straight at Martinez.

Carayol picked out Huws who made a run from deep but he chose to take a touch and fire with his weaker right foot straight at Martinez when Bunn was in a better position.

That was as good as it got as Wolves controlled the second half. Henry should have doubled the home side's lead on 53 minutes but he somehow managed to head wide from close range.

Nahki Wells replaced Carayol just before the hour mark as Steer denied Henry with a long range effort and Afobe with a smart save.

But there was nothing he could do to stop the former England Under-21 international on 65 minutes when the striker converted Le Fondre's cross.

Just two minutes later Jason Davidson's woeful back-pass was intercepted by Le Fondre and it looked like that Steer had brought him down for a penalty only for the referee to book the Wolves loanee for simulation.

Wells brought a smart save out of Martinez with a low effort while defender Joel Lynch also had a shot saved by the goalkeeper.

Jamie Paterson and Jonathan Hogg replaced Bunn and Huws but Afobe wrapped up the win when he raced on to sub Dave Edwards' pass to fire past Steer.


Wolves: Martinez, Iorfa, Batth, Hause, Goldbourne, McDonald, Price, Henry (Doherty 87), Afobe, Ojo (Byrne 61), Le Fondre (Edwards 83).
Subs not used: Ikeme, Wallace, Ebanks-Landell, Enobakhare.

Huddersfield Town: Steer, Cranie, Ward, Lynch, Davidson, Scannell, Whitehead, Huws (Hogg 80), Carayol (Wells 58), Bunn (Paterson 80), Miller.
Subs not used: Allinson, Smith, Hudson, Billing.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Attendance: 18.166.


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