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Wolves
1 - 0
Norwich

Molineux

10/8/14 16:00

Attendance: 22,000

Referee:

A fine win for Wolves on their return to the Championship. The sending off of Norwich left back Olsson was probably the telling moment with the impressive Van La Parra setting up the winner from that side shortly afterwards.

Roared on by the home crowd Wolves were close to going ahead in the first minute when David Edwards turned a cross from the left just over the bar. Wolves were the better team in the first half hour with Dicko looking sharp up front and Van La Parra causing plenty of problems on the right. Olsson was booked for hacking down the Dutch winger midway through the half.

Sako finally made his mark on the game late in the half and his cross was just intercepted before it found Dicko and then the winger had a shot deflected for a corner. Then soon after the break a great Sako cross just eluded Dicko.

But Norwich through good possession had come into the game late in the first half and they looked an increasing threat in the second half with Surman having a shot blocked before Grabban bought a save from Ikeme.

But Olsson got a second yellow for another foul on Van La Parra and 4 minutes later the Dutch winger produced a superb cross that saw Edwards head in the only goal of the game.

Norwich continued to have good possession but were unable to create a clear opening and Sako should have hit a second for Wolves late on but he shot too close to Ruddy after being set up by a Dicko.

Star Player

Rajiv Van La Parra made an excellent debut for Wolves. Constant problem for Norwich from the right wing setting up a number of opportunities and eventually making the winner with a perfect cross for Edwards to head home

Player Ratings


Carl Ikeme

Not the busiest of afternoons but caught some dangerous crosses late on. 7

Matt Doherty

Justified his selection with a solid display. 6

Scott Golbourne

Did well defensively and going forward 7

Danny Batth

Solid as a rock and looks set to be one of the top centre backs at this level 7

Richard Stearman

Got in a couple of vital blocks as Norwich pushed forward second half 6

Kevin McDonald

Didn't think he was at his best today but still made his share of good passes 6

Lee Evans

Did ok and remains a good prospect 6

Rajiv Van La ParrA

Free transfer of an out of contract player and on this showing looks a real find. Has pace, trickery and good delivery and is two footed 8

David Edwards

Wasn't making much impact in the middle of the park but as he did regularly in the second half of last season, popped up with the vital goal with a fine header 7

Bakary Sako

Only in the game in fits and starts but caused Norwich problems when he was involved 7

Nouha Dicko

Worked hard and showed good strength and hold up play 8

James Henry

Proved a good outlet on the right in his short spell

Michael Jacobs

Some good runs on the left late on

Leon Clarke

Not able to hold the ball when Wolves needed him to late on


Writer:DJWolves
Date:Sunday August 10 2014
Time: 9:39PM

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It was a good result and we did play well and dominated the game for long spells but i have some issues as to some of the play. One on more than one occasion McDonald Edwards and Evans were all caught napping with the ball at their feet and lost the ball. Two if were going to play with two wingers and put crosses into the box should we have more than one or two people in their to try and score or win the ball. Third i thought some of the passing was very slow and allowed Norwich to press and put us under pressure we need to move the ball a lot faster but overall a good performance.
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11/08/2014 11:55:00
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