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Wolves3Huddersfield0

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Benik Afobe doubled Wolves' lead
Wolves striker Benik Afobe scored for the first time in four games

Benik Afobe scored twice as Wolves won 3-0 for the second straight game to give renewed belief to their Championship promotion credentials.

Kevin McDonald's classily-struck right-foot 20-yard curler gave Wolves the half-time lead against the run of play.

McDonald then freed Adam Le Fondre to square for Afobe to hit a coolly-taken 66th-minute strike.

Afobe was then set free by McDonald to run on and fire the third in the closing minutes.

It could have been more goals for Wolves in a much-improved second-half display as they returned to the Championship's top six, if only temporarily, for the first time since the opening day of the season.

The moment that caused most consternation among the home fans came straight after the second goal when Wolves had a penalty turned down.

Wolves end Terriers' unbeaten run at Molineux
The last time Wolves beat Huddersfield Town at Molineux was in the golden age of Steve Bull, way back in November 1988.
The Tipton Terror scored twice, Andy Mutch and Floyd Streete getting the others in a 4-1 Division Three victory.
Since then, the Terriers had not lost in eight visits - and had won the last four of those.

Le Fondre latched onto Martin Cranie's loose back pass and flicked the ball past Terriers keeper Jed Steer before falling to the turf, but all he got from referee Christopher Kavanagh was a booking for simulation.

Huddersfield were the better side before the break, Mustapha Carayol and Dean Whitehead both forcing saves from home keeper Emiliano Martinez.

It was against the run of play when Wolves went in front, as McDonald exchanged passes with Henry before coolly guiding home from 20 yards - his second goal in successive Saturdays.

Wolves looked a different side after the break and Henry somehow steered a near-post header wide, before Afobe settled any nerves with his first goal in five games.

The former Arsenal trainee struck again late on when he broke onto McDonald's superb through ball for his sixth of the campaign.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett on Benik Afobe:

"He is the type of player that you want to get on the ball as much as you can.

"From my point of view, I'm continually working out ways that you can get him in the game. If he does get on the ball, if he does get involved in the moves, then I feel the goals will come.

"He has been a big player for us and he has only been here since January (following a £2m move from Arsenal).

"We think he has a really good future at 22 and also he has got his confidence at Wolves, which is what he was looking for when he came here. He has to continue his progress."

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell:

"It certainly wasn't a 3-0 game with what we had in the game.

"But we actually presented them with the goals, especially the second one where we gave it away in a key area, and the third one was a breakaway.

"We felt we could come here and do something and yet again we have got in the final third, but we are just not selecting the right pass or cross and find ourselves losing the game 3-0.

"We needed to hold the ball better and make better decisions. We were not delivering the balls that our strikers and wide men want."

Kevin McDonald opened the scoring for Wolves
Kevin McDonald put Wolves ahead against the run of play
Jed Steer saves Adam Le Fondre's shot
Huddersfield goalkeeper Jed Steer denied Adam Le Fondre a first-half goal
Harry Bunn and Dominic Iorfa challenge
Wolves right-back Dominic Iorfa caused problems for Huddersfield
Benik Afobe scores his second goal of the game
Afobe made sure of victory for Wolves with his second goal late-on

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 26Martinez
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 30Hause
  • 3Golbourne
  • 11McDonald
  • 19PriceBooked at 70mins
  • 7HenrySubstituted forDohertyat 87'minutes
  • 10Afobe
  • 20OjoBooked at 30minsSubstituted forByrneat 61'minutes
  • 29Le FondreBooked at 68minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 12Wallace
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 25Byrne
  • 48Enobakhare

Huddersfield

  • 1Steer
  • 14CranieBooked at 20mins
  • 12Ward
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Davidson
  • 7Scannell
  • 4WhiteheadBooked at 90mins
  • 16HuwsSubstituted forHoggat 80'minutes
  • 10CarayolSubstituted forWellsat 58'minutes
  • 17BunnSubstituted forPatersonat 80'minutes
  • 11Miller

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 5Hudson
  • 6Hogg
  • 8Paterson
  • 21Wells
  • 26Allinson
  • 29Billing
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
18,166

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Huddersfield Town 0.

Booking

Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Huddersfield Town 0. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces James Henry.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dave Edwards replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ishmael Miller.

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg replaces Emyr Huws.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jamie Paterson replaces Harry Bunn.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Foul by Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Booking

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jed Steer.

Booking

Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Huddersfield Town 0. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton10640148622
2Middlesbrough106221771020
3Reading10532167918
4Birmingham105321610618
5Hull10532137618
6Burnley105321411318
7Derby10451127517
8Cardiff104421411316
9Wolves104331511415
10Sheff Wed104331514115
11QPR104331820-215
12Ipswich104331517-215
13Nottm Forest10334910-112
14Blackburn102531210211
15Fulham93241514111
16Leeds10253913-411
17Huddersfield102441014-410
18Charlton9234912-39
19MK Dons10226914-58
20Brentford102261219-78
21Rotherham102261219-78
22Bolton10154916-78
23Preston10145713-67
24Bristol City101451220-87
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