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Rotherham United 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Walter Zenga
Walter Zenga took charge of Wolves for the first time following his appointment last Saturday

New Wolves boss Walter Zenga saw his side fight back from 2-0 down to start the Championship season with a draw at Rotherham United.

Danny Ward headed the hosts in front from a corner before Will Vaulks made it 2-0 with a stunning 25-yard strike.

George Saville rounded home goalkeeper Lee Camp to pull one back before Wolves defender Dominic Iorfa was sent off for pulling back Jon Taylor.

But Iceland striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson fired in to earn Wolves a point.

Bodvarsson, making his debut after signing from German side Kaiserslautern, was set up by fellow debutant Joao Teixeira to put a dampener on Alan Stubbs' first game in charge of the Millers.

Stubbs, who left Hibernian to join Rotherham in the summer, handed starts to four of his summer signings - including record-signing Taylor - although it was Vaulks who made an immediate impact with a sweetly-struck half-volley that gave his side a deserved two-goal lead.

Although Saville pulled one back, Rotherham looked increasingly in charge when Iorfa was ruled to be the last man as Taylor tried to run in on goal.

But Wolves improved following the introduction of on-loan Benfica midfielder Teixeira and ultimately deserved their point in former Italy goalkeeper Zenga's first game since replacing Kenny Jackett.

Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs: "There were a lot of positives to take, but right now it feels like it is two points dropped rather than a point gained.

"The two goals were sloppy and ones we should have prevented.

"It was mixed, I was pleased with certain elements and a part of me was frustrated as we didn't get a reward for the position we put ourselves in."

Wolves head coach Walter Zenga: "It's very nice, sometimes you win, sometimes you learn, today I learned! The stadium was full, it was a nice game. It's amazing. If we'd have lost it might have been different.

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"Even in the second half when we had 10, we refused to lose. That is the most important thing. I think we deserved to draw.

"There were many emotional moments, especially the welcome the fans gave me."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 2KellyBooked at 81mins
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 6Wood
  • 3MattockSubstituted forThorpeat 71'minutes
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forSmallwoodat 67'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 83mins
  • 10Forster-CaskeySubstituted forAllanat 76'minutes
  • 7Forde
  • 9Ward
  • 11Taylor

Substitutes

  • 12Price
  • 15Halford
  • 16Wilson
  • 21Allan
  • 23Thorpe
  • 33Smallwood
  • 39Yates

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18IorfaBooked at 52mins
  • 6Batth
  • 30Hause
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 14Evans
  • 8SavilleBooked at 63mins
  • 12WallaceSubstituted forMasonat 45'minutes
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forCostaat 88'minutes
  • 7HenrySubstituted forBrito Teixeiraat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Mason
  • 16Coady
  • 17Costa
  • 19Price
  • 21Lonergan
  • 24Brito Teixeira
  • 28Deslandes
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
11,291

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson with a through ball.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt blocked. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason with a headed pass.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

João Teixeira (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United).

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Rotherham United).

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Scott Allan replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Tom Thorpe replaces Joe Mattock because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Richard Smallwood replaces Lee Frecklington because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by João Teixeira.

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Teixeira replaces James Henry.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich11004133
2Ipswich11004223
3Nottm Forest11004313
4Bristol City11002113
5Huddersfield11002113
6Fulham11001013
7Reading11001013
8Rotherham10102201
9Wolves10102201
10Birmingham10100001
11Brighton10100001
12Cardiff10100001
13Derby10100001
14Aston Villa00000000
15Leeds00000000
16QPR00000000
17Sheff Wed00000000
18Burton100134-10
19Brentford100112-10
20Wigan100112-10
21Newcastle100101-10
22Preston100101-10
23Barnsley100124-20
24Blackburn100114-30
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