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Wolves 1-0 Norwich City

Dave Edwards
Wolves only lost two League One matches at home last season

Dave Edwards scored the decisive goal as Wolves started life back in the Championship with a victory against 10-man Norwich at Molineux.

The Canaries, relegated from the Premier League last season, had Martin Olsson sent off for a second yellow card for a tug on Rajiv van La Parra.

Olsson appeared to push referee Simon Hooper after being shown the red card and may face further punishment.

Edwards headed in Van La Parra's cross just after the hour to earn the win.

Norwich under Neil Adams
12 April: Fulham 1 Norwich 0
20 April: Norwich 2 Liverpool 3
26 April: Manchester United 4 Norwich 0
4 May: Chelsea 0 Norwich 0
11 May: Norwich 0 Arsenal 2
10 August: Wolves 1 Norwich 0

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett believes his team can secure successive promotions after returning to the second tier after back-to-back relegations. And beating a team relegated from the top flight was an impressive way to start the season.

Neil Adams, who took over at Norwich with five games remaining, is still looking for a first win in charge of the Canaries and will be concerned about his team's lack of attacking bite, even when they had 11 men.

They were on the back foot from the start, with Edwards thumping over from a cross from Bakary Sako after just 23 seconds.

Norwich's Nathan Redmond slipped away from two defenders and dragged an effort wide in the visitors' only effort on goal.

Sako always looked like Wolves' greatest threat and the Frenchman had a powerful shot deflected past the near post by Russell Martin just before the break.

Nouha Dicko broke forward and drove well over the bar for the hosts just after the restart before Wes Hoolahan missed from 25 yards at the other end.

Norwich debutant Lewis Grabban got on the end of a long clearance and his shot from a narrow angle was pushed wide by goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

The decisive spell came just before the hour when Van La Parra tore past Olsson and was dragged over by the left-back on the edge of the area, with the Norwich left-back being sent off for a second yellow card.

Sako thumped the resulting free-kick straight at Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy but the visitors were behind four minutes later after going down to 10 men.

The impressive Dutch winger Van La Parra, who joined from Heerenveen in June, found space on the right and sent over a curling cross that was headed past Ruddy by Edwards.

Wolves should have killed the game with 11 minutes remaining when Dicko broke quickly only to delay his pass for Sako, whose shot was blocked by Ruddy.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett said: "First off it is a good win and a good day for the club.

"Pressure builds up through pre-season and everyone wants to get to that first day and to get a win on the first day is a big thing. With us coming into a new division that is great.

"But looking past that there are different types of challenges. You could see the way that Norwich defended their goal was very good and it was an excellent goal that won the game.

Norwich manager Neil Adams added: "I haven't seen the incident between Martin Olsson and referee Simon Hooper and hopefully there is nothing in it. But we will have a look at it and see what it is and if there are any consequences from that.

"I will speak to Martin about that. Of course I will. I didn't see it because as soon as the card comes out you're looking away to what you are going to do.

"The officials have said nothing to us about any alleged hands on and like I say I have not seen it for now. We will get the footage going back on the coach."

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 3Golbourne
  • 14Evans
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forHenryat 85'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 40DickoSubstituted forClarkeat 87'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 10SakoSubstituted forJacobsat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Henry
  • 9Clarke
  • 13McCarey
  • 18Ricketts
  • 19Price
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 27Jacobs

Norwich

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2WhittakerSubstituted forLaffertyat 76'minutes
  • 23OlssonBooked at 60mins
  • 4Johnson
  • 5MartinBooked at 90mins
  • 6Turner
  • 17Bennett
  • 14HoolahanBooked at 54minsSubstituted forGarridoat 63'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 22Redmond
  • 7Grabban
  • 29SurmanSubstituted forTetteyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Lafferty
  • 16Loza
  • 18Garrido
  • 21Murphy
  • 24Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 27Tettey
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
22,053

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

    Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin McDonald following a set piece situation.

  6. Booking

    Russell Martin (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Henry.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Nouha Dicko.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Scott Golbourne tries a through ball, but Michael Jacobs is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Scott Golbourne tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Golbourne.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

  18. Booking

    Javier Garrido (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth11004043
2Watford11003033
3Middlesbrough11002023
4Millwall11002023
5Nottm Forest11002023
6Ipswich11002113
7Derby11001013
8Sheff Wed11001013
9Wolves11001013
10Reading10102201
11Wigan10102201
12Blackburn10101101
13Brentford10101101
14Cardiff10101101
15Charlton10101101
16Fulham100112-10
17Brighton100101-10
18Norwich100101-10
19Rotherham100101-10
20Birmingham100102-20
21Blackpool100102-20
22Leeds100102-20
23Bolton100103-30
24Huddersfield100104-40
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