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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Brentford

Nouha Dicko
Nouha Dicko's opener was his sixth goal of the season so far in all competitions

Nouha Dicko struck for the second time in two games as 10-man Wolves held on to beat Brentford at Molineux.

Dicko opened the scoring when he raced on to a long ball and fired a low shot past Bees goalkeeper David Button.

A James Tarkowski own goal doubled the hosts' lead before Kevin McDonald was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Danny Batth put the ball in his own net to give Brentford hope but they were unable to equalise, leaving Wolves three points off the play-off places.

After a run of five consecutive defeats, Wolves have now picked up 10 points from their last four games.

Wolves' strike partnership
When Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko have both started, Wolves have won eight, drawn two and lost two.
When the duo have not started, Wolves have won two, drawn five and lost five.

Brentford almost took the lead early on when Carl Ikeme tipped Jota's strike on to the post, but it was the home side who went ahead almost immediately afterwards.

A high, looping ball forward from Kortney Hause was latched onto by Dicko, who beat the offside trap and struck a composed, low shot past Button.

Brentford had the better of the play either side of the break, but Alex Pritchard's header wide was the closest they came to an equaliser.

Wolves doubled their lead when Rajiv van La Parra headed on to the crossbar and, as the ball bounced down into the box, the on-rushing McDonald trickled an effort towards goal only for Brentford's Tarkowski to send it in to his own net.

McDonald was then shown a second yellow card for a late tackle, giving the Bees new belief.

They pulled one back when Jake Bidwell's low centre took a cruel deflection off Batth and went past Ikeme for an own goal.

Andre Gray struck the post in added time but Wolves held on to secure a third win from their last four games, while the Bees fell to their second straight defeat.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett on Nouha Dicko's goal: "I have seen it again and yes, he was offside. But we have been on the wrong side of some decisions in recent weeks, particularly here.

"So we have to roll with the punches in terms of refereeing decisions and they do come and go for you during the season."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton: "You don't mind mistakes - because you learn from them - or outstanding quality, but the guy is three yards offside.

"I appreciate we have the luxury of seeing replays but you can't make mistakes like that at this level. We looked dangerous and and I am staggered we have come away with nothing."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 30Hause
  • 19Price
  • 11McDonaldBooked at 77mins
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forClarkeat 85'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 10SakoSubstituted forDohertyat 90'minutes
  • 40DickoSubstituted forHenryat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 7Henry
  • 9Clarke
  • 12Graham
  • 14Evans
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Kuszczak

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 5Craig
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 23JotaSubstituted forToralat 65'minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forSaundersat 82'minutes
  • 18JudgeBooked at 74mins
  • 15DallasSubstituted forDiagouragaat 65'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 19Gray

Substitutes

  • 6Dean
  • 7Saunders
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 28Yennaris
  • 39Proschwitz
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
23,598

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by James Henry.

  4. Post update

    Andre Gray (Brentford) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Sam Saunders with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Moses Odubajo (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Saunders.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Moses Odubajo (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces Bakary Sako.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by James Henry.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Moses Odubajo with a cross.

  11. Goal!

    Own Goal by Danny Batth, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Brentford 1.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Danny Batth.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Alex Pritchard.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rajiv van La Parra.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Danny Batth.