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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Watford

Benik Afobe
Benik Afobe (right) is the top scorer in the top four divisions of English football with 26 goals

Wolves and Watford both had a player sent off in injury time in an exciting draw at Molineux.

Tommie Hoban was shown a second yellow for Watford before Wolves' Bakary Sako was given a straight red after raising his hand to Fernando Forestieri.

Benik Afobe gave Wolves the lead early on before Matej Vydra levelled.

Jack Price restored the home team's advantage just after the break, but Troy Deeney equalised after showing good strength before the late drama.

The late red cards were out of keeping with a keenly fought match that had seen just two bookings in the first 90 minutes.

Hoban could have few complaints about his sending off for a second bookable offence, but Wolves may feel aggrieved by the red shown to winger Sako after Forestieri reacted theatrically to a push from the Mali international.

Golden shirt, golden boot?
Former Arsenal man Afobe is the leading scorer in the top four divisions with 26 from 41 appearances for MK Dons and Wolves this season.

The hosts were looking to bounce back after losing at Bournemouth on Tuesday and got their rewards for a bright start.

Kevin McDonald had twice tried to play Afobe through on goal before getting the weight of his pass spot at the third time attempt to leave the 22-year-old January signing to slot home.

High-flying Watford went into the match on the back of three successive wins, but struggled to assert themselves in the opening exchanges before equalising against the run of play.

Vydra, who spent last season on loan at Wolves' local rivals West Brom, finished well after being played through by Deeney in the 30th minute.

Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes saved well from Afobe before the break, but may feel he should have done better with the effort that gave Wolves the lead for the second time.

Kortney Hause's shot took a heavy deflection off midfielder Price and the ball squirmed through Gomes's hands.

The Hornets, who would have gone top with a win, knew they could ill-afford to slip up and Ben Watson went close to a rapid equaliser when he rattled the bar from 12 yards out.

The visitors did have their leveller, however, when captain Deeney shrugged off two Wolves defenders before finishing for his 16th goal of the season.

Both teams pushed on in search of a winner without really threatening before Hoban and Sako were sent off in the dramatic finale.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett:

"There are still 30 points to play for and we will need a good total of those.

"But we are capable of going on the kind of run that you need to put the pressure on the top six and we have to keep doing that.

"The standard of this performance has to be repeated if we're to get the kind of points total we'll need to get into the top six."

Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"The Championship is crazy and there are so many strange results.

"What we must do now is keep going. The most important part of the Championship is in front of us.

"Now it is about who makes less mistakes and who has the Championship mentality."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 30Hause
  • 11McDonald
  • 19PriceBooked at 90mins
  • 17van La Parra
  • 7HenrySubstituted forDoyleat 79'minutes
  • 10SakoBooked at 90mins
  • 12Afobe

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 4Edwards
  • 13McCarey
  • 16Doyle
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 27Jacobs
  • 40Dicko

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 14ParedesSubstituted forMottaat 88'minutes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 4Angella
  • 31HobanBooked at 90mins
  • 5Guédioura
  • 23WatsonSubstituted forForestieriat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Tozser
  • 22AbdiSubstituted forMunariat 13'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20Vydra

Substitutes

  • 3Munari
  • 7Layun
  • 11Forestieri
  • 18Pudil
  • 21Anya
  • 30Bond
  • 47Motta
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
23,146

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Watford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Watford 2.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Booking

    Fernando Forestieri (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Dismissal

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the red card for fighting.

  8. Post update

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

  10. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Tommy Hoban (Watford) for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Hoban (Watford).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Marco Motta tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Marco Motta replaces Juan Carlos Paredes.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Batth.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

  19. Booking

    Tommy Hoban (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth36199874393566
2Derby36199868392966
3Watford362061072442866
4Middlesbrough36199854262866
5Norwich36198970393165
6Brentford361951258461262
7Ipswich361710956391761
8Wolves361610105044658
9Nottm Forest361411115951853
10Sheff Wed361213113234-249
11Blackburn351212114545048
12Charlton361115104145-448
13Leeds36138153946-747
14Birmingham361113124252-1046
15Cardiff361111144348-544
16Huddersfield36119164562-1742
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Rotherham36913143753-1640
21Fulham36116194764-1739
22Wigan36710193248-1631
23Millwall36710193160-2931
24Blackpool36410222970-4122
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