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Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Dave Edwards
Dave Edwards scored the only goal in Wolves' 1-0 win at Blackburn last season

A controversial winning goal just before half-time gave Wolves an opening day victory at Blackburn.

Midfielder Dave Edwards appeared to divert in Nouha Dicko's cross with a hand to give the visitors the lead.

Wolves had recovered from a slow start to lead through Benik Afobe, who collected Edwards' flick-on and finished past goalkeeper David Raya.

Rovers levelled when Carl Ikeme palmed in Craig Conway's shot, but the hosts could not force a second equaliser.

Wolves escaped twice in stoppage time, as Fode Koita hit an upright from the edge of the box and then Corry Evans failed to convert a cross at the back post.

Only two minutes had been played when Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, the subject of a reported £12m bid from Middlesbrough, hit a post from 25 yards.

Rovers defender Shane Duffy sent one header off target and forced Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme to tip another over before Wanderers went in front on the half hour.

Afobe, who netted 19 times on loan at MK Dons last term and a further 13 following a January move to Wolves, continued his excellent scoring form from last season when he beat Raya.

Conway's deflected effort made it 1-1, before Edwards scored the winner at Ewood Park for the second season in succession - this time in more controversial circumstances.

Rhodes shot wide with just Ikeme to beat, while Wolves winger James Henry hit the bar from 25 yards late on, and despite Rovers' late flurry, Wolves held on for victory.

Benik Afobe

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "Jordan's strike was a hell of a strike and it probably sums up the game for us. We're talking about inches and the small margins today.

"We've hit the woodwork twice, the goalkeeper has made a couple of decent saves, we have a penalty that is not given and there's massive controversy with what is eventually their winner.

"When you put all that evidence before me and ask 'were you unlucky not to come out with something?' Logically it tells you we were very unfortunate."

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett: "It hit his hand, ball to hand. I wouldn't say it was deliberate, but yes it definitely made contact.

"It was a whipped cross in and he's gone to head it. You can't have your arms by your side at that point, but did it hit his hand? Yes it did.

"It was a great three points away from home. I thought we had spells of possession where we looked very good and the diamond midfield gave us an overload and really helped us in spells."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 33Raya
  • 2Henley
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Duffy
  • 14OlssonBooked at 68mins
  • 10Marshall
  • 23GuthrieBooked at 45minsSubstituted forEvansat 75'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 32Conway
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forKoitaat 75'minutes
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 8Koita
  • 9Brown
  • 17Williamson
  • 29Evans
  • 30Steele

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18IorfaBooked at 57mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 30Hause
  • 3Golbourne
  • 7HenryBooked at 86minsSubstituted forDohertyat 90'minutes
  • 16Coady
  • 11McDonald
  • 4Edwards
  • 9DickoSubstituted forOjoat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10AfobeSubstituted forLe Fondreat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 13McCarey
  • 17van La Parra
  • 19Price
  • 20Ojo
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Le Fondre
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
16,159

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  3. Booking

    Sheyi Ojo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Sheyi Ojo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Hanley with a headed pass following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bengali-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  11. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adam Le Fondre replaces Benik Afobe.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Bengali-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces James Henry.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  17. Post update

    Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bengali-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Duffy.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Booking

    James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.