Championship
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers3HuddersfieldHuddersfield Town0
By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Molineux
Benik Afobe doubled Wolves' lead
Wolves striker Benik Afobe scored for the first time in four games

Benik Afobe scored twice as Wolves won 3-0 for the second straight game to give renewed belief to their Championship promotion credentials.

Kevin McDonald's classily-struck right-foot 20-yard curler gave Wolves the half-time lead against the run of play.

McDonald then freed Adam Le Fondre to square for Afobe to hit a coolly-taken 66th-minute strike.

Afobe was then set free by McDonald to run on and fire the third in the closing minutes.

It could have been more goals for Wolves in a much-improved second-half display as they returned to the Championship's top six, if only temporarily, for the first time since the opening day of the season.

The moment that caused most consternation among the home fans came straight after the second goal when Wolves had a penalty turned down.

Wolves end Terriers' unbeaten run at Molineux
The last time Wolves beat Huddersfield Town at Molineux was in the golden age of Steve Bull, way back in November 1988.
The Tipton Terror scored twice, Andy Mutch and Floyd Streete getting the others in a 4-1 Division Three victory.
Since then, the Terriers had not lost in eight visits - and had won the last four of those.

Le Fondre latched onto Martin Cranie's loose back pass and flicked the ball past Terriers keeper Jed Steer before falling to the turf, but all he got from referee Christopher Kavanagh was a booking for simulation.

Huddersfield were the better side before the break, Mustapha Carayol and Dean Whitehead both forcing saves from home keeper Emiliano Martinez.

It was against the run of play when Wolves went in front, as McDonald exchanged passes with Henry before coolly guiding home from 20 yards - his second goal in successive Saturdays.

Wolves looked a different side after the break and Henry somehow steered a near-post header wide, before Afobe settled any nerves with his first goal in five games.

The former Arsenal trainee struck again late on when he broke onto McDonald's superb through ball for his sixth of the campaign.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett on Benik Afobe:

"He is the type of player that you want to get on the ball as much as you can.

"From my point of view, I'm continually working out ways that you can get him in the game. If he does get on the ball, if he does get involved in the moves, then I feel the goals will come.

"He has been a big player for us and he has only been here since January (following a £2m move from Arsenal).

"We think he has a really good future at 22 and also he has got his confidence at Wolves, which is what he was looking for when he came here. He has to continue his progress."

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell:

"It certainly wasn't a 3-0 game with what we had in the game.

"But we actually presented them with the goals, especially the second one where we gave it away in a key area, and the third one was a breakaway.

"We felt we could come here and do something and yet again we have got in the final third, but we are just not selecting the right pass or cross and find ourselves losing the game 3-0.

"We needed to hold the ball better and make better decisions. We were not delivering the balls that our strikers and wide men want."

Kevin McDonald opened the scoring for Wolves
Kevin McDonald put Wolves ahead against the run of play
Jed Steer saves Adam Le Fondre's shot
Huddersfield goalkeeper Jed Steer denied Adam Le Fondre a first-half goal
Harry Bunn and Dominic Iorfa challenge
Wolves right-back Dominic Iorfa caused problems for Huddersfield
Benik Afobe scores his second goal of the game
Afobe made sure of victory for Wolves with his second goal late-on

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 26Martinez
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 30Hause
  • 3Golbourne
  • 11McDonald
  • 19PriceBooked at 70mins
  • 7HenrySubstituted forDohertyat 87'minutes
  • 10Afobe
  • 20OjoBooked at 30minsSubstituted forByrneat 61'minutes
  • 29Le FondreBooked at 68minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 12Wallace
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 25Byrne
  • 48Enobakhare

Huddersfield

  • 1Steer
  • 14CranieBooked at 20mins
  • 12Ward
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Davidson
  • 7Scannell
  • 4WhiteheadBooked at 90mins
  • 16HuwsSubstituted forHoggat 80'minutes
  • 10CarayolSubstituted forWellsat 58'minutes
  • 17BunnSubstituted forPatersonat 80'minutes
  • 11Miller

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 5Hudson
  • 6Hogg
  • 8Paterson
  • 21Wells
  • 26Allinson
  • 29Billing
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
18,166

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Booking

    Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

  8. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Huddersfield Town 0. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a through ball.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces James Henry.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dave Edwards replaces Adam Le Fondre.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  17. Post update

    Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ishmael Miller.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg with a through ball.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg replaces Emyr Huws.