CITY 1 WOLVES 4
When I agreed to do this report some three weeks ago I firmly believed that it would be in the nature of an obituary as I could see no prospect of our collecting enough points to avoid the drop. As it turned out, this game had much less riding on it than I had feared.
However it was still not without interest. Would we manage to win more games away from home than at the Walkers and would we finish up getting more points from away games than home games; finally would Wolves achieve their ambition to make the play-offs? Regrettably the answer to each of these questions would turn out to be 'yes.'
It all started so well with Johansson galloping down the left flank, crossing perfectly to Hume who shot first-time on the run to the keeper's bottom left corner. This signaled a bright period of open play with both sides threatening. Wolves incredibly failed to score after a goal-mouth melee, not once but twice. We should have guessed that this was their standard tactic. Just as Sheff Wed have a standard ploy which involves smashing the ball in from long distance at an acute angle Wolves specialise in ugly goals and today was their day.
The turning-point of this match came in the 24th minute when a Tiatto free-kick was flicked on by Hume for McAuley to prod over the bar from 3 yards out. We are not good enough to spurn simple chances and wise heads were convinced that we would pay for such profligacy. Even so, to pay so quickly was particularly hard to take! Wolves broke immediately and melee number three resulted in a straight-forward tap-in for Olofinjana….