Wolves faithful bay for blood
HUNDREDS of angry Wolves fans invaded the Molineux pitch to direct their fury at the board after defeat to ten-man Burnley put them on the verge of back-toback relegations.
Goals from Danny Ings and Martin Paterson took Wanderers’ Championship survival out of their own hands as Burnley hung on despite Michael Duff’s dismissal and Nouha Dicko’s late strike for Wolves.
It means Wolves must win at playoff-bound Brighton on the final day of the season to have any hope of avoiding the drop – and even then they will be reliant on both Barnsley and Peterborough losing.
The vocal group of fans made it clear where they place the blame – chanting ‘you’re sending us down’ at the executive boxes – as League One beckons for a club in the Premiership 12 months ago.
But boss Dean Saunders said: “Everybody has to take the blame in this situation. Forget this game, we should never be in the position we have got ourselves in.
“The team has lost 80-odd games in the last four years and the fans have not had many good Sundays. They are really, really frustrated and I don’t blame them.
“Whatever happens, whether we stay up or go down, I have to sort the club out from top to bottom and get the mentality right. It’s going to be tough because we’ve got players on long contracts but I’ve got to do it.
“I’ve been in situations like this before – I walked into a mess at Doncaster when the team hadn’t won in six months and I had to sort that club out. They’ve won the league now and that’s what can happen.
“We’re not dead yet but the odds are stacked against us and it’s out of our hands now.”
Wolves made a rousing start and Burnley keeper Lee Grant was relieved Tongo Doumbia’s 25-yarder went straight to him after the stopper’s awful clear- ance, with three-quarters of the net gaping.
But Molineux fell into a stunned silence on eight minutes as Ings was given time to collect a low cross, turn and measure a neat finish into the bottom corner from ten yards.
Dorus De Vries produced a stunning save to prevent Sam Vokes’ near-post strike doubling Burnley’s lead but was helpless early in the second half as Paterson smashed home Ings’ low cross from close range.
Burnley were then reduced to ten as Duff saw a second yellow for a trip on Kevin Doyle but it took until the 87th minute for Wolves to test Grant as he foiled Jack Robinson’s 20-yard drive.
Dicko gave Wolves hope from the resulting corner, but Burn- ley saw out stoppage time with no major alarms to ensure their own safety.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: “It was a very awkward game for both sides and I was very pleased with the way our side found the clarity of thought to play, rather than get involved in a scrap.
“Part of our game plan was to keep the ball, make the crowd nervous and hopefully make the opposition nervous.
“There were some very good individual performances and I’m obviously very pleased tactically with how we managed to see the victory out with just ten men.”
VENTING FRUSTRATION: Wolves fans invade the pitch in protest at the final whistle as relegation looms