DO­HERTY’S LAST-GASP WIN­NER

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Latham

KENNY Jack­ett was happy to back Matt Do­herty’s claims to the win­ning goal, even though there was a sug­ges­tion a defender got the fi­nal touch.

The Wolves boss ad­mit­ted he couldn’t tell from the dug-out whether Do­herty’s far post vol­ley from a Bakary Sako cross had crossed the line be­fore Aden Flint’s de­spair­ing at­tempt to clear.

But Jack­ett said: “Matt is def­i­nitely claim­ing it, as any player would in that sit­u­a­tion. And he deserves the credit for be­ing in such a good po­si­tion to score.

“In the end the game could have gone ei­ther way as both goal­keep­ers have made fan­tas­tic saves.

“We had op­por­tu­ni­ties to be more than one goal ahead at half-time, but Bris­tol were al­ways go­ing to have a spell and we had to weather it af­ter they equalised.

“They had a pas­sion­ate crowd be­hind them and we were un­der pres­sure.To then show the char­ac­ter to bounce back and take all three points said a lot about the play­ers.

“It was a big win for us against a team with a lot of tal­ented play­ers and a very or­gan­ised coach.”

Sako blasted Wolves in front with a su­perbly struck left-footed free kick from the cor­ner of the box on 22 min­utes fol­low­ing a foul on the im­pres­sive Kevin Doyle.

But against the run of play Jay Em­manuel-Thomas slot­ted home a 53rd minute equaliser af­ter Richard Stear­man’s er­ror had al­lowed the im­pres­sive Sam Bal­dock to cross low from the right.

Wolves had con­trolled the open­ing 45 min­utes, forc­ing sev­eral saves from Frank Field­ing and only lack­ing a killer instinct in front of goal.

But Bris­tol stepped up a gear af­ter equal­is­ing and Wan­der­ers keeper Carl Ikeme made a bril­liant dou­ble save from Bal­dock on 63 min­utes.

It was matched by Field­ing’s reaction stop from Doyle’s shot seven min­utes be­fore Do­herty set­tled it, five min­utes from time.

Bris­tol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll ad­mit­ted: “Our back-four played far too deep in the first half and that al­lowed Wolves to dom­i­nate us.

“At half time I told the play­ers that if they were go­ing to lose at least be brave about it.

“We made the game much tighter af­ter the break and might even have won it, but for a bril­liant save from Sam Bal­dock.

“I would have been hap­pier if we had played as we did in the sec­ond half for 90 min­utes, but Wolves are a qual­ity team at this level and at least we matched them for part of the game.

“We need to strengthen our squad, but have to do so with­out block­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for our young play­ers.”

Of his de­ci­sion to sub­sti­tute ex­pe­ri­enced mid­fielder Neil Kilkenny af­ter only 36 min­utes, O’Driscoll added: “The way we were play­ing meant we couldn’t utilise Neil’s pass­ing.We had to get a bet­ter bal­ance and

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PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ON THE RUN: Wolves’ Matt Do­herty tus­sles with Greg Cunningham

LET­TING FLY: Bakary Sako scores for Wolves

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