Griffiths spot on as Wolves bare teeth
WOLVES look to have well and truly found their League One feet after Leigh Griffiths’ injurytime penalty wrapped up a third-straight win – but manager Kenny Jackett is certain the best is yet to come.
Billy Clarke looked to have snatched a point for Crawley at Molineux as he cancelled out Bjorn Sigurdarson’s headed opener for the hosts in the 90th minute.
But Wolves went straight up the other end and after Kyle McFadzean was adjudged to have blocked Kevin McDonald’s cross with his arm, Griffiths kept his cool from the spot to secure another threepoint haul.
And while Jackett was delighted to carry on this early winning tradition, the Wolves manager is not about to get carried away just yet.
“Winning three in a row in any level of football is not to be sniffed at and we’re delighted with that,” he said.
“But we will be honest and concise about our performance. We know we can play better. I don’t think it was a question of complacency. I know that there are more gears to come from our side, we’re still a new group working our way through.
“When you are defending a lead as we were for so long, you have to find that way to win. But I have played in every division and I can assure you no promotion is ever easy.”
Sigurdarson was denied a fifth-minute opener as Crawley keeper Paul Jones flew across his goal to keep out a header, but just moments later a Kevin Doyle cross saw the Icelandic celebrating.
Nicky Adams and Joe Walsh both shot wide for Crawley when well placed and after the break Sam Ricketts saw a 25-yard drive tipped over by Jones.
Crawley keeper Jones then kept out a Bakary Sako free-kick and it looked like his heroics would be rewarded after Clarke drilled home a late equaliser from just inside the area.
But it wasn’t to be as in the third minute of injury time substitute Griffiths, left out of the starting line up following his midweek court appearance in Scotland, scored his third of the season from the spot – much to Crawley manager Richie Barker’s frustration.
“I'm disappointed because we should have seen it through.We were on top for quite a while and played some really good stuff,” Barker said.
“We’ve come away with no points but hopefully we've shown the nation that we can play and do things the right way. I was a bit worried after ten minutes but we improved and looked more secure and because of the way we play there are opportunies.”