Grif­fiths spot on as Wolves bare teeth

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ben East­wood

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.”

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