WOLVES ROAR PAST TEN MEN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Dan Machin To com­ment on this match go to http://boards. footy­mad.net/

WOLVES man­ager Kenny Jack­ett in­sists his stream­lined squad are in tip-top shape for the sea­son run-in as they moved into an au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spot with vic­tory over Brad­ford City.

Play­ing against ten men for over an hour fol­low­ing Nathan Doyle’s red card for two book­able of­fences, the hosts fi­nally made the break­through on the stroke of half-time through Kevin McDon­ald.

Nouha Dicko then dou­bled their ad­van­tage shortly af­ter the break for his third goal in three games since mov­ing from Wi­gan, as Wolves made it four straight wins.

It also saw them leapfrog Ley­ton Ori­ent into sec­ond spot and Jack­ett ad­mits his team are well placed to sus­tain their pro­mo­tion push.

“I’m de­lighted with the win. It makes it very tight at the top. Now we’re look­ing to be fit and strong as we pos­si­bly can over the last 17 games,” he said.

“I felt our foot­ball was good again. Per­haps we didn’t do enough with it in and around the box. But we got two goals and a very good clean­sheet – so we can’t com­plain.

“The goal just be­fore half-time was cru­cial. It gave us a big lift go­ing into the break. I’m very pleased with the con­sis­tency we’re show­ing at the mo­ment.

“We’re look­ing to push on now and earn that au­to­matic place come the end of the sea­son.

“We’ve trimmed the squad and now we need to work hard on the train­ing pitch to make sure we’re as strong as we pos­si­bly can be.”

Wolves started brightly but strug­gled to find a way past Jon McLaugh­lin, who de­nied Dicko and Richard Stear­man in quick suc­ces­sion.

De­spite be­ing re­duced to ten men on 28 min­utes, Doyle’s dis­missal seemed to rally the visi­tors with Adam Reach hit­ting the bar.

And while McDon­ald gave his side the lead, Stephen Darby came within inches of restor­ing par­ity af­ter the break when his fierce drive struck the up­right be­fore Dicko tapped home on 57 min­utes.

City’s Darby then cleared off the line to deny Leon Clarke and while dis­ap­pointed with the send­ing off, Ban­tams man­ager Phil Parkin­son was quick to salute his side’s bat­tling dis­play.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the lads,” he said. “I thought they were out­stand­ing, par­tic­u­larly our de­fence who were up against a strike force that Wolves have just spent £1 mil­lion on.

“I thought the ref­eree could have man­aged the first tackle bet­ter, but the sec­ond was a rash chal­lenge by Nathan and he should have known bet­ter.

“Play­ing ten against 11 for so long was a mas­sive ask of our team.

“That goal on the stroke of half­time was a crush­ing blow for morale.

“There were a lot of tired legs out there. It was im­por­tant that we didn’t get beat by a big­ger mar­gin, as that can knock confi

dence.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

RED MIST: Nathan Doyle is sent off for Brad­ford STAR MAN NOUHA DICKO Wolves BIG MAC: Kevin McDon­ald, left, cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing Wolves’ open­ing goal

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