Fer­nando ‘act­ing’ up­sets Jack­ett

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Brind­ley

WOLVES boss Kenny Jack­ett pointed the fin­ger of blame squarely at Wat­ford sub­sti­tute Fer­nando Forestieri af­ter an ex­cel­lent match ended with two in­jury-time dis­missals.

Barely 60 sec­onds af­ter Wat­ford full-back Tom­mie Hoban saw red, Forestieri ap­peared to over­re­act re­sult­ing in Bakary Sako also be­ing sent off.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing end to an evenly-con­tested draw in which both sides high­lighted their pro­mo­tion cre­den­tials with fine foot­ball.

Jack­ett said: “I was close to the in­ci­dent and have also seen the video. There was no rais­ing of arms, no con­tact and no in­tent from Sako – it wasn’t even a com­ing to­gether. Forestieri has thrown him­self to the ground. I think that was poor from Forestieri. We will be ap­peal­ing Sako’s red card.

“We showed the kind of per­for­mance we will need to go on a run to push for a place in the top six.

“We needed a third goal at 2-1 and came close to get­ting it but credit to Wat­ford – they aren’t top scor­ers in the Cham­pi­onship for noth­ing and I like the way they play. I’m dis­ap­pointed we haven’t got the three points.”

Wolves made a fly­ing start to both halves be­fore be­ing hauled back by light­en­ing Wat­ford counter at­tacks.

Kevin McDon­ald was cre­ator-in-chief of the home side’s opener af­ter 14 min­utes with a sweep­ing 40-yard ball that Benik Afobe took con­fi­dently in his stride to slip an an­gled shot past Heurelho Gomes.

Wolves were good value early on with Ra­jiv van La Parra mak­ing regular in­roads on the right only to be caught straight down the mid­dle on the half hour. Ad­lene Gue­dioura be­gan the move with a neat pass, Troy Deeney de­vel­oped it with a through ball and Matej Vy­dra never looked like miss­ing as he shot be­yond To­masz Kuszczak.

James Henry, nip­ping in at the near post, and Afobe, with a far­post header tipped over by Gomes, nearly re­stored the Wolves lead be­fore they had bet­ter luck amid a pos­i­tive be­gin­ning to the sec­ond half.

Full-back Kort­ney Hause’s 25-yard shot was de­flected by Jack Price be­yond the un­con­vinc­ing Gomes as Wolves again looked to have to­tal con­trol.

Henry flicked a 15-yard header ag­o­nis­ingly wide be­fore Ben Wat­son high­lighted Wat­ford’s threat by crack­ing the bar from a sim­i­lar dis­tance.

And For­mer Wolves mid­fielder Gue­dioura ex­posed the home de­fence in a flash. His sub­lime lofted pass was per­fec­tion and Deeney left Kuszczak beaten in the 65th minute.

Hor­nets manager Slav­isa Jokanovic, when asked about Forestieri’s re­ac­tion, said: “I can’t com­ment on some­thing I did not see. I was dis­ap­pointed he didn’t score a few mo­ments ear­lier.

“It was a dif­fi­cult game for us. We al­ways want to win games but one point is bet­ter than be­ing beaten. We made mis­takes and had good chances.

“This Cham­pi­onship is a crazy com­pe­ti­tion and the most im­por­tant and in­ter­est­ing part is still ahead of us.

“The first yel­low for Hoban was a mis­take – it was not a foul. I am a pro­fes­sional manager, with pro­fes­sional play­ers and we need sup­port from ref­er­ees.

“But this is not some­thing I can re­solve. I pre­fer not to talk about ref­er­ees.”

CLASH: Troy Deeney and Matt Do­herty ex­change words, cent­tre, as Fer­nando Forestieri lies on the floor

his goal NO2: Troy Deeney cel­e­brates

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