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Afobe equaliser fails to dampen Ip­swich’s mood

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Ed­wards who came ag­o­nis­ingly close to a 40th-minute equaliser. His ex­cel­lent 15-yard vol­ley clipped a post unaided although a cor­ner was given.

The sec­ond pe­riod started with Dicko wast­ing the game’s clear­est chance by head­ing wide of goal at the far post from four yards out fol­low­ing Bakary Sako’s free-kick.

But Wolves didn’t have to wait long for an equaliser. Kevin McDon­ald clev­erly slid in Ra­jiv van La Parra for a surg­ing run into the box. Smith de­flected the winger’s shot into the path of Afobe who squeezed his shot in at point-blank range at the far post. As­ton­ish­ingly it was his 31st goal of a sea­son that also in­cluded a spell with MK Dons.

Wolves piled on the pres­sure but with­out part­ing the blue sea again. Both sides had late chances with sub­sti­tute Chris Wood curl­ing wide and McDon­ald mishit a shot that was al­most turned into goal by Dicko. How­ever, the draw was all ei­ther team de­served from a game dis­ap­point­ingly short of goal­mouth ac­tion.

Wolves boss Kenny Jack­ett ad­mit­ted: “It was a bet­ter point for Ip­swich than it was for us de­spite a good per­for­mance. But we needed to win. We built up very well in the sec­ond half, got an early goal back and had good tempo, en­ergy and at­ti­tude.

“The own goal is the type of thing that hap­pens some­times and you have to get over it – and we did.

“There was a great at­mos­phere at Molineux and they saw us show spirit and qual­ity at times.

“We will need to win both our games and we will do ev­ery­thing we can to achieve that. If the play-off door is open on the fi­nal day, we have to be there.

“There are still lots of pos­i­tives for us to take.”

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