Kenny braced for more ex­its

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Greg Stub­ley

TRANS­FER talk con­tin­ues to af­fect Mo­lineux and Wolves boss Kenny Jack­ett ad­mits the end of the end of the win­dow can’t come soon enough af­ter watch­ing his side leave it late to clinch their sec­ond Cham­pi­onship vic­tory of the sea­son.

Adam Le Fon­dre, on loan from Cardiff City, notched his first goal for the club with just five min­utes re­main­ing af­ter an ex­cel­lent cross from sub­sti­tute Sheyi Ojo.

The hosts had gone a goal down on 55 min­utes af­ter Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son struck, but cap­tain Dave Ed­wards equalised ten min­utes later which set up Le Fon­dre to do the rest.

Jack­ett con­firmed that Richard Stear­man and Ra­jiv van La Parra are likely on their way out – but has un­der­lined the club’s stance that po­ten­tial suit­ors can for­get about sign­ing star striker Benik Afobe.

“We have ac­cepted a bid from Ful­ham over the week­end for Richard Stear­man and he is now dis­cussing per­sonal terms,” said Jack­ett.

“We feel that we have some very good young cen­tre-backs at the club and this gives us the op­por­tu­nity and chance to strengthen in other ar­eas.

“We have also re­ceived a bid for Ra­jiv van La Parra from two clubs. Our chief ex­ec­u­tive is in talks with them now.

“It’s a tough sit­u­a­tion for Benik Afobe, but the club’s state­ment still stands.We need the dress­ing room to set­tle down and get things straight, a lot of the sea­son is left. Satur­day to Tues­day is a long time and has af­fected our club.

“I felt it was a de­served win.We passed the ball well, but couldn’t get the fi­nal ball right in the first-half

“I was de­lighted with the char­ac­ter to come back af­ter that.”

Wolves started the match on the front-foot, with James Henry – heav­ily linked with a move to the visi­tors – caus­ing Charl­ton prob­lems on the left side of mid­field.

The Ad­dicks’ best op­por­tu­nity of the first-half came when Kar­lan Ahearne-Grant raced on to a Pa­trick Bauer pass and found Gud­munds­son at the back post, but the winger’s header was weak.

Guy Luzon’s side came out stronger af­ter the break and took the lead in the 55th minute, when Igor Ve­tokele played a lovely pass to Gud­munds­son be­fore the Ice­land in­ter­na­tional fin­ish­ing past Carl Ikeme.

Wolves then equalised when a neatly-worked move on the right­hand side found Matt Do­herty, whose cross de­flected off Alou Diarra and fell for Ed­wards to tap home.

The hosts al­most took the lead four min­utes later when Le Fon­dre – brought on as a sub­sti­tute for Nouha Dicko, who went off with a knee in­jury – fired over.

But the for­ward made amends af­ter 85 min­utes, when Ojo caused havoc down Charl­ton’s right-hand side and crossed in for the 28-year-old to tap home.

It meant Charl­ton suf­fered their first loss of the sea­son but af­ter a good start to the cam­paign, Luzon still hopes to add to his squad.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult but pleased with the per­for­mance,” he said. “Sec­ond half, we moved the ball bet­ter and had chances to score. I changed the tac­tics a bit and played with three in mid­field, it helped us play bet­ter; we de­served more.

“We will see if we sign other play­ers, I have ex­pec­ta­tion to, but if not we will con­tinue with our squad. I think Henry will stay at Wolves, but I don’t know; he’s a good player.”

PIC­TURES: Pro Sport Im­ages

LONE WOLF: Adam Le Fon­dre cel­e­brates his win­ner for Wolves and be­ing fouled by Jor­dan Cousins, inset

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