Benik Afobe net­ted twice as Wolves beat Hud­der­s­field 3-0

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Matthew Con­way

DE­SPITE wit­ness­ing Wolves se­cure a sec­ond 3-0 win in the space of five days, boss Kenny Jack­ett still be­lieves his side must start find­ing some con­sis­tency if they are to make a pro­mo­tion push.

Fol­low­ing Tues­day’s 3-0 de­struc­tion of Ful­ham in Lon­don, Jack­ett’s men re­turned to Mo­lineux where two goals from Benik Afobe af­ter the ex­cel­lent Kevin McDon­ald had edged them ahead had earned Wolves their first home win over Hud­der­s­field since Novem­ber 1988.

But with their Cham­pi­onship record so far read­ing four wins, three draws and three defeats, it’s go­ing to take a few more 3-0 wins be­fore Jack­ett gets ex­cited.

“It’s been a mixed start,” he said. “The sea­son is still ahead of us and I’m look­ing for this side to set­tle down and try to work as hard as we pos­si­bly can to achieve some con­sis­tency, which is needed through­out a long cam­paign in the Cham­pi­onship.

“It’s been a big eight days for us, be­cause we’ve got seven points out of nine from two away games and one at home, so I’m de­lighted with that.

“It was a very good sec­ond-half per­for­mance. I thought Hud­der­s­field started bet­ter than us. They cre­ated more chances early on and looked bet­ter on the ball. But in the sec­ond half we came into our own very much, we cre­ated and I think we de­served our win.”

The form of Ar­se­nal’s goal­keep­ers has been a hot topic this week, but one they have let leave the Emi­rates Sta­dium, al­beit tem­po­rar­ily, Emil­iano Martinez, was at his very best to deny Mustapha Carayol on six min­utes in what proved to be a busy first half.

Harry Bunn and Ish­mael Miller missed the tar­get soon af­ter­wards. But Hud­der­s­field have been shaky at the back all sea­son and slipped be­hind against the run of play mid­way through the first half.

McDon­ald picked up the ball in the cen­tre cir­cle, ex­changed passes with James Henry, bombed for­ward and curled the ball beau­ti­fully past goal­keeper Jed Steer from the edge of the box.

Martinez was called into ac­tion at the other end twice be­fore the in­ter­val. First, he made a rou­tine stop from Miller, but had to be a lit­tle sharper to keep out in-form Emyr Huws’s right­footed ef­fort.

Per­haps frus­trated by their profli­gacy, Hud­der­s­field were ab­ject af­ter the break while Wolves were muchim­proved.

Afobe tested Steer from the edge of the box on the hour, his pow­er­ful drive from the edge of the box was tipped wide.

But five min­utes later they made the pres­sure count. Le Fon­dre latched onto McDon­ald’s ball over the top of the de­fence and crossed for Afobe to power in.

Two min­utes later Le Fon­dre was through on goal again but, af­ter seem­ingly be­ing felled by Steer in­side the penalty area, was cau­tioned for div­ing by ref­eree Chris Ka­vanagh.

Wolves work for the af­ter­noon was com­plete two min­utes from time when Afobe latched onto a hope­ful ball from McDon­ald down the right flank, held off the chal­lenge of de­fender El­liot Ward and fin­ished across goal.

“We pre­sented them with the goals, par­tic­u­larly the sec­ond one,” said Hud­der­s­field boss Chris Pow­ell. “That’s tough to take.

“We had chances, to a point, but we need more. We need to make bet­ter de­ci­sions in the fi­nal third.

“We got enough of the ball into Ish­mael Miller and got the sup­port around him, but we need more from the whole team.

“We started well again and qui­etened the crowd, but we needed to keep that go­ing. They scored out of noth­ing. “We’ll now use the in­ter­na­tional break to re­cu­per­ate and sort out a few knocks to en­sure we’re ready for Ip­swich.”

PIC­TURES: Will Kil­patrick

AF AND RUN­NING: Benik Afobe fires in his first goal to put Wolves 2-0 up

STAR MAN KEVIN McDON

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