Benik Afobe netted twice as Wolves beat Huddersfield 3-0
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.”
AF AND RUNNING: Benik Afobe fires in his first goal to put Wolves 2-0 up
STAR MAN KEVIN McDON