MAGIC MARTIN KEEPS WOLVES TOOTH­LESS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sam Gas­coyne

WOLVES fans and play­ers will have left Mo­lineux won­der­ing how they didn’t man­age to take all three­p­oints fol­low­ing a dom­i­nant per­for­mance against Karl Robin­son’s MK Dons.

The home side will rue their missed op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter they con­trolled the game for all but 90 min­utes, al­though a re­silient man-ofthe-match per­for­mance from Dons keeper David Martin also had its part to play.

Wolves man­ager Kenny Jack­ett spoke af­ter the game of his dis­ap­point­ment that his side couldn’t make the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties, he said: “It’s ul­ti­mately two points dropped rather than one gained, some draws are very good like the one at Ip­swich last week­end, al­though we’re all dis­ap­pointed to let two points slip through our fin­gers.

“Our fin­ish­ing wasn’t there, I be­lieve fin­ish­ing is the most im­por­tant part of the game and we just didn’t have that, de­spite how well we played over the course of the game.”

Karl Robin­son praised his Dons side’s re­siliency de­spite their per­for­mance be­ing not quite up to par: “We’ve come back from this game with a very hard earned point, I’m so proud of them for com­ing away with a clean sheet.

“That be­ing said we cer­tainly got more than we de­served, but my side’s to­geth­er­ness and de­sire shone through. I don’t think any one of them has any­thing left in their body, they’re phys­i­cally ex­hausted. But for us to come here and take a point makes me so happy”

The first op­por­tu­nity of the game fell to Wolves af­ter winger Jor­dan Gra­ham waltzed through the Dons' de­fence be­fore be­ing brought down on the edge of the box by Samir Car­ruthers. Gra­ham’s re­sult­ing free kick came to noth­ing.

Wolves con­tin­ued their early dom­i­nance of the game with Karl Henry and Dave Ed­wards link­ing up fan­tas­ti­cally be­fore Henry’s left­footed ef­fort was seen just wide of the mark, min­utes later the hosts squan­dered the best op­por­tu­nity of the early stages af­ter a low cross from Gra­ham was stabbed just wide by Henry. Tal­is­man Benik Afobe found him­self un­marked and in on goal on 21 min­utes but his close-range ef­fort was thwarted in the fi­nal sec­onds.

The visi­tors con­tin­ued to with­stand heavy pres­sure from a Wolves side in­tent on turn­ing around their mixed for­tunes of late, Jor­dan Gra­ham prov­ing to be a real thorn in the Dons’ side, his flurry of chances all well saved.

Afobe missed a golden op­por­tu­nity to put Wolves one-up just be­fore the end of the first half, al­though he saw his fierce shot go ag­o­niz­ingly wide from close range.

The sec­ond half saw Kenny Jack­ett’s side come out with just as much at­tack­ing in­tent as they had shown in the first, Afobe again threat­en­ing on the break on 55 min­utes, but Martin again pro­duced a fine save.

On 60 min­utes Do­minic Iorfa pro­duced some out­stand­ing foot­work to cut through the Dons’ de­fence be­fore play­ing the ball through to Kevin McDon­ald who missed.

De­spite con­tin­u­ing to enjoy the lion’s share of the ball Wolves frus­tra­tions on goal con­tin­ued as the sec­ond half pro­gressed with Batth, Henry and Ojo all fail­ing to con­vert their chances.

Down the other end of the pitch sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute Carl Baker, proved to be the visi­tors only real threat but his shot was saved well by Carl Ikeme.

And, de­spite their best ef­forts, Wolves couldn't man­age to grab a de­ci­sive goal late on.

PIC­TURE: Will Kilpatrick

SU­PERB: MK Dons goal­keeper David Martin saves bravely at the feet of striker Adam Le Fon­dre

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