POR­TUGUESE TURN BEES INTO JELLY...

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Michael Beard­more

HIS three Por­tuguese men-of-war might have out-stung the Bees – but Wolves boss Wal­ter Zenga be­lieves they have more ten­ta­cles to flex.

This vic­tory was cer­tainly made in Por­tu­gal as Joao Teix­eira’s first two goals for his new club, both as­sisted by com­pa­triot Helder Costa, put the Mo­lineux men in com­mand.

Sul­lay Kaikai’s first Brent­ford goal got the Bees back in it but an­other Por­tuguese – record sign­ing Ivan Cavaleiro – de­liv­ered the fa­tal st­ing in stop­page time by open­ing his Wan­der­ers ac­count.

The win saw Wolves leapfrog Brent­ford and within touch­ing dis­tance of the top six – but Zenga is not get­ting car­ried away.

He said: “I don’t want to look at the ta­ble un­til De­cem­ber and then we will talk. I don’t know where we are now. Hon­est.

“But it is an im­por­tant three points against a team that came off a good re­sult and had been play­ing well for three or four games.We ap­proached the game very well and the at­ti­tude of the team was fan­tas­tic.

“We have to con­tinue in this way and don’t for­get where we have come from and where we want to ar­rive.

“It is a long sea­son and we don’t want to for­get that if ev­ery­one pulls to­gether we can ar­rive where we want to be.”

Wolves con­trolled a dire first half but the Bees had the best chance just six min­utes in.

Lewis Ma­cleod robbed Cameron Borth­wick-Jack­son and found in-form Scott Ho­gan 15 yards out, but his snap­shot was turned around the post by Wolves stopper Carl Ikeme.

The sec­ond half was much bet­ter and the qual­ity level ratch­eted up just two min­utes in as Wolves took the lead with a sub­lime counter-at­tack goal.

Costa dis­pos­sessed Josh McEachran and raced 50 yards be­fore feed­ing Teix­eira who dum­mied a de­fender and slid un­der Daniel Bent­ley.

Wolves dou­bled their lead on 57 min­utes as Costa won a con­tentious free-kick out wide and Teix­eira’s de­liv­ery missed ev­ery And one to nes­tle into Bent­ley’s far cor­ner.

Brent­ford were back in it on 67 min­utes as Kaikai’s strike beat Ikeme at his near post de­spite the keeper get­ting fin­ger­tips to it.

They had hand­ball shouts ig­nored when a Ro­maine Sawyers cross struck a Wolves arm but the hosts held off Bees pres­sure valiantly.

Zenga’s men sealed the points with a stop­page-time break, end­ing with Cavaleiro slot­ting past Bent­ley.

It all left Bees boss Dean Smith a frus­trated man as McEachran was stretchered off with a foot in­jury in the tackle that led to the opener and Ryan Woods will be sus­pended for Tues­day’s home clash with Read­ing af­ter pick­ing up a fifth book­ing of the sea­son al­ready.

Smith said: “We gave them two cheap goals. Well, the first one was cheap. Josh should prob­a­bly have played it wide, ran into trou­ble and then we didn’t have the bal­ance right be­hind.

“We’ve got to be bet­ter to pre­vent that but the sec­ond goal should have been our free-kick any­way, it cer­tainly wasn’t a free­kick for them.

“For me the game turns on two things – the de­ci­sion to give them the free-kick that they scored from and then the de­ci­sion to not give us a penalty at 2-1 for hand­ball. Then Ryan was booked – for I don’t know what. He will be sus­pended but we have a strong enough squad to cope with that.”

PIC­TURE: Will Kil­patrick

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