WOLVES IN­DEBTED TO HERO HELDER

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Lyons

WOLVES gave them­selves valu­able breath­ing space in their bat­tle to move away from the Cham­pi­onship drop zone with a late, late show at Brent­ford last Tues­day.

Paul Lam­bert’s men had been trail­ing to Maxime Colin’s first-half goal for the Bees un­til the clos­ing stages, when the game turned on its head.

First, Matt Do­herty lev­elled in the 86th minute and then, three min­utes later, Helder Costa fired home the win­ner.

The dra­matic vic­tory lifted the Mid­lan­ders to 18th place in the ta­ble, four points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Lam­bert in­sisted he al­ways re­mained con­fi­dent his side would be able to turn the ta­bles.

“I never felt se­vere stress or pres­sure at all, even though we were a goal down, be­cause we were cre­at­ing,” he said.

“It was just a mat­ter of time be­fore we got one. In the sec­ond half, we looked great.”

If that was one dra­matic fin­ish in the cap­i­tal, there was an­other at Ful­ham.

Sone Aluko gave them the lead against Black­burn on the stroke of half-time, but the game re­ally came to life in the clos­ing stages. Firstly, Craig Conway lev­elled from the penalty spot af­ter Whites de­fender To­mas Kalas had felled Marvin Emnes.

Yet it looked as though Ful­ham were go­ing to snaf­fle all three points – and leapfrog Sh­effield Wed­nes­day into the play-off places – when sub­sti­tute Gohi Cyr­iac, on loan from Bel­gian club Oos­tende, net­ted his first goal for the club in the 86th minute, con­vert­ing Ryan Fred­er­icks’ cross.

Pre­cious

How­ever, there was a fur­ther sting in the tail. In the fourth minute of in­jury time, Black­burn striker Lu­cas Joao – iron­i­cally on loan from Sh­effield Wed­nes­day – bun­dled the ball home to earn his side a pre­cious point and move them­selves out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone at Bris­tol City’s ex­pense.

It also extended man­ager Tony Mow­bray’s fine start as Black­burn boss to six games un­beaten.

“The play­ers showed great ef­fort and had that de­sire not to lose the match against a re­ally good foot­ball team who can press you back with their pass­ing,” said a proud Mow­bray. In League One, re­lent­less

Sh­effield United pressed on at the top of the ta­ble, though rel­e­ga­tion-haunted Swindon made them work hard at the County Ground.

Caolan Lav­ery and Ke­iron Free­man gave the Blades a 2-0 lead at the break, but Swindon lev­elled things up early in the sec­ond half cour­tesy of Char­lie Colkett and Ben Glad­win. How­ever, Jay O’Shea re­stored United’s lead in the 58th minute and Paul Coutts sealed their 4-2 vic­tory with a last-minute penalty, leav­ing the Blades eight points clear of the chasers.

Stun­ning

Sec­ond-placed Fleet­wood put last Satur­day’s 4-2 home de­feat by Bolton be­hind them with a fine 1-0 win at Wal­sall, Cian Bol­ger head­ing home. Bolton, mean­while, made it eight goals in two away games with a stun­ning 4-0 suc­cess at Gilling­ham. The Trot­ters shared the goals around with David Wheater, Adam Le Fon­dre, Mark Beev­ers and Josh Vela all net­ting. Scun­thorpe climbed to fourth place and ended a run of nine games with­out a win with a nail-bit­ing vic­tory against Rochdale.

Ian Hen­der­son gave Dale a first half lead, but the Iron showed their char­ac­ter to bounce back in the sec­ond half.

Paddy Mad­den net­ted the equaliser be­fore Matt Crooks, on loan from Rangers, ri­fled in a stop­page-time win­ner.

Brad­ford City slipped back to fifth place af­ter be­ing held 1-1 by Charl­ton.

Jorge Teix­eira gave the Addicks the lead in the 35th minute, but Brad­ford picked up a point on their trav­els thanks to Ti­mothee Dieng’s goal two min­utes be­fore the break.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

HUN­GRY: Wolves’ Matt Do­herty wheels away af­ter equal­is­ing against Brent­ford

LATE SHOW: Lu­cas Joao hits Black­burn’s added-time saver

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