Blackburn 1 Wolves 2: Ward fires McCarthy's men to deserved win at Ewood Park

14 August 2011 02:27
Blackburn's Indian owners could not have had a worse day.

The people from Venky's first saw their national pride take a battering in England's humiliation of their cricket team at Edgbaston. Then this.

Rovers return: Mauro Formica beats Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey to score

MATCH FACTS BLACKBURN: Robinson, Salgado, Hanley, Nzonzi, Olsson, Emerton (Rochins 46), Dunn, Pedersen (Goodwillie 72), Hoilett, Formica, Roberts. Unused subs: Bunn, Blackman, Ribeiro, Anderson, Henley. Booked: Emerton, Dunn, Roberts, Nzonzi.

WOLVES: Hennessey, Stearman (Foley 49), Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis (Elokobi 75), O'Hara, Henry, Hunt (Maierhofer 90), Doyle, Fletcher. Unused subs: De Vries, Ebanks-Balke, Hammill, Milijas. Booked: Stearman, Johnson.

Referee: Kevin Friend

How they stand: Premier League table It is too soon for the chicken suppliers to start flapping, but Wolves cut their teeth impressively with a fightback that augurs well for a better campaign than the one that ended last season with them escaping the drop by one point, despitea final-day defeat by Blackburn.

In fact, this was the first time Wolves have won after going behind in the Premier League, which promptedmanager Mick McCarthy to say: 'I'm delighted with the result and the performance. It isn't often teams who go behind in this league end up winning away from home. I could not have asked for more from my team.'

Rovers got off to a dream start when debutant striker Mauro Formica struck in the 20th minute. But Stephen Fletcher hit back within three minutes and these hungry Wolves seemed toscent blood.

Stephen Ward completed a miserable afternoon for Rovers rightback Michel Salgado by rifling the second goal in the 47th minute.

Steve Kean, widely tipped to be the manager most under threat of an early exit, admitted: 'We are very thin on the ground and we need to bring players in to bolster the squad. We have four bids on the table and we need them to come off.

On the run: Rovers' Junior Hoilett (left) skins Jamie O'Hara

'To be fair, we played today withoutthe four central defenders who finished last season, and we now have Brett Emerton out with an injured hamstring. We need to get our injured players back and we need to bring in players who have experience.

'We don't know how long Chris Samba will be out and Ryan Nelsen has not played one minute in preseason.'

Emergency Ward: Wolves' Stephen Ward (centre) is mobbed after scoring the visitors' second

Rovers threatened through David Hoilett, whose shot was stopped on the line by keeper Wayne Hennessey, and Jason Roberts glanced a header wide before he created the opening for Formica to slide the ball beyond Hennessey's reach.

Then it all started to go wrong for Rovers and double European Cup winner Salgado in particular.

He was easily outjumped by Fletcher, who met a Matt Jarvis cross to head the equaliser.

Junior challenged: Hoilett (left) under pressure from Ward

Salgado suffered a calamitous few moments in the build-up to Ward's beautifully struck winner.

The fullback conceded a penalty after bringing down Jarvis, a winger who looks destined to add to his one full England cap.

Rovers keeper and skipper Paul Robinson moved smartly low to his left to palm away Kevin Doyle's spot-kick.

Shakin' Stephen: Ward left the travelling fans in raptures

Fletcher seized on the clearance and crossed, Robinson again did well to scoop the ball away to Salgado, but he deflected it straight to Ward.

His 20-yard volley left the visiting fans in raptures. McCarthy refused to get carried away.

How's that for starters: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy satisfied

'One down and only 37 to go,' he saidwryly. 'It was end to end in the first half and quite open but, when wescored the second, I thought we controlled the game.

'Roger Johnson has certainly added a great deal at the back and Jamie O'Hara, who was on loan late last season and had a back problem, is looking good after his first pre-season with us.'

No way through: Jason Roberts (centre) can't find a way past Hunt (left) and Ward

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Source: Daily_Mail