Wolves 2-1 Stoke

14 August 2010 03:54
David Jones scored a stunning free-kick as Wolves secured the spoils in this belting season-opener with Stoke City.The visitors looked lively as Kenwyne Jones hit the bar on three minutes before injury forced his early exit. [LNB]David Jones then stole the show with a 20-yard volley after a cute free-kick from Karl Henry and Steven Fletcher nodded in a second before the interval. [LNB]Abdoulaye Faye headed Stoke back into the contest but Stephen Ward twice went close for the hosts late in the game. [LNB]The first match of the season it may have been but this could already prove to be a huge victory for the team who ended up nine points behind Stoke three months ago as they finished 15th in their first year back in the top flight. [LNB]Saturday's evidence would suggest manager Mick McCarthy could expect to more than match that effort, while Stoke's Tony Pulis will be desperately hoping new boy Kenwyne Jones makes a swift recovery, with the Potters appearing to lack firepower up front.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]McCarthy happy with Wolves display[LNB]McCarthy was showing off defender Jelle van Damme and record-signing Fletcher in front of the home fans for the first time, but it was a debutant from the visitors who seemed most eager to impress in the opening exchanges. [LNB]Kenwyne Jones, an £8m acquisition from Sunderland in midweek, came within a whisker of the opener inside 180 seconds when he shrugged off two challenges down the right before crashing a thunderous shot against the woodwork. [LNB]However, his contribution was short-lived as he hobbled off in tears just seven minutes later, to be replaced by Mamady Sidibe, following a sliding tackle from Jody Craddock. [LNB]It seemed to knock the wind out of the sails of Stoke, who are looking to build on their impressive 12th and 11th place finishes in the previous two seasons.[LNB] Wolves never do it the easy way. Here starts the rollercoaster ride!! soton_wolf -5 Van Damme was proving his skills at forging forward, as well as defending, and with the Potters increasingly pushed onto the back foot, a whipped-in cross from the Belgian was met by Fletcher, but he could only volley it wastefully high. [LNB]Both teams looked comfortable in possession but seemed a little shy in making the final push at goal until Wolves surged forward on the half-hour. [LNB]Sylvan Ebanks-Blake had a shot saved by the legs of Thomas Sorenson and Fletcher was then denied by some desperate defending having danced his way around two tackles. [LNB]The best was yet to come, however, with Wolves handed a free-kick on the edge of the box after defender Kevin Foley was hacked down by Dean Whitehead. [LNB]Henry rolled the ball back to David Jones, who flicked it up and volleyed in off the underside of the bar for a stunning opening goal and just reward for a devastating few minutes of football. [LNB]The Stoke defence had barely got their breath back when Christophe Berra battled down the right and looped over a cross. It was deflected on to Fletcher at the back post and his header capped a fabulous debut. [LNB]Pulis had to ring the changes in the second half and even substituted striker Sidibe, who had earlier replaced the injured Jones. [LNB]Nine minutes after the break Stoke struck back, with defender Faye rising above the static hosts to head in Matthew Etherington's in-swinging corner.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Pulis complains about added time[LNB]The contest was back on and the visitors sensed a miraculous recovery but Ryan Shawcross spurned a good chance as he headed tamely into the hands of Marcus Hahnemann. [LNB]As the floodlights came on amidst the torrential rain it seemed the visitors were fired up to acquire at least a point from this lively affair. [LNB]However, as the legs of the Stoke players faded in the closing stages Wolves finally produced an attack of their own, with Ward seeing two shots go close. [LNB]In the ensuing melee the hosts screamed for a penalty after the ball appeared to hit the arm of Danny Higginbotham, but a third goal was not needed as they held on for three big points. [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 14 August 2010[LNB] Premier League[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Wolves 2-1 Stoke FT (HT 2-0) Jones 37 Fletcher 39 Faye 55 Wolverhampton 01 Hahnemann 02 Van Damme (Elokobi 71) 06 Craddock 11 Ward 16 Berra 32 Foley 08 Henry 14 Jones 17 Jarvis 09 Ebanks-Blake 10 Fletcher (Keogh 49) (Halford 88) Substitutes 13 Hennessey, 03 Elokobi, 05 Stearman, 15 Halford, 20 Milijas, 34 Guedioura, 19 Keogh Stoke 29 Sorensen 03 Higginbotham 04 Huth yellow card 17 Shawcross 25 Faye 06 Whelan (Tonge 67) 18 Whitehead yellow card 24 Delap 26 Etherington 09 Jones (Sidibe 14) (Sanli 51) 10 Fuller Substitutes 01 Begovic, 05 Collins, 28 Wilkinson, 14 Pugh, 20 Sanli, 23 Tonge, 11 Sidibe Ref: ProbertAtt: 27,850 WOLVES STOKE Possession Wolves 53% Stoke 47% Attempts on target Wolves 5 Stoke 4 Attempts off target Wolves 6 Stoke 4 Corners Wolves 5 Stoke 2 Fouls Wolves 14 Stoke 13 Final Result Full Time 90:00+4:01 The referee blows his whistle to end the game. 90:00+3:16 Abdoulaye Faye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick. 90:00+3:01 Defending throw-in by George Elokobi (Wolverhampton). 90:00+2:30 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 90:00+1:28 Shot by Tuncay Sanli (Stoke) volleyed left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Jody Craddock (Wolverhampton). 90:00+0:16 Greg Halford challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick. 90:00+0:10 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 89:50 Shot by David Jones (Wolverhampton) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. 88:26 The referee blows for offside. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick. 87:29 Free kick taken by Kevin Foley. 87:29 Substitution Andrew Keogh goes off and Greg Halford comes on. 87:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Tuncay Sanli. 86:32 Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke) on Jody Craddock (Wolverhampton). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton) from own half, resulting in open play. 86:27 Attacking throw-in by Dean Whitehead (Stoke). 86:06 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 85:44 Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). 85:10 The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, Karl Henry manages to make a clearance. 85:04 Rory Delap sends in a cross. 84:19 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton). 84:09 Shot by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) mishit left-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar. 83:40 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 83:00 Attacking throw-in by George Elokobi (Wolverhampton). 81:09 The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Thomas Sorensen makes a fantastic save. 80:07 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 79:57 Defending throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke). 79:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Keogh on Abdoulaye Faye. Danny Higginbotham restarts play with the free kick. 78:40 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 78:24 The ball is sent over by Karl Henry. 78:15 Attacking throw-in by George Elokobi (Wolverhampton). 77:27 Free kick taken by Kevin Foley. 77:27 Booking Booking for Dean Whitehead for unsporting behaviour. 77:19 Dean Whitehead challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. 76:31 Defending throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke). Correction - 75:24 Direct free kick taken by Matthew Jarvis. 75:05 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis (Wolverhampton) from left wing, passed. 75:05 Booking Robert Huth (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour. Correction - 75:05 Booking Robert Huth (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour. Correction - 75:05 Stephen Ward fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. 75:05 Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke) on Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton). 74:17 Corner from left by-line taken by Matthew Jarvis. 74:07 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in. 73:38 Shot from 12 yards from Stephen Ward. Save by Thomas Sorensen. 72:54 Ricardo Fuller (Stoke) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton) from own half, resulting in open play. 72:36 Cross by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton), save (caught) by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 72:30 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). 71:59 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance. 71:08 Attacking throw-in by George Elokobi (Wolverhampton). 70:51 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with George Elokobi coming on for Jelle Van Damme. 69:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Jelle Van Damme. Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Michael Tonge. 69:41 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton). 68:59 The referee blows for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann. 68:12 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) to far post, save (caught) by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton). 67:20 Robert Huth fouled by Jelle Van Damme, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick. 66:44 Shot by Tuncay Sanli (Stoke) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar. 65:43 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play. 65:43 Substitution Stoke substitution: Glenn Whelan replaced by Michael Tonge (tactical). 65:43 Foul by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton) on Robert Huth (Stoke). 64:56 Matthew Jarvis produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target. 63:55 Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, save by Marcus Hahnemann. 63:31 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) to far post, header by Abdoulaye Faye (Stoke) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton). 63:03 Shot by Glenn Whelan (Stoke) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton). 62:48 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 62:19 Matthew Jarvis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target. 61:52 Header by Ricardo Fuller (Stoke) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton). 61:11 Attacking throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke). 60:40 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 59:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Etherington on Karl Henry. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick. 59:19 Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton) on Glenn Whelan (Stoke). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play. 58:30 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 56:48 Ricardo Fuller is caught offside. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick. 56:33 Jelle Van Damme concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Huth. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen. 56:29 Defending throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke). 55:34 Christophe Berra challenges Ricardo Fuller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye. 54:05 Assist (cross) by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) from right by-line. 54:05 GOAL - Abdoulaye Faye:Wolverhampton 2 - 1 Stoke headed goal by Abdoulaye Faye (Stoke) (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Wolverhampton 2-1 Stoke. 54:05 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) to centre, 53:57 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 53:18 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Blocked by Marcus Hahnemann. 52:16 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke). 51:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Ricardo Fuller. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick. 49:50 Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Huth. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick. 48:10 David Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post. 48:10 Substitution Andrew Keogh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Fletcher. 47:34 Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), save (caught) by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton). 47:23 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 46:55 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a cross. 46:15 Effort from just outside the box by Steven Fletcher goes over the bar. 45:01 The second half kicks off. Half Time 45:00+3:10 The whistle is blown to end the first half. 45:00+3:03 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke). 45:00+2:03 Shot by Matthew Jarvis (Wolverhampton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by David Jones (Wolverhampton) to centre, resulting in open play. 45:00+1:29 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). 45:00+0:57 Centre by Rory Delap, Marcus Hahnemann gets a block in. 45:00+0:23 Attacking throw-in by Mamady Sidibe (Stoke). 44:21 Foul by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) on Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton) from own half, resulting in open play. 42:00 The referee blows for offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick. 41:30 Handball by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton). Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play. 41:15 Attacking throw-in by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton). 39:37 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 38:00 Assist (cross) by Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton) from right side of penalty area. 38:00 GOAL - Steven Fletcher:Wolverhampton 2 - 0 Stoke headed goal by Steven Fletcher (Wolverhampton) (top-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Wolverhampton 2-0 Stoke. 38:00 Cross by Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton), 37:34 Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on David Jones. Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick. 34:49 Assist (pass) by Karl Henry (Wolverhampton) from right channel. 34:49 GOAL - David Jones:Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Stoke Goal by David Jones (Wolverhampton) right-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Wolverhampton 1-0 Stoke. 34:49 Foul by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) on Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Karl Henry (Wolverhampton) from right channel, passed. 34:42 Cross by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton), resulting in open play. 34:36 Attacking throw-in by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton). 34:25 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton). Correction - 34:25 Attacking throw-in by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton). Correction - 32:21 Centre by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen gets a block in. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye. 32:21 Centre by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Abdoulaye Faye gets a block in. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye. 31:25 Attacking throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke). 30:24 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Christophe Berra has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target. 29:59 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Mamady Sidibe makes a clearance. 28:13 The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, save by Marcus Hahnemann. 27:56 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick. 27:27 The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Abdoulaye Faye. 26:31 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 25:37 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan (Stoke) to centre, save (punched) by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton). 25:29 Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, clearance made by Stephen Ward. 23:59 Cross by Matthew Jarvis (Wolverhampton), clearance by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke). 23:40 Defending throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton). 22:53 Cross by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton), save (punched) by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 22:36 Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on David Jones. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Ward. 21:26 Foul by David Jones (Wolverhampton) on Ryan Shawcross (Stoke). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play. 18:44 Cross by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton), shot by Steven Fletcher (Wolverhampton) volleyed left-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. 18:25 Stephen Ward delivers the ball, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham. 17:46 Defending throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke). 17:12 Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). 16:24 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). 15:28 David Jones handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen. 15:01 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 14:31 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton). 13:54 Shot by Ricardo Fuller (Stoke) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Jody Craddock (Wolverhampton). 13:45 Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Fuller. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Fuller. 13:38 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). 13:17 Substitution Mamady Sidibe on for Kenwyne Jones. 12:56 Foul by Dean Whitehead on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick. 12:49 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton). 11:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ward on Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen. 11:27 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). 9:52 Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross. 8:55 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). 7:52 Cross by Matthew Jarvis (Wolverhampton), foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton) on Thomas Sorensen (Stoke). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play. 7:34 Centre by Kevin Foley, clearance by Abdoulaye Faye. 7:10 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton). 6:08 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke). 5:33 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke). 4:36 Foul by Karl Henry on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye. 3:41 Danny Higginbotham challenges Sylvan Ebanks-Blake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick. 3:21 Foul by Steven Fletcher (Wolverhampton) on Abdoulaye Faye (Stoke). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play. 2:35 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. 0:59 Foul by Jody Craddock (Wolverhampton) on Ricardo Fuller (Stoke). Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) from right channel, resulting in open play. 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match. 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