Steven Fletcher shoots down West Brom to take Wolves out of drop zone
The local bragging rights belong to Wolverhampton Wanderers, as the Tannoy announcer was so pleased to proclaim at the final whistle, but the bigger picture is that Premier League survival is back in their own hands.
This restorative victory buy canada goose jacket australia over best price canada goose jacket outlet usa online store their bitter rivals West Bromwich Albion, can i wash my canada goose coat courtesy of two goals from Steven Fletcher and another from Adlène Guedioura, lifts Wolves out of the relegation zone for the first time since February.
It was the shot in the arm that Wolves so badly needed after picking up only two points from their previous five matches. That record contrasted sharply with Albion’s impressive results in recent weeks, but the adage that form goes out of the window during derby matches was proved to be true as Wolves laid siege to their opponents in the opening 45 minutes, racing into a two-goal buy canada goose coat uk lead that exposed the visitors’ defensive fragility at set pieces.
When Fletcher capitalised on a mistake by Abdoulaye Méïté two minutes after the restart to make it 3-0 Wolves were cruising and the best mens canada goose jacket contest looked to be over. Yet the complexion of the game changed from the moment that Guedioura needlessly brought down Jerome Thomas in the penalty area. Peter Odemwingie converted from the spot to register his 15th goal of the season and become the first player to score in five successive Premier League matches this season.
Renewed belief coursed through Albion and they began to play like the team that has been revitalised since Roy Hodgson replaced Roberto Di Matteo three months ago. Simon Cox, Thomas and Somen Tchoyi had chances to score again but the combination of Wayne Hennessey’s goalkeeping click cg, the crossbar and the visitors’ profligacy enabled Wolves to stagger over the line with their two-goal lead intact and celebrate a result that lifts them above Wigan Athletic and Blackpool with two fixtures remaining.
Fletcher set up Guedioura’s goal in between the two he scored to take his tally to 11 for the season and seven in his last five matches. He was the star of the show but Stephen Hunt and Stephen Ward deserve more than a passing mention. Ward worked tirelessly alongside Fletcher in attack while Hunt snapped into tackles and fully justified Mick McCarthy’s surprising decision to pick him ahead of the England international Matt Jarvis.
As good as Wolves were before the interval, it was impossible to ignore canada goose coat 1000 bulbs promo Albion’s shortcomings canada goose coat 1000 calorie bariatric diet at the back. Both of Wolves’ first-half goals came from Hunt corner-kicks, and Albion have now conceded 29 goals this season from set pieces. Fletcher smashed in the first, after Guedioura chested the ball down, and the roles were reversed in the 28th minute, when Fletcher climbed above Cox to head across goal for Guedioura to volley in from two yards with no Albion player near him.
Hodgson blamed the first two goals on the lack of height in an Albion side missing Steven Reid, Chris Brunt and Paul Scharner through injury and suspension, but that felt like an excuse for poor marking.
There was certainly no way that Méïté could be absolved of blame for the third Wolves goal, after the central defender allowed Kevin Foley’s wayward through- ball to slip under his foot. Fletcher ruthlessly punished the mistake to leave Hodgson cursing.
“If you concede two goals in the first half from corner-kicks and then as you come out in the second half concede a third from an unfortunate error, you give canada goose coat $5000 no credit check signature loans yourself a mountain to climb. But I thought we tried to climb it,” said the Albion manager.
“I thought we dominated the second half and showed great fighting spirit and determination but, unfortunately, it was from a 0-3 position against a team that needs the points. But I can’t ask any more than I got from the team in the second half.”
Hennessey made an excellent save to deny Cox during that period as Wolves began to can you wash canada goose jacket sit deeper and invite pressure. Thomas also thumped a close-range shot against the bar and Tchoyi headed buying a canada goose jacket online inches over as the home supporters became more and more anxious. Yet Wolves stood firm and could even have added a fourth in the closing minutes when Ward broke through before drilling wide of the far post.