As expected, Phil Brown made wholesale changes from the side that beat Southend United 3-1 in the Carling Cup Second Round in midweek, with Steven Mouyokolo the only player to be remaining in the starting XI in the absence of Anthony Gardner, which saw 17-year-old Liam Cooper named amongst the substitutes.

Caleb Folan continued in the lone striker role as the Tigers started with a 4-5-1 formation with Jozy Altidore named as one of the seven substitutes. With George Boateng also on the bench, Michael Turner captained the side for the second successive Barclays Premier League fixture.

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The home side started brightly and almost created an early opening only for Kamil Zayatte to block Kevin Doyle's through ball attempting to find the run of Matt Jarvis.

However, it was Tigers who took the lead in the 3rd minute. Clever build-up play on the left involving Andy Dawson and Stephen Hunt saw the Irishman stand up a ball into the danger area for Geovanni to head home from close range much to the delight of the travelling City fans.

Wolves responded with two quick attacks but Turner dealt with Greg Halford's long throw before the centre-back was on hand once again to block Jarvis' goal bound effort.

Mouyokolo gave away a silly foul in the 8th minute which earned him a yellow card and gifted Wolves a free-kick in a dangerous position. Jarvis swung the ball into the Tigers' penalty area but Mouyokolo made amends for his earlier error by diving to head clear the danger.

The hosts won successive corners as the Tigers' goal came under increasing pressure but the City defence stood firm.

City won a corner of their own in the 12 minute but Hunt's delivery was well dealt by Mick McCarthy's side.

Olofinjana conceded a free-kick half way inside his own half for a push on Kevin Doyle. The resulting free-kick was delivered into the box by Halford and met by Keogh although the former Scunthorpe man could only direct his header wide of the target.

Kilbane fired over for the Tigers before Geovanni saw an effort deflected behind for a corner. Hunt's delivery found Ghilas unmarked at the back post but the Algerian international headed straight at Wayne Hennessey.

Wolves saw claims for a penalty waved away by Stuart Atwell in the 21st minute when Doyle tumbled under a challenge from Turner with video replays showing the referee made the correct decision.

The hosts should have been level in the 27th minute. Jarvis burst clear down the left and his cross found its way to Keogh but, with plenty of time and space, he fired straight into the arms of Myhill from twelve yards much to the disappointment of the home crowd.

Folan sprung the Wolves offside trap three minutes later but Hennessey was quick off his line to clear the danger before Geovanni was lucky to avoid a caution for a rash sliding challenge Nenad Milijas.

Turner was on hand to clear City's lines once again in the 37th minute when he headed Milijas's cross away from danger as Wolves looked to put more pressure on the Tigers' goal.

Keogh won a free-kick midway inside the City half after having his shirt tugged by Dawson. However, with the plenty forward, Milijas sent his cross straight over the bar.

Richard Stearman was the next try his luck with a ball into the box from the right and, although Keogh won the initial header, City were first to the second ball and cleared their lines.

Keogh wasted yet another opportunity a minute before the break. After receiving the ball from Elokobi, the Republic of Ireland striker fired wide from the edge of the box.

Half Time: Wolves 0 Tigers 1

Wolves were back on level terms in the opening minute of the second half. Mancienne's free-kick from inside his own half was flicked on into the path of the unmarked Stearman who made no mistake from six yards out.

A fine tackle from Olofinjana prevented Doyle from firing an effort on goal in the 51st minute. The Irish striker burst past three City defenders and was about to pull the trigger when the Nigerian got a decisive touch to the ball.

City then wasted two decent opportunities to carve out a chance at the other end. Geovanni sent his cross from the left straight out of play before Ghilas, on the right, saw his ball into the box deflected with both the Brazilian and Folan waiting to pounce.

Halford's long throw caused problems in the City box a minute later but Myhill was on hand to defuse the situation.

Wolves then won three corners in quick succession but City's defence stood firm to withstand the pressure.

Myhill made a comfortable save in the 61st minute from Keogh's header and minute later, Phil Brown made his first change of the afternoon with Jozy Altidore coming on to replace Folan.

The American's first involvement was to be ruled offside as he looked to get onto the end of Hunt's cross.

Another Hunt cross almost caught Hennessey napping three minutes later. The winger's deep cross sailed over the Wolves keeper but went just past the wrong side of the far post.

Wolves skipper Jody Craddock headed over in the 68th minute when he perhaps should have done better. Stearman showed good skill on the right to create time and space to cross but Craddock sent his header well over the bar.

The Tigers made their second substitution of the day with Craig Fagan coming on for Ghilas in the 72nd minute.

The home side then missed an absolute sitter moments after the restart. Keogh was played well onside by Zayatte but the striker was guilty of wasting a great opportunity when he tamely fired wide of the target with just Myhill to beat.

City were awarded a dubious free-kick just inside the Wolves when Dawson went down under Halford's challenge. However, they failed to take advantage of the decision as Craddock cleared the resulting ball into the box.

Halford was then involved at the other end as another of his long throws found Craddock in the box but the Wolves skipper headed tamely towards goal.

Former Wolves midfielder Olofinjan fancied his chances of making a goalscoring return to Molineux when he tried his luck from distance moments later but Hennessey made an easy save.

Turner made a fantastic goalline block to keep the scores level in the 79th minute when Doyle thought he'd put his side ahead.

Dawson was then shown a yellow card by Atwell for timewasting as he was taking a throw-in in his own half.

City's third and final switch came with ten minutes remaining when Nick Barmby was brought on to replace Geovanni.

Stearman was the next Wolves player to try and find the winning goal after good hold-up play from Keogh but the former Leicester man shot wide from the edge of the box.

The hosts made their first change when Sam Vokes came in place of Keogh with three minutes remaining.

And Vokes could and should have sealed the win for his side in stoppage time.  The striker met Jarvis' cross eight yards out but failed to make Myhill work as his header drifted wide.

 


Tigers: Myhill, Dawson, Mouyokolo, Zayatte, Turner, Olofinjana, Kilbane, Geovanni (Barmby 80), Hunt, Ghilas (Fagan 72), Folan (Altidore 62).
Subs: Warner, Cooper, Fagan, Barmby, Halmosi, Boateng, Altidore.

Wolves: Hennessey, Elokobi, Stearman, Craddock, Mancienne, Henry, Halford, Jarvis, Milijas, Doyle, Keogh (Vokes 87).
Subs: Hahnemann, Edwards, Surman, Jones, Berra, Vokes, Zubar.

Att: 27,906