Matt Doherty draws Wolves level; credits REX FEATURES
Wolves scored twice in the last 10 minutes as they came from behind to beat Brentford and move four points clear of the relegation zone.
Full-back Maxime Colin fired low into the corner from Konstantin Kerschbaumer’s fantastic flick to give the Bees a half-time lead against the run of play.
Nouha Dicko hit the bar and Lee Evans had a shot blocked on the line for Wolves, before Matt Doherty deservedly levelled.
The visitors continued to dominate and substitute Ivan Cavaleiro crossed for ex Benfica forward Helder Costa to volley in a deserved winner.
The defeat for Dean Smith’s side was their second at home in the space of four days, whilst Wolves are now 18th in the Championship, having picked up seven points from their past three games, and sit just five points behind their opponents.
Wolves kept knocking on the door
Header Costa celebrates his winning goal; credits REX FEATURES
Despite going a goal down, Paul Lambert’s side were far superior and caused former Walsall boss Dean Smith’s side plenty of problems.
24 shots was the result of their dominance, although only scoring twice will be a concern for Lambert.
Lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Nouha Dicko was the lone striker with Dave Edwards behind in a supporting striker role, whilst Heldar Costa operated on the right and Andreas Weiman on the left as inverted wingers.
Although Brentford took the lead, Wolves refused to be knocked out of their stride and despite losing on their two previous visits 4-0 and 3-0, Paul Lambert’s side showed plenty of character and quality to get back in the game.
Brentford had kept just one clean sheet from their league games in 2017 and this could have been one reason why, despite going in at half time 1-0 down, they had hope as they pushed for the goal their play merited.
Wolves bench blows Bees house down
Ben Marshall supports on the inside and delivers a brilliant cross for the equaliser
Lambert’s team were even more proliferate in the second half than the first, and it seemed they were destined to end up with nothing but the change from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 and the introduction of some super substitutes, reaped its rewards.
On the hour mark Lambert made the first of his three changes to try and turn the game around.
George Saville made way for £7m signing Ivan Cavaleiro, who partnered Dicko up front, with Edwards moving beside Evans in the centre of midfield in a traditional 4-4-2.
Costa and Weiman swapped wings and now worked off their stronger foot, which I felt was needed to get around the Brentford defence.
Despite this change Wolves still couldn’t a way through, so with Dicko tiring, Lambert sent on Ben Marshall, a player he worked with at Blackburn Rovers previously.
This change was much needed as Dicko at times was so slow in getting back onside, Wolves were sometimes playing with a player less as he was not an option for the player in possession.
It was from a cross by Marshall that Wolves equalised, Matt Doherty tapping home at the back post, before Cavaleiro crossed for Costa to volley home and send the Wolves fans into a frenzy.
Throw ins present pressing opportunity
Edwards presses the throw to win possession in the build up to the Wolves winner
There were signs in the first half that Rico Henry was unreliable with his throw in selection.
He was often guilty of releasing the ball when his receiver wasn’t ready and also offering no signal, either verbal or non verbal, as to tell the receiver what to do, for example to turn out or set back first time.
With a full back having anywhere between 10 and 30 throw-ins a match, it is so important full backs are able to make the right decision on throw-ins, particularly when in your own half and often the success or not of throw-ins can be overlooked.
In the image above, Wolves’ Edwards recognises the throw from Brentford left back Henry has too much height which was his trigger to press the ball.
If Henry had coached his team-mate to set him back first time or hook on, Brentford may have still have ended up with something, however the receiver took a touch and that enabled Edwards to win possession in the lead up to the winner.
Brentford (4-3-3): Bentley; Colin, Dean, Egan, Henry ; Woods, Yennaris, Canos; Jota (Clarke, 68), Vibe (Jozefzoon, 61), Kerschbaumer (Sawyers, 80).
Subs: Bonham, Hofmann, Barbet, Field.
Goal: Colin (31)
Wolves (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Edwards, Evans, Saville (Cavaleiro, 60); Costa, Dicko (Marshall, 82), Weimann (Gibbs-White, 90).
Subs: Lonergan, Stearman, Saiss, Bodvarsson.
Goals: Doherty (86), Costa (89)
Referee: Keith Stroud