Sunday, February 25, 2024

Wolves 0 – 2 Brentford


Brentford put their poor type behind them as targets in every half from Christian Norgaard and Ivan Toney noticed them shock Molineux with a 2-0 win at Wolves.

The Bees got here to the Black Nation with no single level on the highway since late October, however struck a deserved opener 10 minutes earlier than half-time when Christian Norgaard nodded Sergio Reguilon’s nook past a stranded Jose Sa.

Wolves twice hit the put up by way of Pedro Neto and thought that they had discovered an equaliser when Craig Dawson glanced a cross residence earlier than VAR dominated the defender offside.

They dominated the second interval however struggled to create additional alternatives with out the influential Matheus Cunha, who worryingly headed straight down the tunnel after being substituted following a heavy fall earlier than half-time.

Actually, Brentford confirmed little signal of a staff who had dropped a league-high 26 factors from profitable positions, and as an alternative displayed a scientific edge as Toney coolly volleyed a second residence from their solely likelihood of the second half.

That was sufficient to finish a run of seven defeats from eight for the guests, who moved six factors above the relegation zone with a significant three factors.

How Brentford upset the chances at Molineux

Thomas Frank had insisted his facet had deserved greater than their dismal latest run of type and despatched his facet out to show it from the off at Molineux, with the high-pressing and fast tempo of outdated lastly again in full stream from the primary whistle.

Wolves by no means bought to grips with their first-half depth and Neal Maupay twice may have put them forward within the early levels, first denied on the half-volley by Sa earlier than his glancing header from the ensuing nook was comfortably held.

Norgaard made positive his contribution was extra telling when he bought to a different nook with half-time approaching, holding off Dawson to nod into an unguarded internet on the close to put up after Sa did not anticipate his late run.

It was an unusually timid exhibiting from Gary O’Neil’s facet, not aided by Cunha’s withdrawal, and it was no shock they returned with extra battle and intent, in addition to a change in form to accompany Nathan Fraser’s introduction.

Christian Norgaard’s aim was his second of the season and his first since October

Neto had pulled a powerful cease out of Mark Flekken with Wolves’ greatest effort earlier than the break and he went nearer quickly after it, smacking the bottom of the put up following a deep cross, earlier than the hosts thought their enchancment had been rewarded by way of Dawson’s header.

He glanced Neto’s inviting supply previous a immobile Flekken solely to see his second of redemption lower brief, when a VAR evaluation seen him inches forward of the final man and simply offside.

Brentford heeded the warning and dug in for the remainder of the second interval, resolutely defending their 18-yard field whereas struggling to make something stick on the break.

They made their one alternative of the half rely as Toney confirmed the Bees what that they had been lacking, and the way Cunha’s absence had robbed Wolves, by anticipating Vitaly Janelt’s floated cross completely and holding off his man to beat Sa from 12 yards.

Wolves by no means threatened from then on, because the hosts continued to dominate with no innovative, and a muted Molineux quick started to empty.

What’s subsequent?

Each Wolves and Brentford are again in Premier League motion subsequent Saturday.

Wolves journey to Tottenham on February 17; kick-off 3pm. Brentford return to the Gtech subsequent weekend as they host Liverpool; kick-off 12.30pm.

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