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Wolves v Albion - from Molineux
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- Full-time: Wolves 3 Albion 3
- Sako strikes on 22 for Wolves
- Mackail-Smith fires in Bruno's cross to level
- Henry sent off for the hosts on 45
- Doumbia scores for Wolves, sub Buckley levels
- Dobbie pen 89, Johnson 90+2
- Bridge limps off in first half - calf injury
- Five pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
Poyet very unhappy after the game. That goes down as two points thrown away.
Wolves levelled in the opening moments of injury time as JOHNSON rumbled forward to head home a free-kick.
DOBBIE went to retrieve the ball from near the halfway line and coolly blasted it into the top corner.
Albion had the chance to test their penalty nerve when Dobbie's back-heeled pass was handled just inside the box on 89 minutes.
Suddenly everything was going through Bruno. He chipped a superb pass to get Orlandi in behind the defence on 85 minutes. Ikeme saved his shot and Barnes' follow-up was cleared off the line by Johnson.
Wolves sent on Davis for Edwards.
Albion were piling men forward with Bruno acting more as a playmaker than full-back. The build-up remained patient and Dobbie hooked a right-foot shot wide from 20 yards at the end of one such move.
It was terrific work by Bridcutt, with precision flourish from Buckley. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Refs get a lot of stick, so thumbs-up for Mathieson for getting 2 big decisions spot-on (red + advantage). #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Sako won a corner which led to a decent spell of possession for Wolves - but it was from that possession which Albion levelled again on 73 minutes. Bridcutt won the ball back in his own half, made a lot of ground through the middle and slid a pass for BUCKLEY to thrash a shot past Ikeme at his near post.
The switch almost brought a quick reward as Dobbie whipped in a free-kick from the right wing and Barnes headed against the bar. But Wolves could have stretched their lead a minute later when Johnson arrived at a corner to glance his diving header just past the far post.
Albion sent on Barnes and Buckley for David and Crofts.
Before play could resume, Dunk was booked for his foul.
The Wolves fans' sudden involvement had lifted their team and they regained the lead on 61 minutes. Bridcutt played Dunk into trouble and he brought down Sigurdarson. But ref Mathieson played advantage and DOUMBIA ran on to fire past Kuszczak
Pennant very unhappy to be subbed. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Wolves sent on Sigurdarson for Pennant as their fans continued to give them inproved vocal backing.
Albion still looked the better side and Dobbie had a volley held above his head by Ikeme
Wolves fans decided they had to lif t their team and suddenly raised the volume levels impressively.
Wolves were struggling to get the ball to isolated front man Doyle. Albion enjoyed another spell of possession, with full-backs Bruno and Calderon both involved on the edge of the box. Calderon eventually flashed a volley into the side netting with some Albion fans at the far end thinking the ball had gone in.
They were both glorious chances for Albion to take a stranglehold on the contest against an uneasy home side.
Then Dobbie went clean through after poor defending. He had time to steady himself but Ikeme blocked his shot in a one-on-one.
Albion should have gone ahead two minutes into the second half. Bridcutt's glorious crossfield pass was taken down instantly by Bruno, who then crossed. David got on the end of it but scooped his shot over from close range when it seemed Dobbie was going to follow in and apply the finishing touch.
Second half in progress
Before the second half got under way Wolves made a substitution to add some midfield steel in the absence of the red-carded Henry. Doumbia went on for Ebanks-Blake.
Bridcutt wasn't hurt but ref Mathieson was quick to show the card. Let's say Henry has form for that sort of thing. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Dramatic turn of events in favour of #bhafc then in final stages of the half. Predictable boos for the ref as he walks off. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
There was further drama just before the interval when Henry was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Bridcutt near halfway. Ref Mathieson had no hesitation reaching for the red card.
Albion drew level on 43 minutes with a super finish from their top scorer. Wolves lost possession deep in their own half and David sent Bruno scampering away down the right. The full-back looked up and cut the ball back low for MACKAIL-SMITH to whip a fabulous right-foot finish across Ikeme and into the top corner.
Sako gave another hint of what he can do when he popped up on the right edge of the area and shot left-footed just past the near post.
There were hopeful shouts for handball from the away fans when Mackail-Smith saw his cross deflect behind. But a corner was given, it was played deep and Bridcutt fired well off target from long range.
It was eerily quiet around Molineux. Although Albion were again seeing plenty of the ball, they did not really threaten an equaliser.
Lots of passing from Albion, without much sign of an end product yet. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Calderon came on in the 34th minute in place of the limping Bridge.
Wolves responded by winning a corner of their own as Dunk headed Foley's cross behind, Kuszczak caught the corner and his roll-out into the path of Mackail-Smith sparked a counter attack which saw the striker beat two men and swap passes with Dobbie before crossing just too far ahead of David.
Bridge got forward to win a corner as Albion looked to respond. The flag kick was played back deep and the ball was eventually worked to Bruno, whose 25-yard drive went wide as Ikeme tumbled rather awkwardly to his left to cover his bottom corner.
Disappointing from Albion perspective that Sako found route to goal rather easily. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
That moment of magic gave the home side and their fans a big lift.Sako looked like he might get around the back of Bruno again but this time the full-back responded with a fine tackle which won his side a goal kick.
Wolves went ahead in the 22nd minute and the goal came from the predicted source of danger - SAKO. He swapped passes with Doyle and flashed a terrific angled shot low across Kuszczak and inside the far post.
Then Pennant got to the byline and forced a corner off Bridge as Wolves started to get into their stride.
Wolves put together an attack down the left which led to Ward crossing deep and Doyle heading the ball back into the goalmouth. But Kuszczak was able to grab it before any home attacker could get there.
#bhafc the sharper side so far and enjoying plenty of possession.— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
There was no goal threat in the minutes following the early David miss but Albion were looking comfortable in possession.
Albion have started well and grumblings of discontent already from the stands. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
It was an encouraging start by the Seagulls as they attacked the goal closest to their estimated 1,700 fans housed in the north east corner.
Albion were repeatedly quicker to the ball than their hosts in the very early stages and Wolves fans were quick to voice their unease.
David was a surprise inclusion for Albion but he could have made an impact with just a minute gone. The Spaniard drifted away from his marker to get on the end of a header forward but drilled his angled shot narrowly past the far post.
Match is in progress
The Last Post has just been played by a lone trumpeter in an otherwise silent Molineux
Alan Cork's son Jack making his Premier League debut for Saints today. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Crowds have been just above 20,000 at Molineux this season. Dipped just below that for the midweek defeat to Crystal Palace.
Expansive Molineux pitch looks much better than for Albion's last away game at Blackpool. Should suit the Seagulls' style. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Albion have the corner section, both lower and upper tiers, in that stand with home fans taking the other appox 80%. So basically two home ends.
I've just posted a tweet which gives some idea of the view from the top of the away section in the new Stan Cullis Stand behind the north goal.
This away stand is very high up #wolves #bhafc @ Molineux Stadium http://t.co/fCd8UppK— @Tomnorthi 10 November 2012
1 goal in 262 games collectively for Albion's central midfielders - Orlandi v Wolves for Swansea last season. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Amid the changes LuaLua is off the bench, as he tends to be away from home. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 10 November 2012
Andy Naylor has been having his say on Twitter.
And, even after three years, Gus Poyet has not lost the ability to surprise. How many people saw the other change coming? David starts in place of Will Buckley. Full team news has already been posted elsewhere on this site.
Stephen Dobbie starts in the same XI as Craig Mackail-Smith for the first time as Albion make three changes today. As expected, Liam Bridcutt comes staright back in after serving his one-match ban. Dean Hammond is the man to make way.
Wolves fans have apparently been slow to take to Stale Solbakken's more considered style of play - but a win for them today can help put that right. It would be their first in six games while the Seagulls ended a run of seven matches without victory thanks a stoppage time goal in midweek from Stephen Dobbie. Speaking of whom...
Today Poyet's men take on a team making similar changes in playing style to those that Albion fans have witnessed over the last three years.
Three years ago today we were witnessing the birth of a new footballing era for Albion as Gus Poyet was introduced as the club's manager at a press conference at The Grand.