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Posted Sun 13 Mar 16 at 15:15 PM

Report: Wolves 0 Blues 0

Blues were unlucky not to leave Molineux with all three points as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Wolves.

After a first-half which was narrowly shaded by the hosts, Blues dominated the second 45 and were unlucky not to convert one of the second-half chances.

Rowett made two changes from the midweek defeat at Blackburn Rovers. Jonathan Spector replacing Paul Robinson at the back and Jacques Maghoma dropping to the bench with David Davis coming in to face his former club.

The match got off to a pacey start as you'd expect from a local derby and it was Wolves who started brighter in the opening five minutes.

Nathan Byrne trying to curl one from the edge of the area, the winger unable to wrap his foot around the ball before Conor Coady rose highest at a Jeremy Helan corner, but former Wolves 'keeper Tomasz Kuszczak easily collected.

Coady again tested Kuszczak when his shot from distance deflected off Spector, Kuszczak reacting well to get down low to his right-hand side and gather the ball at the second attempt.

As Wolves dominated the opening 25 minutes, Blues grew into the match and began to look threatening on the counter-attack and enjoyed their best spell of the half.

David Cotterill went close, when his effort was deflected narrowly wide by Matt Doherty.

From the resulting corner, Davis went close after a well worked move with Jon Toral. After a neat one-two with the Spaniard, Davis burst into the box but couldn't quite sort his feet out as his effort bounced wide of Ikeme's goal.

Moments later, the midfielder again tried his luck, this time from range. Having intercepted in the middle of the park, Davis drove forward before attempting to beat Ikeme from distance but his effort sailed over the cross-bar.

Five minutes before the break, George Saville brought Kuszczak into action once again. Helan and Byrne working well down the right down the wing, before the latter whipped in a cross which Saville headed goalwards. Kuszczak getting across the goal well to deny the midfielder.

Not long after, Byrne again got to the byline as he whipped in another inviting cross, fortunately for Blues Michael Morriosn was on hand to head away, but only as far as Saville whose volley was well blocked by Toral.

The teams went in at the break with the match very much even, as the hosts enjoyed the better chances in a tense first 45 minutes.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett introduced Michal Zyro, and the forward almost had an immediate impact.

Zyro turning Spector before unleashing a fierce left-footed effort that flashed wide of Kuszczak's post.

Blues then went close twice in as many minutes.

Jonathan Grounds got to the byline before crossing for Donaldson, but his effort was well defended in the six-yard box.

Rowett's side then nearly hit the hosts on the counter.

Cotterill winning the ball in his own area before setting Toral on his way. The Arsenal loanee had Donaldson and substitute Maghoma in support. Toral chose Maghoma who rounded the on-rushing Ikeme but was crowded out before he could get his shot away.

Maghoma then almost turned provider. The sub, turning Saville before pulling the ball back for Donaldson who was denied by a last ditch tackle from Doherty.

Blues continued to press as Cotterill tried his luck from 30-yards but his shot wasn't troubling Ikeme.

Moments later Donaldson sprung the offisde trap as Toral played the striker in, but he dragged his effort inches wide.

Helan then fired narrowly wide of Kuszczak's goal as he tried to bend his free-kick following Stephen Gleeson's foul on Saville.

Toral then had possibly the best chance of the match. As Wolves cleared, Gleeson fired a shot back into the crowded penalty area, the ball falling to Toral eight yards from goal but his snap-shot went agonizingly wide.

Blues were turning the screw and Davis' effort brought a brilliant save from Ikeme. Davis turning the defender brilliantly before firing a powerful effort across Ikeme's goal which the 'keeper parried over.

Donaldson again went close. After good work by Maghoma on the right, Donaldson made the run to the near post but couldn't direct his effort on target.

For all Blues' pressure and chances in the second-half the deadlock wasn't to be broken as the points were shared at Molineux.



 

 











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