Match Report Wolves Reserves vs Stoke: Mujangi Bia impressive and scores
Wolves played Stoke City with the Reserves tonight and they managed to get a rare win.
Usually Wolves play with only a couple of first team players in the Reserves, but for this game we had many. And they delivered! Goals by Vokes, Mujangi Bia and Keeeooogh! Three players that really need the self-confidence only scoring can give.
After eight minutes Andy Keogh came through on the right, after taking a return pass from Dave Edwards and tackled his way past two players and ran into the box. But just when about to shoot, Stoke defender Lund broke up his run.
A few minutes later Mujangi Bia looked to score his first Wolves goal from close range after an Edwards cross from the right, but he couldn’t get a clean shot and the City keeper Dave Parton was able to save.
Twenty minutes into the game Keogh latched onto a ball from Vokes, but he stabbed it slightly wide. After that Stoke had a rare chance.
But in the 38th minute the goal that almost everybody expected and hoped for came. Vokes got the ball in the centre of the pitch and sent a shot towards goal that took a deflection off Rodney McDonald and keeper Parton in the City goal was wrong-footed so it went into the net.
Shortly before half-time Wolves were close to score the second when Mujangi Bia went inside from the right wing and fired goalwards, but Parton saved.
The second half started as the first. With pressure from Wolves. Mujangi fired closely over the bar from a Keogh free and Andrew Surman chipped the ball over Parton and into the crossbar in the 54th minute.
After an hour the energetic Mujangi Bia got his foot on a pass from Edwards and launched a low shot, but the Stoke keeper could save it with his fingertips. Nenad Milijas then unleashed a fantastic shot from 30 yards out that crashed against the post with Parton beaten. Mujangi Bia was in place to put the rebound into the net, but a flag went up.
But our in January signed winger would eventually get his well deserved first goal in Old Gold and Black. With a quarter of anhour left of the game he swirled around with fast and happy feet past the opposition and turned to goal with a fantastic strike form 25 yards that left the Stoke keeper with nothing to do but to pluck the ball out of the net.
Just minutes later Moult brought down a cross and sidestepped Richard Stearman and finished clinically past Aaron McCarey in the Wolves goal.
But Wolves did not get too disturbed by this. A couple of minutes later a free-kick by Greg Halford came low into the box where Keogh could finish from close range. The match ended with a well deserved 3-1 win for Wolves.
isn’t it great to know that Edwards, Vokes, Keogh, Halford and probably most of all – the forgotten winger Geoff Mujangi Bia – were doing so well. I believe that some of them can be involved when Wolves play the last games of the season to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Wolves 3 (Vokes 38, Mujangi Bia 76, Keogh 81)
Stoke 1 (Moult 78)
WOLVES (4-5-1): McCarey; Halford, Stearman, Dunleavy (c), Reckord; Keogh, Edwards, Surman, Milijas, Mujangi Bia; Vokes. Subs (Not Used): Spray, Mendez-Laing, Winnall, Forde, Griffiths.
STOKE (4-5-1): Parton; Cohen, Davies (c), McDonald, Wint; Mitchell, Jackson, Lund, Nicholls, Foster (Alexander 59); Moult. Subs (Not Used): Harrison, Hedley, Stockhall, Sinclair.