First goal by Fletcher in golden shirt as Wolves win premier pre-season game

Reports says that it had rained earlier on today, but that the sun was coming through when Wolves entered Dalymount Park to play their first pre-season game. I was not there in person (or flea), but here is a match report I’ve compiled from other reports.

EDIT: Highlights with interviews now available from link in the right margin under ‘Video, highlights 2010-11’.

The sun probably shone especially bright on the head of Jody Craddock as he headed in a corner from David Jones already in the 6th minute. And I bet that the Wolves faithful had a special little song to sing for our hero – welcoming him back to yet another season of great accomplishments.

Wolves started the game with a very strong eleven. They are reported to have played a 4-3-1-2-formation with Keogh in the ‘hole’ and the superduo Fletcher & Doyle up front. I’m very excited about that! I believe that Andy’s best position is just there – behind the strikers. Perhaps McCarthy has learned something watching the World Cup?!

After a couple of half chances from David Jones and Andy Keogh – both shooting wide – Zubar went out injured in the 20th minute and Stearman took his place.

Jason Byrne of the Bohemians had the best chance for them a couple of minutes later after a poor kick-out from Hennessey. But the ball went over the bar.

Just after the half hour Jarvis went through on the left and curls the ball just wide. The reporter calls it unlucky.

In the 36th minute Andy Keogh gets a great chance to make it 2-0 to Wolves, but his shot from just a few yards went wide. But Keogh is reported to play very well in his new role, stringing passes together.

A couple of minutes later Fletcher received a pass from Van Damme and broke free but shot wide from a narrow angle on the left side of the Bohs area. Halftime.

Both teams were unchanged when they came in again after tea. After five minutes Fletcher tests the Bohemian keeper, but he makes a good save,

Ten minutes into the second half Jarvis whips a free kick and Doyle nearly heads it in for a Wolves second.  But the goal came just after the hour when Steven Fletcher bangs it in from the edge of the box after good play by Karl Henry, Keogh and Jarvis, who gets the assist. Very satisfying that Fletcher gets a goal in his first game for Wolves!

Just four minutes later Fletcher had another chance after a cross from Jarvis. But the ball went just over the crossbar. A couple of minutes later Doyle had a great chance, but the ball was cleared off the line.

After 72 minutes McCarthy changed eight players. Only Hennessey, Stearman and Keogh remains on the pitch while Ward, Halford, Elokobi, Edwards, Foley, Ebanks-Blake, Mujangi Bia and Vokes joined them.

Reports tell me that Ebanks-Blake had a couple of half chances and Vokes headed over on a corner later on. Hennessey was substituted by Aaron McCarey in the 80th minute, thus making his first team debut for Wolves. A nice gesture by McCarthy.

Then – in the 91st minute – Mujangi Bia adds a third goal to Wolves as he cut inside from the left and shoots the ball into the net from inside the 6-yard box.

Sounds like a nice first pre-season game to me. Our new striker Steven Fletcher managed to find the net and Craddock proves that the new guy – still injured for a couple of days – will have a tough time trying to take his place. McCarthy may also have found a way to use the skills of Keogh.

The only negative is of course the injury of Zubar. Let’s hope it’s just a knock and that he will be back against Walsall.


WOLVES: Hennessey, Zubar, Van Damme, Jones, Craddock, Berra, Keogh, Henry, Doyle, Fletcher, Jarvis. SUBS: Elokobi, McCarey, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Halford, Mujangi Bia, Vokes, Edwards, Foley, Ward.


~ by paddytheflea on July 17, 2010.

9 Responses to “First goal by Fletcher in golden shirt as Wolves win premier pre-season game”

  1. I find it hard to believe that Keogh play in the hole with Jarvis as one of the three. My guess is that Keogh played on the right but moverd about.

    • What you are saying is nearly the same, Louie. He had a more free role – like Messi. But the players playing in that free role often has a preferred side. But I didn’t watch the game myself. Only have a match report from Ireland. But it was a good reporter.

  2. I was at the game. Craddock’s goal was a great header, Fletcher’s shot was simply fierce and the lay-off from Ebanks-Blank for Mujangi-Bia was lovely.

    Van Damme looks like a bargain – he was letting no one past and played some great balls forward. He can also take throw-ins into the middle of the box.

    Fletcher and Doyle looked like they’ve clicked and worked really well together. Jarvis was simply Jarvis – he’s carrying on where he left off last year. Fletcher looked really hungry for goals and had one touched on to the bar from 25 yards or so. Vokes had three good headers that went wide or over.

    Keogh didn’t seem to do much to be honest and Stearman didn’t look comfortable at all.

    The first team (if that’s what McCarthy started with) did look good, but only Elokobi, Ward and Vokes looked good after the mass substitution.

    Zubar went off with a protective boot on and on crutches – it didn’t look good for him.

    It was a great game and the fans were brilliantly loud. A pleasure to be amongst once again.

  3. Here’s a picture of the ball flying into the net off the head of Jodie Craddock

    • Thank you very much for the comments, Tom! I was on site three years ago, but that was a scrappy game in pouring rain. Must have been much better today. Nice that Fletcher shows class. This could be a very good season for Wolves indeed!

  4. Thanks for the report, you can see the goals here

  5. I didn’t go but I saw the goals on sky sports. Craddock will do that all match if you let him, he’s dangerous on corners. Delighted to see that already Fletcher has opened his account with a good finish. He will be a force this season, I just know it. Him and Doyle together will create/score goals for us. SEB’s lay off and Mujangi-Bia’s finish were excellent.
    Roll on the new season, can’t wait. Baggies, we may just be about to set the record straight at last.

  6. I think Mujangi Bia’s goal shows his potential. Extremely good the way he ran by the defence and just scored from such a tight angle.
    Great report too Paddy, it was nice that someone uploaded it on to YouTube too.

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