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Wolves 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs' early strike set up promotion-chasing Wolves' victory over League One relegation battlers Crewe.

The on-loan Derby County winger started the move that brought his third-minute goal, heading home Scott Golbourne's left-wing cross from six yards.

Despite plenty of Crewe pressure, Wolves then twice hit the woodwork.

But they did not seal victory until two minutes into injury time when top scorer Leigh Griffiths fired his 13th of the season from the edge of the box.

Second-placed Wolves' first win in four games keeps them level on points with leaders Leyton Orient, who are due to visit Molineux for a top-of-the-table showdown on Sunday.

Crewe drop a place to hit the bottom of the League One table for the first time, now four points adrift of safety after seeing their three-match unbeaten run come to an end.

Summer Wolves target Steve Davis's players stuck to their task well, loan men Chuks Aneke and Tom Hitchcock both being denied by smart saves from Carl Ikeme.

But Wolves stopper Danny Batth fired a low shot against the post before the break and the home side were again denied by the woodwork when visiting keeper Ben Garratt tipped a Griffiths header onto the post.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett:

"Leigh Griffiths is very much part of my plans here. However I decide to use him - whether it's from the start or after everyone has been running around for an hour - he can be a big contributor for us.

"He gave us a good half an hour and was unlucky not to score with the header when the keeper made a really good save. He then took his goal really well, working the ball onto his left foot as he cut across.

"We're looking to improve our striking department if we can. Letting Leigh Griffiths go would not improve it."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26GolbourneSubstituted forEbanks-Landellat 56'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 7Henry
  • 19Price
  • 16CassidySubstituted forDoyleat 90+3'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forGriffithsat 59'minutes
  • 27JacobsBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 1Hennessey
  • 9Griffiths
  • 10Sako
  • 14Evans
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Doyle

Crewe

  • 21Garratt
  • 3Mellor
  • 2Tootle
  • 8Osman
  • 5Ellis
  • 4Davis
  • 17HitchcockSubstituted forInmanat 75'minutes
  • 22EvansBooked at 42minsSubstituted forGrantat 74'minutes
  • 28Na Bangna
  • 26Aneke
  • 11MooreSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 12Ray
  • 13Martin
  • 14Inman
  • 16Guthrie
  • 19Oliver
  • 42Grant
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
22,693

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin Doyle replaces Jake Cassidy.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Henry.

Attempt missed. Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt blocked. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ajay Leitch-Smith replaces Byron Moore.

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Mesca (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Bradden Inman replaces Tom Hitchcock.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Anthony Grant replaces George Evans.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

(Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient22145347222547
2Wolves22145337162147
3Brentford22144436211546
4Preston2211833122941
5Peterborough2212373425939
6Rotherham22108437271038
7Swindon2210393930933
8Walsall229672319433
9Port Vale2210393234-233
10MK Dons219483529631
11Bradford227963425930
12Coventry2211564840828
13Colchester226972730-327
14Crawley226882430-626
15Gillingham2374123040-1025
16Carlisle2266102336-1324
17Shrewsbury225892225-323
18Oldham2165102429-523
19Tranmere2265112640-1423
20Sheff Utd2257101928-922
21Bristol City2231092935-619
22Stevenage2254132138-1719
23Notts County2353152737-1018
24Crewe2246121845-2718
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