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Posted Sat 30 Aug 14 at 17:00 PM

Report: Wolves 3 Rovers 1

Rovers suffered their second league defeat of the season as they went down 3-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

It was a match in which Rovers had the better of the play throughout yet first half goals from Nouha Dicko and Bakary Sako put the home side in command.

A second half penalty from Jordan Rhodes gave Rovers' hope that they could earn something from the game until a second goal for Sako ensured a disappointing afternoon in the Black Country for the blue and whites.


Rovers were forced into making two changes to the side that defeated AFC Bournemouth seven days ago.

A family bereavement meant that Markus Olsson missed the match, whilst Rudy Gestede went over on his ankle in training on Friday, and although he travelled to the Black Country, he wasn't fit enough to make the squad.

Adam Henley came in to replace Olsson at left back, whilst a reshuffle further forward saw Lee Williamson return to the starting eleven.

It was an even opening at Molineux until a Rovers error lead to the home side opening the scoring on 12 minutes.

A misplaced pass from Williamson was intercepted by Bakary Sako and he fed Kevin McDonald who clipped the ball into the box to where Nouha Dicko headed beyond Paul Robinson and into the corner of the net.

Rovers responded well, almost drawing level on the quarter hour as Ben Marshall's forceful run saw the midfielder charge down two clearances, the second of which rebounded back towards goal but Wolves 'keeper Carl Ikeme was alert to the danger to save to his right.

The visitors continued to press with a host of free-kicks, but whilst Tom Cairney and Craig Conway could only find the wall, Marshall was much more accurate with an effort that arrowed towards the corner of the goal until the Wolves stopper pushed the ball aside.

However, just as it looked like Rovers were building up a head of steam, the hosts struck a deadly second. Sako somehow finding the back of the net with a free-kick from the right corner of the area, the ball flashing past a host of bodies in the box to nestle in the net.

After that the game became increasingly tetchy with both sides unhappy with decisions from the officials, but as the half-time whistle blew, Rovers had plenty to do to get anything from the game.

The home side almost got a third moments after the restart from the unlikely source of full back Matt Doherty. The defender seeing his shot from inside the area saved by Robinson with his legs and whilst the rebound came back to the Wolves man he could only poke the ball wide.

After that Rovers pressed for a way back into the match, often camped on the edge of the Wolves box, and on 58 minutes they were presented with the perfect chance after Jordan Rhodes was brought down by Danny Batth after turning the Wolves captain in the box.

The Rovers striker took the honours himself, making no mistake from 12 yards as he stroked the ball home into the opposite corner to Ikeme's dive for his second goal this season.

But whilst the momentum was with the visitors, it was the home side who crucially grabbed the next goal. Forward Nouha Dicko did well to hold off Grant Hanley in the corner of the box before picking out Bakary Sako and he made no mistake with a low strike beyond Robinson for his second of the game.

That third goal took the wind out of Rovers' sails, and although Craig Conway forced Carl Ikeme into making a fingertip save, the home side comfortably dealt with everything that came their way to see the match out and claim all three points.

Rovers now have a fortnight to ponder the result before they return to action against Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park on September 13th.

WOLVES: Ikeme, Doherty, Golbourne, Edwards (sub Rowe 89 mins), Stearman, Batth (c), Sako, McDonald, Evans, van La Parra (sub Henry 46 mins), Dicko.

Subs not used: McCarey (GK), Clarke, Ricketts, Jacobs.

Goals: Dicko 12 mins, Sako 33, 68 mins.

Booked: van La Parra, Saville.

ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Baptiste, Hanley (c), Henley, Conway (sub Varney 89 mins), Evans, Williamson (sub Dunn 73 mins), Marshall (sub Taylor 73 mins), Cairney, Rhodes.

Subs not used: Eastwood (GK), Kilgallon, Brown, Eastwood, O'Connell.

Goals: Rhodes (pen) 59 mins.

Booked: Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Hanley, Varney.

Attendance: 21,260 (including 1023 Rovers fans).

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