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CITY 1 WOLVES 2
City suffered their second home loss in a row as they paid the price for gifting Wolves the softest of goals.
Phil Parkinson’s men put in a spirited effort against the hot favourites for promotion but ended up with nothing to show.
It had all started so well for City as they stormed into a 14th-minute lead.
Kyel Reid’s deep cross dropped for Raffaele De Vita whose first shot was kicked off the line by Danny Batth. The rebound came straight back to the Italian who made no mistake with his second effort.
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett reacted by throwing on Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle as a second striker.
The momentum soon changed – but only after a comedy of errors allowing James Henry to level following a City mix-up on the edge of the box and a rare blunder from keeper Jon McLaughlin.
Wolves had their tails up and made it 2-1 when Henry turned provider to cross for Richard Stearman to head home at the near post.
Nahki Wells made his return as a substitute at half-time and added an edge to City’s attack. He was denied by a double save from Carl Ikeme and James Hanson also had a header saved.
And it's over. Wolves win 2-1
One last hoof from McLaughlin, flick by Hanson and sliding gather from Ikeme
Everybody is up field as Wolves break away again but they are happy to play keep ball
McArdle takes a booking for the team
Surely they can't do this for the whole four added minutes??
Wolves keeping ball in the corner to frustrate hosts
Too easy for Henry in box but he shoots over bar
Wolves break through Sigurdarson...
Attack, attack... that's the chant in the last throes of game
Double save from Ikeme to deny Wells
Cross-shot from Wells flies past far post. Must have taken a touch off Wolves boot as City win corner.
Off comes Bates as City go to three at back
Folan becomes City's final sub
Wolves see it out with numbers before Doyle slices drive off course
Reid earns City's fourth corner. Load that box boys...
This Nakhi Wells is some player-lovely touch, great movement, quick, works tirelessly, strong for a small lad, good finisher too #bcafc— @Yorkshirewolves 26 October 2013
Plenty of effort and endeavour from City as Wolves look for a third, Sigurdarson shooting wide from 20 yards
Meredith cross picks out Yeates but ball bobbles up in box and he shins shot.
Sigurdarsson coming on for Wolves to replace Griffiths
Chance for Wells as Doyle picks him out but Ikeme blocks. Jones fires into crowd from edge of box
Griffiths unmarked from Golbourne cross but screws his shot against advertising board.
Parky urging the crowd to make even more noise as City chase the equaliser
On he comes for Thompson
Yeates stripped and ready
Now they are shouting for a penalty as Davis goes down. Nothing doing - but no card either
First corner of second half for the visitors
Massive shout for City penalty.... instead Reid is booked for dive. One two with Wells into box, winger looking for foul as Ikeme comes out but there was contact.
Wells drills ball across six-yard box but nobody is there. Should have been...
Big shout for hands as Bates shot charged down from close range. Wolves break fast but Meredith halts counter with perfectly-executed slide tackle
Meredith cross hits Henry for a City corner.
Second Wolves sub, Ebanks-Landell for Stearman
Second Wolves booking for another foul on Reid. This time it's McDonald.
Reid free-kick straight into wall. Reid shot straight into Kop
That's three more than watched Sheff Utd here...
Crowd is 18,044 with 2,437 from Wolves
Thompson dragged down just outside box.
Booking for Davis for earlier pull on Reid.
Hanson steals in to meet Jones cross with stooping header but not enough power on it.
Wolves break and McLaughlin saves low to his left from Griffiths.
Getting more fast and frantic now
Good block from Darby at other end from Doyle.
Wolves defend in numbers to thwart City break. Reid unable to get cross past Stearman
Doyle shows too much of ball to McArdle who makes sliding tackle edge of City box. Pressure still on until Sako crosses into the stand.
Reid cross flicked on by Wells across goal. Sliding Hanson cannot get a touch but was offside anyway
The whole of Valley Parade thinks City should have a corner. Referee points for goal kick...
Buzz of excitement as Wells gets his first touch.
City lined up ready to go. Wolves not out yet...
Wells on for De Vita, who apparently had a slight knock.
Nahki Wells coming on for second half...
And that's half-time. Wolves lead 2-1
Why oh why do we always concede terrible goals? #bcafc— @JB_Pearson93 26 October 2013
McArdle is the target but cannot get his head on it. Decent corner from Jones
Great cross from Meredith and Ikeme just claws the ball off the waiting head of De Vita. Another City corner.
Important block from McArdle to thwart Doyle shot.
Three minutes to be added.
Drop ball number two!
But it's catching practice for Ikeme. Waste that
Now Meredith fouled level with Wolves penalty area
De Vita getting some stick from the away fans as Wolves clear the corner without much fuss..
Jones free-kick nodded behind for City's first corner.
Reid tripped by Davis gives City chance to put ball into Wolves box.
Wolves making all the noise now
Henry, the man of the moment, shoots just wide from 30 yards. City under the cosh
Game turned on its head. Wolves pulling City apart at the moment, got to ride this storm.
Hanson heads it back to taker Henry but his cross back into the box is nodded home by STEARMAN. Suddenly it's 2-1 Wolves...
Corner for Wolves
Midland Road drowns that out...
McArdle nods over from Jones free-kick as away fans suddenly find their voice.
Wolves level after poor defending and goalkeeping.... Jones and Meredith get in each other's way on the edge of the box and HENRY shoots under McLaughlin to score. 1-1
Defending in numbers from City to keep out Kevin Doyle's cross to near post.
Full-blooded challenges as Jones and Doyle battle to win possession from McDonald. Crowd loving that...
Reid gets a bit giddy with shot from 40 yards. Runs through to Ikeme on the fourth bounce...
Kenny Jackett makes his first change as Doyle replaces Evans. Going two up front... Evans not impressed
Flick from Henry sends Griffiths away on left. Another cross-shot beats far post.
And that was the first first-half goal Wolves have conceded this season....
De Vita is the first Italian to score for City since Carbone's free-kick at Grimsby in February 2002....
Reid eludes two tackles to fire in low cross which Batth clears.
Bates and Jones collide allowing Wolves to break. First sight of goal for Griffiths but he skews wide.
Corner for Wolves comes to nothing.
Reid's swirling cross drops for De Vita. Initial shot blocked on the line by Batth but the rebound comes back to the Italian who makes no mistake second time round...
1-0 to City! DE VITA
City settled the better of the two sides, closing Wolves down
Darby long throw nodded out of box by Stearman then humped halfway up field by Batth. McArdle switched on to beat Griffiths to it.
Hanson wins it but goes straight through to Ikeme. Reid back on
Blimey, a genuine old school drop ball...
Parkinson uses the break in play to issue some instructions to Jones and Darby. Parkin has a word with McArdle
Winger stays down and getting treated
Sniff of chance for City as McArdle's angled long ball is nodded down by Hanson. Reid is muscled out by Stearman to loose ball.
Offside flag stays down as Griffiths chases ball towards corner flag. His cross is straight into McLaughlin's arms.
No shape to the game yet but the noise level is tremendous
Nice build-up play from City but De Vita crosses into empty space.
Good closing down from Thompson on Ricketts earns a round of applause from his manager.
Wolves fans still streaming in
Roar of anticipation as Reid chases his first ball of the afternoon.
Huge chants of Who Are Ya for Wolves as they kick off towards the Kop
And here we go...
And now the whole place is singing as the teams enter the pitch. The ground is buzzing...
Ah Valley Parade, what twists and turns will I have to endure this afternoon? #bcafc— @nickedge001 26 October 2013
For the Gok Wans out there, Wolves will be wearing all-lilac!
The atmosphere begins to build with the first chorus of Midland Road from the Kop...
And the sun has come out #bcafc http://t.co/5iEpM4cwR0— @kruger8513 26 October 2013
Gonna be a scrappy game with both sides set up to stop a goal first. Wolves been playing 451 at home. #bcafc be patient and sing.— @Love_13_Hate 26 October 2013
You know its a biggy when the police horses are out #bcafc #wwfc http://t.co/6NYUVSdBkI— @toddmustgo 26 October 2013
Wolves are expected to line up 4-5-1 after boss Kenny Jackett left Kevin Doyle on the bench.
He is joined there by former Tottenham and Pompey midfielder Jamie O'Hara, his first involvement of the season after being frozen out following their relegation.
WOLVES: Ikeme, Stearman, Batth, Ricketts, Golbourne, Henry, Davis, Evans, McDonald, Sako, Griffiths. Subs: Edwards, Forde, Sigurdarson, Ebanks-Landell, O'Hara, Doyle.
Come on boys do the business today, I wanna hear the kop in Thailand #bcafc #ctid— @ratters1984 26 October 2013
Nahki Wells is back in the City squad this afternoon.
The top scorer replaces Alan Connell on the bench - his first involvement since suffering ankle ligament damage against Shrewsbury a month ago.
Phil Parkinson keeps the same starting line-up from Tuesday's encouraging 2-2 draw at Preston. That means that Garry Thompson will again play up front, with Raffaele De Vita making his first Valley Parade start at right midfield.
It is also a home debut for Matthew Bates, who has started the last two away games.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, Meredith, De Vita, Doyle, Jones, Reid, Thompson, Hanson. Subs: Kennedy, Yeates, Taylor, McHugh, Folan, Wells, Ripley.
Jamie O'Hara among the Wolves players having a look at the pitch. The midfielder has not been involved at all this season after being frozen out - shows the depth in Kenny Jackett's squad.
Just met coach of wolves fans at services. Bit of banter. Nice guys. #bcafc #wolves— @CreweChronBel 26 October 2013
Expecting crowd of around 19,000 today
Looking forward to this one!#bcafc v #wwfc should be an absolute belter!Hopefully nahki will be fit!! #leagueonegameoftheday 👍— @chrisbcfc 26 October 2013
Good afternoon and welcome from Valley Parade for this hotly-anticipated clash with Wolves.
It is their first visit since the opening day of the 2002 campaign when Nicky Law's City held them to a battling goalless draw.
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