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Nathan Doyle was sent off as City were comfortably brushed aside by Wolves at Molineux this afternoon.
For the second game running, they were down to ten men inside half an hour – and Doyle will get little sympathy for it.
City were unlucky to hit the woodwork twice but they spent the majority of the game under the cosh once the central midfielder had gone for his early bath.
It was already a depleted away side minus James Hanson with a slight hamstring injury and Andrew Davies, who Phil Parkinson chose not to risk so soon after coming back from his lengthy lay-off.
The first half was mostly a case of attack against defence, particularly after Doyle’s dismissal.
Unlike Kyle Bennett last week, he could have no argument. Already on a yellow for pulling back Nouha Dicko, he dived in at Kevin McDonald with a reckless lunge.
A corner count of 11-0 at the break highlighted the Wolves dominance. But the best chance before their breakthrough goal came from City as Adam Reach smashed the angle of post and bar on a rare counter-attack.
It looked like City’s dogged defensive effort would see them through to the interval – until Wolves struck in the third added minute, McDonald scoring from the edge of the box.
But the woodwork came to Wolves’ rescue again seven minutes after the break. This time Stephen Darby was the unlucky Bantam, hammering the post after a neat passing exchange with Garry Thompson.
That became even more crucial two minutes later when the home side doubled their lead, Dicko claiming the goal as Bakary Sako’s cross was bundled in from close range.
Stephen Darby somehow managed to stop Leon Clarke’s shot on the line but Wolves strolled through the remainder.
All done, 2-0 to Wolves
Two minutes more of this as Dicko forces another save from McLaughlin
That's reduced the arrears to 15-1...
89 minutes gone and City have a corner! It came from a misplaced backpass from Batth but beggars can't be choosers...
That nice announcer just asked fans to take care when leaving Molineux because of wet surfaces. Hadn't noticed those through the pouring rain..
Clever bit of skill by Graham is let down by the cross and Wolves return on the attack to win yet another corner
Kenny Jackett responds to the requests from the Wolves fans and gives them a wave. Good afternoon's work for the home gaffer
Henry gets past Reach too easily on the touchline but his low cross is comfortably taken by McLaughlin.
More Wolves pressure and McArdle heads behind under pressure from Clarke.
McBurnie tries to wriggle his way past three old gold shirts in Wolves box. Goes down in a heap but City's appeals are waved away
City fans mimicking home crowd by cheering every time they complete a pass...
Henry fires low ball across goal-mouth. Any touch from Clarke there would have been 3-0
City currently cannot get out their half
The on-loan Aston Villa winger replaces Thompson
And a first sight in a City shirt of Jordan Graham...
And a first sight in a City shirt of Jordan Graham...
Henry plays short to Price before whipping cross past far post.
Wolves queueing up edge of City box. Another corner...
Crowd is 19,498 with around 1,500 from City
It's reached "ole" time every pass Wolves make
McBurnie shows good strength to win ball on halfway and set Reach on a run but the winger has no support
Clarke heads well over from ten yards out
McBurnie gets a chance in place of Gray
Darby shows real athleticism to avoid scoring own goal... Clarke clips a shot over McLaughlin but defender chases it back to his own line and somehow manages to avoid running it in himself. McHugh then completes the clearance with some cool control in the City goal mouth...
Looks like we used all our luck up last season, hit the post twice before both Wolves goals #AnyChance #bcafc— @SamHenderson07 01 February 2014
Debut booking for Clarke after foul on Jones in centre circle. But City would rather have played advantage as they tried to break...
Clarke looping header from Dicko cross lands on top of the City net. Going to be a long final half hour by looks of it...
Kenny Jackett takes no chances and replaces the winger with James Henry
A booking for Sako gets a cheer from the City fans but it's a long way back now
2-0 to Wolves! Sako drills cross along six-yard box and DICKO turns in. Last chance might be Darby's but Wolves striker claiming it.
Wolves go close. The whole ground looks on as Clarke stretches to reach a cross from Jacobs and the ball trickles past the far post almost in slow motion...
City hit the woodwork AGAIN! Darby combines neatly with Thompson and the right back hammers shot against the left post with McCarey beaten...
McHugh loves a good smother ... throws his body at another shot to muffle the danger on the edge of the City box
Jones leaves it for Reach who smashes the free-kick high into the stand...
Thompson is yanked down 30 yards from goal. Chance here?
The rain is at City's backs and getting harder
Defensively City are working hard. McHugh has got the Bramall Lane jitters out the system with a tremendous effort up to now
Oh look, another Wolves corner...
C'mon the Bantam ten.. They kick us off again
And that's the last kick of the half. 1-0 to Wolves
Sako cuts in and plays ball to McDonald, who strokes shot home from the edge of the box.
Heartbreak for City right on the break. 1-0 Wolves McDONALD
McLaughlin safely gathers Ricketts daisy-cutter. Must be half-time ref...
Rare mistake from Jones to give ball away just outside City penalty area. But McHugh rescues him with smothering block from Jacobs effort.
Golbourne cross has too much on it for Price as he arrives on edge of box and the midfielder cannot control the pass
Three added minutes
Reach works hard to beaver his way to byline and get cross in for Thompson. Just too high for the winger's leap
Jones launches counter, darting forward to pick out Reach whose shot is blocked.
Bit of pinball from the corner before McArdle clears into orbit - or at least the Wolves half.
Sako turns this way and that round Thompson before rattling fierce drive towards near post where McLaughlin turns behind.
Don't want to tempt fate but City are defending well so far. Jones working his wotsits off in midfield too
"You're just a small town near Walsall".... nothing like trying to rile the locals
And Wolves hit double figures in corners before half-time
Thompson launches into a flying tackle and comes out worse. Now getting treated as the ref hovers nearby
That caught everyone on the hop. Would have made a stunning first goal for the club. Reach says he likes to have a pop whenever the chance arises
Suddenly out of nothing, Bates cuts back to Reach who smashes angled shot against the Wolves bar!
First Wolves foul given after 33 minutes - gets a big cheer from one corner
That's the end of Mclean's afternoon. The way of the world for strikers when teams have man sent off early.... on comes Atkinson
Atkinson ready to come on for City debut. "No pressure lad, there are nine others out there..."
McHugh with the important interception from Sako cross as Wolves pile on the pressure.
City won't be disputing that dismissal. Doyle can't argue with the second yellow card, it was a reckless lunge
Doyle in real trouble here. Very late on McDonald - and OFF
Corner update: Wolves eight, City eight less.
Clarke and Dicko combining dangerously. Frenchman turns off McHugh whose thin touch deflects shot behind for a ... guess what
How do you describe a collection of corners? Flood, rush, whatever... Wolves have just had another one but City defend it well
At last a chance at the other end but Jones skies high, wide and pretty ugly
Stearman free header but it's straight into McLaughlin's midriff.
So close for Wolves! Great defending from Bates to put off Clarke, saving a certain goal after Sako nutmegged Doyle before playing in the striker.
Come on city let's have 3 points off these today gunna be a hard ask, there all over us #bcafc— @thom_sam 01 February 2014
Doyle pulls down Dicko and gets the first booking of the day
City fans make themselves heard as their team try to establish a foothold in the game. Settled down a bit now
This time Jacobs plays it low for Clarke cutting back but City read it and snuff out any danger
Clarke threatens again before feeding Jacobs whose cross is blocked at source by Bates. Another corner....
Better ball in from Thompson on right but Ricketts beats Gray to the header
Better play from City on the floor. Bates makes an overlapping run but cross is cut out
Yorkshire, Yorkshire comes the response...
"Is that all you take away" taunt the Wolves fans. City don't get that at most away grounds
City have got to use Gray properly and not go the aerial route a la Hanson.
Four Wolves corners in first ten minutes...
Brief panic as Jacobs finds room to get to byline but his cutback eludes everyone
All going one way right now. Bates blocks for another Wolves corner
Jones clears at near post but ball comes back into box. Clarke nods down for Dicko but McLaughlin makes smothering save to turn ball behind...
Meanwhile on the pitch, corner number two for Wolves.
Portly guy in the away stand generously lifts his shirt to the encouragement of the home support...
First corner of the day for Wolves but it is overhit by Jacobs
Chance for Thompson but he scuffs it wide. Ball broke to winger edge of the box and he should have got that on target...
Clarke robs McArdle on halfway line to launch Wolves attack. McHugh holds him up then Sako fires cross across face of goal.... Worrying flashback of Coventry game for the City defender there
Bates as expected lines up at left back again. McHugh looks much happier back in the middle
Wolves fans in good voice as the home team gets us going
Hi ho Wolverhampton..... Sounds like the cast of Crossroads singing behind me
Teams are coming out. City wearing their blue away shirts
Shame young Olli doesn't start.#bcafc could have had our full quota of 'Mc's' on the pitch all at the same time.4/5 ain't bad.Come on City!— @nottmbantam 01 February 2014
RT @BantamDan_: Great decision by PP. Why risk Davies when next two games are very winnable against Crewe and Carlisle... #bcafc— @ATraher 01 February 2014
Gray makes his first City start for 11 months - at the ground where he scored the winner when they last played here in the league in December 2002. Can lightning strike twice?
Leon Clarke makes his second debut for Wolves after returning to the club for £750,000 from Coventry this week.
He scored against the Bantams for the Sky Blues at Valley Parade in November.
WOLVES: McCarey, Golbourne, Stearman, Batth, Ricketts, Sako, McDonald, Price, Jacobs, Dicko, Clarke. Subs: Doherty, Elokobi, Henry, Evans, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell, Flatt.
Looking forward to see Gray shut us all up and score the winner... Again :/#bcafc #positweet— @BantamFirth 01 February 2014
Just seen #bcafc team. Oh and dear!— @Chris_Lane1989 01 February 2014
James Hanson and Andrew Davies are both missing for City.
Hanson is ruled out with a slight hamstring injury while Davies has been rested because Phil Parkinson wants to ease him back from his long lay-off.
The third change is enforced with the suspended Kyle Bennett replaced by Garry Thompson.
So Andy Gray starts for the first time since last March at Plymouth. Carl McHugh comes in for Davies but presumably Matthew Bates will continue at left back.
The bench is very young - and includes youth team defender James Pollard.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Bates, Thompson, Doyle, Jones, Reach, Mclean, Gray. Subs: Taylor, Graham, McBurnie, Atkinson, Stockdill, Pollard, Jameson.
Aaron Mclean Mclean, whatever will be will be, hes gonna score 2 or 3 Aaron Mclean Mclean... #coyb #bcafc #AwayDays #buzzing #wwfc #mclean— @iThompsonnZ 01 February 2014
So no Matty Dolan in the City ranks today. They couldn't get the paperwork done in time on his deal to beat last night's 11pm deadline.
But expect a three-month deal for the Middlesbrough midfielder to get done as soon as the emergency loan window reopens on Friday.
My view today from the box today. Cmon City! #bcafc http://t.co/uKmXgssWSl— @markyoung1990 01 February 2014
Good afternoon and welcome from a chilly Molineux for City's clash with Wolves.
It's the first trip here since 2007 when Stuart McCall's side were beaten in the League Cup.
More famously, this is of course the scene where Paul Jewell's heroes clinched promotion to the Premier League 15 years ago.
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