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Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 1 - 1 (1) Ipswich Town

Sky Bet Championship 2014-15

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Manager: Kenny Jackett

Molineux 12:15

Attendance: 23,409

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3605


 Benik Afobe (50)
 Richard Stearman (og) 


Rajiv vanLaParraJames Henry (63)


 Nouha Dicko (87)
 Jonathan Parr (35)
 Jay Tabb (41)



Carl Ikeme

Dominic Iorfa

Danny Batth

Richard Stearman

Scott Golbourne

Rajiv vanLaParra

David Edwards

Kevin McDonald

Bakary Sako

Nouha Dicko

Benik Afobe



Aaron McCarey

Matt Doherty

James Henry

Kevin Doyle

Jack Price

Ethan Ebanks-Landell

Michael Jacobs

Match Report

Benik Afobe keeps Wolves' faint play-off hopes alive with strike against Ipswich

Mick McCarthy hailed his players after a determined draw at his former club Wolves moved Ipswich closer to securing a place in the Championship play-offs.

Despite Wolves bouncing back to take a point through Benik Afobe’s 31st goal of the season in the 50th minute after a Richard Stearman own goal had given Ipswich a first-half lead. Their play-off hopes are now in their own hands with two games remaining.

McCarthy was delighted with his side’s determined display and he said: 'It was a good performance and a good point. It is very pleasing.

Wolves were in the ascendancy in the second half but we have had a great, stubborn, belligerent, professional performance – all those horrible words people don’t like in football but I do because you win games and win leagues by doing that. We are always hard to beat and hard to play against.

McCarthy said: 'The first thing I said to the players in the dressing room after the game was what a belligerent, stubborn, hard-working, tough, horrible bunch you have turned out to be and I love you and I am proud of you because you need all those qualities to be a good team. It is lovely to have. A lot of those qualities are probably the reason why we are where we are.

'It takes a lot of things to be in the top six and there will be teams below us who are all playing sexy football but we are winning games and we are in the top six and we still have a chance of being promoted. So to anyone who cocks a snook at the way we are doing it I laugh at them and think it is comical because what we do we do well and isn’t that what having a job is all about?'

McCarthy, sacked by Wolves in February 2012 after almost six years in charge, insisted that he did not have anything to prove on his return to Molineux. He said: 'I think I am very much liked and respected by the Wolves fans. I love the club and the people here so I don’t think I have got anything to prove and I always appreciate getting a nice warm welcome coming back. But I have taken the point and I am happy with that.'

Although they trailed at the break, Wolves needed five minutes of the second period to draw level when Afobe stabbed home at the far post and they could have gone on to snatch a winner with Nouha Dicko carrying their greatest threat.

Kenny Jackett, the Wolves coach, said that they will not be giving up on a play-off place.

He said: 'It is out of our hands and now we will need to win our final two games and other teams will need to lose. But you don’t know what will happen. So we need to make sure that we go again next week.

'It is a tough call, we understand that. We will have to see how the table looks but one way or another we have to put in a good performance and give it everything we have got next week at Wigan.

'If the door is still open through other people slipping up, we have to make sure that we are there.'

He added: 'We gave it everything against Ipswich. I thought that we showed a lot of spirit, effort and energy in the second half when we pushed Ipswich all the way. The attitude and tempo was there.

'Ultimately it is a better point for Ipswich than it is for us. We needed to win and I felt that we built up very well in the second half. We got a goal back early on but couldn’t break down a very determined and well organised and resolute Ipswich defence.

'The number of times that they got blocks in was high and for us not to break them down in that period was our undoing so I am disappointed with the draw.

'We needed three points but Ipswich are very, very resolute.'

The Observer

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