Tag: Dave Edwards

Championship: Wolves 5-0 Rotherham

Striker Benik Afobe’s brace helped a rampant Wolves maintain their Championship play-off push as they thrashed Rotherham United at Molineux.

Wolves took the lead when Kevin McDonald crossed for Afobe to fire home before Nouha Dicko doubled their lead.

Rotherham’s best chance came before the break when Matt Derbyshire nodded Adam Hammill’s cross on to the post.

But Wolves capitalised with Afobe finding a second before Dave Edwards and Bakary Sako sealed three points.

It capped off a good afternoon for the hosts who kept alive their play-off hopes but Rotherham slipped to 21st place, having now conceded 10 goals in their last three matches.

A spell of early pressure told for Wanderers when McDonald managed to pick out former Arsenal trainee Afobe who kept his composure to beat Rotherham keeper Adam Collin.

Minutes later, Wolves doubled their advantage when scorer turned provider as Afobe played Dicko through to notch his 10th goal of the season.

But Rotherham fought back in a lively first half, with former Molineux man Hammill finding Derbyshire whose header hit the upright.

After the break, home keeper Tomasz Kuszczak kept Wolves in control when Zeki Fryers whipped in a cross to the head of Derbyshire, but the Pole made a wonderful one-handed save.

Wolves found a third on the counter from a Rotherham corner as James Henry set up the onrushing Afobe to calmly finish.

The hosts did not ease off, however, as Sako whipped the ball to the near post towards Edwards who headed home a fourth.

Six minutes later, Wolves were five up after Rajiv van La Parra passed straight through to Sako to beat Collin and put them out of sight.

Read more at BBC Sport

FA Cup: Wolves 3-3 Fulham

Hugo Rodallega’s kick earned Fulham a dramatic FA Cup penalty shootout win and a fourth-round trip to Sunderland.

On a night tinged with sadness for Wolves following the death of former owner Sir Jack Hayward, Cauley Woodrow headed Fulham in front.

Dave Edwards and Rajiv van La Parra scored for Wolves before Woodrow forced extra time.

Edwards gave Wolves an extra-time lead, but Ross McCormack’s last-minute penalty took the tie to spot kicks.

Fulham converted all five in the shootout to secure a fourth-round trip to Sunderland, as Matt Doherty missed Wolves’ second kick.

On a freezing cold night at Molineux, which deteriorated into a fierce snow storm in extra time, Fulham had the better of the opening half.

They were finally rewarded for their early pressure when Konstantinos Stafylidis sent a left-wing cross into the box that was met by the unmarked Woodrow.

Moussa Dembele could have put the visitors almost out of sight before the break when the Frenchman rounded Carl Ikeme only to miss the target.

Boosted by the double substitution of Edwards and Nouha Dicko, Wolves were transformed after the break.

Dicko was close to giving the hosts the perfect start to the second half but his tightly angled shot hit the side netting.

Wolves twice hit the woodwork through Doherty’s header and Dicko’s fierce shot before drawing level in the 71st minute.

A clever ball from Iorfa allowed Edwards clean through to spark a burst of three goals in five minutes.

Van La Parra put Wolves ahead from Kevin McDonald’s superb through-ball but Fulham quickly made it level again through Woodrow, who tapped home Dembele’s rebound to book an extra half-hour.

McDonald almost put Wolves in front again when he unleashed a shot from long range in extra time which forced Marcus Bettinelli to save.

With snow falling thickly, Edwards put Wolves back in front with a neat near-post finish three minutes into the second half of extra time.

But there was more drama to come in the final minute when Lee Evans handled and McCormack levelled from the spot – before the contest was settled on penalties.

Read more at BBC Sport

Championship: Wolves 1-0 Norwich

Dave Edwards scored the decisive goal as Wolves started life back in the Championship with a victory against 10-man Norwich at Molineux.

The Canaries, relegated from the Premier League last season, had Martin Olsson sent off for a second yellow card for a tug on Rajiv van La Parra.

Olsson appeared to push referee Simon Hooper after being shown the red card and may face further punishment.

Edwards headed in Van La Parra’s cross just after the hour to earn the win.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett believes his team can secure successive promotions after returning to the second tier after back-to-back relegations. And beating a team relegated from the top flight was an impressive way to start the season.

Neil Adams, who took over at Norwich with five games remaining, is still looking for a first win in charge of the Canaries and will be concerned about his team’s lack of attacking bite, even when they had 11 men.

They were on the back foot from the start, with Edwards thumping over from a cross from Bakary Sako after just 23 seconds.

Norwich’s Nathan Redmond slipped away from two defenders and dragged an effort wide in the visitors’ only effort on goal.

Sako always looked like Wolves’ greatest threat and the Frenchman had a powerful shot deflected past the near post by Russell Martin just before the break.

Nouha Dicko broke forward and drove well over the bar for the hosts just after the restart before Wes Hoolahan missed from 25 yards at the other end.

Norwich debutant Lewis Grabban got on the end of a long clearance and his shot from a narrow angle was pushed wide by goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Read More on BBC Sport