The new season underway at last with a long day out and trip over the Pennines for me.
I was hoping for more of the form I saw in flashes at Doncaster the previous week, while speaking to a few Blackburn fans on the train they were not optimistic of their team’s fortunes given their financial restrictions, a point majored on by their manager in the match programme.
This was a good game though with two well matched sides happy to sit back, soak up pressure and try to hit their opponents on the break.
The home side started brightly with most of their play, predictably, with long balls to their new right winger signed from Blackpool with height advantage over Golbourne.
Despite a cracking long range strike from Rhodes which hit Ikeme’s right post, and a free header which he superbly tipped over the bar, there was no reward for the early pressure.
Wolves grew into the game, with Coady and Afobe the pick of an excellent all round team performance.
Coady gives us an extra dimension in midfield, so defensively we were very solid and able to press the home side high up the pitch.
Afobe finished in style from a clever headed through ball from Edwards, and we were then very unlucky with the home side’s equaliser.
From a good Iorfa block on the edge of the box, the ball spun viciously high and over our keeper who backtracking could only palm into the roof of the net.
How would the lads respond, well by going back on the attack with another well worked team goal, and with a deserved half time lead, it was time for the fans to enjoy another `concourse party` under the stand.
Saw many taking images – hope some get posted on here.
Apart from the last 5 minutes when the home side bombarded our goal with high balls, which were dealt with superbly by our defence, , there were no more scares in a second half which I thought Wolves dominated and deservedly got the three points.
So a great day out for the 4000 or so traveling black & gold army.
Many of whom will recall the last time we won a season opener at Ewood by the same score. However KJ has a side much improved on last year, a better squad playing a system with our full backs bombing on.
This was a very solid team performance overall, and a very welcome three points.
Maybe Steve Morgan`s assertion that this season we are ready to step up may not be far off the mark. A great start to the new season, and a very happy journey home last night.