36 min The scoreline flatters Brentford a bit. But it doesn’t flatter Ivan Toney, who has made one and scored one. And he effectively made the one that he scored.
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Toney made it with a storming run down the left. He got away from the sliding Kilman, drew Coady across and whipped a precise pass towards the unmarked Mbuemo at the far post. The hard part for Mbuemo was saying onside, which he managed; the easy part was cushioning a volley into the empty net.
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33 min Now Semedo has a shot blocked by Janelt. The game has exploded since Ivan Toney’s goal.
32 min: Traore hits the bar! It’s all happening now. Traore, 25 yards out in the inside-left channel, lashed a drive that deflected off Jansson, wrongfooted David Raya and thumped off the underside of the crossbar.
NO GOAL! Yep, it was handball from Toney. A job well done by VAR.
Jose Sa saved from Janelt, and then Toney put the loose ball away from a couple of yards with an ingenious volleyed backheel. There are two issues – whether Mbuemo touched the ball before Toney (if so, Toney was offside) and whether Toney controlled the ball with his arm. I think this will be disallowed for handball.
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There was a man on the line but Toney was behind the goalkeeper, who had sprung from his line to take a terrific save. Hang on, this might be onside…
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Jose Sa was booked for roughing up the penalty spot before Toney scored. Not that it did any good.
GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Brentford (Toney 28 pen)
Ivan Toney strolls up and sends Jose Sa the wrong way. He really is a magnificent penalty taker.
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PENALTY GIVEN! And the usually nerveless Ivan Toney will take it.
26 min: PENALTY TO BRENTFORD! This time Marcal has been penalised for holding Toney from the corner. They were both at it, to be honest, but it was pretty stupid behaviour from Marcal. It’s being checked by VAR. I can’t see it being overturned.
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25 min There’s all kinds of wrestling before Canos takes the corner, which is headed behind by Neves. Toney is unhappy as he was manhandled off the ball by Marcal.
24 min Norgaard’s crossfield pass towards Henry is headed behind by Semedo, which gives Brentford their first corner.
21 min Nothing much to report in the last few minutes. Wolves have been slightly the better side, though Brentford again look pretty solid defensively.
17 min Traore goes on one of his runs, storming past a couple of defenders before shooting well wide from 25 yards. Thomas Frank thumps something in disgust at his team’s defending.
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15 min Moutinho’s near-post corner is headed away as far as Marcal, who volleys well wide from distance.
13 min “Hi Rob,” says Duncan Edwards. “It’s only 20 years that these two sides ended up losing play-off games, Wolves down in Division One and Brentford in Two. Makes you think, eh? Life. Tskk. Phuff. Meanwhile I’m expecting great things from ‘the boy’ Trincao today.”
That would have made for a good documentary if TV companies weren’t so bloody preoccupied with the 9/11 anniversary,
12 min A long, angled cross is headed wide by Toney near the penalty spot. He did well to win it, to be honest, and it would have been a minor miracle had he scored.
10 min Jimenez gets to the byline on the left, tries a rabona cross and falls over. A bit embarrassing but we’ve seen worse – this one only registered 2.7 on the Dunnometer.
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9 min: Toney has a goal disallowed! It was a nice finish, steered into the net off the far post, but Mbuemo was offside in the build up. Play was allowed to continue until Toney scored, and then the flag went up. VAR confirmed it was the right decision.
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7 min Traore skins Ajer on the left edge of the area but then runs into trouble. Wolves keep the ball alive until Moutinho clips a cross straight into the arms of David Raya.
5 min Neves spanks a beautiful crossfield pass out to Marcal on the left. He skips confidently inside Canos but curls well wide from 25 yards.
3 min Sergi Canos is fouled on the right wing, which gives Brentford a chance to flaunt their set-piece prowess. They don’t take it: Canos drives this one flat and hard to the far post, where Jose Sa claims confidently.
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After a pre-match chorus of Hi Ho Wolverhampton, the majority of the players on both sides take a knee.
Just over ten minutes until kick-off. It looks a pleasant day for football at Molineux, mild and sunny.
Both teams are unchanged. You’re welcome.
Wolves (3-4-3) Jose Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Trincao, Jimenez, Traore.
Substitutes: Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Mosquera, Boly, Podence, Dendoncker, Silva, Hwang.
Brentford (3-5-2) Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Baptiste, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbuemo, Toney.
Substitutes: Fernandez, Thompson, Zanka, Roerslev, Onyeka, Jensen, Wissa, Forss, Ghoddos.
Referee Darren England.
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The league table never lies, but sometimes – especially at the start of the season – it can be economical with the truth. On paper, Wolves v Brentford is 13th against 10th, a nice little mid-table clash to start the day. But that doesn’t quite tell the story of a promising start to the season by both sides.
It’s only a slight stretch to say that Wolves could have won all four league games. Instead they lost the first three 1-0, each against top-four wannabes, before winning at Watford a fortnight ago. They have played some really exciting stuff, and if Raul Jimenez gets back to his best they will surprise a few people.
Brentford have taken only two points from their last three games, a mild dose of reality after a joyous victory against Arsenal, but they have looked comfortable against decent opposition. While everyone accepts it will get tougher as the nights draw in, for now they are doing just fine.
Kick off 12.30pm.
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