Wolves finally showed the Molineux faithful how ruthless they can be as they push for a top six finish.
Following the defeat to Norwich last weekend, Wolves bought in Golbourne, Edwards and Henry in for Hause, Price and Van La Parra. The most surprising inclusion in the squad was Kevin Doyle, who is currently in talks with Colorado Rapids.
The boys in Old Gold started brightly and the first goal came after 20 minutes. After good work by Dominic Iorfa, McDonald clipped the ball over the Rotherham defence to Afobe who controlled the ball and fired home.
Wolves look a different proposition with Dicko and Afobe up front together. DnA are a defenders nightmare with their pace and work rate and the duo are starting to forge a real understanding. The partnership was in full flow for the second goal when Afobe drove down the centre of the pitch before playing in Dicko to curl it past the keeper.
At the start of the second half, Wolves seemed to take their foot off as Rotherham came out fighting. If it wasn’t for Tomasz Kuszczak, the match might have panned out very differently as he have several vital saves. Though he doesn’t fill all Wolves fans with confidence with his unorthodox technique, he is starting to find his feet at the club and a clean sheet will do his confidence the world of good.
Wolves put the game beyond any doubt when James Henry’s through ball found Afobe, who confidently rounded the keeper. Afobe’s desire to run behind the opposition defenders has given Wolves an outlet they have been crying out for. The movement for the goal has clearly been something the team have worked on in training, with Wolves scoring a very similar goal against Huddersfield Town.
With Wolves comfortably in front, Jackett took off Dicko and Afobe and bought on Doyle and Van La Parra. Kevin Doyle was given a warm welcome by the home fans, though some still haven’t forgiven or forgotten his comments last season about struggling to motivate himself when Wolves were in League 1.
Doyle looked a little rusty, understandable considering he hasn’t had much football in the past six months. But with the lack of strikers at the club, his experience could be beneficial to some of the younger strikers at the club before he moves.
Dave Edwards made it 4-0 with a glancing header from Bakary Sako’s bullet corner. Sako got on the score sheet himself; Van La Parra went on a strong run from the halfway line, threaded the ball to Sako, who fired it past Collin at the near post.
Wolves are starting to evolve into a real attacking force and if they can iron out some of the defensive lapses that a better side might take advantage of, they have a real chance of achieving Jackett’s target of another 30 points before the end of the season.