Wolves kicked on from their win against Rotherham at the weekend with a comprehensive win at home to Fulham.
The only change in the starting line up from the weekend was Jack Price being recalled to the side in play of James Henry. Wolves started with Price tucked in on the right side of midfield and Sako given licence to roam in from the left.
With the midfield playing narrow, it gave Dominic Iorfa the opportunity to attack from right back. Picking up the ball on the halfway, the youngster drove down the flank and managed to win a corner for Wolves. From the set piece, Sako drilled the ball to the near post where Danny Batth powered the ball into the back of the net.
Batth, aside his goal, had a very good game. The captain has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after some hit and miss displays and will be hoping to find some form in this busy run of fixtures.
Fulham had a guilt-edge chance to get them back into the game through Ross McCormack soon after the goal. The ball ricocheted around the penalty box as Wolves struggled to clear their line, eventually falling to McCormack 10 yards out, who scuffed his shot straight at Kuczszak. With his goal record last season, you would expect him to test the Wolves goal far more than he did last night.
Wolves capitalised on Fulham’s poor shooting when Bakary Sako came to life. Sako picked the ball up in the centre of the pitch, before going on a mazy run and finding space to dispatch the ball in the bottom corner.
The Malian was starting to enjoy himself and all but killed off the game before halftime. Picking the ball up 25 yards out, Sako worked his way past into the box and his powerful shot went through the Fulham keeper into the back of the net.
In a 20 minute period, Sako showed how important he is to Wolves. Though he may drift out of games, when he plays to his full ability, there are few teams at this level who can stop him.
Wolves showed excellent game management in the second half. With half an eye on the tough run of fixtures a head, Jackett took off Sako, Dicko and Afobe to save them for the weekend. Dicko and Afobe worked tirelessly, but unfortunately for the duo, they had few clear cut chances to get on the score sheet.
In a professional performance, Kenny Jackett will be satisfied to see his team win by a convincing score line and keep a clean sheet. Wolves are relying on other team to slip up so they can make the playoffs. But for now, they are doing all they can to make to top six.