Wolves rescue draw against Swansea


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 - Page 20

Wolverhampton Wanderers staged a dramatic late fightback to deny Swansea City their first away win of the season yesterday, scoring twice in the final six minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Molineux.

Swansea appeared to be cruising to victory after outplaying Wolves for much of an entertaining contest while taking a 2-0 lead through first-half goals from Danny Graham and Joe Allen.

However, with Wolves’ sixth straight defeat looming, Mick McCarthy’s men somehow dragged themselves back into the contest and grabbed a draw with a goal from Kevin Doyle in the 84th minute, before Jamie O’Hara’s 86th-minute leveler.

The result came as a relief to beleaguered Wolves boss McCarthy, who had seen his players booed after Swansea’s second goal and was subjected to angry taunts from home fans during the second half.

The defeat saw Wolves move two places up the table to 14th spot, while Swansea moved up to 11th.

The writing had appeared to be on the wall for Wolves after Swansea’s club record signing Graham fired the newly promoted Welsh side ahead in the 23th minute.

Mark Gower clipped a pass over the top and when Wolves defender Roger Johnson failed to connect with an acrobatic attempted clearance, Graham was on hand to prod home his third league goal of the season.

It got worse for Wolves 12 minutes later when Swansea doubled their lead. This time Graham turned provider, drilling in a low cross from the right which Allen steered home to trigger a chorus of boos around Molineux.

McCarthy was subjected to taunts of: “You don’t know what you’re doing” during the second half, but ended up having the last laugh as his team battled back to a draw.

Doyle gave the side a lifeline when he jabbed home from close range following Sam Vokes shot six minutes from time and two minutes later O’Hara leveled it when he swept in Doyle’s cross from the left.