Allan McGregor’s second half slip up from a fumbled Nouha Dicko cross granted Kenny Jackett’s men a share of the spoils, as Wolverhapton Wanderers had to settle for a draw against Hull City at the Molineux (First published on AllSportsNews)
Going into today’s game, both Hull and Wolves boasted unbeaten runs during the first two domestic fixtures of the season, and yielded two of the division’s strongest attacking line-ups.
Wolves looked to Benik Afobe and Nouha Dicko to give the home side the advantage, as the duo looked to better their combined 47 goal tally from last season.
Steve Bruce opted for experienced Croatian forward, Nikica Jelavic and Arsenal loanee, Chuba Akpom to spearhead Hull’s attack – with the latter on a spell of fine form, having scored two goals in his opening two games.
The lunch-time encounter certainly had it’s promise of early goals, as Benik Afobe and Nouha Dicko capitalized on two sloppy errors from Hull’s defense, but failed to give the hosts an early lead.
One of the major talking points for the home side prior to kick-off was Jackett’s decision to bench Carl Ikeme and hand Emiliano Martinez his first start of the campaign.
The Arsenal-loanee was barely tested by Hull during the opening 15 minutes of the game, as Wolves contained and pressed the opposition.
However, a foul caused by Kortney Hause on defender Curtis Davies gifted Hull City an opportunity to leap ahead of their opponents, twenty minutes into the first half. Jelavic stepped up to the mark and calmly beat Martinez to put Hull ahead.
Despite impressive displays of counter-attacking play from Conor Coady, Dave Edwards and Benik Afobe, Wolves failed to bounce back going into the second half, with Afobe and Dicko failing to latch onto crucial passes from the wings.
The breakthrough that Wolves so thoroughly deserved came as a result of Allan McGregor botching a routine catch from a poorly executed cross from Dicko, mid-way into the second half.
As McGregor dropped the intercepted cross, Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards tapped the ball into the Hull goal and put the hosts back on level terms.
Wolves continued to test the Hull defense with Edwards and Afobe pouncing on opportunities to turn chances into potential winning goals.
However, impressive defensive displays from Andrew Robertson kept Hull in contention up to the final whistle, as the spoils were shared equally between two sides vying for promotion this season.