Friday 21 July 2017

Zubar swoops late to save vital point for gritty Wolves

Wolves 2 Norwich 2 John Curtis

Mick McCarthy's Wolves displayed the battling qualities they will need for the rest of the season as they twice came from behind to rescue a Premier league point against a classy Norwich outfit at Molineux last night.

Ronald Zubar headed home a corner with eight minutes left after Norwich substitute Simeon Jackson netted with his first touch just five minutes earlier.

Norwich had led in the first half through Andrew Surman's 12th-minute opener, but Wolves equalised in the closing stages of the first half through Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who justified his manager's decision to start the striker in place of mis-firing Ireland star Kevin Doyle.

Wolves made an encouraging start, but Norwich responded and knocked the ball around in confident style with Dubliner Wes Hoolahan pulling the strings.

Wayne Hennessey then finger-tipped aside a cross-shot from Steve Morison, and it came as no surprise when the Canaries went ahead after 12 minutes through Surman's first Premier League goal.

Hoolahan was played onside by Christophe Berra and burst down the left flank before crossing for the unmarked Surman to head past Hennessey.

After 37 minutes Ebanks-Blake justified his recall by levelling. The overlapping Stephen Ward's cross found Stephen Hunt, whose shot was blocked -- but the ball fell to Ebanks-Blake, whose shot was not cleanly struck but trickled in.

Norwich were the better side in the second half and Jackson restored Norwich's lead with his first touch. Morison made good ground down the left and crossed for Jackson to net from close range.

But Zubar made it 2-2 in the 82nd minute when he powered home a header from Jarvis' corner.

Irish Independent

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