Wolves show their pride in 'crazy' game

Swansea City 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4: Eight-goal thriller served up in front of Sir Alex Ferguson and a bemused Swansea crowd

the liberty stadium

Sir Alex Ferguson was on a scouting mission to south Wales, but what the Manchester United manager made of quite a remarkable yet bizarre game is anyone's guess.

Ferguson opted to visit the Liberty Stadium with coaches Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen during the middle of the club's three-day break prior to tomorrow's mammoth Manchester derby and cast an eye over next weekend's opponents Swansea.

But while the Scotsman will have noted Brendan Rodgers' men are a far greater threat in attack than City counterpart Roberto Mancini's '10-0 win' claim, Ferguson and his backroom staff will have also picked up on a new formation employed by the hosts.

Rodgers changed his usual fluid 4-3-3 for a 3-4-3 diamond. Yet despite the reshuffle, Swansea raced into a three-goal lead inside 15 minutes.

Swansea manager Rodgers said: "The system worked perfectly, but we changed it at 3-0 and we conceded poor goals defensively.

"Sir Alex will think we are a team that can cause them problems. We have quality and a lot of attacking ability. If they have an off-day they will know we can score goals."

Swansea scored the fastest Premier League goal of the season inside 24 seconds when Andrea Orlandi, making only his second start since January, provided an instant impact to nod home Scott Sinclair's left-wing cross beyond Dorus de Vries.

The Dutch goalkeeper's first return to Swansea since his departure last summer on a free transfer got worse three minutes later when Joe Allen bagged a second goal for the hosts thanks to a first-time pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a deflection off Richard Stearman.

Ex-Barcelona midfielder Orlandi, revelling in his rare first-team opportunity, was the creator for Swansea's third goal. The Spaniard galloped down the left flank, beating Michael Kightly and Kevin Foley with ease to cross for Nathan Dyer who headed the ball inside the far post.

But already relegated Wolves refused to throw in the towel. Fletcher pulled a goal back in the 28th minute with a looping header past Michel Vorm following neat work by strike partner Kevin Doyle.

Yet the fightback appeared shortlived as Danny Graham ended a recent goal drought with a cool right-footed finish into the bottom corner.

The crazy first half continued when Matt Jarvis calmly slotted home for the sixth goal inside 33 minutes.

The second half looked like starting as did the first when ,Sigurdsson saw his 10-yard shot crash against the post.

But Wolves, to their credit, maintained their belief and in the 53rd minute Karl Henry's quickly-taken free-kick led to David Edwards sliding the ball past Vorm. The visitors grabbed a deserved share of the spoils as Jarvis grabbed his second goal of a crazy afternoon.

"Once they cleared their heads, my players were superb," said Wolves under-fire interim manager Terry Connor.

Swansea (3-4-3): Vorm; Caulker, Monk, Williams; Britton, Allen, Orlandi (Taylor, 46), Sigurdsson; Dyer, Graham (Moore, 82), Sinclair.

Wolves (4-4-2): De Vries; Foley, Stearman, Berra, Ward; Kightly, Edwards, Henry, Jarvis (Hunt, 73); Fletcher (Ebanks-Blake, 76), Doyle.

Referee Jonathan Moss.

Man of the match Jarvis (Wolves).

Match rating 9/10.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Money
Welcome to tinsel town: retailers such as Selfridges will be Santa's little helpers this Christmas, working hard to persuade shoppers to stock up on gifts
news
News
i100
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Architect Frank Gehry is regarded by many as the most important architect of the modern era
arts + entsGehry has declared that 98 per cent of modern architecture is "s**t"
Arts and Entertainment
Soul singer Sam Smith cleared up at the Mobo awards this week
arts + entsSam Smith’s Mobo triumph is just the latest example of a trend
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker