Sedgley 28 pen
Goodman 38, Atkins 42
WOLVES' first away League win this season was more of a smash- and-grab affair than a well-planned victory, leaving their hosts, Ipswich, justified in feeling well and truly robbed of three points. But the home side's dominance for most of the game was rarely converted into real scoring opportunities, with trying one pass too many being their main failing.
The visitors started apprehensively, and within five minutes Geraint Williams was testing Mick Stowell from 20 yards and a Steve Sedgley corner caused minor panics when the full-back Andy Thompson headed past his own goalkeeper, forcing Mark Rankine to save his blushes with clearance off the line. The early pressure told in the 28th minute when Eric Young grabbed at Alex Mathie's shirt in the visitors' box and Sedgley stroked the penalty into the net.
Wolves were unable to make much of an impression, although Don Goodman kidded his way down the left touchline in a 40-yard run which took him within shooting range, only to hit Richard Wright with his shot.
But Goodman took the same route in the 38th minute and Wolves were suddenly back in the game. His marker, Mick Stockwell, was outsmarted again, and this time Goodman poked his shot into the Ipswich net between a badly positioned Wright and the near post.
Four minutes later the Ipswich goalkeeper was blushing again when he came for Tony Daley's right-wing corner. The massive presence of Wolves' Eric Young did not help the keeper as the corner reached Goodman, whose downward header fell into a ruck of feet and bodies before ending in the net. Mark Atkins claimed the goal, but it was odds-on that Wright's desperate dive to retrieve the situation pushed the ball over his own line.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with Ipswich all hustle but unable to dent the Wolves defence, What few opportunities came Ipswich's way meant trying to beat the competent Stowell from 25 yards-plus. Substitute Frank Yallop came closest, forcing an acrobatic leap from the Wolves keeper.
This Wolves side is still far short of the quality needed to match their splendid new Molineux stadium. But the resilience they showed here is one thing that their manager, Graham Taylor, must be thankful is already part of their armoury.Reuse content