Swansea 4 Wolves 4: Jarvis inspires Wanderers comeback to claim unlikely point
16:32 GMT, 28 April 2012
Relegated Wolves produced an astonishing recovery from 3-0 and 4-1 down to claim the most unlikely of draws at Swansea in the Barclays Premier League.
Things looked grim for Terry Connor's side as Andrea Orlandi struck in the first minute before Joe Allen and Nathan Dyer extended Swansea's lead before the 15-minute mark.
But the visitors rallied as Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis pulled goals back either side of Danny Graham scoring Swansea's fourth, before second-half strikes from David Edwards and the outstanding Jarvis capped a breathless contest and secured a point.
Danny boy: Danny Graham scores the fourth Swansea goal
Swansea: Vorm, Williams, Caulker, Monk, Orlandi (Taylor 46), Britton, Allen, Dyer, Sinclair, Sigurdsson, Graham (Moore 82).
Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Routledge, McEachran, Lita, Gower.
Booked: Britton, Moore.
Goals: Orlandi 1, Allen 4, Dyer 15, Graham 31.
Wolverhampton: De Vries, Ward, Berra, Stearman, Foley, Jarvis (Hunt 72), Edwards, Henry, Kightly, Doyle, Fletcher (Ebanks-Blake 76).
Subs Not Used: Ikeme, Johnson, Milijas, Jonsson, Zubar.
Goals: Fletcher 28, Jarvis 33, Edwards 54, Jarvis 69.
Referee: Jon Moss
The draw secured Swansea's Premier League status, but manager Brendan Rodgers will not have been impressed with the way his side squandered the advantage they built during an opening where Wolves' season looked set to hit a new low.
And the watching Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would hardly have seen anything to suggest Swansea will pose his side a threat at Old Trafford next weekend such was their defensive capitulation.
But anything other than a comfortable home win seemed unlikely when Wolves keeper Dorus de Vries, back at his former club, had to pick the ball out of his net twice in the opening four minutes.
Steven Caulker and Leon Britton built the play from the back for the hosts and Scott Sinclair's cross located Orlandi in acres of space for the Spaniard to find the net as his header looped over the keeper after just 25 seconds.
The hosts then doubled the lead with less than four minutes on the clock as Wolves were torn apart.
Graham and Gylfi Sigurdsson linked well to free Allen and the midfielder's shot took a deflection off Richard Stearman to leave De Vries with no chance.
Heads first: Nathan Dyer scores the third goal for Swansea
Wolves had been carved open with
worrying ease for the opening two goals and things rapidly got worse for
Connor's side as a third arrived in the 15th minute.
Orlandi tricked his way between Kevin
Foley and Michael Kightly and his deflected ball across the box was
headed in at the far post by Dyer.
Graham could have made it 4-0 moments later, but he hesitated and De Vries foiled his effort to slot home from an acute angle.
Goal crazy: Joe Allen scores for Swansea and celebrates with Danny Graham
Wolves managed to get a goal back
when Kevin Doyle found space down the left and delivered a pinpoint
cross for Fletcher to direct a free header over Michel Vorm.
But that only proved brief respite as Swansea replied with their fourth on the half hour.
Dyer was afforded far too much
freedom on the right to surge into the box, and when his shot rebounded
back to him, he lofted a lovely ball for Graham to coolly slot his 13th
goal of the season.
Four-midable: Graham celebrates his goal with Dyer
The comical standard of defending
continued as another Doyle cross came through to Jarvis, who cut inside
Caulker to place a finish beyond Vorm three minutes later, Ashley
Williams making a hash of his attempted goal-line clearance.
The lively winger could have had
another soon after, but an excellent tackle from the covering Garry Monk
denied him as he was about to pull the trigger.
Having been overrun towards the end
of the opening half, Rodgers elected to bring on Neil Taylor for Orlandi
to revert to a four-man defence.
Stunning comeback: Wolves players celebrate their fourth goal
But the relentless action continued
as Sigurdsson first smashed a half volley against the foot of the post,
before unleashing a left-footed strike that De Vries tipped behind for a
But it was Wolves who found the net next as they sensed an extraordinary turnaround was on the cards.
Kightly's neat pass picked out the run of Edwards and the midfielder held off Monk's attentions to steer the ball past Vorm.
Little Britton: Leon Britton gets to the ball ahead of Wolves' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Little and large: Swansea's Nathan Dyer is challenged by Wolves' Stephen Ward
Fletcher then failed to get telling
contact on a deep cross from Foley with the visitors fully in control
and pressing for an equaliser.
And it duly arrived in the 69th
minute as Fletcher's first-time ball across the six-yard box was slid
home by Jarvis for the winger's second of the game.
All the momentum was with Wolves and
Kightly should have given Connor a first win in his 11th game in charge,
but blazed high and wide.
At the other end De Vries did enough
to deny substitute Luke Moore, while referee Jon Moss waved away
handball appeals against Stearman in a breathless, frantic finale.
Watching brief: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands to keep an eye on Swansea who his side face next week