Wolves 0 Ipswich 2: McCarthy has the last laugh on Molineux return as pressure builds on Solbakken
17:11 GMT, 29 December 2012
17:44 GMT, 29 December 2012
Mick McCarthy enjoyed a winning return to Molineux as his Ipswich side piled further misery on former club Wolves and under-pressure boss Stale Solbakken.
McCarthy was back in the Black Country for the first time since being sacked in February, ending a six-year spell with Wanderers, and was joined by assistant Terry Connor, who succeeded him in the Wolves hot seat before himself being replaced by Norwegian Solbakken in the summer.
A great ovation greeted the pair before kick-off and they also ended up having the last laugh amid a chorus of boos which rung around Molineux as Wolves' miserable season continued.
Opener: Aaron Cresswell celebrates his strike
Wolves: Ikeme; Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward; Sigurdarson, Henry (O'Hara 66), Davis (Doumbia 66), Sako; Doyle (Pennant 66), Ebanks-Blake.
Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.
Ipswich: Henderson; Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Edwards, Drury (Reo-Coker 71), N'Daw, Murphy; Martin; Campbell (Chopra 81).
Subs not used: Loach, Higginbotham, Hyam, Emmanuel-Thomas, Scotland.
Booked: Martin, Campbell.
Goals: Cresswell 33, Campbell 64.
Referee: Darren Drysdale.
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Aaron Cresswell's well-worked goal and
neat finish, his third of the season, opened the scoring in the 33rd
minute, and the points were secured by DJ Campbell just after the hour
mark when he found himself clean through, a 10th goal in 16 appearances
for the on-loan QPR striker.
McCarthy has now guided Ipswich to seven wins in 12 games since taking
the reins at the start of November, compared to one in 13 prior to his
McCarthy kept faith with the same XI for a fifth successive game while
Solbakken made two changes in response to the embarrassing 3-0 home
defeat to Peterborough on Boxing Day, Bjorn Sigurdarson and David Davis
And it was Wolves who should have been awarded a penalty after just two
minutes as Kevin Doyle latched onto Christophe Berra's long ball only to
be bundled over by Luke Chambers, who went unpunished.
Lee Martin immediately fired off target at the other end when he really
should have done better, with the Town wide man shooting straight at
Carl Ikeme soon after.
A tale of two bosses: Solbakken (left) greets McCarthy before the game
Wolves' influential winger Bakary Sako twice sent efforts wide before
the half-hour mark but there was very little to trouble either
That was until the 33rd minute when Cresswell opened the scoring in
The left-back ventured forward and, having laid the ball off,
continued his run and received it back before finishing right footed
inside the far post.
The home side produced very little in response and were duly booed off at the interval.
Guirane N'Daw almost caught out Ikeme with a great 30-yard effort immediately after half-time.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, a reported January target for McCarthy, sent a teasing ball across goal which Doyle failed to connect with.
A real lull in proceedings passed until the hour mark but the game was lit up by Campbell's second.
The forward raced onto Bradley Orr's long ball and waited for the right moment before sending a composed finish under Ikeme.
Solbakken immediately made a triple substitution, with the withdrawal of Doyle greeted by fierce opposition from supporters.
And they voiced more displeasure at the full-time whistle as Town
celebrated their first win at Molineux in 21 years, with substitute
Michael Chopra wasting a great chance for a third in injury time.