Team of the Week – Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Wolverhampton Wanderers improved their winning streak to six on the bounce as they inflicted Brentford’s first defeat under Mark Warburton with an impressive 3-0 away victory.

It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for Wanderers fans as they have seen their side suffer two successive relegations from the Premier League to League One with three managers falling by the wayside since Mick McCarthy’s dismissal in February of 2012.

Enter Kenny Jackett, who seems to have Wolves firing on all cylinders again, scoring 54 goals in 31 games. More importantly however, it is the back line that have contributed to Wolves’ success this season conceding 20 goals, 10 less than any other team in the league.

Jackett’s team went into the game having won five straight games but were travelling to table toppers Brentford who hadn’t yet lost under their new manager Mark Warburton.

The first half was a quiet affair until James Henry chipped in a frankly audacious effort from Kevin McDonald’s cut back right on half-time giving the away team the lead. The Bee’s didn’t have much in the way of chances but saw a couple of long-range efforts zip wide of Wolves ‘keeper Ikeme’s post.

Although they weren’t creating many chances, Brentford looked the stronger side in the second half. That was until, against the run of play, Michael Jacobs latched on to Sako’s through ball to slide it under the Brentford goalkeeper for Wolves’ second of the game.

Jacobs had scored both goals in Wolves’ 2-0 victory over Notts County the week before and had now managed to bag himself another brace with a goal worthy of their former Premier League status. Scott Golbourne and Bakary Sako played a lovely one-two with the former finding Jacobs, who put the ball in the back of the net with a fantastic curling effort from more than 20 yards out.

Kenny Jackett’s side now sit second in the table, equal on points and goal difference with leaders Leyton Orient but with two games in hand. Brentford are one point behind Wanderers having played as many games.

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