Wolves begin new year with defeat by Crystal Palace

Wolverhampton Wanderers saw their impressive English Premier League campaign run into the buffers on Wednesday at home.

Wolverhampton Wanderers saw their impressive English Premier League campaign run into the buffers on Wednesday at home.
Two goals in the dying minutes enabled Crystal Palace to take all three points with a 2-0 win at Molineux.
Looking out of sorts at the start of the year, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves had only needed a draw to make some history.
They would have become the first promoted team to garner 30 points after 21 matches in a top-flight season since Birmingham City in 2009/2010.
Instead, their hopes of rising as high as seventh were spoiled as Crystal Palace deservedly took the spoils.
Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew fired home his first goal for the club in the 83rd minute.
Luka Milivojevic then converted from the penalty kick spot five minutes into added time, after Ryan Bennett had brought down Wilfried Zaha.
It gave Crystal Palace consecutive away wins in the same English Premier League season for the first time in two years and Roy Hodgson’s team were well worth the points.
They dominated the first half, with only their profligate finishing letting them down.
Andros Townsend’s dismal ballooned right-footed shot and James Tomkins’ missed header proved the most glaring examples.
Wolves, as befits their reputation this term as second-half revivalists, looked much sharper on the resumption.
They created more chances in the opening four minutes after the break than in the entire first-half.
Reuters/NAN.
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