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Wolves’ fightback denies Swansea


LONDON, England, October 22- Wolves staged a dramatic late fightback to deny Swansea their first away win of the season on Saturday, scoring twice in the final six minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Molineux.

Swansea appeared to be cruising to victory after outplaying Wolves for much of an entertaining contest and taking a 2-0 lead through first-half goals from Danny Graham and Joe Allen.

But with Wolves’ sixth straight defeat looming, Mick McCarthy’s men somehow dragged themselves back into the contest with a goal from Kevin Doyle on 84 minutes before Jamie O’Hara grabbed an 86th-minute leveller.

The result came as a relief to beleaguered Wolves boss McCarthy, who had seen his players booed after Swansea’s second goal and was subjected to angry taunts from home fans during the second half.

The defeat saw Wolves move two places up the table to 14th spot while Swansea moved up to 11th.

McCarthy later declined to comment on the home fans booing of his team.

“It’s not for me to discuss,” he told Sky Sports. “Let’s just emphasise all the positives. All the nonsense that goes on, we’ll deal with that another time.

“The half-time team talk I’d like to think helped. The lads who came on helped the game in the second half.”

Swansea boss Brendan Rogers was left frustrated after watching victory slip away from his team in the final 10 minutes.

“For 80 minutes were were outstanding,” he said.

“Maybe we just went backwards with our passing too much. We need to manage the game better but I have to give massive credit to the players.

“Congratulations to Mick, they got back into it, they got their point.”

The writing had appeared to be on the wall for Wolves after Swansea’s record signing Graham fired the newly promoted Welsh side ahead on 23 minutes.

Mark Gower clipped a pass over the top and when Wolves defender Roger Johnson failed to connect with an acrobatic attempted clearance, Graham was on hand to prod home his third league goal of the season.

It got worse for Wolves 12 minutes later when Swansea doubled their lead.

This time Graham turned provider, drilling in a low cross from the right that Allen steered home to trigger a chorus of boos around Molineux.

McCarthy was subjected to taunts of “You don’t know what you’re doing” during the second half but ended up having the last laugh as his team battled back to a draw.

Doyle gave the side a lifeline when he jabbed home from close range following Sam Vokes’ shot six minutes from time, and two minutes later O’Hara levelled it when he swept in Doyle’s cross from the left.