Rotherham United 2-2 Wolves

6 Aug

Walter Zenga


Walter Zenga took charge of Wolves for the first time following his appointment last Saturday

New Wolves boss Walter Zenga saw his side fight back from 2-0 down to start the Championship season with a draw at Rotherham United.

Danny Ward headed the hosts in front from a corner before Will Vaulks made it 2-0 with a stunning 25-yard strike.

George Saville rounded home goalkeeper Lee Camp to pull one back before Wolves defender Dominic Iorfa was sent off for pulling back Jon Taylor.

But Iceland striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson fired in to earn Wolves a point.

Bodvarsson, making his debut after signing from German side Kaiserslautern, was set up by fellow debutant Joao Teixeira to put a dampener on Alan Stubbs’ first game in charge of the Millers.

Stubbs, who left Hibernian to join Rotherham in the summer, handed starts to four of his summer signings – including record-signing Taylor – although it was Vaulks who made an immediate impact with a sweetly-struck half-volley that gave his side a deserved two-goal lead.

Although Saville pulled one back, Rotherham looked increasingly in charge when Iorfa was ruled to be the last man as Taylor tried to run in on goal.

But Wolves improved following the introduction of on-loan Benfica midfielder Teixeira and ultimately deserved their point in former Italy goalkeeper Zenga’s first game since replacing Kenny Jackett.

Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs: “There were a lot of positives to take, but right now it feels like it is two points dropped rather than a point gained.

“The two goals were sloppy and ones we should have prevented.

“It was mixed, I was pleased with certain elements and a part of me was frustrated as we didn’t get a reward for the position we put ourselves in.”

Wolves head coach Walter Zenga: “It’s very nice, sometimes you win, sometimes you learn, today I learned! The stadium was full, it was a nice game. It’s amazing. If we’d have lost it might have been different.

“Even in the second half when we had 10, we refused to lose. That is the most important thing. I think we deserved to draw.

“There were many emotional moments, especially the welcome the fans gave me.”

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson with a through ball.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt blocked. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason with a headed pass.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

João Teixeira (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United).

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Rotherham United).

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution, Rotherham United. Scott Allan replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution, Rotherham United. Tom Thorpe replaces Joe Mattock because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Substitution, Rotherham United. Richard Smallwood replaces Lee Frecklington because of an injury.

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by João Teixeira.

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Evans.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Teixeira replaces James Henry.

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