Wolves 2, Crawley Town 1: Connolly sent off as Reds lose at Molineux

Enzio Boldewijn. Crawley Town FC. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160718-113839001
Enzio Boldewijn. Crawley Town FC. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160718-113839001

Mark Connolly was sent off for a second bookable offence as Crawley Town were knocked out of the EFL Cup at Molineux.

Dermot Drummy’s men lost 2-1 but put up a good fight against their Championship opponents.

Wolves went in front after seven minutes through Joe Mason after Jed Wallace hit the post.

But Enzio Boldewijn, who had earlier seen an effort blocked on the line by Conor Coady, headed the equaliser for visitors Crawley from Jimmy Smith’s corner in the 13th minute.

Coady secured the win in the 76th minute before Connolly was shown a red card in the 89th minute.

Mason put the hosts in the lead in the sixth minute who put away on the rebound after Jed Wallace hit the post.

But Reds responded brilliantly when Jason Roberts’ corner was headed home in the 12th minute by Boldewijn.

Both sides had chances to score, with Wolves keeper Andy Lonergan denying substitute Adi Yussuf, who was making his Reds debut coming on for the injured Jason Roberts.

For Wolves, Joao Teixeira twice scuffed shots over the bar.

Crawley had plenty of the attack in the second half as Yussuf set up Boldewijn and Smith in separate chances, but both finished over the bar.

Mark Connolly blasted a shot wide and at the other end, the central defender made a valuable block on on the line.

Wolves scored the winner in the 76th minute when a free-kick was headed backwards by Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to Conor Coady who headed in from close-range.

Wolves nearly scored again in the last few minutes when Mason hit the post.

For the second game in a row Reds finished with just ten men when Connolly was sent-off with two minutes to go for getting a second yellow card.

Crawley: Mersin, Young, Connolly, McNerney, Blackman, Smith, Banton (Harrold 81), Payne, Roberts (Yussuf 26, Bawling 72), Collins, Boldewijn

Unused subs: Beeney, Arthur, Yorwerth, Clifford

Wolves: Lonergan, Coady, Batth, Hause, Doherty, Teixeira (Edwards 84), Price, Evans, Wallace (Bodvarsson 45), Mason, Henry (Costa 45).

Unused subs: Ikeme, Saville, Enobakhare, Johnson

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 8,252 (111 away)

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