Wolves 1-1 Ajax

Wolves continued to build towards the Premier League campaign with a well-fought 1-1 draw against Dutch side Ajax at the Banks’s Stadium.

 

Ajax, who finished second in Eredivisie last season, proved stern opposition for Nuno’s side, who equalised through a Ruben Neves penalty in the second-half.

In what was Wolves’ first pre-season friendly on English soil, they were forced to come from behind after Donny van der Beek had given Ajax the lead in the opening period.

However, Wolves fully deserved their draw and had a host of chances to continue their 100 percent start, with Diogo Jota coming close on multiple occasions.

Back on British soil, Wolves looked sharp from their time in Switzerland and Ivan Cavaleiro almost gave his side an early lead but shot straight at Andre Onana.

The starting team held a strong resemblance to that which was so successful last season and Matt Doherty was typically dangerous going forward, almost forcing the opening goal on 16 minutes.

Instead he won a corner, however once centred, Jota couldn’t squeeze either of his efforts beyond the Ajax defence or goalkeeper.

Jota was performing the more central of the three forwards and should have given Wolves the lead when running onto a Neves pass, only to be foiled by Onana.

As the opening period wore on, the men in gold progressively found their rhythm and Helder Costa combined with Jota, before laying in Doherty to fire over on the stretch.

However, a minute before the break the Dutch side took the lead when van der Beek drifted inside from the right-hand side and steered an effort beyond Will Norris.

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