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Wolves 0 Ipswich 2 – Mick McCarthy wins on Molineux return

Wolves 0 Ipswich 2: McCarthy has the last laugh on Molineux return as pressure builds on Solbakken

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17:11 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 29 December 2012

Mick McCarthy enjoyed a winning return to Molineux as his Ipswich side piled further misery on former club Wolves and under-pressure boss Stale Solbakken.

McCarthy was back in the Black Country for the first time since being sacked in February, ending a six-year spell with Wanderers, and was joined by assistant Terry Connor, who succeeded him in the Wolves hot seat before himself being replaced by Norwegian Solbakken in the summer.

A great ovation greeted the pair before kick-off and they also ended up having the last laugh amid a chorus of boos which rung around Molineux as Wolves' miserable season continued.

Opener: Aaron Cresswell celebrates his strike

Opener: Aaron Cresswell celebrates his strike

Match facts

Wolves: Ikeme; Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward; Sigurdarson, Henry (O'Hara 66), Davis (Doumbia 66), Sako; Doyle (Pennant 66), Ebanks-Blake.

Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Ebanks-Blake.

Ipswich: Henderson; Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Edwards, Drury (Reo-Coker 71), N'Daw, Murphy; Martin; Campbell (Chopra 81).

Subs not used: Loach, Higginbotham, Hyam, Emmanuel-Thomas, Scotland.

Booked: Martin, Campbell.

Goals: Cresswell 33, Campbell 64.

Referee: Darren Drysdale.

Attendance: 28,595.

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Aaron Cresswell's well-worked goal and
neat finish, his third of the season, opened the scoring in the 33rd
minute, and the points were secured by DJ Campbell just after the hour
mark when he found himself clean through, a 10th goal in 16 appearances
for the on-loan QPR striker.

McCarthy has now guided Ipswich to seven wins in 12 games since taking
the reins at the start of November, compared to one in 13 prior to his
appointment.

McCarthy kept faith with the same XI for a fifth successive game while
Solbakken made two changes in response to the embarrassing 3-0 home
defeat to Peterborough on Boxing Day, Bjorn Sigurdarson and David Davis
coming in.

And it was Wolves who should have been awarded a penalty after just two
minutes as Kevin Doyle latched onto Christophe Berra's long ball only to
be bundled over by Luke Chambers, who went unpunished.

Lee Martin immediately fired off target at the other end when he really
should have done better, with the Town wide man shooting straight at
Carl Ikeme soon after.

A tale of two bosses: Solbakken (left) greets McCarthy before the game

A tale of two bosses: Solbakken (left) greets McCarthy before the game

Wolves' influential winger Bakary Sako twice sent efforts wide before
the half-hour mark but there was very little to trouble either
goalkeeper.

That was until the 33rd minute when Cresswell opened the scoring in
style.

The left-back ventured forward and, having laid the ball off,
continued his run and received it back before finishing right footed
inside the far post.
The home side produced very little in response and were duly booed off at the interval.

Guirane N'Daw almost caught out Ikeme with a great 30-yard effort immediately after half-time.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, a reported January target for McCarthy, sent a teasing ball across goal which Doyle failed to connect with.

A real lull in proceedings passed until the hour mark but the game was lit up by Campbell's second.

The forward raced onto Bradley Orr's long ball and waited for the right moment before sending a composed finish under Ikeme.

Solbakken immediately made a triple substitution, with the withdrawal of Doyle greeted by fierce opposition from supporters.

And they voiced more displeasure at the full-time whistle as Town
celebrated their first win at Molineux in 21 years, with substitute
Michael Chopra wasting a great chance for a third in injury time.

Middlesbrough 2 Wolves 0 – match report:

Middlesbrough 2 Wolves 0: Late Boro double sinks visitors in tight affair at Riverside

PUBLISHED:

17:28 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 15 December 2012

Middlesbrough grabbed two late goals to move back into third in the npower Championship as Wolves' unbeaten December was ended at the Riverside.

Stale Solbakken's side, who had started the month with back-to-back wins, had not won on Teesside since 1951 although they seemed on course for a point until Marvin Emnes' penalty and Scott McDonald's strike sealed three points for Boro.

Wolves substitute David Davis went close late on with an effort which looked to be heading in until a deflection diverted it into goalkeeper Jason Steele's arms.

Close call: Middlesbrough scored two goals late on to steal the win

Close call: Middlesbrough scored two goals late on to steal the win

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend (Parnaby 80), Woodgate, Hines, Hoyte, Luke Williams (Emnes 62), McEachran, Leadbitter, Smallwood, Miller (Ledesma 62), McDonald.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Bailey, Jutkiewicz.

Booked: Leadbitter.

Goals: Emnes 89 pen,McDonald 90.

Wolves: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Doumbia (Davis 74), Henry, Sigurdarson, Sako, Ebanks-Blake (Pennant 74), Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Nouble, Batth, Forde.

Attendance: 15,662

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

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The turning point came moments later
as referee Robert Madley awarded a spot-kick to the hosts when a cross
struck Karl Henry's arm.

The visitors were adamant the contact
was purely accidental with Henry keeping his arms by his side, but the
penalty was awarded and Emnes sent Carl Ikeme the wrong way in the 89th
minute.

To rub salt into the wounds, McDonald smashed in a second in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Wolves pushed for a leveller.

The hosts were the first to go close as Luke Williams forced Ikeme into a stop.

Ishmael Miller, who was given a
chance to shine with both Emnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz on the substitutes'
bench, tried to repay Tony Mowbray's faith in him as a blistering
counter-attack ended with the former West Brom forward curling a
left-footed effort over the top.

Both sides looked more comfortable on the break and Henry's good work almost culminated in a golden chance for the visitors.

Henry darted forward down the left
and pulled the ball across goal as Jonathan Woodgate had to step with a
last-ditch challenge to stop Sylvan Ebanks-Blake sweeping home.

Wolves midfielder Bakary Sako was
never shy of trying his luck from distance and a free-kick which just
went wide was as close as either team came to a first-half opener.

Chances were at a premium and Sakho again drilled an effort in from range with Steele right behind it.

Mowbray tried to inject some life
into his side with the double introduction of tricky winger Emmanuel
Ledesma and Emnes, and the former jinked inside before firing straight
at Ikeme.

At the other end, Kevin Doyle's
vicious effort almost caught Steele out with its movement, though the
stopper pushed it wide and away from danger.

The visitors looked the more likely
to grab a late goal and substitute Davis thought he had clinched three
points, but his effort was deflected into Steele's path.

Moments later Boro were awarded a
penalty when McDonald's cross struck Henry on the arm, despite Wolves'
protestations that the contact was purely accidental.

Emnes stroked home the spot-kick and
he then turned provider, teeing up McDonald as Middlesbrough made a
three-on-two break count.

Bristol City 1 Wolves 4: Doyle double downs Robins as Wolves breeze to victory

Bristol City 1 Wolves 4: Doyle double downs Robins as Wolves breeze to victory

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17:30 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 1 December 2012

Wolves recorded an emphatic away win in the npower Championship match at Ashton Gate to ease the pressure on manager Stale Solbakken.

His struggling side came into this match without a win in nine games, their worst sequence at this level for 21 years, but they blew away City in a fantastic first half thanks to goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Bjorn Sigurdarson and a Kevin Doyle double.

Doyle came very close to his hat-trick after the break and Roger Johnson hit the crossbar before Neil Danns' classy goal in the 85th minute gave the City fans something to cheer about.

Out in front: Kevin Doyle celebrates scoring Wolves' third goal

Out in front: Kevin Doyle celebrates scoring Wolves' third goal

Match facts

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Bates, Fontaine, Bryan, Adomah, Elliott, Kilkenny (Baldock 46), Danns, Pearson,Taylor (Davies 58). Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Anderson, Reid, Danny Wilson.

Yellow cards: Danns, Davies.

Scorer: Danns 85.

Wolves: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Sigurdarson (Nouble 86), Edwards (Davis 60), Henry,Sako, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle (Forde 72). Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Pennant, Batth.

Scorers: Ebanks-Blake 20,Doyle 25,41,Sigurdarson 44.

Att: 13,892

Ref: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

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Derek McInnes made just one change as he looked to lead City to a victory over Wolves for the first time in 19 years with Ryan Taylor replacing Stephen Davies up front.

Solbakken shuffled his pack following the midweek home defeat to Millwall with captain Karl Henry returning to the side after suspension along with Kevin Foley and Ebanks-Blake.

It was Wolves, 19th in the table coming into this match, who started the brighter and they should really have taken the lead in the fourth minute when Ebanks-Blake missed a gilt-edged chance after Bakary Sako's low cross found the striker unmarked in the box but he somehow put his effort wide.

Four minutes later it was City's turn to threaten when Danns' cross found Liam Fontaine but his volley was right at Carl Ikeme.

Ebanks-Blake had another chance for the visitors shortly after but he headed over from 12 yards out.

The Robins are the only team in the Football League yet to keep a clean sheet and so it was no surprise when Ebanks-Blake opened the scoring in the 20th minute with his first goal in nine games.

Fontaine cleared a corner only as far as Stephen Ward, whose fine volley was diverted in by the former Manchester United trainee.

The lead was doubled just four minutes later when a fine move ended with Doyle bundling Sigurdarson's cross from the right flank past Tom Heaton for his first away goal since February.

The Ireland international had only scored three times in 19 appearances this season but netted his second in just 16 first-half minutes with a wonderful solo goal.

The former Reading striker picked the ball up in his own half and ran unchallenged before slotting home.

And just a minute before half-time the visitors made sure of their first three points in 10 games with another fine move, finished off with a left-foot shot across Heaton from Sigurdarson after Ebanks-Blake teed him up.

McInnes introduced Sam Baldock at half-time but Wolves picked up where they left off with Doyle coming close to a hat-trick on two occasions, the first was cleared off the line by Matthew Bates and his second effort was saved by Heaton.

City were then inches away from finding themselves five down when Johnson met a corner with a header that bounced off Heaton's bar.

Baldock then had his side's best chance of the game when Foster found him 10 yards out but he could not test Ikeme.

Danns had a low drive saved by the Wolves keeper before the Leicester loanee netted a consolation in style from 25 yards with five minutes to go.

Wolves 0 Millwall 1 – match report: Andy Keogh strikes

Wolves 0 Millwall 1: Keogh punishes his old side and turns heat up on Solbakken

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22:23 GMT, 27 November 2012

Andy Keogh piled the pressure on his former employers and under-fire manager Stale Solbakken as in-form Millwall extended their unbeaten run to 12 games.

The striker, who swapped Wolves for the Lions in January after five years at Molineux, proved the inevitable matchwinner with a 79th-minute effort after being teed up by on-loan West Brom strike partner Chris Wood.

Wanderers boss Solbakken will be growing increasingly concerned with his side's struggles having now gone nine matches without a win, slipping from third place in the npower Championship table to 18th.

That'll do: Andy Keogh is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game

That'll do: Andy Keogh is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game

MATCH FACTS

Wolverhampton: Ikeme (De Vries 66), Stearman (Ebanks-Blake 82), Johnson, Berra, Ward, Pennant (Forde 69), Edwards, Sigurdarson, Davis, Sako, Doyle.

Subs Not Used: Nouble, Batth, Doumbia, Foley.

Millwall: Forde, Adam Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Feeney (N'Guessan 73), Abdou, Wright, Chris Taylor, Keogh (Jack Smith 90), Wood.

Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, Racon, Osborne, Malone, O'Brien.

Goals: Keogh 79.

Att: 18,174

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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More worrying will be his team's
constant inability to perform in the second half, with tonight no
exception following a dominant first-half display.

Wolves were booed off at the full-time whistle, with home supporters having not witnessed a home victory since late September.

The Black Country club went into the
encounter second-bottom in a form table which was led by Millwall, who
have now won their last four games thanks to Keogh's fifth goal of the
season to rise up to fifth place.

The first half's biggest talking point
arrived with 12 minutes on the clock as Danny Shittu brought down Kevin
Doyle when moving into the penalty area, but the challenge was deemed
to have been made just outside the box by referee Michael Naylor.

Wolves, inspired by Bakary Sako after
he passed a fitness test on a thigh strain, had certainly made the more
promising start although they had failed to seriously test Lions
goalkeeper David Forde in the opening quarter.

Christophe Berra made a great challenge to nick the ball off the toe of Wood as he threatened to break clear for the visitors.

Bjorn Sigurdarson came close to
connecting with Sako's cross as the game started to flow from end to
end, with Adam Smith then finding the side-netting from the right of the
penalty area for Millwall.

But the excitement which dominated the
opening half an hour dissipated as the first half wore on, with the
game goalless at the interval.

Chris Taylor fired wide from distance
within 51 seconds of the restart as Millwall broke swiftly on the
counter before Keogh then tried his luck.

Doyle sent a shot off target for the
hosts but, as has so often been the case this season, Wolves were
considerably off the pace after the restart.

Wood came close to getting on the end of a ball into the box as Millwall looked the more likely to make the breakthrough.

Solbakken was given another dilemma as
goalkeeper Carl Ikeme suffered a hand injury and was eventually forced
off in the 66th minute.

However, despite Wolves' inadequacies Millwall were hardly looking seriously threatening themselves.

The home side finally enjoyed a
second-half shot with 76 minutes on the clock – much to the ironic joy
of the home support – as Dave Edwards fired over.

But those supporters were soon
watching Millwall fans celebrate as Wood held the ball up well and laid
off for Keogh to fire home from 12 yards.

Wanderers substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake twice came close to an equaliser but it did not come for Wolves.

Wolves 3 Brighton 3: match report

Wolves 3 Brighton 3: Johnson rescues home side late in the day after Henry sees red

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17:37 GMT, 10 November 2012

Roger Johnson scored a dramatic late equaliser for Wolves to deny Brighton in a six-goal thriller which saw the hosts play with 10 men for the entire second half.

Bakary Sako opened the scoring for Stale Solbakken's men when he fired the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak after some superb build-up play.

Craig Mackail-Smith pulled Brighton level on 43 minutes, before Karl Henry was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Liam Bridcutt on the stroke of half-time.

On our way: Bakary Sako (right) celebrated striking Wolves' first goal at Molineux

On our way: Bakary Sako (right) celebrated striking Wolves' first goal at Molineux

MATCH FACTS

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward,
Pennant (Sigurdarson 58), Edwards (Davis 82), Henry, Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Doumbia 46).

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Sent Off: Henry (45).

Goals: Sako 22, Doumbia 61, Johnson 90.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, Dunk, Bridge (Calderon 34),
Crofts (Buckley 65), Bridcutt, Dobbie, Orlandi, David Lopez (Barnes 64), Mackail-Smith.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Hammond, Hoskins, Dicker.

Goals: Mackail-Smith 43, Buckley 72, Dobbie 89 pen.

Attendance: 21,203

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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Wolves were back in front against the
run of play on 61 minutes with a 25-yard strike from substitute Tongo
Doumbia, but a 12-yard drive from Will Buckley levelled things again.

Brighton took the lead for the first
time with a Stephen Dobbie penalty in the 89th minute, but Johnson had
the final say when he headed the ball in from a Sako free-kick just a
minute later.

The Seagulls enjoyed lengthy spells
of possession in the opening 15 minutes, but Wolves fought their way
back into the match and, after 22 minutes, it was the hosts who opened
the scoring. Sako received the ball from Kevin Doyle at the end of a
superb passing move and slotted it past Kuszczak from 12 yards.

After withstanding considerable pressure from the home side, Mackail-Smith pulled the Seagulls level in the 43rd minute.

The frontman received the ball from
Bruno Saltor in the penalty area, before firing into the top-left corner
of the net from 12 yards.

The goal prompted Solbakken to punch a
hole in the roof of the home dugout, but he probably should have saved
his outburst for a couple of minutes later as things were about to get
much worse for the Wolves boss – Henry receiving a straight red card for
a poor challenge on Liam Bridcutt.

Off: Karl Henry was red-carded, leaving his team-mates to play the entire second half with just 10 men

Off: Karl Henry was red-carded, leaving his team-mates to play the entire second half with just 10 men

Brighton started the second half
brightly as they tried to make their one-man advantage count, and twice
went close with efforts from David Lopez and Dobbie.

The latter continued to challenge Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal as the half continued, but was unable sneak an effort past him.

Ten-man Wolves then regained the lead
against the run of play in the 61st minute – substitute Doumbia making
the most of an advantage played by referee Scott Mathieson to fire in a
superb 25-yard effort.

Brighton pushed to pull themselves level again and, on 72 minutes, they succeeded with a low 12-yard drive from Buckley.

However, there was more drama to
follow when Christophe Berra was controversially judged to have handled
the ball in the penalty area on 89 minutes, giving Dobbie the
opportunity to fire the ball past Ikeme from the penalty spot.

Johnson then rose superbly to meet a
Sako free-kick and head the ball into the back of the Brighton net to
earn his side a hard-fought point and score his first goal for Wolves.

Burnley 2 Wolves 0: Match report

Burnley 2 Wolves 0: Dyche off to a flyer as Paterson and Austin strike

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17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sean Dyche's reign as Burnley manager got off to a fine start as a goal in each half deservedly saw off a lacklustre Wolves.

Martin Paterson gave the Clarets an 18th-minute lead and Dean Marney should have doubled the hosts' advantage before half-time.

Charlie Austin was left unattended to head a his 19th goal of an already phenomenal season as Wolves' defence – haphazardly marshalled by their beleaguered captain Roger Johnson – threatened to unravel.

Austin maestro: Charlie Austin (centre) celebrates after scoring the second goal

Austin maestro: Charlie Austin (centre) celebrates after scoring the second goal

Match facts

BURNLEY: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Edgar, Stock, Marney (Stanislas 81), Wallace (Ings 70), Austin, Paterson (Vokes 90). Subs not used: Jensen, Long, Stewart, Lafferty.

Goals: Paterson 18, Austin 53

Booked: Duff, Mee, Wallace

WOLVES: Ikeme, Foley, Berra, Johnson (Edwards 69), Ward, Pennant (Forde 68), Sako, Henry, Doumbia, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake. Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Batth, Davis.

Booked: Johnson, Ebanks-Blake

Referee: Mark Haywood

Att: 12,295

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Bakary Sako rattled the post from distance for Stale Solbakken's side but they were unable to rally effectively.

A second successive home clean sheet
offers further encouragement for Dyche as he begins his efforts to cure
Burnley's defensive woes this term. Wolves, meanwhile, drop to ninth in
the npower Championship table, one point above their opponents who move
to 13th.

Ross Wallace and Ben Mee returned to
the Burnley line-up following injury and suspension respectively, while
Canada international David Edgar was handed a first start for almost a
month – taking on an unfamiliar midfield role in place of Chris McCann.

Wolves were unchanged from last weekend's 1-1 home draw against Charlton.

In the fifth minute Burnley
centre-back Michael Duff swept the ball forward and, after some neat
interplay, Ross Wallace fizzed a left-footed effort over from the edge
of the box.

Wallace was relieved to see a yellow
card from referee Mark Haywood moments later having clipped the heels of
Kevin Doyle as the Wolves striker broke clear.

Some more patient passing at the back from the hosts was rewarded when they took an the lead.

Left-back Mee spotted the opening,
arching a precise ball around the back of the Wolves back four for
Paterson to dart into the area and slot coolly below Wolves goalkeeper
Carl Ikeme.

Marney should have doubled Burnley's advantage as half-time approached.

Johnson ceded possession to the
former Hull midfielder, who drove straight at Ikeme when squaring to
either Paterson or Austin appeared to be the better option.

Within a minute of that let-off,
Wolves almost levelled when Sako dragged a shot across the face of goal
and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake almost stole in with the vital touch.

Austin collected Brian Stock's pass
and stormed into the box before firing over the angle of post and bar
two minutes into the second period.

The former Swindon man's goal duly
arrived in the 53rd minute as he won a corner and was unmarked to head
home Wallace's delivery.

Johnson was enduring a torrid
afternoon by this stage and was perhaps fortunate to escape with a
booking when he appeared to catch Austin with an elbow.

Sako almost dragged his side back
into the match when he drove forward and slammed a shot against the
upright. Ebanks-Blake and Doyle failed to pick up the scraps.

Another seemingly inevitable lapse from Johnson let in Austin to seal the points after the hour but Ikeme came out on top.

Burnley's momentum was interrupted in
worrying fashion when Wallace went down following an aerial challenge
with Jermaine Pennant, received oxygen on the pitch and left on a
stretcher to be replaced by Danny Ings.

Wolves failed to force the issue as
the clock ran down and Clarets substitute Sam Vokes almost increased the
misery for his former club in stoppage time.

Cardiff 3 Wolves 1 match report:

Cardiff 3 Wolves 1: Whittingham treble helps Bluebirds bounce back in style

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15:19 GMT, 2 September 2012

Peter Whittingham scored a hat-trick to give Cardiff their first npower Championship victory since the opening day of the season.

Bakary Sako's free-kick put Wolves ahead after 10 minutes but Whittingham brought the Bluebirds level a minute later from the penalty spot.

He then scored his second shortly afterwards from the edge of the box to give the hosts the lead after 14 minutes, before completing his hat-trick in the 65th minute with a free-kick.

Make mine a treble: Peter Whittingham (left) led Cardiff to victory

Make mine a treble: Peter Whittingham (left) led Cardiff to victory

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Smith, Noone (Cowie 74), Mutch (Gunnarsson 59), Helguson, Maynard (Mason 68).

Subs not used: Lewis, Velikonja, Kim, Nugent.

Goals: Whittingham 11 (pen), 14, 65

Booked: Mutch

Wolves: Ikeme, Zubar (Stearman 73), Johnson, Berra, Ward, Edwards (Nouble 73), Peszko (Forde 83), Sako, Doumbia, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

Subs not used: De Vries, Elokobi, Batth, Davis.

Goal: Sako 10

Booked: Ebanks-Blake

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

New signings Nicky Maynard and Craig Noone made their Cardiff debuts on an afternoon that indicated the Welsh club could be in for a successful season.

They replaced Don Cowie and Aron Gunnarsson in the starting XI as Malky Mackay's side lined up in a 4-4-2 formation. Another recent arrival Tommy Smith made his first home start.

Meanwhile, South Korean international Bo-Kyung Kim was on the bench for the first time following international clearance.
Wolves boss Stale Solbakken changed all 10 outfield players, with goalkeeper Carl Ikeme the only survivor from the Capital One Cup victory at Northampton on Thursday night.

Cardiff created the first chance as Noone's piledriver was palmed upwards by Ikeme after Wolves failed to clear a Whittingham corner.

Sako deceived Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall with a curling free-kick to put Wolves in front after Whittingham pushed over Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in the inside-right position.

But the hosts were immediately level. Ronald Zubar was off balance and left a leg dangling for Noone to fall over. It was a clear penalty and Whittingham calmly stroked his kick low down the middle as Ikeme dived to his right.

Whittingham then struck from 20 yards as Cardiff completed a quick turnaround after falling behind.

Only a fine fingertip save from Ikeme denied Whittingham his hat-trick early in the second half.

Wolves should have equalised when Zubar climbed highest to reach Stephen Ward's cross but he headed over the crossbar.

Whittingham made them pay, sending his free-kick into the top left-hand corner after Noone had been fouled by Tongo Doumbia on the edge of the box.

Heidar Helguson, Smith and substitute Cowie all threatened to extend Cardiff's advantage, but were unable to add a fourth.

It mattered little, though, as Wolves were thoroughly disappointing and created little else. Goalscorer Sako had an effort from just inside the area blocked by Matthew Connolly late in the game but that was as good as it got.

Wolves 1 Derby 1: Match report

Wolves 1 Derby 1: Robinson leaves it late to earn Rams a point

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17:14 GMT, 25 August 2012

Substitute Theo Robinson struck deep into injury time to rescue a point for Derby at Molineux.

Robinson, dropped from the squad for the game against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night, responded in the best possible fashion with his second goal of the season to salvage a 1-1 draw for Nigel Clough's side.

It had looked like Kevin Doyle's first-half strike would be enough for Wolves to get all three points.

Point made: Derby's Theo Robinson celebrates with team mates after the game after earning a draw

Point made: Derby's Theo Robinson celebrates with team mates after the game after earning a draw

MATCH FACTS

Wolves: Ikeme, Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Peszko, Edwards (Elokobi 76), Davis (Forde 58), Doumbia (Jonsson 86), Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Nouble.

Goals: Doyle 35.

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, O'Connor, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts (Jacobs 80), Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes (Tyson 67), Ward, Sammon (Robinson 80).

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Doyle, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Goals: Robinson 90.

Attendance: 21,861

Referee: Jon Moss

Both sides hit the frame of the goal prior to Doyle's strike – Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the hosts and Jamie Ward for Derby.

The Rams had enough of the ball in the second half to get something out of the game and Robinson's effort ensured that they did.

With Matt Jarvis departing for West Ham in a club record deal this week, Wolves manager Stale Solbakken was forced to change a winning team.

Winger Jarvis, unlike last season's top scorer Steven Fletcher who also left Molineux on Friday for Sunderland, had played in both of Wolves' npower Championship fixtures to date, impressing against Leeds and Barnsley. David Edwards replaced him.

Solbakken was forced into another change in midfield, with Karl Henry absent from the squad following his second-half withdrawal during the 3-1 win over Barnsley in midweek. David Davis came in for the Wanderers skipper.

Derby made one change after losing 2-0 at Bolton on Tuesday night with teenager Will Hughes replacing Nathan Tyson, who dropped down to the bench. New signing Kieron Freeman was also among the substitutes for the Rams.

On target: Robinson gets Derby's goal

On target: Robinson gets Derby's goal

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Ebanks-Blake hit the crossbar in the 10th minute after Doyle had knocked the ball into his path just six yards out.
The former Manchester United trainee then saw a header tipped over by Rams goalkeeper Frank Fielding less than a minute later.

At the other end, Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme got a hand to Ward's effort to divert the ball on to a post.
Solbakken's side made the breakthrough 10 minutes before half-time.

Going ahead: Kevin Doyle puts Wolves 1-0 up

Going ahead: Kevin Doyle puts Wolves 1-0 up

Edwards crossed from the right and
Slawomir Peszko cleverly shielded the ball from his marker, letting it
run across his body and into the path of Doyle who made no mistake from
close range.
Ikeme denied Ward again early in the second half.

Richard Keogh should really have got Derby level after 65 minutes but the defender headed over from a corner.
Wolves
lead was looking a precarious one and Ronald Zubar should have eased
the tension late on but, like Keogh, he missed the target with a header.

It proved costly as Robinson, on as an
80th-minute replacement for Conor Sammon, curled a right-foot shot into
the bottom corner in the third minute of added time.

Wolves 3 Barnsley 1: Stale Solbakken wins his first game

Wolves 3 Barnsley 1: Solbakken sees his side get their season up and running

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21:03 GMT, 21 August 2012

Much-improved Wolves finally got their npower Championship campaign up and running with a deserved victory over Barnsley.

The Black Country club have endured a difficult summer following relegation from the top flight and speculation still continues to surround the futures of several players, most notably wantaway striker Steven Fletcher and winger Matt Jarvis.

But after an unconvincing cup victory over Aldershot on penalties and defeat to Leeds at the weekend, there was finally some welcome cheer at Molineux as boss Stale Solbakken celebrated his first league win at the helm and Wolves' first on home soil in 2012.

Battle: Wolves' Matt Jarvis and Barnsley's Stephen Foster

Battle: Wolves' Matt Jarvis and Barnsley's Stephen Foster

MATCH FACTS:

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Peszko, Henry (Edwards 64), Doumbia (Davis 74), Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 64).

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Nouble, Forde.
Goals: Ward 8, Ebanks-Blake 61, Edwards 70.

Barnsley: Gonzalez, Hassell (Cranie 66), Foster, Wiseman, Golbourne, Etuhu,Perkins (Dawson 51), Mellis, Cywka, Harewood (Dagnall 57), Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lidakevicius, Collins, Clark, Rose.

Booked: Cywka.

Goals: Cywka 79.

Attendance: 24,400

Referee: Phil Gibbs

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It was only Wanderers' second league
victory of any kind since early December, highlighting why Solbakken was
so desperately keen to shake off the losing mentality that dogged the
club over the latter part of last season.

Stephen Ward broke the deadlock with
only eight minutes on the clock before Sylvan Ebanks-Blake added a
second just after the hour mark and Dave Edwards headed a third.

Tomasz Cywka pulled one back for the
Tykes but it was Wolves' night as they recorded a seventh successive
home win over their South Yorkshire visitors.

Solbakken made two changes from Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Leeds.
Transfer-listed defender Christophe Berra returned – minus the majority
of the boos which accompanied his Capital One Cup performance against
the Shots – while midfielder Slawomir Peszko was also handed his first
start.

Barnsley also made two alterations
from the XI who saw off Middlesbrough 1-0 at the weekend, Bobby Hassell
and Kelvin Etuhu coming in for injured pair John Stones and Matty Done.

But the visitors found themselves behind early on.

First win: Stale Solbakken saw his Wolves side win at Molineux

First win: Stale Solbakken saw his Wolves side win at Molineux

Tykes goalkeeper David Gonzalez saved
from Roger Johnson's eighth-minute header but the Colombian was beaten
just 30 seconds later as Ward was sent clear by Ebanks-Blake and
finished coolly.

Craig Davies and Ebanks-Blake exchanged efforts off target at either end amid a lively opening quarter.

And it was the home side who started
to strengthen their grip on proceedings as the first half wore on,
putting together plenty of neat approach play although Ward and skipper
Karl Henry failed to trouble Gonzalez.

Johnson blocked well from Cywka as Barnsley enjoyed a spell of pressure while Kevin Doyle brought another save from Gonzalez.

Jacob Mellis then drilled narrowly
wide of Carl Ikeme's goal as Wolves took a deserved lead into the
interval, with Solbakken's only disappointment probably that his side
were not more than one goal to the good.

Marlon Harewood whistled an effort
wide at the start of the second half but it was Wolves who did double
their advantage in the 61st minute.

Ebanks-Blake, in plenty of space,
received the ball in the middle of the penalty area and beat Gonzalez
with a well-taken finish into the bottom corner.

And it was soon 3-0 as Jarvis' cross was met by the head of the onrushing Edwards and he buried the ball home.

Cywka pulled one back for Barnsley
with 12 minutes remaining, converting Etuhu's cross from the right, but
the game was already wrapped up.

Leeds United 1 Wolves 0 – match report

Leeds 1 Wolves 0: Becchio's early header gets Warnock off to a flyer

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

14:21 GMT, 18 August 2012

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UPDATED:

14:21 GMT, 18 August 2012

Neil Warnock's attempts to guide a club to promotion for the eighth time in his career kicked off in the best possible manner as his new-look Leeds side welcomed Wolves to the Championship with a deserved victory.

Veteran boss Warnock moved in at Elland Road part-way through last season, tempted by the desire to end his time as a manager with one last hurrah and targeted this campaign as the one where he would achieve it.

Luciano Becchio's 18th-minute diving header gave him the start he wanted, although in truth his players were not given the test they expected from newly-relegated Wolves who had Norwegian Stale Solbakken as their manager in a league game for the first time.

Perfect start: Luciano Becchio grabbed the only goal of the game

Perfect start: Luciano Becchio grabbed the only goal of the game

MATCH FACTS

LEEDS: Kenny, Bryam, Peltier, Pearce, White, Green (Diouf 45), Norris, Austin, Varney, McCormack (Lees 75), Becchio. Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Drury, Kisnorbo, Brown, Gray.

Goals: Becchio 17.

Booked: White, Bryam, Varney, Becchio.

WOLVES: Ikeme, Zubar, Stearman (Edwards 82), Johnson, Ward, Forde (Peszko 46), Henry, Doumbia, Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 69). Subs Not Used: De Vries, Hunt, Berra, Davis.

Booked: Doumbia,Peszko.

Attendance: 23,745

Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

Apart the notable absence of wantaway
striker Steven Fletcher, he had the majority of the squad who were
relegated last season at his disposal and was able to start England
international Matt Jarvis, who has been the subject of strong top-flight
interest.

He did little to massage that,
though, as he was locked out of the game by rookie right-back Sam Byram
and, with no supply on which to feed, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin
Doyle rarely had a kick for Wolves.

Leeds lost a club record 11 home
games last season and Warnock, who took over in February, spent most of
the second half of the season promising opposition managers they would
never again encounter one of his sides that was so bad.

The way his new crop, which featured
eight league debutants, began certainly indicated he would be true to
his word, with Leeds doing all the running and, at large, creating most
of the chances.

Six minutes had gone when Luke Varney
skewed over after Ross McCormack pulled the ball back for him, before
Rodolph Austin had a header blocked on the line and Byram shot wide at
the end of a long goalmouth melee.

Wolves looked moderately threatening
in the air and Richard Stearman's header looked as though it could
trouble Paddy Kenny until team-mate Ebanks-Blake blocked it with his arm
and, less than 60 seconds later, Leeds were ahead.

McCormack was the provider, racing
free down the left on to Kenny's raking clearance and whipping in a
cross that skipped across goal and found and unmarked and diving Becchio
who did the rest at the back post.

After a frenetic start a period of
calm followed, although Warnock had something to think about when Paul
Green limped two minutes before the break, with El Hadji Diouf sent on
for a first league appearance for the club.

Wolves had held a high defensive line
throughout the opening half and seemed determined to carry on with
doing so in the second, although it should have cost them another goal
with 53 minutes gone, but Varney's touch evaded him as he broke clear.

Varney was not the only player to
show early-season rustiness, though, with Wolves debutant Slavomir
Peszko's cross finding no-one after Aidy White's slip allowed him to
break in to the Leeds box.

The introduction of Peszko did pep
Wolves up, though, and they started to enjoy more of the ball as a
result of his presence, even if it was without hurting Leeds too much.

They had two chances when
Ebanks-Blake skinned White and was dragged back on the edge of the box
and when Jarvis clipped a shot across goal but their poor start had left
them up against it and Leeds saw the game out.