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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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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.

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3 – Match report

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3: Three and easy for Posh as they move towards safety

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17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

Peterborough made it three momentous wins on the bounce as Wolves joined Cardiff and Bolton on the growing list of recent sides slayed by resurgent Posh.

Goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle did the damage as Darren Ferguson's side received the perfect Christmas present by lifting themselves off the foot of the npower Championship.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken named Bjorn Sigurdarson on the bench following a thigh injury, but defender Georg Margreitter (hamstring) was again sidelined following another setback on the road to recovery.

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward (Sigurdarson 46), Pennant (Davis 76), Henry, Doumbia, Sako,Ebanks-Blake (O'Hara 76), Doyle.

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

Booked: Pennant.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Bostwick, Little, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Boyd, Thorne (McCann 86), Rowe, Tomlin (Swanson 81),Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 17, Rowe 43, Gayle 69.

Attendance: 23,033

Referee: Mark Heywood

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And it was the hosts who showed the early intent when an outswinging corner from Jermaine Pennant after five minutes was met by Roger Johnson and his header was smartly tipped over by Posh keeper Robert Olejnik.

At the other end, Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal had to be alert to turn away a 12-yard effort from Gayle as Ferguson's side showed their own attacking inclinations.

It had turned into a full-blooded festive encounter with no quarter given by either side in the hunt for crucial Championship points.

And having weathered the early Wolves storm, the visitors took the lead after 17 minutes through Tomlin.

Joe Newell provided the opportunity and when his cross from the left was not dealt with, in nipped Tomlin to strike home his eighth of the campaign from 12 yards.

It could have got worse for the hosts three minutes later but George Boyd cleared the bar when well placed inside the penalty box.

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Kevin Doyle was then ideally placed to net an equaliser but Olejnik denied the striker from only six yards.

Pennant fired over with a free-kick as Wolves looked to get back on terms before the break, but Ferguson would have been impressed with his side's application in the opening half.

Solid in defence, Posh also looked potent on the break and seven minutes from the interval, Newell had the chance of adding a second before a well-timed block by Johnson got in the way of his 18-yard effort.

Doyle twice went close to levelling, while Stephen Ward saw his effort parried by Olejnik as the half-time whistle approached and the visitors rode their luck.

But a sucker punch at the other end of the field doubled Peterborough's lead after 43 minutes. This time Boyd was the provider, Rowe finishing with aplomb from 20 yards.

Ward was replaced by Sigurdarson as the second half began, with Wolves well aware the next goal was crucial.

Pennant went close again for the home side, but it was Peterborough's day and after 69 minutes Mark Little's cross was met by Gayle to make it 3-0 and secure another valuable victory for Posh.

Wolves 1 Birmingham 0 match report:

Wolves 1 Birmingham 0: King scores at wrong end to hand derby win to Solbakken's men

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19:43 GMT, 8 December 2012

Marlon King's own goal handed Wolves the derby spoils as they saw off neighbours Birmingham at Molineux.

King has bagged 13 goals for City this season, but he found the net at the wrong end in the first half to hand Wanderers their first home win in seven attempts stretching back to late September.

The striker sliced past Jack Butland when attempting to clear Bakary Sako's drilled free-kick at the front post, with Nathan Redmond also guilty of turning his back on the ball as part of a one-man wall.

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal

MATCH FACTS

Wolves: Ikeme, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Foley, Henry, Sako, Doumbia (Davis 74), Ebanks-Blake (Pennant 84), Sigurdarson, Doyle

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

Booked: Johnson

Goal: 34 (og)

Birmingham: Butland, Caldwell, Davies, Spector (Morrison 46), Caddis, Robinson, Mullins, Elliott, Redmond (Lovenkrands 72), King, Hall (Burke 80)

Subs not used: Doyle, Packwood, Hancox, Morrison, Diop

Booked: Robinson, Mullins

Referee: Taylor

Attendance: 21,339

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Wolves put in a much-improved
performance after the break and enjoyed several chances to extend their
advantage, but profligate finishing and some superb saves from Butland
ensured the result hung in the balance until the final whistle.

It was only the second time Wolves
have won back-to-back games this season after last weekend's 4-1 triumph
at Bristol City, a result which ended a nine-match winless streak.

Birmingham went into the clash also
underperforming this term and struggling at the wrong end of the npower
Championship table, although it was they who started the better, Paul
Caddis seeing his curling effort from 20 yards well parried away by Carl
Ikeme.

Bjorn Sigurdarson found the
side-netting for the hosts after good work down the left by Sako before
Ikeme had to be alert once again to tip over after Roger Johnson and
Jonathan Spector tussled to get on the end of Redmond's set-piece.

Blues were certainly posing the
greater attacking threat and looking the more lively, but Wolves were
steadily coming into the game more as the first half wore on.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake saw his appeals
for a penalty waved away before Kevin Doyle put the ball into the net
only to be denied by the assistant's flag.

But Wolves did get the breakthrough just minutes later.

Ebanks-Blake went down easily under a
soft challenge from Steven Caldwell right on the byline outside the
penalty area. Sako whipped in the resulting free-kick and King could
only divert the ball into his own net at the near post when trying to
clear.

It was a goal Wolves arguably did not
deserve on the overall balance of play in the first half, but that will
not have mattered much to under-pressure manager Stale Solbakken.

Wolves have been heavily criticised of late for lethargic second-half performances, but that was certainly not the case tonight.

Sigurdarson found himself clean
through almost immediately after the restart only to fire straight at
Butland, although the assistant's flag was raised.

Doyle's driving run ended with a shot
narrowly wayward of Butland's left-hand post before Sako finished
another mazy venture forward with an effort off target as Wanderers
dominated.

Stephen Ward brought a solid save out
of Butland at his near post, with Curtis Davies deflecting Doyle's shot
on to the top of the crossbar from the resulting corner.

Butland then produced a superb instinctive save to keep out Sigurdarson's header from Sako's corner, keeping Blues in the game.

But they could not force a late
leveller and Wolves were left celebrating only their third derby success
over their local rivals in 15 attempts.

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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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 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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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.

Huddersfield 2 Wolves 1 – match report

Huddersfield 2 Wolves 1: Centurion Beckford seals the points for Terriers

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16:32 GMT, 20 October 2012

Jermaine Beckford scored the 100th league goal of his career as he and and fellow loanee James Vaughan teamed up to help Huddersfield secure an impressive win over Wolves.

In what amounts to Simon Grayson's side's biggest scalp since their promotion in the summer, the Town forwards produced a brilliant first-half performance as they scored a goal each to put Huddersfield in command.

And even though their impact lessened as the game went on, the Terriers had enough of a start to hold on and move back into the play-off positions, despite Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's 63rd-minute goal for Wolves, whose three-game winning streak on the road came to an end.

Centurion: Jermaine Beckford scores his 100th league goal of his career

Centurion: Jermaine Beckford scores his 100th league goal of his career

MATCH FACTS

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Woods (Dixon 90), Clayton, Southern, Norwood (Novak 73), Ward, Beckford, Vaughan (Lynch 80).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Scannell, Arfield, Lee.

Booked: Vaughan, Clayton.
Goals: Vaughan 10, Beckford 27.
Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Pennant, Davis (Edwards 46), Doumbia, Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

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

Booked: Johnson.

Goals: Ebanks-Blake 63.

Attendance: 18,012

Referee: James Adcock

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The showings of Norwich man Vaughan and Leicester's Beckford were the reason for that, with both strengthening their case to earn a permanent deal, especially the latter – who enjoyed a landmark afternoon.

Having opened his account for them in their last game – a 1-0 win at Birmingham – his pace kept Wolves penned back for large parts of the game, allowing Huddersfield to dominate the play in front of them. That he also produced a stunning 27th-minute scissor-kick volley to score merely topped off his performance.

For as good as Beckford was, Vaughan was every bit as impressive. The former Everton striker was strong and clever in his hold-up play, while his back-post header following a brilliant Jack Hunt cross was in keeping with Beckford's clinical finish.

The duo had served Wolves enough warning inside the first 10 minutes, with Beckford getting in behind but scuffing a volley into the ground, and with Wanderers failing to push their defensive line up, they slipped behind 11 minutes in.

Hunt advanced down the right, Stephen Ward refused to come towards him and backed off, allowing Hunt to place a hanging cross to the back post where Vaughan was waiting and headed the ball back in the direction from which it came, leaving Carl Ikeme grasping the air.

Beckford would have doubled the lead in the 18th minute had his leg been an inch longer, allowing him to connect with Vaughan's brilliant cross, and it briefly looked like being a costly miss as Wolves got into the game, with Bakary Sako clipping the bar with a long-range free-kick.

But former Chelsea trainee Beckford would find the net shortly after, peeling off his marker to track the flight of Adam Clayton's cross before powering a quite brilliant right-footed volley beyond Ikeme from 12 yards.

Wolves were desperate for the half-time whistle to come and by the time it did they should have been further behind as Beckford worked Ikeme from the edge of the box and Vaughan twice fizzed shots wide – the latter a sitter after some neat play from Keith Southern.

The one-way traffic would continue after the break as Danny Ward failed to find an open goal following Ikeme's failure to take a ball on the edge of his box, with Wolves relying on hopeful punts forward which were regularly eaten up by Town defender Peter Clarke.

Back at the other end Ikeme shoved away Olly Norwood's free-kick and also smothered a Vaughan header before Wolves gave themselves a lifeline out of keeping with the game.

Sako worked his way down the left and squirmed a cross past the defences of Hunt and found Ebanks-Blake waiting at the near post, and he poked an effort under Alex Smithies.

Stake Solbakken's men suddenly had a purpose and Sako wasted a fine chance after cutting in and beating Hunt on the inside, while Ebanks-Blake had a shot deflected just over and Dave Edwards headed against the post from the subsequent corner, but beyond that they mustered little and Huddersfield held on.

Wolves 1 Crystal Palace 2: Wilfried Zaha scores twice

Wolves 1 Crystal Palace 2: Zaha stuns hosts with inspired double

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The journey from precocious talent to established star is not always a straightforward one but Wilfried Zaha appears to be treading the right path.

Turning a match on its head is never easy, especially against a defence which had not been breached for three successive games.

Zaha did that, and more, scoring two goals of exquisite individual quality to enhance his rapidly growing reputation.

Brace yourself: Zaha scored a second-half double as Palace came from behind

Brace yourself: Zaha scored a second-half double as Palace came from behind

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley (Edwards 82), Berra, Johnson, Ward, Peszko (Sigurdarson 69), Doumbia, Henry (Davis 58), Sako,
Ebanks-Blake,Doyle.

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

Booked: Henry.

Goals: Ebanks-Blake 53.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Blake, Moxey, Williams (Parr 71), Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha (Ramage 88), Murray, Bolasie (Moritz 62).

Subs Not Used: Price, Goodwillie, Wilbraham, O'Keefe.

Goals: Zaha 67, 73.

Attendance: 19,561

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

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At the point that Zaha wriggled his way through a stubborn backline, Wolves were a goal to the good thanks to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and surely expecting to make it five straight npower Championship wins.

Zaha is hardly a secret. The 19-year-old captured the imagination last season with his exploits against Manchester United in the League Cup and has been firmly anchored to Selhurst Park with a five-year contract.

Money, apparently, will not prise him away. According to manager Dougie Freedman, he will know when it is time to wave goodbye to the teenager.

‘I’ve known him since he was 14 so it’s more than a professional relationship, it’s a bit different,’ said Freedman.

‘The kid has got huge potential and hopefully can fulfil that. Off the ball he is getting better and if he develops his game he can play at the top level.

‘If I think the time is right and I can’t develop him then top clubs should take him on. We don’t owe any money so that’s not how it works.’

Zaha was at the centre of everything good about Palace. He also had a penalty appeal turned down in the first half.

One of the first people who should pat the striker on the back is Damien Delaney, who hesitated when Julian Speroni rolled the ball towards him.

Ebanks-Blake robbed the defender and duly collected his fifth goal of the season.

A tight contest looked to have been settled but that did not account for Zaha and his six-minute double.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken insisted afterwards that the Palace striker was offside when he ran on to Glenn Murray’s knock-down but is was a close call and the finish was glorious.

For the second, Zaha took possession, left Stephen Ward for dead and produced a shot with far too much sting for Carl Ikeme.

There was sting in other parts of the pitch too. Jonny Williams and Karl Henry enjoyed a physical duel and Williams appeared to be lucky to get away with a tackle on Slawomir Peszko, which left the winger facing a six-week lay-off with a knee ligament injury.

Williams was substituted afterwards with Freedman admitting: ‘I know him inside out and it was not intentional. I just felt it was best to take him off as he has to learn how to channel certain aspects of his game. But he was getting kicked all night too.’

Solbakken said: ‘They had a match-winning player who scored both goals. I think we were unlucky.’

Wolves 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Bakary Sako strike seals win

Wolves 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Sako strike maintains Wanderers' progress

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Bakary Sako's free-kick continued Wolves' fine form in the npower Championship and extended struggling Sheffield Wednesday's woes.

The Frenchman's winner came in contentious circumstances just before the break, having found the net at the second attempt after being booked for taking an initial wayward effort before the referee's whistle.

Wolves were just about worthy of the three points from what was an ordinary encounter in the Black Country, with the second half turning into a non-event.

On the run: Michail Antonio of Sheffield Wednesday (right) is pursued by Karl Henry of Wolves

On the run: Michail Antonio of Sheffield Wednesday (right) is pursued by Karl Henry of Wolves

Match facts

WOLVES: Ikeme, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Foley, Henry, Sako, Boukhari (Peszko 14), Doumbia, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Edwards, Peszko, Davis, Sigurdarson

Goals: Sako 43

Booked: Berra, Sako

SHEFF WED: Kirkland, Gardner, Taylor, Mattock, Semedo, Antonio, J Johnson, Barkley, O'Grady, Pecnik, Bothroyd.

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Calm under pressure: Roger Johnson of Wolves (right) looks composed as Michail Antonio closes

The Frenchman, with a free-kick on
the edge of the area, tried to get away with a cheeky chipped effort
before being given clearance by the referee's whistle and, having seen
the ball drift wide, received a yellow card for his misdemeanour.

But he was handed a second bite of
the cherry and from the retaken set-piece fired straight under the wall
and into the bottom corner.

The second half started at walking pace and continued in very much the same fashion.

There was very little to trouble
either goalkeeper as Wolves, without seriously threatening a second,
looked comfortable with their one-goal advantage.

Kirkland and, more crucially, opposite number Ikeme were largely spectators without an attacking threat from either side.

And with the expected late push from
the Owls failing to really materialise, aside from a brief surge in
injury time, it was Wolves who claimed three routine points at the final
whistle.

Peterborough 0 Wolves 2: Three on the spin for Stale Solbakken"s men but poor Posh still pointless

Peterborough 0 Wolves 2: Three on the spin for Solbakken's men but poor Posh still pointless

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16:44 GMT, 22 September 2012

Wolves' third straight npower Championship victory piled more misery on pointless Peterborough.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's 33rd-minute penalty and Bjorn Sigurdarson's 82nd-minute strike – his first Wolves goal – gave Wanderers three league wins in a row for the first time since April 2009.

It left Posh rooted to the bottom of the table having lost all seven of their matches so far this season.

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson dropped George Boyd. The transfer-listed Boyd started on the bench and was replaced in midfield by teenager Joe Newell. Otherwise it was the same team that was beaten 2-1 by Bristol City in midweek.

Golden boys: Bjorn Sigurdarson is grabbed by Wolves team-mates

Golden boys: Bjorn Sigurdarson is grabbed by Wolves team-mates

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Youth star Jaanai Gordon-Hutton was included among the Posh substitutes.

Striker Ebanks-Blake and midfielders
Tongo Doumbia and Slawomir Peszko were recalled to the Wolves starting
line-up as manager Stale Solbakken rotated his squad once again.

Solbakken also handed a first start of the season to Kevin Foley who replaced Richard Stearman in defence.

Peterborough began positively. Lee
Tomlin might have done better with an early effort and Grant McCann
stung Carl Ikeme's palms with a long-range shot after eight minutes.

Wolves were restricted to long-range
attempts with Karl Henry, Doumbia and Ebanks-Blake not causing Posh
goalkeeper Robert Olejnik too much concern.

Taking shape: Stale Solbakken's Wolves have won their last three

Taking shape: Stale Solbakken's Wolves have won their last three

It was a sloppy piece of play from the hosts that led to the opening goal.

Posh gave the ball away in midfield
and the resulting Wolves attack ended up with McCann fouling
Ebanks-Blake, who picked himself up to blast home from the penalty spot.

Kevin Doyle twice threatened to extend Wolves' lead before half-time but was narrowly off target on each occasion.

Bakary Sako also had a couple
attempts at goal at the start of the second half before Ebanks-Blake was
denied by Olejnik in the 53rd minute.

Sigurdarson shot narrowly wide midway through the second half before Bako went close again in the 77th minute.

Substitute Boyd tried his luck from long range in a rare Peterborough attack.

But Wolves sewed up the points with
eight minutes remaining when Sigurdarson got on the end of Doyle's pass
and coolly lifted the ball over Olejnik.

Ipswich 0 Wolves 2: Tommy Smith own goal heaps misery on Paul Jewell

Ipswich 0 Wolves 2: Smith own goal heaps the misery on boss Jewell

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22:58 GMT, 19 September 2012

A comical own goal from Tommy Smith and a terrific strike from Mali international Tongo Doumbia handed Wolves their first away win under new manager Stale Solbakken.

But it was far from funny for Ipswich boss Paul Jewell. The pressure is mounting on his shoulders as his Tractor Boys remain second from bottom of the npower Championship with the worst goalscoring record in the division.

Smith's own goal arrived in the 66th minute when he inadvertently turned in Bakary Sako's free-kick from the edge of the six-yard box.

Doubled up: Tongo Doumbia celebrates scoring Wolves' second goal

Doubled up: Tongo Doumbia celebrates scoring Wolves' second goal

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Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Martin, N'Daw (Drury 81), Luongo, Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 71), Taylor (Scotland 53), Chopra.

Subs Not Used: Lee-Barrett, Hyam, Ainsley, Whight.

Booked: Chopra.

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Boukari, Henry (Doumbia 66), Edwards, Sako, Doyle (Margreitter 80), Sigurdarson (Ebanks-Blake 66).

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Peszko, Hunt, Foley.

Booked: Boukari.

Goals: Smith 69 og, Doumbia 77.

Att: 16,540

Ref: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

And substitute Doumbia doubled the Molineux men's advantage after 77 minutes when he drilled a delightful right-footed shot beyond the helpless Scott Loach from 22 yards.

Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle had twice knocked on the door for Wolves earlier in the half.

First he had a left-foot shot in the 59th minute pushed behind by a full-stretch Loach, and then went even closer three minutes later when his 18-yard drive struck a post.

After a rather uneventful first half, Ipswich had actually made the better start to the second period but Roger Johnson was a tower of strength at the heart of the Wolves rearguard, making two excellent blocks from Lee Martin and Paul Taylor.

The Tractor Boys were then dealt a blow when the lively Taylor hobbled off injured in the 53rd minute, being replaced by striker Jason Scotland.

Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy missed a good chance seconds later when he got on the end of Aaron Creswell's free-kick but sent his shot wide from the centre of the penalty area.

Solbakken left his top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on the bench until midway through the second half, as a precaution over the striker's tight hamstring. And the men from Molineux certainly missed his pace and movement in the opening 45 minutes.

The visitors tended to hoist long balls towards the front pair of Bjorn Sigurdarson and Doyle but these were too easily mopped up by the Ipswich defence and the contest began to get bogged down in midfield.

Ipswich forward Michael Chopra attempted to liven the proceedings with a left-footed shot from 20 yards in the 26th minute but big centre-back Johnson got in the way.

Ipswich did manage to finish the half in the ascendancy and Martin's mazy 30-yard dribble was only ended by a decent save from Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal, and the visiting keeper denied Martin again from close range two minutes later.

Solbakken said: 'Their player was unlucky. There was not a great deal of difference between the sides.'