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Wolves 1 Birmingham 0 match report:

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



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


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

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

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

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.

Nottm Forest 1 Millwall 4: Lions cut Forest down to size with thumping win

Nottm Forest 1 Millwall 4: Lions cut Forest down to size with thumping win


17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012



19:03 GMT, 3 November 2012

Kenny Jackett celebrated five years as Millwall manager in style after seeing his side extend their unbeaten run to seven npower Championship matches with an impressive 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

Liam Trotter gave the Lions a third-minute lead but Billy Sharp struck to send the teams into half-time all square.

Second-half goals from Darius Henderson, Chris Wood and substitute Andy Keogh duly ensured Millwall won away for the first time since August.

Sealing the deal: Andy Keogh celebrates scoring Millwall's fourth

Sealing the deal: Andy Keogh celebrates scoring Millwall's fourth

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp,
Harding, Collins, Moloney, Ward, Gillett (McGugan, 78), Cohen, Reid
(Blackstock, 70 ) Majewski (Guedioura, 15), Cox, Sharp Subs not used: Darlow, Lansbury, Tudgay

Yellow card: Harding

Scorer: Sharp, 22

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Beevers, Smith, Trotter, Henry, C Taylor, Abdou, Henderson (Keogh, 81), Wood Subs not used: M Taylor, Smith, Osborne, Malone, Wright, Feeney

Yellow card: Abdou

Scorers: Trotter, 3, Henderson, 60, Wood, 76, Keogh, 84

Referee: Mathieson

Att.: 24,160

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Both managers were forced to change a winning team because of suspension.

On-loan Norwich defender Elliott Ward made his full debut for Forest after Greg Halford received his fifth yellow card of the season during the 4-1 victory at Barnsley.

Alan Dunne missed out for Millwall for the same reason, reaching the threshold in his side's 4-0 home win over Huddersfield.

On-loan Tottenham right-back Adam Smith came into the team to make his Lions bow after joining Jackett's side on Thursday.

Forest, minus Jermaine Jenas despite the Tottenham midfielder this week extending his loan spell at his hometown club until the new year, suffered an awful start to the game.

Trotter cut infield from the left and after going past a couple of defenders curled a shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Reds boss Sean O'Driscoll was then forced to make a change after 15 minutes following an injury to Radoslaw Majewski.

Adlene Guedioura, back from suspension, replaced the Pole in midfield.

As the hosts tried to reorganise themselves Chris Taylor forced Lee Camp into action.

The Forest goalkeeper spilled Taylor's 20-yard shot but gathered the ball at the second attempt.

It was against the run of play when Sharp equalised in the 22nd minute.

After an intricate passing move involving his strike partner Simon Cox, Sharp finished confidently from 12 yards out for his fourth Forest goal since moving to the City Ground on loan from Southampton.

O'Driscoll's side improved thereafter and finished the first half on top but failed to add a second goal.

Millwall managed to do so though after an hour.

Forest had struggled with crosses into the box since the break, with Wood and James Henry heading over, before Henderson nodded past Camp from close range from Henry's delivery.

The hosts became more direct and Dexter Blackstock was introduced from the bench as they sought another equalising goal.But it was Millwall who struck next after 76 minutes and put the game beyond doubt.

After Chris Cohen's shot was blocked, the Lions hit Forest on the counter attack and Wood's shot took a huge deflection off Danny Collins and went past the helpless Camp.

The Reds were caught out again six minutes from time when Taylor's cross was volleyed home by Keogh, on as a 81st-minute replacement for Henderson, from close range.

Leeds United 1 Wolves 0 – match report

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

Sportsmail Reporter


14:21 GMT, 18 August 2012



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


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

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.

Wolves 0 Everton 0: Fantasy world cheers Wanderers

Wolves 0 Everton 0: Fantasy world cheers Wanderers in dead rubber



20:19 GMT, 6 May 2012

Ignore the scoreline — actually Wolves won 2-0, the day after Everton had lifted the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday. That, according to both sets of fans, was the alternative version of a dull afternoon at Molineux.

Early in the second half the home fans on the South Bank got tired of waiting for something to end their dismal home run and decided to make their own entertainment.

‘Let’s pretend we’ve scored a goal,’ they sang before leaping together in joy. And a couple of minutes later they did it again, before bursting into song: ‘We’re winning two-nil.’

Good luck: Everton's Jelavic gives Jagielka a pat before kick-off

Good luck: Everton's Jelavic gives Jagielka a pat before kick-off


WOLVES (4-4-2): De Vries 6; Zubar 5, Stearman 6, Berra 6 (Elokobi 54min, 5), Ward 6; Kightly 5 (Forde 71), Edwards 6, Henry 6, Hunt 5; Doyle 5, Fletcher 5 (Ebanks-Blake 62, 5).

Subs not used: Ikeme, Johnson, Milijas, Jonsson.

EVERTON (4-5-1): Howard 6; Hibbert 7, Jagielka 7, Heitinga 6, Distin 6; McFadden 5 (Stracqualursi 60, 5), Osman 5, Cahill 6 (Gueye 68, 6), Fellaini 7, Pienaar 7; Jelavic 6.

Subs not used: Mucha, Barkley, Coleman, Duffy, Baxter.

Man of the match: Marouane Fellaini.

Referee: Lee Mason 7.

Attendance: 25,466

Two Everton fans later ran on the
pitch to start a lap of honour with a shiny silver paper cut-out of the
trophy that their Mersey rivals Liverpool had failed to collect the day
before. It was so much more lively than the real world.

Interim Wolves boss Terry Connor said: ‘I heard the fans singing for 2-0. I’m glad they enjoyed themselves.’

After the match, however, Wolves
chairman Steve Morgan was signing autographs and chatting with fans when
one supporter came up and insulted him. There was an exchange of views
before Morgan drove off in his car.

The visitors had the better
of the chances and twice had the ball in the back of the net, but
Nikica Jelavic and Denis Stracqualursi were both denied by offside

Despite the scoreline, it was an open
game with chances for both sides, and arguably the best of the
first-half opportunities came in only the fifth minute when Marouane
Fellaini's flicked header landed at the feet of Tim Cahill 10 yards out
but he shot straight at Dorus De Vries.

Jelavic had scored six goals in his
last four league games and he had his first sight of goal in the 14th
minute when he was found by Phil Jagielka's long diagonal pass, but
Richard Stearman stayed with the striker and did very well to block his

Fall guy: Everton's Marouane Fellaini (centre) is tackled by Christophe Berra

Fall guy: Everton's Marouane Fellaini (centre) is tackled by Christophe Berra

Kevin Doyle and James McFadden both
snatched at chances while Leon Osman wanted a penalty when he went down
under a challenge from Michael Kightly, but referee Lee Mason was

It would have been a very memorable
day for Tony Hibbert had he netted his first goal for Everton after more
than 300 games, and his fierce volley would certainly have tested De
Vries had Stephen Ward not got his body in the way.

Wolves had their best opening in the
26th minute when Stephen Hunt's free-kick was header just over by
Christophe Berra, but Everton, and Steven Pienaar in particular, were
starting to take a grip on the game.

In the thick of the action: Fellaini under pressure from Wolves' Stephan Ward (left)

Falling for it: Fellaini fells Berra

Centre of attention: Fellaini under pressure from Wolves' Stephan Ward (left) and felling Berra (right)

The midfielder might have done better
than fire over when well placed, while his clever ball found Jelavic
but he was flagged offside as he shot past De Vries in what looked a
marginal decision.

The hosts were living dangerously,
and Ronald Zubar would have been very grateful to see his header from
Hibbert's cross drop just past the post, while at the other end an
isolated Steven Fletcher blazed over the bar.

Wolves threatened right at the start
of the second half as Hunt and Fletcher combined to play in Stearman on
the left of the area but the ball had just too much pace on it and the
defender could not control his cutback.

Frustrated: Everton manager David Moyes saw his side have plenty of possession but goals were hard to come by

Frustrated: Everton manager David Moyes saw his side have plenty of possession but goals were hard to come by

Hibbert had been a real thorn in
Wolves' side down the right and another pinpoint cross should really
have been buried by Fellaini instead of placed over the bar.

De Vries was then forced into his
first real save of the match from a Jelavic free-kick 25 yards out, the
keeper plunging to his left.

Up for the cup: An Everton sends a message to Liverpool. At least they got to Wembley...

Up for the cup: An Everton sends a message to Liverpool. At least they got to Wembley…

Boss David Moyes sent on
Stracqualursi for McFadden and he was into the action immediately with a
shot that was well blocked by Ward, while Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaced
Fletcher for Wolves.

The Scot, who is likely to be a
target for Premier League clubs in the summer, received a very warm
reception from the home fans.

Wide open: Nikica Jelavic shows his frustration as another chance goes begging

Wide open: Nikica Jelavic shows his frustration as another chance goes begging

There was a real lack of intensity
about the game but a burst from Karl Henry provided a shooting
opportunity for Kightly, who pulled his effort well wide.

Jelavic had been pretty quiet but he
certainly should have tested De Vries in the 72nd minute when he beat
the defence to a long ball only to pull his shot wide of the far post.

Gone: Wolves' David Edwards escapes Leon Osman

Gone: Wolves' David Edwards escapes Leon Osman

The visitors had the ball in the net
for a second time moments later as Jelavic's cross was turned in by
Stracqualursi at the far post but again it was ruled out for offside,
although it was Fellaini, who had also lunged for the ball, who was the

Everton continued to press but the Wolves defence held firm to earn their first home point since December.

Heading for a draw: Ronald Zubar (right) is challenged by Everton's Osman

Heading for a draw: Ronald Zubar (right) is challenged by Everton's Osman

Maik Taylor joins Millwall on loan

Former Northern Ireland keeper Taylor enters the Lions den



18:26 GMT, 12 March 2012

Millwall have signed Leeds goalkeeper Maik Taylor on loan until the end of the season.

The 40-year-old Northern Ireland international was signed by former manager Simon Grayson on a short-term deal in December.

On the move: Maik Taylor has joined Millwall on loan

On the move: Maik Taylor has joined Millwall on loan

But the former Birmingham keeper is yet to make a senior appearance for the Whites and looks unlikely to remove in-form Andy Lonergan.

Taylor, who has made over 600 career appearances for clubs including Southampton and Fulham, will provide cover for the Lions as David Forde is the only fit keeper available following injury to Steve Mildenhall.

Millwall 0 Derby 0: Points shared at The Den

Millwall 0 Derby 0: Bore draw at The Den as Lions and Rams share the spoils

Millwall and Derby shared the spoils after a drab draw in their npower Championship fixture at The Den as neither side could muster up enough quality to earn all three points.

There was a distinct lack of clear-cut chances although Derby's Craig Bryson squandered the best as he placed a shot wide from six yards after Millwall goalkeeper David Forde palmed Jamie Ward's effort straight into his path.

The Lions have only won once in the league since Boxing Day and remain close to the relegation places following a low quality affair against midtable Derby with only three efforts hitting the target throughout the entire 90 minutes.

Only a point: Kenny Jackett could not see his Millwall side fine a breakthrough

Only a point: Kenny Jackett could not see his Millwall side fine a breakthrough


Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Lowry, Barron, Henry (Keogh 66), Trotter, Wright (Smith 77), Mason, Kane (Feeney 46), Henderson.

Subs Not Used: Allsop, N'Guessan.

Booked: Trotter, Wright.

Derby: Fielding, Green, Roberts, Barker, Shackell, Carroll (Bailey 77), Hendrick, Bryson, Ward (Doyle 90), Ball, Tyson (Buxton 86).

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Noble.

Booked: Shackell, Bryson, Barker.

Attendance: 10,069

Referee: Oliver Langford

Despite their poor run of league form, the home side seemed to take belief from their FA Cup exploits at Southampton and looked assured on the ball for large portions of the first half.

Derby, who took a while to get going, had a chance halfway through the first period when a defensive mix-up let Callum Ball through on goal but he shot across the goal mouth.

Millwall played the ball around midfield very confidently but could not create many chances although captain Paul Robinson, back in the starting line-up after the FA Cup win over Southampton, headed a corner just wide after 28 minutes.

Then came Bryson's miss which was met with ironic cheers from the Millwall fans in the Cold Blow Lane end.

Derby again had the Lions' defence stretched just before half-time when Nathan Dyer broke forward after a poor attacking free-kick from Millwall.

The former Nottingham Forest forward powered over the halfway line before being brought down by Josh Wright who was booked by referee Oliver Langford.

The second half started slowly as neither team could show enough quality to break the deadlock.

Share of the points: Derby County manager Nigel Clough watched as his side drew 0-0

Share of the points: Derby County manager Nigel Clough watched as his side drew 0-0

The home side almost took the lead after a 54th-minute goalmouth scramble but the ball would not fall to Liam Trotter after Darius Henderson's initial effort.

That chance seemed to breath new life into the game but both sides continued to be wasteful in possession.

Andy Keogh was introduced by Millwall manager Kenny Jackett in the 66th minute for his home debut as he looked to give his side a greater attacking edge.

The hosts had a number of corners without posing to much danger but Trotter managed to rise above the defence in the 69th minute only to head wide of Frank Fielding's right post.

Keogh's first involvement was to flick on a free-kick to strike partner Henderson whose own header was deflected behind but he could not make a decisive contribution as the match fizzled out.