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21:47 6th March 2010

The Same Old Story

Wolves 0

Manchester United 1 (Scholes 72)

It was a case of the same old story at Molineux as Wolves slipped to an undeserved and narrow defeat against a Manchester United side that moved back to the top of the table courtesy of a 72nd minute goal from Paul Scholes.

In stoppage time substitute Sam Vokes missed a great chance of giving Wolves a share of the spoils which was the very least Mick McCarthy's battling players deserved.

Wolves, who were again unchanged, kicked-off attacking the South Bank end against the reigning Premier League Champions.

Wanderers were a yard away from opening their account in the sixth minute thanks to the persistence of Kevin Doyle who went on a run from halfway and appeared to be tripped as he passed wide to Matt Jarvis.

But the striker regained his feet and was in position to take a return pass and hit a shot that ran out past the far post.

Two minutes later Antonio Valencia took a pass on the United right and cut in before unleashing a shot that curled wide although Marcus Hahnemann looked to have the ball covered.

On the quarter-hour mark one time Molineux loanee Darron Gibson stabbed the ball wide after Dimitar Berbatov had helped on Nani's free-kick.

The first corner of the half went Wolves' way but after Jarvis's kick was headed out, Karl Henry's shot was blocked.

Nani was lucky to escape a booking when he caught Ronald Zubar in the face with a high challenge, before Hahnemann took a bouncing effort from Gibson who had connected with Berbatov's cross.

Gibson wasn't far off with a shot on the turn from the edge of the box, and Hahnemann saved easily from Michael Carrick whose low shot lacked power.

The deadlock was almost broken in the 32nd minute after Doyle fed Jarvis on the left. The winger pulled the ball back into the path of Dave Jones but as he shot at goal Carrick got in a challenge that took the sting out of the effort allowing Edwin Van Der Sar to save.

Four minutes later there was great chance for Stephen Ward but his header from Jarvis's centre flew straight to Van Der Sar.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 United 0

Gary Neville was an interval replacement for Wes Brown for the visitors who started the new half strongly. Ward slipped over allowing Valencia to run into the box from the right. He pulled the ball back to Berbatov whose on target shot was blocked by Christophe Berra who threw himself in the way of the ball.

Berbatov looked offside as he ran onto Carrick's over the top ball. But the flag stayed down and, fortunately for Wolves, the Bulgarian failed to control the ball from inside the six-yard box.

Henry was wide from 20-yards and then United went close again after Gibson found Patrice Evra whose shot took a deflection off Jody Craddock forcing Hahnemann to save at Berbatov's feet

On 57 minutes Jarvis laid the ball into the path of Kevin Foley but Scholes got across quickly to block.

Nemanja Vidic was yellow carded after crudely halting Adlene Guedioura's run 25-yards out from Van Der Sar's goal. Jones's free-kick bounced to safety off the defensive wall.

Craddock, for a foul on Nani, and Jones, for a late challenge on Carrick, were booked and then United sent Mame Diouf on in place of Gibson.

Foley skied an effort when he took a swing at another cross from Jarvis. Doyle controlled the ball when it dropped but his shot took a deflection and then was cleared.

United took the lead in the 72nd minute after Craddock deflected away a low cross from Nani. The ball went straight to Scholes who sidestepped a challenge from Craddock, who slipped, and fired inside the far post. Almost immediately, Nani was replaced by Ji-Sung Park.

Van Der Sar then looked to have misjudged a curling effort from Jarvis - the Belgium keeper scrambling across his goal at the last minute as the ball went narrowly wide of the post.

Diouf headed a Neville cross over the bar from a good position before Wolves made a double switch sending on Andy Keogh and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for Ward and Guedioura respectively. Then, with a minute of normal time remaining, Vokes took the place of Jarvis.

And in the four minute of stoppage time the young Welsh striker lifted the ball over the bar from eight-yards out after Zubar had prodded a Keogh pass into his path.

Wolves: Hahnemann, Zubar, Ward (Keogh 84), Guedioura (Ebanks-Blake 84), Craddock, Berra, Foley, Henry (capt), Doyle, Jones, Jarvis (Vokes 89).

Unused subs: Hennessey, Elokobi, Milijaš, Mancienne.

Bookings: Craddock (58 - foul), Jones (61 - foul).

United: Van Der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand (capt), Brown (Neville 45), Berbatov, Vidic, Carrick, Nani (Park 74), Scholes, Valencia, Gibson (Diouf 62).

Unused subs: Foster, Da Silva, Fletcher, Obertan.

Booking: Vidic (58 - foul).

Referee: P. Walton.

Attendance: 28,883.

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    Data provided by Press Association


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