Skip to main content


18:20 20th December 2009

Convincing Win Over Clarets

Wolves 2 (Milijaš 15, Doyle 50)

Burnley 0

Wolves moved up to 12th in the Barclays Premier League table after to a convincing win over Burnley - the third victory in four games for Mick McCarthy's men.

As expected there were more wholesale changes to the Wolves side with only Marcus Hahnemann and Kevin Foley retaining their places from the game at Manchester United.

Although the weather was freezing, the undersoil heating had done its job as Wolves kicked-off attacking the South Bank end on a perfect pitch.

Most of the early play was concentrated in the Burnley half but the first save was made by Hahnemann when he claimed a Steven Fletcher header after a cross from Tyrone Mears.

In the ninth minute Matt Jarvis and Nenad Milijaš combined to create a chance for Kevin Doyle whose shot from the edge of the box took a deflection before flying narrowly wide.

Steven Caldwell was forced to boot the ball behind as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake tried to get to Doyle's low cross and Jarvis's corner was cleared.

The deadlock was broken in the 15th minute as Milijaš netted for the second successive home game and although his strike wasn't as spectacular as his effort against Bolton, it was just as important.

Doyle won possession from Clarke Carlisle and slipped the ball inside to Jarvis who sprinted into the box and unleashed a cross-shot that Brian Jensen could only parry. Luck was against the keeper as the ball fell to the Serb who sidefooted it into the net.

Kevin McDonald wasn't far away with a drive after he had run onto a through ball but Wolves could have had a second when Milijaš's short pass was deflected into the path of Doyle who was denied by Jensen's leg as he shot for goal.

Chris Eagles' foul on Richard Stearman gave Milijaš a chance with the free-kick but the ball struck Christrophe Berra and bounced to a defender who cleared.

Michael Duff went on in place of the injured Carlisle and then Karl Henry went into the book after a late challenge on Graham Alexander.

Jenson didn't have to move to take a powerful 20-yard shot from Jarvis and, just before the break, Eagles' free-kick went over everyone and out for a goal kick after Jody Craddock had fouled Fletcher.

Half-Time: Wolves 1 Burnley 0

The Clarets made a strong start to the new half with Stearman having to head a Mears centre behind with Fletcher waiting to pounce.

Then Duff flicked the ball well wide after a low cross from Alexander.

But Wolves increased their lead in the 50th minutes with Doyle netting his fifth goal of the campaign. The striker beat Caldwell to Craddock's long ball long ball out of defence before sidestepping Duff and shooting past Jensen.

Before play resumed, Doyle was yellow carded for taking off his shirt after scoring.

A minute later he looked on for a second as he chased down Ebanks-Blake's flick but Duff got across to boot the ball out for a throw and prevent the Wolves man from having a clear run on goal.

Jensen dived to his right to catch a drive from Ebanks-Blake before Berra fouled Mears to the right of the home area. Eagles sent a low free-kick through the heart of the six-yard box but nobody was able to get a touch.

Mears stopped Jarvis from having a clear run at goal with a last ditch tackle but it took a goal-line clearance from Foley to keep out Caldwell's header after a corner from Eagles.

Hahnemann made two saves from Eagles within a minute - the first from a long-range effort and the second after the ball took a deflection off Henry.

Ebanks-Blake held his head after Jensen had made a flying save to keep out his header following a cross from Stephen Ward.

Former Molineux midfielder Joey Gudjonsson replaced Caldwell and Michael Mancienne went on for Milijaš with 20 minutes remaining.

Jensen had to be at his best to block from Ebanks-Blake who had run onto a return pass from Foley who was having a fine game in midfield.

But Fletcher then spurned a good opportunity when he headed high and wide after a cross from Elliott.

In the 89th minute Hahnemann did well to push away McDonald's low cross into a congested area.

Wolves: Hahnemann, Stearmen, Ward, Foley, Craddock, Berra, Milijaš (Mancienne 68), Henry (capt), Doyle (Elokobi 90), Ebanks-Blake, Jarvis (Iwelumo 87).

Unused subs: Hennessey, Surman, Maierhofer, Castillo.

Bookings: Henry (35 - foul), Doyle (50 - over celebrating goal).

Burnley:Jensen, Alexander, Carlisle (Duff34), Caldwell (capt) (Gudjonsson 68), McDonald, Fletcher, Elliott, Mears, Bikey (Nugent 53), Jordan, Eagles.

Unused subs: Penny, Blake, Thompson, Guerrero.

Booking: Gudjonsson (90 - foul).

Referee: M. Atkinson.

Attendance: 27,410.

    Data provided by Press Association


    For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country.