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19:02 10th March 2012

Blackburn Body Blow

Wolves 0

Blackburn Rovers 2 (Hoilett 43, 69)

Wolves' agony continued as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against fellow relegation strugglers Blackburn Rovers at a gloomy Molineux. A goal in each half from Junior Hoilett gave the Lancashire side the three points on an afternoon when little went right for Wanderers.

Terry Connor made four changes from the team that had been well beaten at Fulham. In came David Davis, who was making his first senior start, Sebastien Bassong, Dave Edwards and Steven Fletcher with Michael Kightly, Christophe Berra and Kevin Foley dropping down to the bench and Karl Henry unavailable through injury.

Rovers kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and within 30 seconds the home defence were clearing a Morten Gamst Pedersen corner.

Wanderers responded with two corners of their own from Matt Jarvis and then Jamie O'Hara. From the second the ball went out to the far side and when Davis returned it into the middle, Kevin Doyle rose to power a header over the bar.

Stephen Ward overhit a cross after he had chased a return pass from Jarvis to the bye-line, and then Yakubu shot wide after he had run onto a low cross from the right.

At the other end, Richard Stearman had to concede a corner to halt Hoilett's progress towards goal, and then Yakubu was narrowly wide with a diving header from Mauro Formica's centre.

After 19 minutes there was a chance for Wolves when Edwards delivered a low cross from the right. But the ball hit the inrushing Jarvis and bounced behind for a goalkick.

Gamst Pedersen went into the book for a tackle from behind on Davis with both sides looking nervous and the play scrappy.

Yakuba sent a rocket of a drive narrowly over the bar before Rovers moved into a 43rd minute lead.

Davis's attempted headed clearance from Gamst Pedersen's long throw dropped for Hoilett and he hooked a bouncing shot into the corner of the net.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 Rovers 1

Two minutes after the restart, some fine interplay between Ward and Jarvis ended with the latter hitting a cross that fell for Fletcher to get in an effort similar to that of Hoilett's. But Paul Robinson got his body behind the ball.

Wayne Hennessey dealt with a low 22-yard shot from Formica and then Grant Hanley was yellow carded for a late challenge on Davis.

On the hour mark, Kightly came on in place of Edwards before Fletcher was booked for fouling Martin Olsson.

On 69 minutes Rovers went two up with Hoilett again the man inflicting the damage as he drilled a low shot into the corner of the net from 25-yards out.

Davis was too high with a first-time shot after some good wing play by Ward, and seconds later the youngster, who had given his all and was limping having suffered from an attack of cramp, was replaced by Nenad Milijaš.

O'Hara had a low, 20-yard effort beaten away by Robinson. Doyle swooped on the loose ball and crossed for Stearman to head wide at the back post.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was Wolves' final substitute when he came on for last eight minutes in place of Doyle.

As the game neared its conclusion, Milijaš headed over after Jarvis had crossed from the bye-line, Robinson clung onto a Fletcher shot after another Jarvis cross, and Ebanks-Blake had a shot blocked at close range by a defender.

But it was all too little, too late.

Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Ward, Edwards (Kightly 60), Bassong, Stearman, Doyle (Ebanks-Blake 82), Davis (Milijaš74), Fletcher, O'Hara, Jarvis.

Unused subs: Johnson, Berra, De Vries, Foley.

Booking: Fletcher (63 - foul).

Rovers: Robinson (capt), Martin Olsson, Formica, Gamst Pedersen (Dunn 74), N'zonzi, Dann, Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Yakubu, Hanley, Lowe.

Unused subs: Bunn, Givet, Petrovic, Modeste, Goodwillie, Vukcevic.

Bookings: Gamst Pedersen (30 - foul), Hanley (60 - foul).

Referee: C. Foy.

Attendance: 26,121.

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