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15:23 16th October 2011

Derby Disappointment.

West Bromwich Albion 2 (Brunt 8, Odemwingie 75)

Wolves 0

The agony for Wolves goes on with the 2-0 defeat at The Hawthorns against arch rivals West Bromwich Albion their fifth successive League reversal.

Wolves had plenty of possession, especially in the first half, but none of the chances they created were rewarded with a goal.

Mick McCarthy made two changes to his starting line-up with Adam Hammill and Nenad Milijaš coming in for the injured Steven Fletcher and Stephen Hunt who was named as a substitute.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the Birmingham Road end and inside the first three minutes Jamie O'Hara had a shot blocked, Ben Foster did well in turning away an angled drive from Hammill and Milijaš's corner was cleared.

But, in the eighth minute, in Albion's first attack of note, the home side took the lead. Billy Jones cut into the box from the left and he laid the ball into the path of Chris Brunt who rifled a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

Shane Long tested Wayne Hennessey with a long range effort before Wolves came within an ace of levelling matters in the 14th minute.

Milijaš fed Matt Jarvis whose cross was hit Steven Reid. The ball rebounded to Milijaš and his shot was turned aside by Foster but only as far as Kevin Doyle who looked odds on to score from just three-yards until Jonas Olsson managed to block.

Christophe Berra went into the book for felling Long who was in full flight, and the former Reading striker was then denied by Stephen Ward whose perfectly timed tackle prevented a second Albion goal after Jerome Thomas had pulled the ball back into the heart of the area.

After 34 minutes a Hammill centre was half cleared to Jarvis but his attempt to curl the ball into the top corner was wide of the mark.

Hennessey managed to parry a fierce long-range shot from Gareth McAuley but the keeper was relieved to see Paul Scharner's shot flash inches wide of the far post shortly afterwards.

In the closing minutes of the half Wolves forced four corners, three from Milijaš and one from Hammill, but the home defence held firm.

Half-Time: Albion 1 Wolves 0

Just 40 seconds after the restart, Hammill threaded the ball through to Jarvis who delivered a low cross that went through The Baggies six-yard box with no-one able to get a touch.

Youssouf Mulumbu shot high over the bar from the 18-yard line before Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was sent on in place of Milijaš. Within a minute the striker sent a pass through to Hammill who fired towards the far corner only for Foster to get his fingertips to the ball and turn it past the post.

Richard Stearman needed lengthy treatment after he had been caught by Brunt and then Ward took a boot in the face as he defended a corner and he reappeared heavily bandaged having sustained a cut forehead.

Hennessey dived full length to keep out a drive from Brunt before Roger Johnson missed a golden chance of grabbing an equaliser when he headed wide at the back post after Doyle had crossed from the left.

A series of substitutions followed with Hunt replacing Hammill for Wolves and Peter Odemwingie for Somen Tchoyi for Albion. And after Hennessey had saved with his legs from Thomas, the final Wolves change saw Adlene Guedioura replace Jarvis.

Odemwingie sealed Wanderers fate in the 77th minute when he hit a low shot into the far corner from just inside the area.

Ebanks-Blake drew a routine save from Foster and then Odemwingie missed a good chance for Albion when he blazed the ball over the bar from a good position.

Three minutes from the end, a free-kick from O'Hara found its way to Guedioura who wasn't far away with a terrific overhead kick.

But this wasn't an afternoon that the away supporters in the Smethwick End will want to remember for too long.

Albion: Foster, Olsson, Tchoyi (Odemwingie 72), Long, Brunt (capt), Reid, Thomas (Morrison 81), Mulumbu, McAuley, Jones (Shorey 85), Scharner.

Unused subs: Fulop, Dorrans, Dawson, Cox.

Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Ward, Henry, Berra, Johnson (capt), Hammill (Hunt 69), O'Hara, Doyle, Milijaš (Ebanks-Blake 55), Jarvis (Guedioura 74).

Unused subs: De Vries, Craddock, Vokes, Zubar.

Booking: Berra (25 - foul).

Referee: C. Foy.

Attendance: 24,872.

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