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22:21 23rd August 2011

Wolves Give Cobblers What Four

Northampton Town 0

Wolves 4 (Ebanks-Blake 31, 76, Milijaś 37, Vokes 88)

Wolves cruised to victory at the Sixfields Stadium netting twice in each half against plucky League Two opponents Northampton Town in an entertaining Carling Cup tie.

There were first team debuts for Dorus De Vries and Academy graduate Jamie Reckord, and a second senior start for Matt Doherty as Mick McCarthy made 11 changes to his team following the victory over Fulham two days earlier.

Northampton kicked-off attacking the end of the ground that was packed with over a thousand visiting supporters.

After just three minutes Aaron Davies saw his volley deflected behind by Sam Vokes.

But Wolves were looking good when they went forward and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake went close when he raced, unopposed, onto Adam Hammill's through ball. But Town keeper Sam Walker took the sting off the striker's shot and Paul Turnbull raced back to clear the ball as it trickled towards the line.

Nenad Milijaś drove a low shot narrowly wide before a long throw from Ben Tozer had the Wolves defence in trouble. Byron Webster flicked the ball on to Adebayo Akinfenwa who lifted it over the bar from close in as he was challenged by Jody Craddock.

Hammill had a shot blocked by Ashley Corker and Walker caught the ball when Michael Kightly took the resultant corner.

Ebanks-Blake lashed a hard, low centre across the face of goal with no-one able to get a touch, but the striker was celebrating in the 31st minute after giving Wanderers the lead.

Kevin Foley spotted him on the far side of the box and his pinpoint cross was controlled by Ebanks-Blake who then thumped the ball into the far corner of the net.

Ebanks-Blake celebrates making it 1-0

Three minutes later Ebanks-Blake won a three man chase after beating Walker and Webster to the ball but he was only able to fire into the side netting from wide on the left.

De Vries took another of Tozer's long throws and immediately pumped the ball upfield into the path of Hammill who chased it to the by-line and crossed to Ebanks-Blake who was crowded out before he could get his shot in.

But Davies's foul on Hammill 25-yards out earned the Northampton man a booking and saw Wolves move into a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute.

Milijaś took the free-kick and the ball flew over the wall and beyond the outstretched arms of Walker (pictured).

Vokes was inches over the bar with a powerful header from Hammill's cross and Akinfenwa was close at the other end as he fired wide when challenged by George Elokobi.

Two minutes before the break De Vries made a fine save at his near post as Young attempted to scoop in a low centre from Jake Robinson.

Half-Time: Town 0 Wolves 2

De Vries was called into action again soon after the restart as he smothered a deflected shot from Young that travelled through a forest of legs.

Then Kightly went close with a snapshot that was only just wide of the mark with Walker looking on helplessly.

Robinson wasn't far away with a first time effort before Reckord joined the attack and almost marked his debut with a goal as he confidently took control of the ball in the home area and unleashed an angled shot that cannoned to safety off a defender.

Hammill took a return pass from Kightly after a flowing Wolves move and the former Barnsley winger looked odds on to score until Webster made a superb last gasp tackle.

But in the 76th minute Ebanks-Blake powered home a header after a Kightly centre to confirm Wanderers passage into the next round of the competition.

The striker was hurt in the incident and he was replaced shortly afterwards by Leigh Griffiths. When Anthony Forde and David Davis came on for Hammill and Foley five minutes later, it meant that all three Wolves substitutes were making their senior bow for the club.

Two minutes from time Vokes put the icing on the cake when he sidefooted a Doherty centre into the roof of the net.

Town: Walker, Young, Corker, Tozer (McCoy 60), Webster, Davies(Jacobs 60), Robinson, Akinfenwa (Salihu 77), Johnson (capt), Turnbull, Langmead.

Unused subs: Thornton, Purcell, Hall, Savage.

Booking: Davies (36 - foul).

Wolves: De Vries, Doherty, Reckord, Milijaś, Craddock (capt), Elokobi, Kightly, Foley (Davis 85), Ebanks-Blake (Griffiths 80), Vokes, Hammill (Forde 85).

Unused subs: Hennessey, Stearman, Henry, Ward.

Booking: Milijaś (81 - holding).

Referee: C. Boyeson.

Attendance: 5,512 (1,278 away supporters).

    Data provided by Press Association


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