Wolves 1 (Zyro 40)
Cardiff City 3 (Noone 28, 36, Ralls 48)
Wolves post-Christmas unbeaten League run came to a disappointing end as three well taken Cardiff goals made it a bleak afternoon for the home supporters with Michal Zyro’s solitary strike scant consolation.
Kenny Jackett named an unchanged team for the visit of the Bluebirds and it was Wolves that kicked-off attacking the North Bank end on what was a dull and bitterly cold day.
There was an early chance for Wolves after Matt Doherty had dispossessed Craig Noone. The defender fed Rajiv van La Parra on the left and he, in turn, played a short pass to Jordan Graham whose cross to the far post was headed over by Conor Coady.
Graham fired high over the bar from the edge of the box before he won the ball from Bruno Ecuele Manga in the Cardiff area. The winger ran in along the by-line but instead of pulling the ball back he tried to squeeze it in from an impossible angle and he succeeded only in finding the side netting.
Joe Ralls saw his long distance effort hit a defender and take a wicked deflection before drifting wide with Carl Ikeme helpless.
Cardiff went even closer in the 18th minute when Stuart O’Keefe’s shot from the left of the area bounced off the face of the bar.
Kevin McDonald appeared to be shoved by Joe Mason as he ran into the area onto Dominic Iorfa’s throw-in, but the referee waved aside justifiable penalty appeals (pictured).
Noone dragged a low shot wide but seconds later, in the 28th minute, the midfielder fired Cardiff into the lead with a terrific shot from 25yards that flew into the net.
Ethan Ebanks-Landell went into the book for a foul on Anthony Pilkington - Peter Whittingham was wide from the free-kick conceded.
In the 35th minute Coady sent van La Parra through on goal but the Dutch winger was just wide of the far post with a low, angled drive.
Seconds later Noone struck again as he cut into the box from the right and curled one into the far corner to double Cardiff’s lead.
Shortly after the game restarted, one time Molineux Academy graduate Scott Malone was yellow carded for tripping Coady.
McDonald chipped wide of the far post before Zyro pulled one back five minutes before the break. Graham was fouled inside his own half but the referee played the advantage as van La Parra raced towards goal.
His low shot was pushed out by Cardiff keeper David Marshall and Zyro was there to convert from close in.
Half-Time: Wolves 1 City 2
James Henry was an interval replacement for Coady.
Within three minutes of the resumption Wanderers found themselves deeper in the mire as Cardiff regained their two goal advantage. Noone turned from scorer to provider teeing up Ralls who sent a low, 20-yard drive into the corner of the net.
In the 52nd minute van La Parra met Graham’s cross on the volley at the far post but his shot lacked direction and the ball flew to the far side of the field.
Iorfa ran onto a perfectly weighted pass from Henry and crossed for Zyro who was wide with a first time shot at the near post.
Pilkington was close to a fourth for City with another shot from distance before Wolves lost the services of Graham who damaged his knee as he landed badly after jumping to try and avoid the ball. He was replaced by Bright Enobakhare.
McDonald was body checked by Malone as he tried to run into the box but Zyro’s ambitious free-kick was too high.
Iorfa played Henry through on the overlap and his low cross went straight through the Cardiff six-yard box begging for the touch that was needed.
Enobakhare saw his drive deflected behind and Ebanks-Landell headed over after a cross from van La Parra. But there was to be no late comeback with the five minutes of added time prolonging the agony.
Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Doherty, Edwards, Batth (capt), Ebanks-Landell, Graham (Enobakhare 65), Coady (Henry 45), van La Parra, McDonald, Zyro.
Unused subs: Martinez, Golbourne, Saville, Price, Byrne.
Booking: Ebanks-Landell (31 – foul).
Cardiff: Marshall, Peltier. Manga, Whittingham (Da Silva 86), Ralls, Mason (Dikcagoi 65), Noone, Pilkington (Revell 90+4), Connolly, O’Keefe, Malone.
Unused subs: Macheda, Moore, Kennedy, Ameobi.
Bookings: Malone (37 – foul), Noone (85 – simulation).
Referee: D. Whitestone.
Derby County Under 18s 3 Wolves 3 (Ronan 2, Ennis)