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10:26 28th March 2013

Wolves host Mowbray's men

Wolves welcome Middlesbrough to Molineux on Saturday, looking to build on the home success against Bristol City before the international break.

The visitors have seen their form dip in recent weeks - they have lost there last three and won just once in their previous seven nPower Championship fixtures, although that victory was against leaders Cardiff City.

Two late goals saw them get the better of Wolves at the Riverside Stadium earlier in the campaign.

The first came in the 89th minute, as Marvin Emnes scored from the spot following a debatable handball decision against Wolves skipper Karl Henry.

Then, with Stale Solbakken's side pushing for an equaliser, the home side were able to break, and Scott McDonald made the points safe in injury time.

Boro have a good recent record against Wolves, losing just two of the last thirteen meetings in all competitions, albeit with those meetings spread over two decades.

They won the latest Molineux meeting - with a then-Premier League Middlesbrough outfit defeating Championship-chasing Wolves 2-1 in January 2009, courtesy of goals from Afonso Alves and Emnes - Sam Vokes scored the Wolves goal that day.

Prior to that, the teams met in the Premier League in the 2003/2004 season, with either team winning their home fixture by the same scoreline - 2-0.

The meeting at the Riverside in the November of that season was packed with controversy, with Wolves having Alex Rae sent off in what was future England boss Steve McClaren's 100th game in charge of Middlesbrough.

Towards the end of the season, the sides met at Molineux, and despite relegation now looking almost inevitable, Dave Jones' side rallied to secure just their sixth win of the season thanks to goals from Carl Cort and Henri Camara.

Facing up to Dean Saunders on the touchline on Saturday will be Tony Mowbray, who Wolves fans will remember from his time in charge of West Bromwich Albion. Mowbray's Albion defeated Wolves in the 2006/2007 play-off semi-finals, but were ultimately defeated in the final by Derby County.

Also returning to the Black Country will be George Friend, the young left-back signed by Mick McCarthy from Exeter City in 2008.

Despite being highly-rated, Friend's found his first team chances at Molineux limited, and was loaned out to Millwall, Southend, Scunthorpe and former club Exeter before eventually joining Doncaster Rovers, where he was later managed by Saunders.

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