First Wolves win for Solbakken

Much-improved Wolves finally got their Championship campaign up and running with a deserved 3-1 home victory over Barnsley on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 21/08/12 at 22:40

Ward: Celebrates Wolves' opener

Ward: Celebrates Wolves' opener

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Black Country club have endured a difficult summer following relegation from the top flight and speculation still continues to surround the futures of several players, most notably wantaway striker Steven Fletcher and winger Matt Jarvis.

But after an unconvincing cup victory over Aldershot on penalties and defeat to Leeds at the weekend, there was finally some welcome cheer at Molineux as boss Stale Solbakken celebrated his first league win at the helm and Wolves' first on home soil in 2012.

It was only Wanderers' second league victory of any kind since early December, highlighting why Solbakken was so desperately keen to shake off the losing mentality that dogged the club over the latter part of last season.

Stephen Ward broke the deadlock with only eight minutes on the clock before Sylvan Ebanks-Blake added a second just after the hour mark and Dave Edwards headed a third.

Tomasz Cywka pulled one back for the Tykes but it was Wolves' night as they recorded a seventh successive home win over their South Yorkshire visitors.

Solbakken made two changes from Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Leeds.

Transfer-listed defender Christophe Berra returned - minus the majority of the boos which accompanied his Capital One Cup performance against the Shots - while midfielder Slawomir Peszko was also handed his first start.

Barnsley also made two alterations from the XI who saw off Middlesbrough 1-0 at the weekend, Bobby Hassell and Kelvin Etuhu coming in for injured pair John Stones and Matty Done.

But the visitors found themselves behind early on.

Tykes goalkeeper David Gonzalez saved from Roger Johnson's eighth-minute header but the Colombian was beaten just 30 seconds later as Ward was sent clear by Ebanks-Blake and finished coolly.

Craig Davies and Ebanks-Blake exchanged efforts off target at either end amid a lively opening quarter.

And it was the home side who started to strengthen their grip on proceedings as the first half wore on, putting together plenty of neat approach play although Ward and skipper Karl Henry failed to trouble Gonzalez.

Johnson blocked well from Cywka as Barnsley enjoyed a spell of pressure while Kevin Doyle brought another save from Gonzalez.

Jacob Mellis then drilled narrowly wide of Carl Ikeme's goal as Wolves took a deserved lead into the interval, with Solbakken's only disappointment probably that his side were not more than one goal to the good.

Marlon Harewood whistled an effort wide at the start of the second half but it was Wolves who did double their advantage in the 61st minute.

Ebanks-Blake, in plenty of space, received the ball in the middle of the penalty area and beat Gonzalez with a well-taken finish into the bottom corner.

And it was soon 3-0 as Jarvis' cross was met by the head of the onrushing Edwards and he buried the ball home.

Cywka pulled one back for Barnsley with 12 minutes remaining, converting Etuhu's cross from the right, but the game was already wrapped up.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 23 August 2014
15:00
Blackburn 3-2 Bournemth Report
Brentford 1-1 Birmingham Report
Brighton 2-1 Bolton Report
Derby 5-1 Fulham Report
Huddersfld 1-1 Charlton Report
M'boro 2-3 Sheff Wed  
Millwall 0-1 Rotherham Report
N Forest 4-0 Reading Report
Watford 4-1 Leeds Report
Wigan 1-0 Blackpool Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 4 7 10
2 Watford 4 5 9
3 Norwich 4 5 9
4 Wolves 4 2 9
5 Charlton 4 2 8
6 Sheff Wed 4 2 8
7 Derby 4 4 7
8 Cardiff 4 2 7
9 Millwall 4 2 7
10 Blackburn 4 0 7
11 Bournemth 4 3 6
12 M'boro 4 1 6
13 Brighton 4 1 6
14 Rotherham 4 -1 6
15 Brentford 4 0 5
16 Birmingham 4 -1 5
17 Ipswich 4 -1 4
18 Wigan 4 -1 4
19 Reading 4 -4 4
20 Huddersfld 4 -5 4
21 Leeds 4 -6 3
22 Bolton 4 -5 1
23 Blackpool 4 -5 0
24 Fulham 4 -7 0

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Footer 365

Transfer news: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe joins Derby on season-long loan

Liverpool have loaned forward Jordon Ibe to Sky Bet Championship side Derby County for the 2014-15 season.

Transfer news: Juventus confirm Arturo Vidal will stay despite Man Utd link

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Arturo Vidal will not be joining Manchester United this summer.

Transfer news: Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock expecting busy few days

New manager Neil Warnock is braced for a few days of chaos as he tries to add to his squad at Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

Don't Forget Chelsea Also Need A Striker

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness, one Chelsea fan pipes up in the mailbox to remind us that the Blues also need a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney as captain...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property