Wolves battle to Molineux win

Wolves gave their Championship survival bid a massive boost with a 3-2 win over Middlesbrough at Molineux on Saturday.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 17:32 Post Comment

Kevin Doyle: Got the winning goal for Wolves

Kevin Doyle: Got the winning goal for Wolves

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Returning Boro defender Stephen McManus put through his own net after 17 minutes although Grant Leadbitter soon levelled, his effort hitting the underside of the crossbar and adjudged to have crossed the line by the referee's assistant.

Boro hit the woodwork a total of four times in the first half but it was Wanderers who re-established their advantage immediately after the restart courtesy of the superb Bjorn Sigurdarson, yet once again Leadbitter pulled the visitors level shortly after with a great strike from distance.

Wanderers were applying plenty of pressure in search of a winner and Kevin Doyle sent the home faithful into raptures when he headed home in the 70th minute, inflicting an 11th league defeat on Boro in 14 games since the turn of the year.

Wanderers stopper Dorus De Vries was quickly called into action to save superbly from a sliced clearance by defender Kaspars Gorkss - setting the pattern for an impressive performance from the 'keeper.

A pulsating encounter flowed from end to end from the off and Wolves made the crucial breakthrough, Stephen Hunt getting down the left and firing in a cross which was diverted into his own goal by McManus.

But Boro were soon level in bizarre fashion. De Vries made a great parried save to deny Lukas Jutkiewicz, Leadbitter fired the rebound against the underside of the crossbar and - after another follow-up effort had hit a post - the assistant flagged to signal Leadbitter's effort had crossed the line.

Wolves needed just three second-half minutes to retake the lead, some well-worked play ending with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake backheeling the ball into the path of Sigurdarson, who raced past a defender before rounding Jason Steele and slotting home.

But Boro levelled once more, this time within four minutes, as Leadbitter's sweet 25-yard strike found the bottom corner.

The visitors twice cleared off the line before McManus got away with loud penalty appeals from the home side for handball, and Steele made a great save to deny Sigurdarson.

Yet Wolves did find a third in the 70th minute, Matt Doherty's long throw-in was flicked on by Roger Johnson and Doyle headed home.

Wolves were keen to see the game out after taking the lead for a third time and they did just that - much to the relief of the home support.

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

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
19:45
Blackburn 2-3 Derby Report
N Forest 5-3 Fulham  
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
20:00
Bolton 3-2 Rotherham Report
Reading 3-2 Millwall Report
19:45
Birmingham 0-2 Sheff Wed Report
Blackpool 0-1 Watford  
Bournemth 1-3 Leeds Report
Brentford 0-3 Norwich Report
Cardiff 0-1 M'boro Report
Charlton 1-1 Wolves Report

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

Footer 365

England move up FIFA world rankings after Switzerland victory

England, Northern Ireland and Wales move up the latest FIFA world rankings after recent wins in European qualifiers.

Transfer news: Nigel de Jong ready to sign new deal at AC Milan

Nigel de Jong was flattered by summer interest in his services, but is looking to pen a contract extension at AC Milan.

Premier League: Liverpool looking for Mario Balotelli to learn from past stars

Brendan Rodgers hopes Mario Balotelli will take inspiration from the likes of Luis Suarez as he settles at Liverpool.

Mail Box

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

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