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

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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

Saturday, 20 December 2014
12:15
Derby 2-2 Norwich Report
Friday, 19 December 2014
19:45
Millwall 0-1 Bolton Report
Saturday, 13 December 2014
15:00
Birm'ham 6-1 Reading  
Bolton 0-0 Ipswich Report
B'mouth 5-3 Cardiff Report
Brentford 3-1 Blackburn  
Charlton 2-2 Blackpool Report
Leeds 0-1 Fulham  
Norwich 5-0 Huddsf'ld  
Rotherham 0-0 N Forest Report

Footer 365

Premier League: David Silva inspires Manchester City to 3-0 win over Crystal Palace

Manchester City moved level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Joe Hart agrees long-term contract with Manchester City

Joe Hart has signed a new long-term contract which keeps him at Manchester City until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Premier League: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Manchester United can still win title

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Saturday's opponents Manchester United can still win the Barclays Premier League.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

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