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Hillsborough (ATT 23,703) 7th March 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Sheff Wed Sheffield Wednesday vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves


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Wolves march on at top

Ebanks-Blake does it again for leaders

Last Updated: 07/03/09 5:53pm

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Ebanks-Blake: Early winner

Ebanks-Blake: Early winner

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored his 23rd goal of the season as Wolves maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

England Under 21 international Ebanks-Blake struck after just five minutes at Hillsborough as he headed home Michael Kightly's cross.

Jermaine Johnson wasted the Owls' best chance of the game as Wolves stood firm to record a 1-0 away success for the second time this week.

Having beaten Crystal Palace in midweek to end a poor run, Wolves appear to be back in form as they bid to keep Birmingham at bay.

They needed only five minutes to find the net as Ebanks-Blake got in front of Richard Hinds to meet Kightly's left-footed cross and head in at the far post.

Wednesday were struggling to create anything in the early stages, but Wolves defender Jody Craddock - restored to the captaincy in the absence of Karl Henry - did well to stop the run of Leon Clarke as he raced in on goal.

Wolves would have been two up in the 15th minute were it not for Lee Grant, who made a good close-range block at the near post as Kightly met Ebanks-Blake's cross.


The visitors continued to look dangerous and George Friend headed just wide as he ran in to meet Dave Edwards' cross from the right. Edwards, who passed a fitness test on a thigh injury to play, lashed just wide with a shot from the edge of the area just before the half-hour mark.

At the other end, Johnson was responsible for a woeful miss as Wednesday went on the counter-attack. Breaking from a Wolves corner, Johnson ran from the halfway line but after beating two defenders, he fired a poor effort way over the bar with only Wayne Hennessey to beat.

Wolves again went close eight minutes before the break as Ebanks-Blake raced on to a long ball before seeing his shot deflected on to the roof of the net by a relieved Hinds.

Chances were few and far between in the second half, and more than 20 minutes had passed before Wednesday boss Brian Laws decided he had seen enough and sent on Akpo Sodje - making his long-awaited return from injury - to try and change the game.

The first meaningful chance of the half for either team came in the 77th minute when Marcus Tudgay ran on to Grant's long ball and pulled back a cross for Johnson, who kept his shot low but did not have the power to beat Hennessey.

When Kightly hobbled off with six minutes to go, Mick McCarthy sent on Richard Stearman as Wolves looked to shut up shop for the afternoon.

They almost killed the game for good moments later as Grant could only head clear on the edge of his area and Tommy Spurr had to block Andy Keogh's follow-up shot, but the visitors had already done enough.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25