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Molineux Stadium (ATT 27,511) 18th April 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

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QPR 0

Wolverhampton are promoted

Wolves clinch promotion

Ebanks-Blake sends Wolves back into the promised land

Last Updated: 18/04/09 6:23pm

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Ebanks-Blake nets the winner

Ebanks-Blake nets the winner

Wolves secured promotion to the Premier League with a nervy 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at a jubilant Molineux.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was the hero for Mick McCarthy's side with the winner one minute after the break to send the home fans into delirium.

The win was good enough to clinch promotion with two games to spare and they are on the verge of winning the title due to their considerable goal difference advantage over second-placed Birmingham.

The hosts were hustling Rangers at every opportunity from the off yet clear-cut openings were few and far between in the first quarter of the encounter - Dave Edwards coming the closest with a header that forced a smart stop from Radek Cerny.

Edwards tried his luck from 30 yards in the 26th minute as the hosts rallied in an attempt to find the crucial breakthrough.

But it failed to materialise in the latter part of the first half, with Matt Jarvis seeing his inswinging corner rebound off the crossbar.

Opener

Within a minute of the restart all the tension was released and the home support finally started to believe.

Damion Stewart looked to shepherd Stephen Ward's hopeful ball to safety just inside the penalty area, but Andy Keogh hounded the Rangers defender and managed to nick in and square the ball across for Ebanks-Blake to fire home.

But QPR reminded the hosts of their threat in the 53rd minute as Rowan Vine's effort deflected off Christophe Berra before striking the crossbar, much to the relief of a stranded Wayne Hennessey.

The Wolves keeper then had to come to the rescue just after the hour mark, saving well from Heidar Helguson when the R's striker found himself clean through.

Substitute Marlon Harewood wasted a golden opportunity to put the game, and promotion, beyond doubt shortly after when he fired straight at Cerny from 12 yards.

Nevertheless, Wolves held on for victory to banished the memories of this time last year when they finished just outside the play-off places by the virtue of goal difference.

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1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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