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Molineux Stadium (ATT 22,491) 16th August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

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Iwelumo double stuns Owls

Chris Iwelumo brace leads highly-fancied Wolves to all three points

By Ashley Marshall.   Last Updated: 16/08/08 9:39pm

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McCarthy: Comfortable win

McCarthy: Comfortable win

Chris Iwelumo carried on where he left off in midweek as goals either side of the break saw Wolves to a comfortable 4-1 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Wolves new-boy Iwelumo, who scored twice in his side's Carling Cup win on Tuesday, bagged another brace on Saturday to lead the hosts to maximum points.

Dutchman Etienne Esajas had given Wednesday an early lead with a fantastic 15th minute strike before former Charlton marksman Iwelumo headed in before the break.

But Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored a 54th minute penalty and Iwelumo got his second of the game five minutes later to stretch the lead to 3-1.

Substitute David Edwards made it 4-1 in the dying minutes as Wednesday's early-season optimism was all but shattered in the space of 45 minutes.

The match got under way in lively fashion and Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant was quickly called to save from Jarvis, before a swift Wednesday counter-attack resulted in Esajas firing just wide.

The hosts then suffered a blow when a struggling Craddock made way for Neill Collins after only seven minutes. And things went from bad to worse for Wanderers after 15 minutes when Wednesday broke the deadlock in style.

Esajas stunned Molineux with a curling left-foot drive from the edge of the box which nestled emphatically in the right corner of Wayne Hennessey's goal.

But in the 28th minute, Iwelumo rose highest on the left side of the box to connect with Foley's swinging cross and power a header into the bottom-left corner.


Burton, for Wednesday, and Kightly, for Wolves, both squandered excellent first-half chances, but it was Wolves who responded better in the opening stages of the second half.

And if Mick McCarthy's Wolves had struggled to assert a hold on the first half, they wasted little time in taking control of the second, and it took them just seven minutes to go in front.

Sean McAllister was adjudged to have brought down Jarvis inside the box and Ebanks-Blake blasted his penalty hard and low past Grant.

Five minutes later Iwelumo made it 3-1 for a now-rampant home side.

Kightly drilled a shot against the foot of the post, but the ball rebounded kindly for Iwelumo who made no mistake in slotting home into the bottom corner and handing the home side a timely two-goal cushion.

The departure of Esajas had taken the sting out of Wednesday's attack and they struggled to recreate the threat posed in the opening stages.

Richard Wood should have done better with a free header in the 72nd minute, but as the game neared its close, it only looked like Wolves who would increase their lead.

And after several attempts on the Wednesday goal, they did precisely that in the final moments.

Ebanks-Blake played in Edwards down the left and the midfielder slotted home calmly past Grant.

Highly-fancied Wolves will travel to Ipswich next Saturday and Sheffield Wednesday will host Preston.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26