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
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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Wolves4 - 1Sheff Wed
Reading2 - 0Plymouth
Watford1 - 0Charlton
Burnley0 - 3Ipswich
Preston2 - 0C Palace
Sheff Utd3 - 0QPR
Barnsley1 - 2Coventry
Doncaster1 - 1Cardiff
Swansea3 - 1N Forest
Southampton1 - 2Birmingham
Norwich1 - 1Blackpool
Bristol C1 - 1Derby
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