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Molineux Stadium (ATT 28,510) 8th May 2011 - Kick off 12:00 Ref: M Dean

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Bromwich Albion West Brom

Wolves 3

S Fletcher (15, 47)
A Guedioura (28)

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West Brom 1

P Odemwingie (pen 55)

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Wolves out of bottom three

West Brom made to pay for defensive mistakes

By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey.   Last Updated: 09/05/11 9:28pm

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Wolves claimed bragging rights in the Black Country as they beat West Brom 3-1, but more importantly claimed the three points which moves them out of the bottom three.

Man of the Match: Steven Fletcher. Two good finishes and an assist make the Scotsman our pick, but honourable mentions for midfield schemers Adlene Guedioura and Jamie O'Hara. Goal of the Game: No classics but Guedioura's volley from close range was a good team goal. Save of the Match: Wayne Hennessey's one-handed save from Simon Cox stopped a second which could have made for a very different finish. Mistake of the Match: Abdoulaye Meite's shocking defending for Fletcher's goal will live long in the memory for many Wolves fans. Talking point: Are Wolves on track for survival? How many more points do they need?

The victory came off the back of two first-half goals which both arrived from Stephen Hunt corners.

The first saw Steven Fletcher slam home from close range after Adlene Guedioura chested the ball down.

Then not long after Fletcher returned the compliment as he headed the ball back across goal for Guedioura to volley home.

Wolves made it 3-0 just moments into the second period when Fletcher latched onto a defensive error from Abdoulaye Meite and finished with great aplomb.

Peter Odemwingie converted a penalty just before the hour, and West Brom did have chances to get further back into the game - but Wolves managed to hang on and claim a precious victory.

The three points takes Mick McCarthy's men out of the drop zone, one point above Blackpool.

Hangover

Albion looked to be suffering a hangover after securing their own top-flight future for another season and were pulled apart defensively.

Wolves started on the offensive and Scott Carson was forced to turn aside a free-kick from Jamie O'Hara.

But from the corner Fletcher put Wolves ahead with his 10th goal of the season - and his third in the last four games.

Hunt's centre was flicked on by Guedioura inside the six-yard box and Fletcher applied the finishing touch.

Guedioura came close to doubling the lead when his free-kick curled just over the bar.

It came as no surprise when Wolves doubled their lead after 27 minutes with a goal similar in build-up to the opener.

Hunt's corner was headed back across goal by Fletcher and the unmarked Guedioura volleyed past the exposed Carson from close range.

The visitors were conceding a stream of free-kicks and George Elokobi headed over the bar from an O'Hara ball across the box.

A low cross from Stephen Ward just eluded the run of Hunt as West Brom were again carved open at the back.

Fletcher was causing constant problems in the air and he headed just wide from an O'Hara corner.

Peter Odemwingie could have pulled one back in first half injury-time but drilled his shot wide of the far post after skipping past two players.

Extended

But Wolves extended their lead two minutes into the second period after a mistake by Meite.

The Baggies defender looked to have covered a through ball from Kevin Foley.

But he allowed the ball to slip under his foot and left Fletcher with a clear run at goal and he kept his cool before clipping the ball past Carson into the corner of the net.

Hennessey dealt with a shot from Jerome Thomas at the second attempt while a deflected attempt from Guedioura flew past the post.

But after 54 minutes Odemwingie gave the Baggies a ray of hope from the penalty spot.

Guedioura was adjudged to have brought down Thomas - he was yellow carded for the offence - and Odemwingie planted the spot-kick into the corner of the net.

It was his 15th goal of the campaign and means he has been on target in five successive Premier League games.

Albion still looked suspect in dealing with set-pieces and Shorey cleared a goal-bound flick by Henry from a Hunt corner.

Albion were looking more threatening and Hennessey produced a fine save to keep out a volley from Morrison away to his right.

Then Thomas hammered his shot against the crossbar after seizing onto a pass from Tchoyi.

The visitors were in the ascendancy and Tchoyi headed over when well placed from Mulumbu's cross.

Albion substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune turned past the challenge of Jody Craddock but was slightly off balance when he lofted his shot wide.

Ward could have made it 4-1 but pulled his shot wide with only Carson to beat and the Albion keeper then denied Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Wolverhampton WanderersTeam StatisticsWest Bromwich Albion
3Goals1
21st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target4
4Shots off Target8
3Blocked Shots3
8Corners4
10Fouls8
5Offsides2
3Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
73Passing Success78.8
27Tackles13
81.5Tackles Success92.3
45.1Possession54.9
53Territorial Advantage47

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