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Molineux Stadium (ATT 23,536) 6th November 2011 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: L Probert

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Wolves 3

J O'Hara (31)
D Edwards (55)
S Ward (66)


Wigan 1

B Watson (42)

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Wolves earn welcome win

O'Hara, Edwards and Ward goals seal first win in nine PL attempts

Last Updated: 06/11/11 4:24pm

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Wolves won for the first time in nine league attempts with a 3-1 success over bottom side Wigan at Molineux.

Man of the match: Ali Al Habsi made several world-class saves and was unlucky to be on the losing side. Moment of the match: Wolves' opening goal just after the half-hour mark was a rare moment of quality in the first 45 minutes. Kevin Doyle did superbly to find space on the right and Jamie O'Hara's perfectly-timed run and precise finish rounded off an incisive move to put the home side in front. Attempt of the match: After just three minutes, Dave Edwards collected a Doyle pass 20 yards from goal and forced a fine save from Al Habsi. Save of the match: Christophe Berra spun away from his marker on 69 minutes to get on the end of a superb free-kick, only to see his powerful close-range header brilliantly forced over the bar by Al Habsi. Talking point: What was a well-contested game turned ugly in the final 10 minutes as Antolin Alcaraz appeared to spit at Richard Stearman having been accused of diving in the Wolves box. Goal of the match: See moment of the match.

Jamie O'Hara put the hosts ahead in the 31st minute after being picked out by Kevin Doyle in the box.

Ben Watson equalised three minutes before the interval, scoring on the rebound following Wayne Hennessey's save of his spot-kick after Stephen Hunt had fouled Emmerson Boyce in the box.

But second half goals from Dave Edwards and Stephen Ward gave Wolves a much-needed victory and inflict an eighth successive league loss on the Latics.

Wigan were left to rue striker Hugo Rodallega spurning two gilt edged chances in the first half.

But Wolves visibly grew in confidence and they retained the support of the crowd in contrast to the abuse aimed at manager Mick McCarthy during the draw with Swansea two weeks ago.

Wolves were the first to threaten to threaten and Edwards made a good run in behind lone striker Doyle and forced Ali Al Habsi to parry away to his left.

The home side looked to have strong claims for a penalty after five minutes when Al Habsi appeared to catch the feet of Hunt as he took the ball past him.

Hunt never went to ground and referee Lee Probert waved play on despite the protests of the Wolves players.

Edwards again threatened danger when he got on the end of a Hunt centre but his header was directed just wide.


An error by Wolves skipper Roger Johnson almost proved costly and it needed an important tackle from Christophe Berra to deny Franco Di Santo.

Mohamed Diame robbed Adlene Guedioura in possession and teed up Rodallega in space but he failed to make proper contact on his shot which did not test Hennessey.

Antolin Alcaraz became the first player to be yellow carded after 26 minutes for a challenge on Doyle.

Wolves had a let-off when Di Santo robbed Richard Stearman and his floated centre found Rodallega unmarked but, from eight yards out, he poked the ball wide.

It was a costly let-off as 30 seconds later O'Hara put Wolves in front with his third goal in the last four games.

Hennessey's clearance was flicked on by Guedioura to Doyle and his cross from the by-line was tucked away by O'Hara.

But three minutes before half-time Ben Watson levelled for Wigan after Hunt brought down Boyce inside the box.

Hennessey saved Watson's spot-kick but the Latics player was able to convert the rebound.

Wolves responded positively and Al Habsi held on to a Hunt effort with some discomfort.

Half-time change

McCarthy made a half-time change with the out-of-form Guedioura making way for Matt Jarvis.

Hennessey was relieved to see a low shot on the turn from Di Santo curl just past the post.

Doyle sent a teasing low ball across the box although no-one was able to take advantage but after 55 minutes Edwards restored Wolves' lead.

Henry jinked his way to the by-line before cutting the ball back into the six yard box. Al Habsi made a fine double save to deny Hunt and O'Hara at close range but Edwards lashed the loose ball into the net.

Martinez made his first change after 65 minutes with Albert Crusat replacing goalscorer Watson.

But a minute later Ward doubled the home side's lead, making no mistake after Edwards and O'Hara had shots blocked from Jarvis' low centre.

Wolves were now oozing with confidence and Al Habsi produced a superb save to turn aside Berra's header from O'Hara's free-kick.

But Wigan were still a threat on the break and Hennessey parried away a low drive by Crusat.

Hennessey tipped a hooked shot from substitute Conor Sammon over the bar and then parried away a close-range header from Gohouri.

O'Hara, who was booked for a challenge on Figueroa, limped out of the action to be replaced by Nenad Milijas.

Diame spurned another chance for the Latics from 12 yards as Wolves helped on for an important victory.

Wolverhampton WanderersTeam StatisticsWigan Athletic
11st Half Goals1
10Shots on Target7
1Shots off Target7
2Blocked Shots3
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
69.1Passing Success78.3
83.9Tackles Success73.1
46.9Territorial Advantage53.1
388Total Passes401
19Total Crosses35
194Lost Balls200

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