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Molineux Stadium (ATT 23,591) 29th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Hooper

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

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Sako strike sinks Wednesday

Last Updated: 29/09/12 5:14pm

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Sako: Contentious winner

Sako: Contentious winner

Bakary Sako's free-kick continued Wolves' fine form in the Championship and extended Sheffield Wednesday's woes as the hosts won 1-0.

The Frenchman's winner came in contentious circumstances just before the break, having found the net at the second attempt after being booked for taking an initial wayward effort before the referee's whistle.

Wolves were just about worthy of the three points from what was an ordinary encounter in the Black Country, with the second half turning into a non-event.

Nevertheless, it was a fourth successive league victory for Wanderers for the first time since November 2008 and extended the club's unbeaten home record - with a third win equalling the amount they managed on home soil throughout the whole of last season in the Premier League.

In stark contrast Wednesday, who offered little in attack, fell to a sixth straight defeat since seeing their 19-match unbeaten run come to an end.

Both sides fielded much-changed line-ups in their midweek Capital One Cup encounters against top-flight opposition, and only a total of four players remained at Molineux from the combined 22 who started.

Kevin Doyle was one of those who came back in for Wanderers and he fired a superb shot narrowly over the crossbar from distance after seven minutes.

Michail Antonio was lively early on for the Owls and his great cross was met by Chris O'Grady, but the striker could only direct his header straight at goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

A lull in proceedings was broken by a thunderous 30-yard effort from Sako which appeared to bring a fine fingertip save from Chris Kirkland, only for referee Simon Hooper to judge otherwise.

That encouraged the hosts and Doyle was narrowly off target with a left-footed effort from outside the area just minutes later before Sako again went close from a similar position.

And it was the summer signing from St Etienne who broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute.

The Frenchman, with a free-kick on the edge of the area, tried to get away with a cheeky chipped effort before being given clearance by the referee's whistle and, having seen the ball drift wide, received a yellow card for his misdemeanour.

But he was handed a second bite of the cherry and from the retaken set-piece fired straight under the wall and into the bottom corner.

The second half started at walking pace and continued in very much the same fashion.

There was very little to trouble either goalkeeper as Wolves, without seriously threatening a second, looked comfortable with their one-goal advantage.

Kirkland and, more crucially, opposite number Ikeme were largely spectators without an attacking threat from either side.

And with the expected late push from the Owls failing to really materialise, aside from a brief surge in injury time, it was Wolves who claimed three routine points at the final whistle.

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