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Molineux Stadium (ATT 25,893) 18th October 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Bennett

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Coventry City Coventry

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Wolves surge back top

Kightly & Ebanks-Blake cancel out Mifsud opener

Last Updated: 18/10/08 5:43pm

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Kightly: Equaliser

Kightly: Equaliser

Wolves came from behind to overcome Coventry 2-1 at Molineux to go back to the top of the Championship.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's second-half goal proved to be enough to send Mick McCarthy's men back to the Championship summit.

Coventry threatened an upset when Michael Mifsud gave them an early lead before Michael Kightly drew the home side level three minutes before the break.

Wolves dominated the second period and grabbed a deserved winner just before the hour mark when Ebanks-Blake capitalised on a mistake from Keiren Westwood to find the net.

Much of the pre-match focus centred around opposing strikers Chris Iwelumo after 'that' miss for Scotland and Freddy Eastwood, who was making his first return to Molineux since his high-profile summer move to the Ricoh Arena.

But it was Mifsud who broke the deadlock early on to silence a sell-out home crowd.

Danny Fox played a long ball up from the back before some neat interchange on the edge of the area between Michael Doyle and Eastwood played in Mifsud, who slotted coolly under Carl Ikeme.

Leon Best should have doubled the visitors' advantage six minutes later when put clean through but Ikeme came off his line quickly to smother.

Kightly was at the centre of everything going forward for the home side but the Sky Blues were playing without fear themselves, pressing every player in a gold shirt at every opportunity to win the midfield battle.

Coventry's movement up front was causing Wolves' static back line all sorts of problems and it was Mifsud who found himself clean through after a great ball from Jay Tabb, only for Ikeme to again come to the home side's rescue.

Off the line

Doyle cleared Ebanks-Blake's header off the line just after the half-hour mark before Kightly levelled matters in the closing stages of the first 45 minutes.

But it was a tale of two halves for Wolves and, under the leadership of captain Karl Henry, they set about dominating proceedings with the kind of free-flowing football that saw them win seven successive league games earlier in the season.

Kightly saw a towering header well-saved by Westwood in the 57th minute, but the Coventry keeper went from hero to villain in the space of 60 seconds.

Kevin Foley started on a surging run down the right and squared a ball back across the area for Kightly, who fired his effort straight at the Sky Blues number one.

Winner
However, he could only fumble the strike straight into the path of Ebanks-Blake who bundled home on the line.

The home side started to control the tempo of the game after they went ahead, restricting Coventry to very little in the way of goalscoring opportunities.

Ikeme dived low to his left to save well from substitute Clinton Morrison as the encounter entered the final 15 minutes.

And the Wolves shot stopper then produced two stunning saves to deny firstly Tabb and then Morrison again shortly after.

But Wolves held on for all three points to end a two-match winless streak.

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