Wolves claim Saints victory
Iwelumo and Jones on target
Last Updated: 15/11/08 5:55pm
Iwelumo: Opens the scoring
Wolves remain in charge at the top of the Championship after a 2-1 win at Southampton.
It was Wolves' first win ever at St Mary's as they came away from the South Coast with victory for the first time since 1980.
Mick McCarthy's men were two goals ahead after just 17 minutes as Chris Iwelumo and David Jones fired home.
Alex Pearce pulled on back for Southampton, but they then had Jason Euell sent off, and could not find a way back.
The home side started brightly and Wolves were fortunate when David McGoldrick was left unmarked in the box but could not finish.
However, the visitors were quickly into their stride and Iwelumo opened the scoring in the eighth minute.
On-loan winger Carlos Edwards swung in a cross and the unmarked Scotland striker, recalled to the national squad this week to face Argentina despite his awful miss against Norway, headed in.
But McGoldrick led an impressive response from the Saints and it took a good save from Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme in the 15th minute to deny the striker.
And Wanderers extended their lead two minutes later when Edwards broke forward before laying the ball off to fellow midfielder Jones, who hit the ball past Saints goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.
But the home side replied straight away with Ikeme tipping over Andrew Surman's effort and defender Pearce was left unmarked from Adam Lallana's ensuing corner to head in.
Ikeme needed to be alert to gather Surman's swerving shot before Jones' vicious volley was well saved by Davis as Wolves threatened to restore their two-goal lead.
Moments before the half-time whistle, referee Lee Mason showed a straight red card to Euell when he and Stearman jumped into a tackle, but the Wolves defender came off worse.
The visitors looked to make their extra-man advantage pay straight from the restart but it was Southampton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, replacing Oscar Gobern at the interval, who hit a post as Jan Poortvliet's young side bravely took the game to the leaders despite being down to 10 men.
Wolves centre-half Michael Mancienne, on loan from Chelsea and tipped to win an England call-up for the friendly against Germany, was booked for a foul on Morgan Schneiderlin as the home side continued to dominate.
Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy replaced an out-of-sorts Sylvan Ebanks Blake with another striker, Andy Keogh, but it was the home side who nearly scored next with Wright-Phillips squaring the ball for McGoldrick who should have equalised.
The visitors were also guilty of wasting chances with the unmarked Jones heading wide from Edwards' cross.
A flurry of bookings saw Surman and Rudi Skacel booked for Southampton, and Wolves captain Karl Henry cautioned for arguing with the referee who decided not to book Schneiderlin after he tripped Edwards.
The official further upset the home fans by turning down an appeal for a penalty after McGoldrick tumbled in the area following a challenge by Stearman.
Wolves substitute Sam Vokes fired into the side-netting in the final moments but the visitors hung to stay six points clear of second-placed Birmingham following their fifth successive victory.
Sky Bet Championship
Sat 15th Nov
Birmingham3 - 2Charlton
Barnsley2 - 1Watford
QPR1 - 2Burnley
Bristol C2 - 2N Forest
Coventry0 - 1Plymouth
Norwich2 - 3Swansea
Derby3 - 0Sheff Wed
Sheff Utd0 - 2Reading
Cardiff2 - 1C Palace
Southampton1 - 2Wolves
Doncaster1 - 0Ipswich
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