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Wolves 2-1 Crystal Palace

Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy's Wolves remain top of the Championship

Goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Andy Keogh ensured Wolves stayed top of the Championship with victory at home to Crystal Palace.

Ebanks-Blake fired the home side ahead inside the first minute, giving Julian Speroni no chance with his finish.

The visitors drew level before half time thanks to Paul Ifill's smart finish from Kieran Djilali's cross.

However, Keogh headed in the winner for Wolves after Julian Speroni had parried Ebanks-Blake's shot.


Wolves boss Mick McCarthy:
"We didn't get about them in the first half as we can do and took our foot off the gas a little bit.

"But what pleased me was that we put it back on the pedal in the second half and deserved to win. We could have put it beyond doubt but it was hugely important that we won that sort of game when we had to grind it out.

"It had just become expected of us that we would score goals and it's not always going to happen. It's great that we've had such a good start and we're enjoying it. But it's still only a start."

Palace manager Neil Warnock:
"I thought we regrouped well after that early goal and hoped we might go on and win in the second half.

"Okay, Wolves could have had three or four in the end but they were getting a bit anxious at 1-1 and the type of break they got for their winner is the sort of thing that happens when you're top.

"With the young lads we had in the side, we could have gone under big-style after that first-minute goal and it's to our credit that we didn't."


Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Collins, Stearman, Stephen Ward, Kightly, Henry, David Jones (Edwards 28), Keogh, Ebanks-Blake (Shackell 90), Vokes (Gray 66).
Subs Not Used: Ikeme, Friend.

Booked: Foley, Ebanks-Blake.

Goals: Ebanks-Blake 1, Keogh 58.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Butterfield, Lawrence, Fonte, Hill, Derry, Djilali, Carle (McCarthy 90), Watson, Scannell (Griffit 67), Ifill (Thomas 76).
Subs Not Used: Fletcher, Ertl.

Booked: Hill, Lawrence.

Goals: Ifill 32.

Att: 22,200

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).




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