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Wolves 2-1 Swansea

Wolves v Swansea
Darren Pratley and Karl Henry battle for the ball at Molineux

A brace from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake returned Wolves to the top of the table against battling Swansea.

The first came on the stroke of half-time as he twisted and turned under poor marking before firing in.

The Swans hit back as Leon Britton fed Fede Bessone, who chipped a delightful cross to allow Darren Pratley to fire a low shot from the edge of the area.

With half an hour to go Ebanks-Blake again found acres of space in the box and glanced in Carlos Edwards' cross.

The defeat was Swansea's fourth in the league - each one away from home - and ended their seven-match unbeaten run.


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"It might have been another case of winning ugly, but a win's a win.

"I was really worried about this game, Swansea are a very good team, they are comfortable with the ball, want to pass it and play that way as well as anybody.

"We've been giving away silly goals, but we go out to win every game and will continue to do that."

Swansea manager Roberto Martinez:
"It's disappointing as the performance, effort and determination of the players deserved more.

"We're a young dressing room and this is one of the toughest environments in Championship football - this is another step forward, we can take the positives.

"We've been ourselves, got the majority of the ball and created enough chances to win, but we've given away two soft goals. That's where we are, we'll move on to the next challenge."


Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Collins, Shackell (Keogh 87), Ward, Kightly (David Edwards 67), Henry, Jones, Carlos Edwards (Mancienne 81), Ebanks-Blake, Iwelumo.
Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Vokes.

Goals: Ebanks-Blake 45, 57.

Swansea: Krysiak, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Bessone, Britton (Pintado 76), Pratley, Gomez, Bodde, Scotland, Gower (Butler 76).
Subs Not Used: Tate, Brandy, Konstantopoulos.

Goals: Pratley 49.

Att: 21,988

Ref: Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire).

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