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Wolves 2-0 Barnsley

Kevin Foley, Michael Kightly and Sylvan Ebanks Blake
Wolves are now six points clear of Birmingham at the top

A goal in each half ensured Wolves moved six points clear at the top of the Championship with a comfortable victory against Barnsley.

Kevin Foley and Andy Keogh missed early chances before Bobby Hassell diverted the ball into his net after Barnsley goalkeeper Heinz Muller missed a cross.

Barnsley improved after the break, Jamie Cureton and Maceo Rigters missing the target with close-range headers.

But Foley made the game safe with a late strike from just inside the area.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"I said to the players when we saw those really wonderful performances a few weeks ago that it wouldn't be like that every week.

"We could have put the game to bed earlier than we did but they had some good chances and caused us problems.

"You just have to win, whether it's good, bad or indifferent, and we have had some breaks today.

Barnsley manager Simon Davey:
"We passed it well at times and were always in the game until their second goal.

"All credit to Wolves. They are flying at the moment. The teams at the top are the ones who come alive in the final third and are more clinical.

"Wolves are top of the division and consistently winning games. That puts them in good stead and it looks like they could go straight up, although Birmingham and Reading are pushing as well."

Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Stearman, Mancienne, Hill, Kightly (Jarvis 85), Henry, Edwards (Jones 78), Ward, Ebanks-Blake, Keogh (Vokes 66).
Subs Not Used: Ikeme, Collins.

Goals: Hassell 19 og, Foley 86.

Barnsley: Muller, Hassell, Van Homoet, Foster, Leon (Rigters 72), Campbell-Ryce, Colace, Guedes (Kozluk 41), De Silva, Cureton, Macken.
Subs Not Used: Mostto, Odejayi, El Haimour.

Booked: Campbell-Ryce, Colace.

Att: 22,399

Ref: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

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