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Sheff Wed 0-1 Wolves

Wolves maintained their lead at the top of the Championship with a crucial away win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Sylvain Ebanks-Blake settled a colourless encounter at Hillsborough with his 23rd goal of the season.

Ebanks-Blake struck after only five minutes when he got in front of Richard Hinds to meet Michael Kightly's cross and head in at the far post.

Richard Wood should have levelled for The Owls five minutes from time but headed over when well placed.


Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws:

"I would say the result tells us how far away we are rather than how close.

"I look at it this way - both teams have got themselves in a position now where they've got to be solid. They're not really interested in how they play, it's more about results and today really typified that from Wolves.

"They got the goal they needed and then the game became a battle because they were fighting to keep hold of it and didn't let us play football.

"Well done to them. They know how to win a game 1-0 and we don't."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:

"The performance would suggest our blip is over and of course the result would as well. We've played well in the last couple of games.

"I thought we were excellent in the first half. They broke on us once from a free-kick and Jermaine Johnson had a glorious chance and blazed over but other than that I don't think anything caused us any problems.

"We're top of the league, everyone's chasing us and snapping at our heels so what words can you find to stress how important it is to win games?"


Sheff Wed: Grant, Buxton, Hinds, Wood, Spurr, Johnson, O'Connor (Boden 87), McAllister, Gray (Sodje 69), Clarke (Jeffers 46), Tudgay.
Subs Not Used: Beevers, Simek.

Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Berra, Craddock, Hill, Friend (Stephen Ward 70), Edwards, Jones, Kightly (Stearman 85), Ebanks-Blake (Keogh 77), Iwelumo.
Subs Not Used: Darren Ward, Vokes.

Booked: Hill, Keogh, Stearman.

Goals: Ebanks-Blake 5.

Att: 23,703

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).



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