Milijas (second left) gets a kiss from Ebanks-Blake after his opener
By Mandeep Sanghera
Wolves put in a forceful performance as they moved out of the relegation zone courtesy of a win over Burnley.
Nenad Milijas put Wolves ahead when he stroked in a shot after keeper Brian Jensen parried a Matt Jarvis shot.
Kevin Doyle beat Steven Caldwell to a long ball and got past Mike Duff before stabbing in a Wolves second.
Caldwell had a header cleared off the line by Kevin Foley and Steve Fletcher was denied two penalties as Burnley failed to get back into the game.
Richard Stearman appeared to be holding Fletcher as they challenged for a Wade Elliot cross before Karl Henry looked guilty of tugging the Burnley striker's shirt in the box.
McCarthy 'not bothered' by criticism
Ultimately, though, an improved second half effort from the visitors came too late and Wolves leapfrogged them in the Premier League table with the win.
Wolves had chances to seal a more convincing victory with Burnley chasing the game as they earned three points which will probably give their manager Mick McCarthy extra satisfaction.
There had been plenty of furore following McCarthy's controversial resting of 10 players from the win over Tottenham for the midweek defeat by Manchester United.
McCarthy had clearly prioritised the game against a Burnley side that has struggled on its travels this season and brought back most of the side that had beaten Spurs last weekend.
The Midlands outfit were under pressure to justify their manager's decision and, whether it was a case of them being sharper and fitter or Burnley's poor away record, the home side quickly grabbed a stranglehold of the game.
Burnley - now with just one point from nine away matches - had struggled to deal with the physical strength shown by Wolves and, in particular, strikers Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Doyle had a major hand in his side's opener when he beat Burnley centre-back Clarke Carlisle to a flick on and found Jarvis in the corner of the Burnley box.
Jarvis had a low curling shot parried by Jensen but midfielder Milijas was on hand to side foot in the loose ball for his second goal for the club.
The left-footed Milijas gave Wolves an edge in the final third with his playmaking abilities and the Serbian dinked a ball over the Burnley defence to give Doyle a great chance of extending the Molineux outfit's lead.
Doyle looked offside and Jensen quickly came out to block his shot with an outstretched leg before Burnley suffered a setback with centre-back Carlisle being forced off injured.
Kevin McDonald had sent a shot wide with a rare Burnley chance on goal before manager Owen Coyle's players raised their game and tried in vain to produce an unlikely fight back.
Coyle 'not kidding himself' after Wolves defeat
Fletcher was denied the first of his two penalty appeals before Carlisle's replacement Duff failed to connect with a low cross to the near post.
But Doyle beat Caldwell to a header before bursting past Duff to send a shot past Jensen to effectively end any hopes Burnley had of getting something from the game.
Fletcher again had a penalty appeal waved away, while Ebanks-Blake had free header palmed clear at the other end as Wolves held out for a fifth league win of the season.
Burnley manager Owen Coyle: "I thought one was a stonewall penalty and I've seen the others given.
"If we had got back into the game at that point I believe we could have taken something from the game."
He added: "But we won't be kidding ourselves we defended poorly."
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