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Wolverhampton   2 - 0   Burnley

Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas (second left) is congratulated after his opener for his side against Burnley
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.

606: DEBATE

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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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 2-0 Burnley FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Milijas 15
  • Doyle 50

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Burnley

    • 12 Jensen
    • 02 Alexander
    • 05 Carlisle (Duff 34)
    • 06 S Caldwell (Gudjonsson 67 yellow card)
    • 14 Mears
    • 21 Bikey (Nugent 52)
    • 23 Jordan
    • 07 McDonald
    • 11 Elliott
    • 33 Eagles
    • 09 Fletcher

    Substitutes

    • 01 Penny,
    • 04 Duff,
    • 08 Gudjonsson,
    • 32 Guerrero,
    • 20 Blake,
    • 22 Nugent,
    • 30 Thompson
    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 27,410
    WOLVES
    BURNLEY

    Possession

    • Wolves 50%
    • Burnley 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Wolves 12
    • Burnley 6

    Attempts off target

    • Wolves 0
    • Burnley 4

    Corners

    • Wolves 5
    • Burnley 5

    Fouls

    • Wolves 17
    • Burnley 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:20 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:40 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Graham Alexander unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:53 Substitution George Elokobi on for Kevin Doyle.
    • 90:00+2:42 Centre by Steven Fletcher.
    • 90:00+1:52 David Nugent challenges Christophe Berra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:09 Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 90:00+0:09 Booking Joey Gudjonsson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+0:05 Richard Stearman fouled by Joey Gudjonsson, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 89:05 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Michael Duff gets a block in.
    • 88:49 A cross is delivered by Kevin McDonald.
    • 88:28 Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Jody Craddock.
    • 87:40 The ball is delivered by Wade Elliott, clearance made by Jody Craddock.
    • 86:08 Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Eagles, clearance made by Michael Mancienne.
    • 86:08 Substitution Chris Iwelumo replaces Matthew Jarvis.
    • 86:08 Joey Gudjonsson fouled by Michael Mancienne, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 84:46 Kevin Foley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Eagles from left channel, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 84:04 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 83:34 Corner taken by Wade Elliott.
    • 83:26 Centre by Chris Eagles, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:36 Kevin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brian Jensen takes the indirect free kick.
    • 77:32 Centre by Kevin McDonald.
    • 73:14 Centre by Tyrone Mears, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 71:35 Wade Elliott crosses the ball, Close range shot by Steven Fletcher goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 71:05 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 70:44 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
    • 67:34 Substitution Michael Mancienne replaces Nenad Milijas.
    • 66:57 Substitution Joey Gudjonsson replaces Steven Caldwell.
    • 66:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Jarvis on Kevin McDonald. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Eagles, Matthew Jarvis gets a block in.
    • 65:22 Corner from the left by-line taken by Nenad Milijas, Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 65:04 Stephen Ward sends in a cross, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 64:28 Effort from 18 yards by Chris Eagles. Save made by Brian Jensen.
    • 63:38 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 62:54 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles, Steven Caldwell takes a shot. Kevin Foley makes a clearance.
    • 62:24 Foul by Nenad Milijas on Tyrone Mears, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
    • 61:16 Stephen Jordan fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Eagles, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 60:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Mears by Christophe Berra. Free kick crossed by Chris Eagles.
    • 59:46 Steven Caldwell fouled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
    • 59:00 Corner taken by Wade Elliott.
    • 55:37 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.
    • 51:47 Substitution David Nugent joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andre Bikey.
    • 50:52 Booking Kevin Doyle is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 49:51 Assist on the goal came from Jody Craddock.
    • 49:51 GOAL - Kevin DoyleWolverhampton 2 - 0 Burnley Kevin Doyle fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-0 Burnley.
    • 48:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wade Elliott on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Nenad Milijas takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 48:01 Graham Alexander sends in a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Michael Duff misses to the left of the goal.
    • 48:01 Graham Alexander delivers the ball, Effort from inside the area by Steven Fletcher misses to the left of the target.
    • 47:34 Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the left by-line, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
    • 47:17 A cross is delivered by Tyrone Mears, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:49 Jody Craddock challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Alexander takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:07 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+1:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Steven Fletcher. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
    • 43:08 Steven Fletcher fouled by Jody Craddock, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Eagles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
    • 41:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Bikey on Richard Stearman. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Brian Jensen.
    • 37:53 Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Jordan. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:11 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 36:48 The ball is crossed by Stephen Jordan, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 36:14 Matthew Jarvis handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
    • 34:42 Tyrone Mears takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:42 Booking Booking for Karl Henry for unsporting behaviour.
    • 34:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Graham Alexander.
    • 32:47 Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
    • 32:47 Substitution Michael Duff is brought on as a substitute for Clarke Carlisle.
    • 32:47 Chris Eagles fouled by Kevin Foley, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 31:24 Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Blocked by Wade Elliott.
    • 30:23 Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Chris Eagles results in a free kick. Nenad Milijas delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
    • 25:56 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 24:04 Christophe Berra challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
    • 21:49 Matthew Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Graham Alexander. Graham Alexander takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:41 Steven Fletcher fouled by Jody Craddock, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:25 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.
    • 18:18 The ball is delivered by Karl Henry.
    • 17:20 Kevin McDonald produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 16:35 Nenad Milijas fouled by Kevin McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Jody Craddock takes the free kick.
    • 14:54 Assist by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 14:54 GOAL - Nenad MilijasWolverhampton 1 - 0 Burnley Nenad Milijas finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Burnley.
    • 14:50 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 13:29 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 12:24 Stephen Ward fouled by Wade Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Nenad Milijas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Wade Elliott. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.
    • 9:49 Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nenad Milijas.
    • 9:04 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, save by Brian Jensen.
    • 8:51 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Graham Alexander.
    • 7:49 The ball is delivered by Nenad Milijas.
    • 6:57 The ball is swung over by Tyrone Mears, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 6:27 The ball is delivered by Kevin Doyle.
    • 6:06 The ball is swung over by Steven Fletcher, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 2:38 Foul by Karl Henry on Steven Fletcher, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Chris Eagles.
    • 2:14 Stephen Ward produces a cross, Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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