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Wolverhampton   2 - 1   Stoke

David Jones celebrates Wolves' opening goal
David Jones's opening wondergoal justified wild celebrations from Wolves

By Mark Ashenden

David Jones scored a stunning free-kick as Wolves secured the spoils in this belting season-opener with Stoke City.

The visitors looked lively as Kenwyne Jones hit the bar on three minutes before injury forced his early exit.

David Jones then stole the show with a 20-yard volley after a cute free-kick from Karl Henry and Steven Fletcher nodded in a second before the interval.

Abdoulaye Faye headed Stoke back into the contest but Stephen Ward twice went close for the hosts late in the game.

The first match of the season it may have been but this could already prove to be a huge victory for the team who ended up nine points behind Stoke three months ago as they finished 15th in their first year back in the top flight.

Saturday's evidence would suggest manager Mick McCarthy could expect to more than match that effort, while Stoke's Tony Pulis will be desperately hoping new boy Kenwyne Jones makes a swift recovery, with the Potters appearing to lack firepower up front.

McCarthy happy with Wolves display

McCarthy was showing off defender Jelle van Damme and record-signing Fletcher in front of the home fans for the first time, but it was a debutant from the visitors who seemed most eager to impress in the opening exchanges.

Kenwyne Jones, an £8m acquisition from Sunderland in midweek, came within a whisker of the opener inside 180 seconds when he shrugged off two challenges down the right before crashing a thunderous shot against the woodwork.

However, his contribution was short-lived as he hobbled off in tears just seven minutes later, to be replaced by Mamady Sidibe, following a sliding tackle from Jody Craddock.

It seemed to knock the wind out of the sails of Stoke, who are looking to build on their impressive 12th and 11th place finishes in the previous two seasons.

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Van Damme was proving his skills at forging forward, as well as defending, and with the Potters increasingly pushed onto the back foot, a whipped-in cross from the Belgian was met by Fletcher, but he could only volley it wastefully high.

Both teams looked comfortable in possession but seemed a little shy in making the final push at goal until Wolves surged forward on the half-hour.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake had a shot saved by the legs of Thomas Sorenson and Fletcher was then denied by some desperate defending having danced his way around two tackles.

The best was yet to come, however, with Wolves handed a free-kick on the edge of the box after defender Kevin Foley was hacked down by Dean Whitehead.

Henry rolled the ball back to David Jones, who flicked it up and volleyed in off the underside of the bar for a stunning opening goal and just reward for a devastating few minutes of football.

The Stoke defence had barely got their breath back when Christophe Berra battled down the right and looped over a cross. It was deflected on to Fletcher at the back post and his header capped a fabulous debut.

Pulis had to ring the changes in the second half and even substituted striker Sidibe, who had earlier replaced the injured Jones.

Nine minutes after the break Stoke struck back, with defender Faye rising above the static hosts to head in Matthew Etherington's in-swinging corner.

Pulis complains about added time

The contest was back on and the visitors sensed a miraculous recovery but Ryan Shawcross spurned a good chance as he headed tamely into the hands of Marcus Hahnemann.

As the floodlights came on amidst the torrential rain it seemed the visitors were fired up to acquire at least a point from this lively affair.

However, as the legs of the Stoke players faded in the closing stages Wolves finally produced an attack of their own, with Ward seeing two shots go close.

In the ensuing melee the hosts screamed for a penalty after the ball appeared to hit the arm of Danny Higginbotham, but a third goal was not needed as they held on for three big points.

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 2-1 Stoke FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Jones 37
  • Fletcher 39
  • Faye 55

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Stoke

Substitutes

Ref: ProbertAtt: 27,850
WOLVES
STOKE

Possession

  • Wolves 53%
  • Stoke 47%

Attempts on target

  • Wolves 7
  • Stoke 6

Attempts off target

  • Wolves 6
  • Stoke 4

Corners

  • Wolves 5
  • Stoke 5

Fouls

  • Wolves 17
  • Stoke 14
  • Final Result
  • 94:25 The game gets underway.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:16 Abdoulaye Faye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.
  • 90:00+3:01 Defending throw-in by George Elokobi (Wolverhampton).
  • 90:00+2:30 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 90:00+1:28 Shot by Tuncay Sanli. Blocked by Jody Craddock.
  • 90:00+0:16 Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:10 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
  • 90:00 The referee ends the match.
  • 89:50 David Jones produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 88:26 The offside flag is raised against Greg Halford. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 87:29 Kevin Foley takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:29 Substitution Greg Halford on for Andrew Keogh.
  • 87:29 Tuncay Sanli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry.
  • 86:32 Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Craddock. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 86:27 Attacking throw-in by Dean Whitehead (Stoke).
  • 86:06 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 85:44 Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 85:10 Centre by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Karl Henry.
  • 85:04 Centre by Rory Delap.
  • 84:19 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton).
  • 84:09 Effort on goal by Matthew Etherington from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 83:40 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 83:00 Attacking throw-in by George Elokobi (Wolverhampton).
  • 81:09 Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, Thomas Sorensen makes a brilliant save.
  • 80:07 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 79:57 Defending throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke).
  • 79:32 Andrew Keogh challenges Abdoulaye Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
  • 78:40 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
  • 78:24 The ball is swung over by Karl Henry.
  • 78:15 Attacking throw-in by George Elokobi (Wolverhampton).
  • 77:27 Kevin Foley takes the free kick.
  • 77:27 Booking Dean Whitehead is cautioned.
  • 77:19 Unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick.
  • 76:31 Defending throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke).
  • Correction - 75:24 Matthew Jarvis takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 75:24 Booking Robert Huth is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:05 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis (Wolverhampton) from left wing, passed.
  • 75:05 Booking Robert Huth (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 75:05 Robert Huth challenges Stephen Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 75:05 Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke) on Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).
  • 74:17 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 74:07 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
  • 73:38 Effort from 12 yards by Stephen Ward. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 72:54 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
  • 72:36 Kevin Foley crosses the ball, Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
  • 72:30 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 71:59 Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 71:08 Attacking throw-in by George Elokobi (Wolverhampton).
  • 70:51 Substitution Jelle Van Damme goes off and George Elokobi comes on.
  • 69:46 Foul by Robert Huth on Jelle Van Damme, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from left wing, clearance made by Michael Tonge.
  • 69:41 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).
  • 68:59 The official flags Ricardo Fuller offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 68:12 Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 67:20 Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Jelle Van Damme results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:44 Effort on goal by Tuncay Sanli from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 65:43 Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 65:43 Substitution Glenn Whelan goes off and Michael Tonge comes on.
  • 65:43 Robert Huth fouled by Jelle Van Damme, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 64:56 Matthew Jarvis produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 63:55 Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 63:31 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Abdoulaye Faye takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.
  • 63:03 Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Ward.
  • 62:48 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
  • 62:19 Shot from just outside the box by Matthew Jarvis goes over the crossbar.
  • 61:52 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 61:11 Attacking throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke).
  • 60:40 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
  • 59:56 Unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Matthew Etherington results in a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 59:19 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Glenn Whelan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:30 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 56:48 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 56:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Jelle Van Damme. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 56:29 Defending throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke).
  • 55:34 Christophe Berra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:22 Matthew Etherington provided the assist for the goal.
  • 54:22 GOAL - Abdoulaye FayeWolverhampton 2 - 1 Stoke Abdoulaye Faye finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wolverhampton 2-1 Stoke.
  • 54:05 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington,
  • 53:57 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 53:18 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann gets a block in.
  • 52:16 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
  • 51:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Fuller on Stephen Ward. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:21 Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:21 Substitution Tuncay Sanli comes on in place of Mamady Sidibe.
  • 50:21 Unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick.
  • 49:50 Karl Henry challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 48:10 Corner taken by David Jones from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 48:10 Substitution Andrew Keogh comes on in place of Steven Fletcher.
  • 47:34 Centre by Matthew Etherington, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 47:23 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
  • 46:55 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a cross.
  • 46:15 Effort from just outside the area by Steven Fletcher goes over the target.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:03 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
  • 45:00+2:03 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Danny Higginbotham gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by David Jones.
  • 45:00+1:29 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 45:00+0:57 The ball is swung over by Rory Delap, blocked by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 45:00+0:23 Attacking throw-in by Mamady Sidibe (Stoke).
  • 45:00 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 44:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Etherington on Kevin Foley. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 42:00 The assistant referee flags for offside against Mamady Sidibe. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 41:30 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:15 Attacking throw-in by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton).
  • 39:37 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 38:04 Assist by Christophe Berra.
  • 38:04 GOAL - Steven FletcherWolverhampton 2 - 0 Stoke Steven Fletcher scores a headed goal from close in. Wolverhampton 2-0 Stoke.
  • 38:00 The ball is swung over by Christophe Berra,
  • 37:34 Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Jones. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.
  • 36:06 Assist on the goal came from Karl Henry.
  • 36:06 GOAL - David JonesWolverhampton 1 - 0 Stoke David Jones finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Stoke.
  • 34:49 Dean Whitehead challenges Kevin Foley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Karl Henry.
  • 34:42 The ball is sent over by Jelle Van Damme.
  • 34:36 Attacking throw-in by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton).
  • 34:25 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).
  • Correction - 34:25 Attacking throw-in by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton).
  • Correction - 32:21 The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Sorensen. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
  • 32:21 Centre by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Abdoulaye Faye gets a block in. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
  • 31:25 Attacking throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke).
  • 30:24 Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, Headed effort from close range by Christophe Berra goes wide left of the target.
  • 29:59 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Mamady Sidibe.
  • 28:13 A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 27:56 Unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 27:27 The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Abdoulaye Faye.
  • 26:31 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 25:37 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 25:29 Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.
  • 23:59 The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 23:40 Defending throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).
  • 22:53 The ball is swung over by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 22:36 Unfair challenge on David Jones by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Ward.
  • 21:26 Ryan Shawcross fouled by David Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:44 Jelle Van Damme crosses the ball, Shot by Steven Fletcher from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
  • 18:25 A cross is delivered by Stephen Ward, Danny Higginbotham manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:46 Defending throw-in by Danny Higginbotham (Stoke).
  • 17:12 Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 16:24 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 15:28 The referee penalises David Jones for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 15:01 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
  • 14:31 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).
  • 13:54 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Blocked by Jody Craddock.
  • 13:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Karl Henry. Ricardo Fuller takes the free kick.
  • 13:38 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 13:17 Substitution Mamady Sidibe is brought on as a substitute for Kenwyne Jones.
  • 12:56 Karl Henry fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Karl Henry takes the free kick.
  • 12:49 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton).
  • 11:57 Stephen Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 11:27 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
  • 9:52 A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 8:55 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 7:52 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Sorensen. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 7:34 Kevin Foley crosses the ball, Abdoulaye Faye makes a clearance.
  • 7:10 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 6:08 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
  • 5:33 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
  • 4:36 Unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Karl Henry results in a free kick. Abdoulaye Faye takes the free kick.
  • 3:41 Unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Danny Higginbotham results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
  • 3:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Steven Fletcher. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:35 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot.
  • 0:59 Jody Craddock concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Fuller. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington from right channel.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 6 3
2 Blackpool 1 4 3
3 Aston Villa 1 3 3
4 Wolves 1 1 3
5 Blackburn 1 1 3
6 Birmingham 1 0 1
7 Sunderland 1 0 1
8 Bolton 1 0 1
9 Fulham 1 0 1
10 Man City 1 0 1
11 Tottenham 1 0 1
12 Arsenal 0 0 0
13 Liverpool 0 0 0
14 Man Utd 0 0 0
15 Newcastle 0 0 0
16 Stoke 1 -1 0
17 Everton 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -3 0
19 Wigan 1 -4 0
20 West Brom 1 -6 0

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