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Foul by Cameron Jerome on Stephen Ward, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Barry Ferguson on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas takes the direct free kick.
The referee books Sebastian Larsson for dissent.
Effort from deep inside the area by Sebastian Larsson misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Phillips has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Nenad Milijas has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by Stephen Carr results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stephen Hunt, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Steven Fletcher is brought on as a substitute for David Edwards.
Kevin Foley goes into the book. Kevin Foley concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Gardner. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Stephen Hunt fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by George Elokobi.
The referee penalises David Murphy for handball. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Ben Foster.
Kevin Phillips comes on in place of Lee Bowyer.
Stephen Ward produces a cross, save made by Ben Foster.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Header from close in by Christophe Berra misses to the left of the goal.
Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, David Murphy makes a clearance.
Kevin Foley takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Ferguson.
Corner taken by Stephen Hunt, Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save. Corner taken by Stephen Hunt played to the near post.
Craig Gardner is brought on as a substitute for Keith Fahey. Nikola Zigic leaves the field to be replaced by Jean Beausejour. The official flags Lee Bowyer offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line, Christophe Berra has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Stephen Hunt played to the near post, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.
The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Ronald Zubar takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Scott Dann concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ward. Shot on goal comes in from Nenad Milijas from the free kick, Ben Foster makes a save.
Nikola Zigic goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Nikola Zigic challenges Christophe Berra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
Foul by Christophe Berra on Nikola Zigic, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Ward, Header from close in by David Edwards misses to the left of the goal.
Nikola Zigic challenges Ronald Zubar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
Nikola Zigic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Jerome. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Hunt finds the net with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Birmingham.Sylvan Ebanks-Blake provided the assist for the goal.
Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
The offside flag is raised against Stephen Ward. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Nikola Zigic challenges Richard Stearman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Richard Stearman goes into the referee's book. Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Richard Stearman results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Nenad Milijas, save by Ben Foster.
Foul by Sebastian Larsson on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Ben Foster.
Ronald Zubar produces a cross.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Stephen Ward takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Stephen Ward is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Dann.
Cameron Jerome receives a caution. Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt played to the near post.
Foul by Richard Stearman on Nikola Zigic, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson has an effort direct from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Stephen Hunt results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Stephen Carr. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt. George Elokobi crosses the ball in from the free kick, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Stephen Hunt. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Cameron Jerome. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Ward, David Edwards takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
The ball is delivered by Ronald Zubar, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
The referee shows Roger Johnson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Roger Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Edwards. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right wing, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.
The referee starts the match.
The referee blows for half time.
The second half has started.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Edwards set for Wolves return
Dave Edwards has declared himself available for Wolves ahead of the Barclays Premier League derby with Birmingham.
The midfielder has rejoined full training after recovering from a thigh problem which has kept him out of the last four games.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has doubts over Michael Mancienne (knee) and David Jones (foot), while Karl Henry (knee) and Adlene Guedioura (leg) are long-term injuries and David Davis is suspended.
McCarthy believes his Wolves players have the mental strength to climb out of the relegation zone.
Wolves are three points adrift of safety as they approach a derby double header - at home to Birmingham and then away to West Brom next weekend.
But McCarthy has faith in his squad to handle the pressure.
The former Republic of Ireland boss said: "I hate being in the bottom three and I'm not comfortable being there.
"But I can cope with it because we have still got so many games to play and we have been playing well.
"I also have no worries about the players. They have certainly got the character and spirit within the squad.
"That has never been in doubt, never been in question, as far as I am concerned.
"You want to defend ugly, you want clean sheets and you want to be resilient. We will be fine."
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has no major fresh injury problems.
On-loan Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb is still recovering from the hamstring injury suffered during the draw at Fulham.
Striker James McFadden is City's only long-term injury casualty with knee ligament damage - although McLeish is optimistic the Scotland international could return before the end of the season.
McLeish has to decide whether to recall Serbian striker Nikola Zigic or persevere with the 4-5-1 formation which earned a 1-1 home draw with Tottenham last weekend.
Hunt gives Wolves vital win
Wolves deservedly secured a 1-0 derby triumph over Birmingham which could have been all the more comfortable if not for the heroics of Ben Foster.
Stephen Hunt's near-post finish on the stroke of half-time was the only effort to beat the England international who put in another sublime performance to keep the hosts at bay at Molineux.
Wanderers triumphed with their first clean sheet since April, although that was much to do with Birmingham's inability to create anything of note.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy stoked the flames ahead of the derby by stressing the encounter was about more than just three points, and he will be a relieved man to see his side move within a point of safety with what was his first success over the blue half of Birmingham in seven league attempts.
McCarthy was admittedly dealing with the most severe injury crisis he has had to contend with in almost two decades of management.
With enough players sidelined to make an entire starting XI, he was forced to make four changes from the side who went down 3-0 at Blackburn last weekend - Kevin Doyle (dead leg), Matt Jarvis, Michael Mancienne (both knee) and Steven Mouyokolo (back) making way for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, David Edwards and Richard Stearman.
Birmingham counterpart Alex McLeish also made three changes, handing starts to Serbia striker Nikola Zigic, Sebastian Larsson and David Murphy.
The opening stages were played at a typical bustling derby tempo, setting the trend for the afternoon.
Foster's first save of the encounter came with 10 minutes on the clock, diving to his right to pluck Edwards' goalbound header out of the air.
The former Manchester United stopper was at it again less than 60 seconds later, denying Hunt with a great point-blank block after the ball broke six yards out.
Blues were losing possession far too easily in the final third, meaning they were struggling to create a worthwhile chance.
Foster was made to work again just before the half-hour mark, getting down low to save Ebanks-Blake's shot on the turn from the edge of the area.
Wolves, despite their injury crisis, were definitely looking the most likely to break the deadlock.
Stephen Ward lobbed a speculative effort over the crossbar before Ebanks-Blake was again left cursing the form of Foster as he parried his drilled effort at the near post.
Ward did find the net just before the interval but he was rightfully flagged offside.
Yet there was nothing wrong with Hunt's 45th-minute breakthrough as he got in between Roger Johnson and Stephen Carr to connect with Ebanks-Blake's low cross, leaving Foster with no chance.
The lively Edwards should have doubled Wolves' advantage within minutes of the restart, somehow planting his unmarked header inches wide from Ward's right-wing cross.
The momentum from the first half had failed to shift and Foster was again called into action, getting his body behind Nenad Milijas' free-kick before collecting Ronald Zubar's tame shot.
Christophe Berra headed over from Hunt's corner as McCarthy's side looked for a killer second.
Birmingham were in desperate need of some fresh impetus and McLeish turned to Craig Gardner and Jean Beausejour from the bench.
But it was Foster who continued to be the visitors' key performer as he produced his umpteenth save of the match to tip Milijas' header over the bar.
Berra collided with a post as he tried to head home, but Wolves were unable to build on their one-goal advantage with 20 minutes remaining.
Ward's dangerous cross was well held by Foster before McLeish threw his last roll of the dice, bringing on former West Brom man Kevin Phillips to boos from the Molineux faithful.
Despite the home side's dominance they nearly threw the points away as the game entered the final 15 minutes but Cameron Jerome was unable to connect with Beausejour's left-wing cross when, if he had, he surely would have scored.
Phillips, who has a wonderful record in derbies, had an even better chance in the 89th minute but got his angles all wrong and headed off target, much to the relief of the majority of the 25,150 present.
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