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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 4-0 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Stephen Ward.
Matthew Jarvis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt. Corner taken short by Jamie O'Hara.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Kevin Doyle produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Luke Varney is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
The referee shows Alex Baptiste a yellow card. Foul by Alex Baptiste on Kevin Foley, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
George Elokobi goes into the referee's book. Brett Ormerod fouled by George Elokobi, the ref awards a free kick. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on George Elokobi by Brett Ormerod results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 3-0 Blackpool.Assist by Kevin Doyle.
Jamie O'Hara produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
Jamie O'Hara takes a short corner.
Luke Varney concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Craig Cathcart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis takes a short corner.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart. Corner taken short by Matthew Jarvis.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Alex Baptiste takes the indirect free kick.
Stephen Ward on for David Edwards. Alex Baptiste concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
Matt Phillips on for James Beattie. Ludovic Sylvestre leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Ormerod. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is ruled offside. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Neal Eardley offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Karl Henry on Keith Southern, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ludovic Sylvestre by Richard Stearman. Free kick crossed by Neal Eardley.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces Ronald Zubar.
Goal scored by Jamie O'Hara from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-0 Blackpool.
Jamie O'Hara produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Richard Kingson.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Jarvis, Kevin Foley takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.
Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan. Neal Eardley takes the direct free kick.
David Vaughan challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
Keith Southern challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line.
Karl Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
James Beattie fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Dudley Campbell receives a red card for violent conduct. Foul by Dudley Campbell on Richard Stearman, free kick awarded. Ronald Zubar restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Foley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste. Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.
Ian Evatt fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Kevin Foley is brought on as a substitute for Adam Hammill. Luke Varney produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Alex Baptiste, clearance made by Christophe Berra. Inswinging corner taken by David Vaughan, George Elokobi manages to make a clearance.
David Edwards is caught offside. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Luke Varney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sergey Kornilenko. Short corner taken by David Vaughan.
Shot by Ronald Zubar. Ian Evatt gets a block in. Jamie O'Hara takes the inswinging corner, George Elokobi challenges Richard Kingson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Doyle on David Vaughan. Ian Evatt takes the free kick.
Shot on goal by Adam Hammill from just inside the area goes over the target.
Short corner taken by Adam Hammill.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dudley Campbell on Richard Stearman. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Ian Evatt fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Beattie by Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
David Edwards takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.
Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Matthew Jarvis from 25 yards. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
Handball decision goes against James Beattie. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre played to the near post, clearance made by Karl Henry. Corner taken left-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre, Wayne Hennessey makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Hammill on Neal Eardley. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
Adam Hammill decides to take a short corner.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Ian Evatt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Karl Henry.
Foul by George Elokobi on Keith Southern, free kick awarded. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Blackpool.Assist by Adam Hammill.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by Keith Southern. Free kick taken by Karl Henry.
Rallying call from McCarthy
Mick McCarthy has challenged his Wolves players to repeat the end-of-season heroics of 12 months ago and is confident they can cope with the pressure of battling for Barclays Premier League survival.
Wolves collected 14 points from their final 10 games of the 2009-2010 campaign to avoid the drop with a run of seven points from three away games with Burnley, Aston Villa and West Ham proving crucial.
Now they face a similar challenge, starting with teh home clash with Blackpool.
But McCarthy is also hoping luck will turn the way of Wolves during the final part of the season after feeling the rub of the green has not been on their side.
He said: "I don't doubt the players' ability to deal with pressure situations at all.
"I really don't think for one minute that the pressure is getting to them because they've handled it well.
"But we are going to have to find the performance we found in the latter stages of last season.
"We're going to have to play as well as we did when we went to Burnley, were solid and won.
"Then we played Villa, were murdered for 15 minutes but in the end were unfortunate not to have won.
"After that we went to West Ham and we ran riot. They're the performances we're going to have to find now."
McCarthy added: "We also had a bit of luck going our way last season. Adlene Guedioura's shot at Burnley was going nowhere near the goal until it took a deflection.
"I genuinely can't remember playing anyone this season where we've come away feeling we were jammy or really fortunate.
"Maybe Sunderland at home when they had another chance leading 2-1 and we got away with it and won 3-2. But I'm struggling beyond that."
McCarthy has described the Blackpool game as the biggest of the season and is refusing to downplay the importance of the next 11 games.
He said: "It doesn't matter who we're playing with 11 games left. They're all going to be pressurised. They're all games that we need points from.
"We can't understate the importance of any of them at all so I'm not even going to try.
"People say I shouldn't be saying how important these games are but, come on, do me a favour. We all know what's at stake."
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is a firm believer in second-season syndrome and anticipates a stressful summer planning how to overcome it should his team beat the drop.
The Seasiders, competing in their first Premier League campaign, are currently on course to emulate the achievement of Wolves last season by avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.
It has been tougher in the top flight for the midlands outfit this term and they go into the Molineux meeting bottom of the table - and with Holloway's sympathies.
"Second-season syndrome - I understand how it works," said Holloway, whose side are five points clear of the relegation zone.
"You stay up and are elated at first, then all of a sudden you have got to do it again, then you try to buy slightly better players and upset the ones you have already got.
"This level is fascinating. The second season, if you can get there, is the one to worry about.
"We are loving the first one and, really, we should go down. But if we don't, ahead of the second one I can assure you I'll have the worst summer ever.
"I will be worried about what on earth I am going to do, because most teams go down, no matter how good they are, in the second season."
Wolves move clear of the drop
Wolves lifted themselves out of the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League for only the second time in five months following a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of 10-man Blackpool.
Matt Jarvis gave boss Mick McCarthy's men the perfect start with a second-minute opener before a moment of madness from Blackpool leading scorer DJ Campbell saw him sent off in the 43rd minute.
Wolves then made their numerical advantage count after the break as Jamie O'Hara and then substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake with a brace eased their club off the foot of the table into 17th.
The first half started and ended in nightmare fashion for Blackpool boss Ian Holloway as his side proved you are only as good as your last game.
That had been a sensational 3-1 victory over Spurs in midweek, one that had eased the Seasiders clear of the relegation zone, sending belief soaring they can survive in the top flight this season.
But after just 116 seconds Blackpool were swiftly brought crashing back down to earth as a four-man move culminated in Jarvis scoring his fourth goal of the season.
From deep inside Wolves territory, Ronald Zubar played a ball down the right wing into David Edwards, fit again after missing the 1-1 draw at West Brom last Sunday with a groin injury.
Edwards' short run was incisive as he cut inside his marker prior to feeding Adam Hammill, also restored to the starting line-up, just inside the Blackpool area.
Although Hammill's pass to his left was scuffed, it had enough pace on it to find Jarvis who brilliantly curled beyond Richard Kingson a 12-yard right-effort that had the majority of the crowd on their feet.
Then just over two minutes from the interval, with Blackpool having failed to seriously test goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, any hope of a comeback suffered a crucial setback.
Directly in front of Holloway, on the edge of his technical area, Campbell stupidly over-reacted to a slight shove in his back from Richard Stearman as the duo faced onto a long ball downfield.
The red mist descended as the much-shorter Campbell then turned on Stearman, and with both hands, shoved the centre-back in the face.
Making arguably his easiest decision all afternoon, referee Neil Swarbrick swiftly brandished the red card.
Turning on his heels, Campbell made the short walk to the dressing room, with not so much as an apologetic acknowledgement towards Holloway just yards from him.
The act of rage, from a player who had previously only been booked just once all season, will now see him miss the next three matches.
In between those two horror moments for Holloway, it was Wolves who had the better of the half, with Kingson pulling off one stunning save to deny Edwards from a 12-yard, left-foot half volley.
The home side did have the ball in the back of the net on a second occasion, only for Swarbrick to adjudge George Elokobi had fouled Kingson as he nodded the ball home.
As for a typically workmanlike Blackpool, their best opportunity was inadvertently set up by a stunning sliding challenge from Wolves captain Karl Henry on Keith Southern deep in his own half.
But it was a tackle made facing his own goal as the ball flew into the path of Luke Varney, who had minutes earlier replaced Sergei Kornilenko, only for the striker to slice his shot wide.
That was as good as it got for Blackpool for within 10 minutes of the restart the 10 men caved in, and with it went the last remaining hope of salvaging a point.
After Kingson had denied substitute Kevin Foley and O'Hara in the two minutes immediately prior to Wolves doubling their advantage, the latter was not to be denied.
Thanks primarily to a defence that stood off him, O'Hara rifled in a 22-yard, left-foot shot that bounced over the outstretched left hand of Kingson into the corner of his net for his second goal in a week.
With the spirit and stuffing knocked out of Blackpool, and as one-way traffic developed, they duly conceded a third 12 minutes from time.
Ebanks-Blake, who had replaced Zubar just after O'Hara's strike, tapped home from a yard courtesy of a precision cross from Kevin Foley.
In front of a record crowd for the new Molineux of 29,086, Ebanks-Blake then took his tally to six for the season with an angled left-foot drive beyond Kingson on the stroke of full time.
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