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  • Date:14 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Molineux Stadium
  • Jones (36) Fletcher (38)
  • Faye (54)
Goal!

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94mins

Unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Abdoulaye Faye results in a free kick. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.

92mins

Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in.

91mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Greg Halford. Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.

90mins

David Jones has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

89mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Greg Halford. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

88mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tuncay Sanli on Karl Henry. Greg Halford on for Andrew Keogh. Kevin Foley takes the direct free kick.

87mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Craddock by Robert Huth. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.

86mins

A cross is delivered by Rory Delap.

85mins

Shot by Matthew Etherington from just outside the area goes over the net.

82mins

Matthew Jarvis produces a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.

80mins

Unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Andrew Keogh results in a free kick. Danny Higginbotham takes the free kick.

79mins

Centre by Karl Henry.

78mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on Matthew Jarvis. Dean Whitehead receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Foley.

76mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Robert Huth. Booking for Robert Huth for unsporting behaviour. Matthew Jarvis takes the free kick.

76mins

Unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Robert Huth booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Matthew Jarvis.

75mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line.

75mins

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.

74mins

Stephen Ward has an effort at goal. Save by Thomas Sorensen.

73mins

The offside flag is raised against Ricardo Fuller. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.

73mins

Kevin Foley delivers the ball, save by Thomas Sorensen.

72mins

Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.

71mins

George Elokobi on for Jelle Van Damme.

70mins

Robert Huth challenges Jelle Van Damme unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Michael Tonge.

69mins

The referee blows for offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.

69mins

Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, save by Marcus Hahnemann.

68mins

Foul by Jelle Van Damme on Robert Huth, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

67mins

Effort on goal by Tuncay Sanli from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

66mins

Jelle Van Damme challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glenn Whelan leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Tonge. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

65mins

Matthew Jarvis takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

64mins

Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.

64mins

Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Abdoulaye Faye takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.

64mins

Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Ward.

63mins

Matthew Jarvis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

62mins

Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.

60mins

Matthew Etherington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.

60mins

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

57mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.

57mins

Robert Huth fouled by Jelle Van Damme, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.

56mins

Foul by Christophe Berra on Ricardo Fuller, free kick awarded. Abdoulaye Faye takes the free kick.

55mins

Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Abdoulaye Faye grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wolverhampton 2-1 Stoke.Assist by Matthew Etherington.

54mins

Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann gets a block in.

52mins

Ricardo Fuller challenges Stephen Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.

51mins

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye. Tuncay Sanli joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mamady Sidibe. Abdoulaye Faye takes the free kick.

50mins

Karl Henry challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.

49mins

Andrew Keogh comes on in place of Steven Fletcher. David Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

48mins

A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.

48mins

Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Danny Higginbotham gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by David Jones.

47mins

The ball is swung over by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

47mins

Effort on goal by Steven Fletcher from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

46mins

The ball is crossed by Rory Delap, Marcus Hahnemann gets a block in.

45mins

Kevin Foley fouled by Matthew Etherington, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.

42mins

Mamady Sidibe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.

42mins

The referee penalises Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for handball. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

38mins

Christophe Berra delivers the ball, Steven Fletcher scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wolverhampton 2-0 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Christophe Berra.

38mins

Foul by Dean Whitehead on David Jones, free kick awarded. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.

35mins

Foul by Dean Whitehead on Kevin Foley, free kick awarded. Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick. David Jones gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Stoke.Karl Henry provided the assist for the goal.

35mins

The ball is swung over by Jelle Van Damme.

33mins

Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Abdoulaye Faye gets a block in. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.

33mins

The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Sorensen. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Abdoulaye Faye gets a block in.

31mins

The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Christophe Berra has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

30mins

Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, clearance made by Mamady Sidibe.

29mins

A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, Marcus Hahnemann makes a comfortable save.

28mins

Unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.

28mins

The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Abdoulaye Faye.

26mins

Corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.

26mins

The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.

24mins

The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.

23mins

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake sends in a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.

23mins

Glenn Whelan challenges David Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Ward.

22mins

Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by David Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

19mins

Jelle Van Damme sends in a cross, Steven Fletcher takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.

19mins

The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward, Danny Higginbotham manages to make a clearance.

16mins

The referee penalises David Jones for handball. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.

14mins

Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in.

14mins

Karl Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller. Ricardo Fuller restarts play with the free kick.

14mins

Kenwyne Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Mamady Sidibe.

13mins

Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry. Karl Henry takes the free kick.

12mins

Stephen Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shawcross. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

10mins

A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis.

8mins

The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Sorensen. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

Kevin Foley crosses the ball, clearance by Abdoulaye Faye.

5mins

Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.

4mins

Foul by Danny Higginbotham on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, free kick awarded. Kevin Foley takes the free kick.

4mins

Steven Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

3mins

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot.

1mins

Foul by Jody Craddock on Ricardo Fuller, free kick awarded. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

The game gets underway.

The match has reached half-time.

The second half kicks off.

The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

Match Preview

Doyle a doubt Kevin Doyle is a major doubt for Wolves' clash with Stoke at Molineux. The striker is struggling with bleeding in his calf, an injury which ruled him out of the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Argentina on Wednesday. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is on alert to partner Steven Fletcher in attack. Fletcher will make his debut following his summer move from Burnley while left-back Jelle Van Damme will also make his bow after his arrival from Anderlecht. Despite Wolves' impressive finish last season, and McCarthy's #18million outlay on new players this summer, Wolves are still tipped by many as relegation fodder this term. McCarthy admits he will be happy wherever his side finishes - so long it is the right side of the relegation line. He added: "Could we get into the top 10? We would have to have one hell of a season and if we ended up with that we would all be cock-a-hoop. "If we got 15th we would be as well because the league is going to be just as tough and competitive. So I want better than 17th, I want better than 15th and we will be trying to get it. "But come on, if we ended up 15th, 16th or 17th and stayed in the league, people would take it as everyone says about the second season being tougher than the first." Stoke manager Tony Pulis will make a late decision on whether to pitch new striker Kenwyne Jones straight into the starting line-up. Jones joined Stoke on Wednesday from Sunderland in a club record #8million deal, however, Pulis has suggested the Trinidad & Tobago star is not as fit as the rest of his squad. Although Pulis has options in attack, it is in midfield where the Potters are light at present, with Salif Diao opting not to sign a new deal, Liam Lawrence out with a groin strain and Glenn Whelan struggling with a calf injury. Defender Abdoulaye Faye is also a major concern with a hamstring injury collected in a recent pre-season friendly. Pulis has warned his players against believing they have cracked it after two years in the top flight. Pulis fears a nonchalant attitude could prove City's undoing ahead of their third season of Barclays Premier League football. So far Pulis and the Potters have defied expectations by finishing 12th at the end of their debut campaign in 2008-09, and improving to 11th last season. Pulis is convinced if Stoke can again stay up this season, a fourth campaign in 2011-12 will see the club start to make significant strides. "It's just a dream for me to be manager of this club. I've said it all along and I mean it - every morning I wake up I'm a privileged person," said Pulis. "I'm like that and I want the players to feel the same. It's vital we retain the level of enthusiasm, commitment and togetherness we have had over the years. "As soon as we start to get blase then things will fall apart, so we have to stay solid, focused and not give a damn about what anybody else outside this city says or does. "We stick together as a group, as a team, and if we can be as unified as we've been, then we'll continue to push forward. "If we stay in the Premier League again that will be three years, and I really think you will see a massive improvement in the club. "There are things we are putting in place that will help make this club a better club in the future. "So give us this season, and by hook or by crook we stay in the league, then I think you'll see a really solid club next season."

Formation:442Manager: Mick McCarthy

Wolverhampton

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

  • Marcus Hahnemann
  • Kevin Foley
  • Christophe Berra
  • Jody Craddock
  • Jelle Van Damme
  • Matthew Jarvis
  • Karl Henry
  • David Jones
  • Stephen Ward
  • Steven Fletcher
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  • SUBS
  • Wayne Hennessey
  • George Elokobi
  • Richard Stearman
  • Greg Halford
  • Andrew Keogh
  • Nenad Milijas
  • Adlene Guedioura

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Match Report

McCarthy`s men start season in style A moment of brilliance from David Jones and a debut goal for Steven Fletcher handed Wolves a deserved season-opening 2-1 victory over rivals Stoke. The pair struck in quick succession just before half-time in a fierce Barclays Premier League derby at Molineux, Jones brilliantly flicking and volleying in a free-kick and Fletcher turning in from close range. Stoke replied with a powerful Abdoulaye Faye header but missed record signing Kenwyne Jones, who hit the bar early on but limped off after 13 minutes. The Potters made life tough for Wolves in a full-blooded second half but the hosts created, and squandered, the better chances. In the end victory was just reward for manager Mick McCarthy, whose side attacked with verve despite missing last season's top scorer Kevin Doyle through injury. Kenwyne Jones went straight into the Stoke side despite the doubts expressed by manager Tony Pulis about his match-fitness after his #8million move from Sunderland this week. Faye and Glenn Whelan also started after overcoming injury while Thomas Sorensen retained his place in goal despite pressure from Asmir Begovic. Kenwyne Jones wasted no time in making his presence felt as broke down the right and burst into the area to fire a shot against the crossbar with just three minutes gone. In a ferocious opening that matched the intense atmosphere, Rory Delap needed to leave the field to have his head bandaged. David Jones put the ball in the net for Wolves before Delap returned to the field but the strike was ruled out for a foul on Sorensen. Confusingly, Delap came back wearing a different number but, more worryingly, Kenwyne Jones took his place on the sidelines after falling awkwardly in a challenge from Jody Craddock. He received treatment but was unable to return and, just 14 minutes into his second debut for Stoke, was replaced by Mamady Sidibe. Wolves began to take control and created a good chance when another impressive debutant Jelle van Damme, operating as midfielder, crossed into the box but former Burnley star Fletcher fired over. The hosts appealed for a penalty when the ball took an awkward bounce and caught Faye at the top of the arm but referee Lee Probert deemed it accidental. Wolves continued to bombard the box and they again called for a penalty when Fletcher had a shot blocked. Probert waved play on and, amid panic in the Stoke defence, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake shot at Sorensen, Fletcher had another effort blocked at Jones scuffed a shot. They finally claimed a deserved lead on 37 minutes after Kevin Foley was fouled on the edge of the area by Dean Whitehead. Karl Henry rolled the ball to Jones and he brilliantly flicked it up to volley into the top corner. Wolves followed up with a second just two minutes later as Christophe Berra's cross took a deflection and looped over Sorensen for Fletcher to bundle in for a debut goal at the far post. Matt Jarvis went close to a third in first-half injury time but his shot was deflected for a corner. Fletcher had another attempt early in the second half but it flew well over and he was replaced by Andy Keogh moments later. Pulis also decided to make a change and took off Kenwyne Jones' ineffective replacement Sidibe to send on Tuncay. The Potters hauled themselves back into the game after 55 minutes when Matthew Etherington, one of their more impressive players, picked out Faye from a corner. The Senegal defender made no mistake as he powered a header past Marcus Hahnemann. Ricardo Fuller then got a header to a typically long Delap throw but Hahnemann dealt with it comfortably. Wolves responded with another good spell of their own and Jarvis narrowly missed with a powerful shot from outside the area. Stoke were fortunate to survive after David Jones forced Sorensen to palm onto the bar with a flying volley. Wolves felt Danny Higginbotham then handled the rebound but the ball worked its way out to Stephen Ward, who somehow sidefooted wide. Keogh strangely became the second substitute to be substituted when he was replaced by Greg Halford in the closing moments. David Jones had another chance to make victory certain with a shot that dipped wide in the last minute. Delap wound up for one last throw in a bid to snatch a draw in injury time but the ball slipped from his grasp and a foul throw was awarded.

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