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Unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Kevin Foley results in a free kick. Kieran Richardson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Craig Gordon.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 3-2 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Kevin Doyle.
Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Ahmed Elmohamady to the near post, Kevin Doyle manages to make a clearance.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Asamoah Gyan is caught offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
Ahmed Elmohamady joins the action as a substitute, replacing John Mensah.
The referee gives a free kick against Steed Malbranque for handball. The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, George Elokobi takes a shot. Stephen Hunt gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-2 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from George Elokobi. Craig Gordon makes a save.
Steed Malbranque is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. George Elokobi takes a shot. Stephen Hunt grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-2 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from George Elokobi. Save by Craig Gordon.
Michael Mancienne goes off and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes on. Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Phillip Bardsley. Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, Darren Bent makes a clearance.
Booking for John Mensah for unsporting behaviour. Kevin Doyle fouled by John Mensah, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
Foul by Nenad Milijas on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
Danny Welbeck finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Wolverhampton 1-2 Sunderland.Phillip Bardsley provided the assist for the goal.
Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Darren Bent.
Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Corner taken by Kieran Richardson, Kevin Doyle manages to make a clearance.
Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Corner taken left-footed by Kieran Richardson, Kevin Doyle makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt, Craig Gordon makes a save.
Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post, Darren Bent makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Ronald Zubar by Steed Malbranque results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Darren Bent from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Darren Bent finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-1 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from Asamoah Gyan.
Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on John Mensah. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Blocked by George Elokobi. Effort from the edge of the area by Danny Welbeck goes wide of the right-hand post.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Blocked by George Elokobi. Effort from deep inside the area by Danny Welbeck misses to the right of the goal.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. George Elokobi gets a block in. Danny Welbeck has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Stephen Ward. Kieran Richardson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Matthew Jarvis produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Stephen Hunt replaces David Jones.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Michael Mancienne gets a block in. Kieran Richardson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Nenad Milijas. John Mensah takes the free kick.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Steed Malbranque on for Jordan Henderson. (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Asamoah Gyan coming on for Boudewijn Zenden. Lee Cattermole has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Ronald Zubar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel. Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by George Elokobi. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Boudewijn Zenden.
Kevin Foley gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Sunderland.Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Assist on the goal came from Matthew Jarvis. Save by Craig Gordon.
Danny Welbeck concedes a free kick for a foul on Ronald Zubar. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
Ronald Zubar has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, save made by Craig Gordon.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nenad Milijas on Anton Ferdinand. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
David Jones challenges Lee Cattermole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
David Jones takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Lee Cattermole is given a yellow card. Kevin Doyle fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Stearman takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post.
Foul by Anton Ferdinand on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Jones.
George Elokobi receives a yellow card. The referee penalises George Elokobi for handball. Kieran Richardson shoots direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Danny Welbeck. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nenad Milijas.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Jarvis. John Mensah takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Stephen Ward on Darren Bent, free kick awarded. John Mensah restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Ward goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis. Richard Stearman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
Foul by David Jones on Craig Gordon, free kick awarded. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Kevin Doyle. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
The official flags Boudewijn Zenden offside. Free kick taken by Michael Mancienne.
Kevin Doyle produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Ronald Zubar. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post.
Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis to the near post, Darren Bent manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. Nenad Milijas restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Kieran Richardson. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Boudewijn Zenden has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
The official flags Matthew Jarvis offside. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Doyle fouled by Anton Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Corner taken left-footed by David Jones, Richard Stearman concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Corner from right by-line taken by David Jones.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
The offside flag is raised against Kevin Doyle. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
The game gets underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The second half has started.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Problems mount for McCarthy
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has a host of injury worries ahead of his team's Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland.
Defender Steven Mouyokolo is struggling with a back injury and is rated as 50/50 for the match but McCarthy is hopeful that Kevin Foley, who injured his knee in training, and Steven Fletcher, who has a virus, will be fit to play.
Wolves will be without captain Karl Henry for two months after he suffered a knee injury during the team's defeat at Blackpool.
Dave Edwards is also out with a thigh complaint. Christophe Berra is suspended, but Ronald Zubar comes back into the squad after recovering from an ankle injury.
And McCarthy believes that extensive injury list, coupled with a run of poor results, means he is experiencing his most difficult spell since he took over as Wolves manager in 2006.
Wolves have only won one league match since the opening day of the season, and have lost their last four games, a sequence that has seen them slip to 19th place in the Barclays Premier League, five points behind Wigan in 18th.
"It is the toughest," he said. "We had a really tough spell when we lost to Birmingham last year, but we came out of it and got three wins out of four.
"I guess that's what we're looking for again, we've got to find that from somewhere.
"Our performances have been better than they were last year, and we look a better team now.
"But the results have been worse."
But despite this doom and gloom, McCarthy insists he is not feeling any pressure.
He added: "I'm enjoying doing the job, although I don't enjoy it when we get beaten.
"I'm still smiling."
As for his team's injury woes, McCarthy joked: "We've got one of the cleaners in the squad and we've got a chef in as well the way things are going.
"It's been a ridiculous run of injuries having already lost Karl Henry, Kevin Foley opened his knee up in the week, Steven Fletcher's been off poorly and Dave Edwards is still missing.
"Apart from that, everything's great. All rosy in the garden."
Sunderland have problems of their own and will begin a lengthy spell without defenders Titus Bramble and Michael Turner.
Bramble underwent surgery on a damaged knee cartilage on Thursday and is facing at least six weeks on the sidelines, wile Turner could be out for three months with a knee ligament injury.
John Mensah is set to partner Anton Ferdinand in central defence despite still recovering from a dislocated shoulder, while striker Asamoah Gyan has returned to training after missing Monday night's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Everton because of a thigh strain.
David Meyler (knee) is working his way back towards full match fitness, but Fraizer Campbell (also knee) is still out
Ferdinand has set his sights on a top-seven finish - as long as the Black Cats can avoid another mid-season slump.
Steve Bruce's men have put together a four-game unbeaten Barclays Premier League run since their horrific derby day capitulation at Newcastle on October 31 to establish themselves in seventh place in the table.
Victory over Stoke and draws against Tottenham on the road and Everton at the Stadium of Light have been creditable enough, but it was a stunning 3-0 victory at champions Chelsea which went much of the way to restoring the confidence which had taken such a battering at St James' Park.
The Black Cats head for Wolves having already played all of last season's top 10 and lost to none of them, although equally aware that it was after a fine 1-0 home win over Arsenal on November 21 last year that they embarked upon a 14-game winless run which ultimately cost them a place in the top 10 at the end of the campaign.
Ferdinand said: "You can see in the confidence of the lads when we step out on to the pitch that we are not afraid to play against anyone.
"That showed against Chelsea and again against Everton.
"We can look higher than just finishing in the top 10, but we need to take each game as it comes, make sure we keep playing well and keep playing the way we have done.
"Hopefully we won't get a patch like we did last season. If we don't get that, then we are more than capable of finishing anywhere within the top seven."
Ebanks-Blake rescues Wolves
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's late strike sealed a precious 3-2 victory for Wolves against Sunderland in a dramatic encounter at Molineux.
Kevin Foley's goal five minutes into the second half had put Wanderers 1-0 up before efforts from Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck put the visitors in the driving seat.
Stephen Hunt drew things level, though, and Ebanks-Blake netted at the death to hand Mick McCarthy's side three much-needed points.
Although they remain in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, 19th-placed Wolves cut the gap between themselves and safety to three points and will take confidence from halting their recent four-match losing run in satisfying style.
Going into the game off the back of four successive defeats, Wanderers had also developed the nasty habit in their last three games of conceding very early goals.
They made a more composed start against Sunderland, though, and were the side to launch the first few attacks.
Ronald Zubar had a cross cleared by Nedum Onuoha after playing a one-two with Foley and the ball skidded away from Matt Jarvis and David Jones as they tried to work something on the edge of the area.
Kevin Doyle then sent a delivery into the six-yard box which was put behind for a corner, but the visitors almost caught Wanderers out soon after as Jordan Henderson fed in Bent, the striker only able to shoot straight at Wayne Hennessey.
Boudewijn Zenden made a better effort with a drive that went wide, but Sunderland were fortunate not to score an own goal when John Mensah connected with Stephen Ward's cross.
The hosts went close again moments later as Craig Gordon flapped at Jarvis' corner, but Richard Stearman was just unable to apply a finish with his head at the far post.
Doyle rifled an attempt too high and Gordon tipped a looping ball from Ward over the bar under the attentions of Jones.
Wolves then had the ball in the net as Stearman stabbed George Elokobi's shot over the line, but the effort was ruled out for offside.
The Black Cats almost took the lead around the half hour mark as Kieran Richardson crashed a free-kick against Hennessey's post.
Wolves were immediately back on the offensive, though, and after good work down the right by Jones and Jarvis, Doyle could not stretch enough to meet the latter's cross.
Zenden found himself in the clear at the other end but failed to control the ball as it dropped for him and Jones headed over from Foley's cross.
Jarvis had the last opportunity of the half, striking into Gordon's arms, before Richardson became the second Sunderland player to be shown a yellow card for a foul on Doyle, following Lee Cattermole into the book.
Wolves began the second half brightly and after Zubar had sent an attempt just the wrong side of the post, they snatched the lead in the 50th minute.
Foley drifted an early ball across to Jarvis, who cut inside and fired an effort at Gordon.
The Scotland goalkeeper could only parry the ball, and Foley was on hand to lash it into the corner.
It was no more than Wanderers deserved on the balance of play, but they had to be alert to ensure they did not let in a swift equaliser, Elokobi blocking a shot from Bent after Henderson's free-kick had caused a scramble in the box.
Cattermole then drilled wide before Sunderland boss Steve Bruce introduced Asamoah Gyan from the bench along with Steed Malbranque, Zenden and Henderson the men to make way.
Doyle was presented with a decent chance when Zubar's deflected shot fell to him, but the Irishman's header was tame and Gordon collected.
Jarvis was next to try to extend his side's advantage, but blazed over from a good position.
The hosts were almost made to pay as a defensive lapse let in Welbeck, but the youngster fired wide.
Within moments of that warning, Sunderland were level as Bent latched onto Gyan's flick-on and coolly slotted the ball past Hennessey.
The hosts looked stung and almost quickly conceded another, Bent just firing wide.
Hennessey then palmed Malbranque's long-range effort away, but Sunderland had real momentum and with just under 15 minutes to go they went ahead, Welbeck heading in Philip Bardsley's cross for his fourth goal in three games.
It seemed as if Wolves had capitulated completely, but to their credit, they pulled themselves back level within four minutes, Elokobi getting a powerful header to Jarvis' cross and Hunt, who had come on for Jones, bundling the ball in.
Suddenly the impetus was with the hosts again and with a minute of the 90 left on the clock, they found a winning goal.
It was another substitute, Ebanks-Blake, who provided it, the former Manchester United striker blasting in after being teed up by
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