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Ahmed Elmohamady is caught offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Hammill on Wes Brown. Booking for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Ryan Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Nicklas Bendtner is given a yellow card. Stephane Sessegnon goes off and Ryan Noble comes on. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Adam Hammill, clearance made by Nicklas Bendtner. Shot by Stephen Ward. John O'Shea gets a block in.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Wes Brown gets a block in.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Richardson. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.
Steven Fletcher grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-1 Sunderland.Assist by Jamie O'Hara.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Jack Colback.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Phillip Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by John O'Shea. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adam Hammill from left channel.
Shot from outside the box by Ahmed Elmohamady goes wide right of the target.
Roger Johnson is brought on as a substitute for Jody Craddock.
Steven Fletcher grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wolverhampton 1-1 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Jarvis.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Sebastian Larsson. Penalty taken by Sebastian Larsson saved by Wayne Hennessey. Wolverhampton 0-1 Sunderland.
Ahmed Elmohamady replaces Dong-Won Ji.
Dong-Won Ji takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Adam Hammill from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lee Cattermole.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Doyle.
Adam Hammill is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Hunt.
Steven Fletcher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
Nicklas Bendtner fouled by Ronald Zubar, the ref awards a free kick. Ronald Zubar goes into the referee's book. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
Shot from long distance by Phillip Bardsley goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, Nicklas Bendtner makes a clearance.
Dong-Won Ji gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Kieran Richardson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
A goal is scored by Kieran Richardson from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Sunderland.Stephane Sessegnon provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Doyle from the left by-line, Phillip Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
Kevin Doyle fouled by Wes Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Jamie O'Hara from the free kick.
Nicklas Bendtner produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dong-Won Ji on Ronald Zubar. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Ronald Zubar. Shot from just outside the box by Lee Cattermole misses to the right of the target.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
Lee Cattermole challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Cattermole booked. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
Short corner worked by Jamie O'Hara, clearance made by John O'Shea.
Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Fantastic save by Keiren Westwood.
Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Dong-Won Ji results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jody Craddock.
Dong-Won Ji produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, Nicklas Bendtner makes a clearance.
Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Blocked by John O'Shea.
Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt.
David Edwards takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Dong-Won Ji. Lee Cattermole restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie O'Hara has an effort at goal. Save by Keiren Westwood.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Colback on David Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Hunt.
Header by Ronald Zubar from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Ronald Zubar.
Stephane Sessegnon challenges Stephen Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jody Craddock takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Steven Fletcher. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Jamie O'Hara goes wide left of the goal.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Wes Brown takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Wes Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from right channel, save by Keiren Westwood.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Foul by Kevin Doyle on Wes Brown, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Nicklas Bendtner misses to the left of the goal.
Dong-Won Ji is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
David Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick taken by Lee Cattermole.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis played to the near post, Shot by Jamie O'Hara. Blocked by Lee Cattermole. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Blocked by Jody Craddock.
Shot by Stephane Sessegnon. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Kevin Doyle fouled by John O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
John O'Shea takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
David Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Wolves expect Black Cats backlash
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy admits the task of overcoming Sunderland in Sunday's crunch relegation clash at Molineux has been made harder by the expected arrival of Martin O'Neill as manager.
McCarthy anticipates Sunderland will run around "like scalded cats" if O'Neill is watching from the stands.
The Wolves fans have vented their anger towards McCarthy - during the recent home clash with Swansea and media phone-ins - after a run of eight defeats in the last 10 games. The two sides are locked on 11 points, just two points above the bottom three, and the stakes could hardly be higher when they meet at Molineux.
McCarthy, who also managed Sunderland, said: "I can't put any more onus on this game with Manchester United next up for us. We are level on points with Sunderland, and both of us having a tough time.
"One of the clubs has lost their manager so we can't dress this up as anything else than a really big, important game. Maybe that has been made slightly tougher because of Steve going and there is generally a response if normal service is resumed.
"If Martin O'Neill is sat in the stand, they will be running around like scalded cats trying to impress. It has not made my job any easier. Maybe it has put a bit more pressure on my team and us to play well and it might make it a little bit harder."
Wolves expect to have a quartet of players back in contention.
Midfielders Jamie O'Hara and Stephen Hunt will return after missing the defeat at Chelsea through suspension while striker Kevin Doyle (knee) and defender Richard Stearman, who will play with a cast on his broken wrist, are expected to be available.
But midfielder and former captain Karl Henry will have to serve a one-game ban after incurring his fifth yellow card of the campaign at Stamford Bridge.
Caretaker Sunderland boss Eric Black is unlikely to make wholesale changes.
Black, who has taken charge of team affairs in the wake of Steve Bruce's departure, has little room for manoeuvre with Titus Bramble and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) back in training but short of match fitness.
Striker Connor Wickham (knee ligaments) and goalkeepers Simon Mignolet (fractured nose and eye socket) and Craig Gordon (knee) also remain on the sidelines.
Black Cats pay the penalty
New manager Martin O'Neill saw Sunderland surrender the lead and squander a penalty before two-goal striker Steven Fletcher earned Wolves a 2-1 victory at Molineux.
O'Neill, who will officially take charge tomorrow as Steve Bruce's successor, watched from the directors' box as Kieran Richardson put the Black Cats ahead early in the second period.
But then Sebastian Larsson saw his penalty saved by Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey before Fletcher struck twice in eight minutes.
Victory moved Wolves four points clear of the bottom three and relieved the pressure on manager Mick McCarthy.
It was Wolves' second win in 12 games but they have now taken seven points from their last three home matches.
Sunderland remain just a point above the relegation zone as their winless league run extended to five games.
The Black Cats were the first to settle and Stephane Sessegnon's volley was clung on to by Hennessey after Jody Craddock had headed away a Larsson centre.
Wolves threatened for the first time when Jamie O'Hara's volley ballooned up to Christophe Berra whose header was held on the line by Keiren Westwood.
The home side appealed in vain for a penalty after Lee Cattermole tugged at Dave Edwards' shirt inside the box.
Hennessey went down to hold on to Larsson's long range attempt after a clearance from John O'Shea had dropped into his path.
Larsson made a vital tackle to halt the run of Stephen Hunt towards the Sunderland box.
It needed a superb save from Westwood to keep Sunderland on level terms after 39 minutes.
Matt Jarvis delivered a probing cross which found Hunt in space and his powerful close-range effort was parried away by Westwood when a goal seemed inevitable.
Lee Cattermole became the first player to be yellow carded a minute late for a challenge on Kevin Doyle and will now have to serve a one-game ban for incurring five bookings this season.
Stephen Ward came to Wolves' rescue three minutes before the interval when he cleared off the line from the impressive Sessegnon.
Bendtner went for goal himself at the start of the second period when the overlapping Larsson was in a better position and failed to hit the target with his rising shot.
But after 53 minutes a superb strike from Richardson put Sunderland in front after a quickfire counter-attack.
Bendtner's flick found Sessegnon in space and he released the overlapping Richardson whose rising shot flew past Hennessey inside the near post for his second goal of the season.
Richardson then showed his defensive qualities with a vital clearance from Ward's low centre as the home side searched for an instant reply.
Ronald Zubar was booked for a foul on Bendtner before McCarthy made a double change with Doyle and Hunt replaced by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Adam Hamill.
Sunderland had the chance to double their lead when Craddock was adjudged to have brought down Larsson inside the box although replays suggested the initial contact may have been outside.
But Hennessey kept Wolves hopes alive by saving Larsson's low spot-kick away to his left.
It was a crucial save as within 30 seconds Fletcher had levelled for Wolves.
Jarvis sent over a curling centre and Fletcher's downward header beat the dive of Westwood.
Then Fletcher put Wolves ahead after 81 minutes when a cross from substitute Hammill was manoeuvred by O'Hara to the former Scottish international whose low shot flew past Westwood.
Bendtner was booked for a trip on Edwards as Sunderland were unable to rescue the game.
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