Sunday May 22, 2011 Day 38 Finished Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 3 Blackburn Rovers

  • O'Hara 73’
  • Hunt 87’
  • Roberts 22’
  • Emerton 38’
  • Hoilett 45’

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  1. Wolves survive despite defeat

    Wolves survive despite defeat

    Blackburn Rovers beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 at Molineux on an afternoon of incredible drama which saw both sides stay up. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Blackburn Rovers
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    • 90+5' The final whistle goes - WOLVES SURVIVE!
    • 90+4' Scenes of joy as the final whistle goes at White Hart Lane. Birmingham and Blackpool will join West Ham in the Championship.
    • 90+3' Big cheers as Tottenham lead against Birmingham. Roman Pavlyuchenko is the toast of Molineux.
    • 90+2' Five minutes of added time to be played and we may have more as Jermaine Jones catches an arm across his throat.
    • 90+1' SUBSTITUTION: A defender Christophe Berra replaces a striker, Fletcher.
    • 90' We have a Black Country Anschluss! Of course a Birmingham or Blackburn goal would send Wolves down so this passive period is a gamble.
    • 89' Blackburn are having an inquest into what they should do. They currently have six at the back and we have reached an impasse. Wolves are playing keep ball in their own penalty area.
    • 88' Wolves are only above Birmingham on goals scored and cannot afford to concede. Hunt is booked as he commits a cynical foul.
    • 87' GOAL WOLVES!! Stephen Hunt might have just scored the goal that keeps Wolves in the Premier League. A long punt downfield from Hennessey and the Irish winger picks the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and curls a superb shot into the top corner. Amazing!
    • 86' SUBSTITUTION: Henry is replaced by Adlene Guedioura. Wolves chasing that goal.
    • 85' Ambitious from Hunt and his 30-yard shot flies wide.
    • 84' Hunt's cross is headed clear by the stooping Samba before the big defender heads away with Fletcher waiting to pounce at the back post.
    • 83' We only need one goal is the chant around Molineux, they must be following the matchcast on the mobile app.
    • 82' SUBSTITUTION: Morten Gamst Pedersen is on for Hoilett.
    • 81' Wolves need a goal to climb above Birmingham on goals scored, they would be level with the Blues on goal difference if they lose 3-2 and there are no more goals at White Hart Lane.
    • 80' AMAZING! WIGAN AND BIRMINGHAM HAVE BOTH SCORED AND WOLVES JOIN BLACKBURN IN THE BOTTOM THREE
    • 79' This is a real siege from Wolves. Craddock has a shot blocked before heading across goal and then O'Hara screws an effort wide.
    • 78' Ward wins the header from the corner but Jermaine Jones hooks off his own line.
    • 77' A deep cross falls to Ebanks-Blake whose chip is clawed away by Robinson before a desperate block from Phil Jones.
    • 76' The noise has been cranked up again as Manchester United lead Blackpool 3-2 which puts the Tangerines into the bottom three and Wolves climb to 'virtual' 16th place.
    • 75' A superb save from Robinson who flicks over Fletcher's header.
    • 74' SUBSTITUTION: Roberts comes off and is replaced by Mame Diouf.
    • 73' GOAL WOLVES!! Beautifully worked free-kick as Hunt tees up O'Hara who has peeled away from his defender and the on-loan midfielder curls his shot into the corner.
    • 71' Hunt earns a free-kick after being bundled over by Jermaine Jones on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 70' 20 minutes to go and as it stands Wolves are safe but a Wigan or Birmingham goal would change that.
    • 69' Jermaine Jones strong in the tackle to prevent Hunt from picking up a loose ball 20 yards from goal.
    • 68' Wolves have not beaten Blackburn since a 2-1 home victory in the second tier in April 2000.
    • 67' Samba climbs highest once again at a corner but cannot direct his header on target.
    • 66' Good backtracking from Ebanks-Blake as Blackburn win a corner.
    • 65' Ward back on and with an important header to clear with Nzonzi lurking.
    • 64' Wolves have lost 19 matches this season – more than any other club. It is four years since the team that lost the most matches in a season avoided relegation – West Ham (21 defeats) in 2006-07.
    • 63' As Ward receives treatment Anderson equalises for Manchester United against Blackpool but events at Stoke and Tottenham are of most concern to these Wolves fans.
    • 62' Salgado accidentally catches Ward with a flaying elbow and the full-back needs treatment.
    • 61' Samba heads clear to O'Hara who attempts a volley from 30 yards and that is hugely ambitious. A long way wide.
    • 60' Roberts is furious. He wants a penalty after being bundled over by Ward who comes across the striker. Probably a good decision, it was a coming together of bodies.
    • 59' Elokobi again in space from a set-piece but his header is cleared.
    • 58' A cross is headed out only as far as O'Hara who earns Wolves' fourth corner.
    • 57' Blackpool now lead at Manchester United but that does not really affect Wolves who need Wigan or Birmingham not to score.
    • 56' Terrible defending from Wolves and it should have been four. Foley makes a complete hash of Emerton's cross from the right but Hennessey gets down to his left to deny Roberts from eight yards.
    • 55' Wolves are one of only four clubs in Premier League history to win after being three goals behind. They were the last club to achieve this – 4-3 at home against Leicester City in October 2003.
    • 54' A deep free-kick to the back post is headed over by Craddock.
    • 53' Wolves have had 100% of the possession in the last five minutes according to the stats.
    • 52' Jarvis beats Salgado again and the sliding Spaniard deflects the cross although Robinson gets down low to his right to save at his near post.
    • 51' Blackburn scored three away goals in the first half of a Premier League away match for the first time in 14 years.
    • 50' Tottenham have opened the scoring against Birmingham which means Wolves are now out of the bottom three! The volume has gone up considerably in this ground.
    • 49' Another chance! Ebanks-Blake rides a couple of challenges before a rush of blood and he lashes wide from 20 yards.
    • 48' Wolves' first big chance and it goes begging. Salgado stands off Jarvis in the penalty area who picks out the onrushing Hunt but the Irish international heads wide from 10 yards.
    • 47' Ward has dropped to left-back with Elokobi partnering Craddock in the heart of the defence. Two orthodox strikers up top for the hosts.
    • 46' A sign of intent from McCarthy as striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces central defender Michael Mancienne. That will mean a reshuffle.
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    • 45+3' The half-time whistle goes to a chorus of boos and Wolves are now almost certainly looking for help elsewhere to survive. A Manchester United victory and Mick McCarthy's men are safe.
    • 45+2' Craddock booked for blocking off Roberts. Cynical and a yellow.
    • 45+1' GOAL BLACKBURN!! Sensational strike from Junior Hoilett to put Rovers 3-0 up. Robinson pumps a long ball down the middle, Roberts flicks on before the frontman cuts inside two defenders and lashes an unstoppable shot past Hennessey.
    • 45' O'Hara's deep free-kick is headed clear before Craddock shanks wide on his weaker left-foot with a half-volley from 20 yards.
    • 44' Samba is adjudged to have blocked Jarvis from reaching a through ball and the big defender is booked. Webb correctly deems it not a clear cut goalscoring opportunity.
    • 43' A rare venture forward from Wolves, who have barely tested Robinson, but Matt Jarvis' cross is too deep for Hunt.
    • 42' Fletcher clears from almost off his own line after Blackburn win another header at a set piece.
    • 41' Almost a third for Blackburn and only a superb fingertip save from Hennessey denies Hoilett.
    • 40' Charlie Adam has lashed home a free-kick to equalise for Blackpool at Manchester United and there are worried faces at Molineux as Wolves drop into the virtual bottom three.
    • 39' That means Wolves now drop behind Birmingham on goal difference and into 17th in the 'virtual table' and they are just one goal ahead of Wigan although they have scored more goals.
    • 38' GOAL BLACKBURN! Brett Emerton with a stunner to put Blackburn 2-0 up. A long free-kick from Robinson is headed clear but only into the path of the Australian who volleys home from 20 yards.
    • 36' Hunt clips Nzonzi from behind and surely the next foul he concedes will see him shown a yellow.
    • 35' Still goalless in the games featuring Wigan and Birmingham as the dogfight at the bottom intensifies.
    • 34' Rovers have won four of 20 League matches under Steve Kean, picking up a total of 19 points – only Blackpool (17) have fewer points since he took over from Sam Allardyce in mid-December.
    • 33' Hunt is penalised for barging into Phil Jones hip-high - only he will know whether that was deliberate or whether his momentum carried him into the Blackburn defender.
    • 32' Hennessey is impeded from the corner by Roberts who is backing in to the Welsh custodian and a free-kick is awarded.
    • 31' Roberts earns Blackburn's first corner of the afternoon.
    • 30' Jamie O'Hara gifts the ball away on the edge of the penalty area and then Hennessey has to deal with a less than friendly back pass from Kevin Foley.
    • 29' Blackburn are looking to complete the league double over Wolves for the first time since 1984-85.
    • 28' Ward's flick on but a timely intervention from Phil Jones with Fletcher lurking behind him.
    • 27' Roberts finds space in the penalty area but a heavy touch and Wolves clear.
    • 26' Again Elokobi is free at a corner but his header hits the back of a Blackburn player before the left-back concedes a foul.
    • 25' Hunt wins Wolves' third corner.
    • 24' Henry gives away a foul and then loses his temper with Jermaine Jones, giving the Blackburn player a shove. He has already been booked and is walking a tight rope.
    • 23' So as it stands in the virtual table, Wolves, Birmingham and 18th placed Wigan are all level on 40 points but Mick McCarthy's side have the best goal difference.
    • 22' GOAL BLACKBURN! Jason Roberts scores on his return to Molineux. Emerton picks out Hoilett on the right side of the area and he tees up Salgado whose scuffed shot deflects off the big striker and wrong foots Hennessey.
    • 21' The first goal of the afternoon in the Premier League has gone to Manchester United against Blackpool. But remember a Wigan victory against Stoke could cause either of these sides real problems.
    • 20' Wolves win the second corner of the match and Elokobi has a free header at the back post but he nods wide from eight yards. Chance!
    • 19' Jermaine Jones wastes the resulting free-kick, his effort from 25 yards is a long way over.
    • 18' Again a good piece of skill from Hoilett who is brought down from behind by Karl Henry and he is shown a yellow card.
    • 17' Samba climbs high to win the first header but Steven Nzonzi cannot get any power on his header on goal. Again the chance coming from a long free-kick into the penalty area.
    • 16' Blackburn have won seven of 16 Premier League final day matches, picking up 27 points – only the Big Four clubs have a better record on the last day of the season.
    • 15' Samba hurls himself to block Ward's fierce drive from 20 yards.
    • 14' Elokobi cannot make contact from the set-piece and Rovers clear.
    • 13' Stephen Hunt's cross flicks off the head of Samba and Wolves win the first corner of the afternoon.
    • 12' Blackburn pump another free-kick into the mixer but Hennessey claims confidently.
    • 11' Samba forced to stab clear a cross from the left.
    • 10' Jones picks out Martin Olsson with a raking pass but the winger cannot find a team-mate with his drive across the penalty area.
    • 9' Great trickery from Hoilett who leaves Craddock for dead in the area but his cross is claimed by Hennessey.
    • 8' Paul Robinson is called into action for the first time, diving low to his left to save Stephen Ward's cross-cum-shot.
    • 7' Jermaine Jones takes aim but screws his shot wide from 25 yards.
    • 6' This time Chris Samba has to head clear inside his own box after a deep free-kick into the danger area.
    • 5' All Blackburn in the early stages but Jason Roberts cannot get any power on his header after a cross from the right.
    • 4' Brett Emerton with the first strike on goal but Jody Craddock clears his lines.
    • 3' A long ball over the top and Wayne Hennessey is forced to come off his line and hack clear with Hoilett lurking.
    • 2' Blackpool actually missed a golden chance to take the lead at Old Trafford before this match even began! An early free-kick is headed clear by George Elokobi inside his own penalty area.
    • 1' And this crucial match begins!
    • 16:00 Both teams get in a huddle before kick-off.
    • 15:55 Today's referee is Howard Webb as the teams come out before a full house at Molineux.
    • 15:50 There have been a total of 1031 goals scored in the Premier League this season. This currently ranks third in the most ever goals in a single 38-match season, behind last season and the record of 1060 goals scored in the 1999-00. We need 30 goals today to set a new record.
    • 15:45 Blackburn defender Michel Salgado claims there should be no big celebrations if they avoid the drop because they should not have allowed themselves to be dragged into the relegation scrap in the first place. Salgado said: "We are playing for survival and for me I have never been involved in such a game. It's totally new for me, but I will be ready. When you have a winning character it's the same. We just need to keep going with the performances of the last four or five matches. Full Story
    • 15:40 Wolves owner Steve Morgan said this week that Manchester United should be fined by the Premier League if they field a weakened side in their final game against relegation-threatened Blackpool. Well no worries for these two sides as Sir Alex has included Van der Sar, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Park and Nani from the team that is likely to line-up in the Champions League final next week. Valencia, Rooney and Ferdinand are on the bench.
    • 15:35 Club legend Steve Bull believes Wolves can establish themselves as a Barclays Premier League force along the lines of Stoke and Fulham if they clinch a third successive season in the top flight. He said: "They always say the first couple of years are the hardest to stop in the Premier League. Once they've cemented that place, they can go on from strength to strength." Full Story
    • 15:30 Kean flew to India this week to meet Blackburn's owners but insists the word `relegation` was never mentioned - only plans for the future in the top flight. He said: "The most important thing was talking about the budget and I know now that that's very healthy, it's going to be a fantastic budget we've got to work with next year. Asked if the topics of relegation or his future if the club ended up in the npower Championship were addressed, Kean said: "We never spoke about that at all."
    • 15:25 Chris Samba, Junior Hoilett and Jermaine Jones have all shaken off injury niggles. Rovers boss Steve Kean described the trio as "vital" and "matchwinners". Only long-term absentees Ryan Nelsen and Vince Grella are unavailable.
    • 15:20 A big blow for Wolves as striker Kevin Doyle has been ruled out. The Republic of Ireland international aggravated the knee ligament injury which sidelined him for two months during his comeback as a substitute against Sunderland last weekend. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will hope Steven Fletcher continues the form which has brought six goals in eight games as they look for the win which will guarantee top flight status for another season.
    • 15:15 TEAMS - Wolves: Hennessey, Foley, Craddock, Mancienne, Elokobi, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Ward, Fletcher. Subs: Hahnemann, Stearman, Berra, Milijas, Guedioura, Ebanks-Blake, Vokes /// Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Givet, P Jones, Samba, Olsson, J. Jones, Emerton, N'Zonzi, Hoillet, Roberts. /// Subs: Bunn, Pedersen, Dunn, Andrews, Santa Cruz, Benjani, Diouf.
    • 15:10 Remember you can follow the in-running live table from any of today's 10 matchcasts. We will have minute-by-minute updates from every ground.
    • 15:05 Wolves and Blackburn play each other in an intriguing twist while Blackpool could lose at celebrating champions Manchester United and move out of the drop zone. Equally they could win and still go down given goal differences are so tight. Wigan travel to FA runners-up Stoke City and Birmingham go to Tottenham Hotspur.
    • 15:00 Any two of five sides will join West Ham United in relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the season. Wigan Athletic, Blackpool and Birmingham City are each on 39 points while Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers on 40 are also still in danger.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL WOLVES!! Stephen Hunt might have just scored the goal that keeps Wolves in the Premier League. A long punt downfield from Hennessey and the Irish winger picks the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and curls a superb shot into the top corner. Amazing!
    • 81' Wolves need a goal to climb above Birmingham on goals scored, they would be level with the Blues on goal difference if they lose 3-2 and there are no more goals at White Hart Lane.
    • 80' AMAZING! WIGAN AND BIRMINGHAM HAVE BOTH SCORED AND WOLVES JOIN BLACKBURN IN THE BOTTOM THREE
    • 78' Ward wins the header from the corner but Jermaine Jones hooks off his own line.
    • 75' A superb save from Robinson who flicks over Fletcher's header.
    • 73' GOAL WOLVES!! Beautifully worked free-kick as Hunt tees up O'Hara who has peeled away from his defender and the on-loan midfielder curls his shot into the corner.
    • 70' 20 minutes to go and as it stands Wolves are safe but a Wigan or Birmingham goal would change that.
    • 56' Terrible defending from Wolves and it should have been four. Foley makes a complete hash of Emerton's cross from the right but Hennessey gets down to his left to deny Roberts from eight yards.
    • 48' Wolves' first big chance and it goes begging. Salgado stands off Jarvis in the penalty area who picks out the onrushing Hunt but the Irish international heads wide from 10 yards.
    • 45+1' GOAL BLACKBURN!! Sensational strike from Junior Hoilett to put Rovers 3-0 up. Robinson pumps a long ball down the middle, Roberts flicks on before the frontman cuts inside two defenders and lashes an unstoppable shot past Hennessey.
    • 41' Almost a third for Blackburn and only a superb fingertip save from Hennessey denies Hoilett.
    • 39' That means Wolves now drop behind Birmingham on goal difference and into 17th in the 'virtual table' and they are just one goal ahead of Wigan although they have scored more goals.
    • 38' GOAL BLACKBURN! Brett Emerton with a stunner to put Blackburn 2-0 up. A long free-kick from Robinson is headed clear but only into the path of the Australian who volleys home from 20 yards.
    • 23' So as it stands in the virtual table, Wolves, Birmingham and 18th placed Wigan are all level on 40 points but Mick McCarthy's side have the best goal difference.
    • 22' GOAL BLACKBURN! Jason Roberts scores on his return to Molineux. Emerton picks out Hoilett on the right side of the area and he tees up Salgado whose scuffed shot deflects off the big striker and wrong foots Hennessey.
    • 20' Wolves win the second corner of the match and Elokobi has a free header at the back post but he nods wide from eight yards. Chance!
    • 15:50 There have been a total of 1031 goals scored in the Premier League this season. This currently ranks third in the most ever goals in a single 38-match season, behind last season and the record of 1060 goals scored in the 1999-00. We need 30 goals today to set a new record.
    • 15:15 TEAMS - Wolves: Hennessey, Foley, Craddock, Mancienne, Elokobi, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Ward, Fletcher. Subs: Hahnemann, Stearman, Berra, Milijas, Guedioura, Ebanks-Blake, Vokes /// Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Givet, P Jones, Samba, Olsson, J. Jones, Emerton, N'Zonzi, Hoillet, Roberts. /// Subs: Bunn, Pedersen, Dunn, Andrews, Santa Cruz, Benjani, Diouf.
    • 15:10 Remember you can follow the in-running live table from any of today's 10 matchcasts. We will have minute-by-minute updates from every ground.
    • 15:05 Wolves and Blackburn play each other in an intriguing twist while Blackpool could lose at celebrating champions Manchester United and move out of the drop zone. Equally they could win and still go down given goal differences are so tight. Wigan travel to FA runners-up Stoke City and Birmingham go to Tottenham Hotspur.
    • 15:00 Any two of five sides will join West Ham United in relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the season. Wigan Athletic, Blackpool and Birmingham City are each on 39 points while Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers on 40 are also still in danger.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • W. Hennessey
      • K. Foley
      • J. Craddock Yellow Card
      • M. Mancienne Substitution Out (45′)
      • G. Elokobi
      • K. Henry Yellow Card Substitution Out (85′)
      • J. O'Hara Goal
      • M. Jarvis
      • S. Hunt Goal Yellow Card
      • S. Ward
      • S. Fletcher Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • M. Hahnemann
      • C. Berra Substitution In90′
      • S. Ebanks-Blake Substitution In45′
      • R. Stearman
      • S. Vokes
      • A. Guédioura Substitution In85′
      • N. Milijaš
    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado
      • C. Samba Yellow Card
      • P. Jones
      • G. Givet
      • S. N'Zonzi
      • J. Jones
      • B. Emerton Goal
      • M. Olsson
      • J. Roberts Goal Substitution Out (75′)
      • D. Hoilett Goal Substitution Out (80′)

      Subs

      • R. Santa Cruz
      • D. Dunn
      • K. Andrews
      • M. Gamst Pedersen Substitution In80′
      • B. Mwaruwari
      • M. Bunn
      • M. Diouf Substitution In75′
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