Wolves held in Cup

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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (right)
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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (right)

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was guilty of a glaring miss as Wolves had to settle for a goalless draw in their FA Cup derby clash with npower Championship side Birmingham at St Andrew's.

The Wolves striker squandered the best chance of the game midway through the second half when he shot over with the goal at his mercy.

Blues keeper Colin Doyle made a superb save in injury time to keep out a header from Wolves substitute Steven Fletcher.

Players and fans from both sides took part in a minute's applause for former Blues defender Gary Ablett, who spent three and a half seasons at St Andrew's, after his recent death.

Wolves newcomer Eggert Jonsson flashed a 20 yard drive over the bar and a quick throw-in from Wade Elliott found Adam Rooney inside the visitors area but Roger Johnson blocked his shot.

Johnson, booed throughout by the City fans, went down clutching his ankle after falling awkwardly when winning the ball in the air when challenged by Rooney. He was immediately substituted - after 36 minutes - by right-back Kevin Foley with Richard Stearman reverting to centre-back while Karl Henry took over as skipper.

The first opening fell to Ebanks-Blake a minute later after Ward had found him in space. But Doyle was alert and the ball cannoned off his challenge to safety.

Blues were forced into a change after 48 minutes with Liam Ridgewell clutching his back as he was replaced by Steven Caldwell who played under Mick McCarthy when he was manager of Sunderland.

Ebanks-Blake squandered a golden chance to put Wolves ahead after 58 minutes. Michael Kightly got to the byline before squaring the ball back to Ebanks-Blake who was unmarked 12 yards out. But he lent back and fired his shot over the bar.

Wolves nearly snatched it at the death but Doyle produced his double save to deny both Matt Jarvis and Fletcher.

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