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WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers3BlackburnBlackburn Rovers1

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Wolves celebrate Bakary Sako's first goal against Blackburn
Bakary Sako netted the winner at Fulham earlier this month and scored twice against Blackburn

Wolves continued their excellent start to the Championship season with a home victory over Blackburn at Molineux.

Nouha Dicko flicked in Kevin McDonald's cross to put them ahead and Bakary Sako's free-kick made it 2-0.

Blackburn, without injured striker Rudy Gestede, came back into the match with a Jordan Rhodes penalty after the striker had been fouled by Danny Batth.

But Mali international Sako restored the home side's two-goal advantage from 12 yards after good work from Dicko.

League One champions Wolves have impressed since returning to the second tier and continued their good form with a fourth win in five league outings, beating a Blackburn team tipped to be in contention for a top-six place at the end of the campaign.

Wolves v Blackburn match facts
Wolves named the same starting 11 for the fifth straight league game
Nouha Dicko has scored 15 goals in 25 games for Wolves
Goalkeeper Paul Robinson made his 200th appearance for Blackburn
Blackburn have failed to keep a clean sheet this season

The hosts scored with the first meaningful attack, with former Wigan striker Dicko netting his second goal of the season.

Rovers were denied a freakish equaliser by Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who saved well after winger Ben Marshall had charged down Batth's clearance, while Ikeme later kept out a long-range set-piece from the same player.

Sako fired through a crowded penalty area to double the home side's lead and it could have been worse for the visitors before half-time, with Dave Edwards, Dicko and Rajiv van La Parra spurning further opportunities.

Full-back Matt Doherty saw an effort saved by Paul Robinson as Wolves attempted to kill off the game after the break.

They were pegged back to 2-1 when Rhodes, the subject of recent interest from Premier League side Hull City, sent Ikeme the wrong way from the spot.

But Wolves, who gave debuts to George Saville and Tommy Rowe from the bench, sealed it with Sako's second and Ikeme tipped Craig Conway's shot over the bar to prevent a nervy finale.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"Sako has been really good in my time here I have always generally picked him which is a reflection of what a manager thinks of a player.

"I think he is a very good player. I think he is a very good character. They will be the two things in my time here that I will judge him on.

"Sako, [Nouha] Dicko and Rajiv van La Parra has been a productive front three for us and they have looked dangerous and combined well and if we can keep up this good work then we will be very happy."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We came to a difficult place with a very good manager against a well-organised team and I thought that we had a lot of the play.

"We were disappointed with the manner of the goals that the conceded and there were one or two incidents leading up to the second that we felt let down by.

"I think we had a lot of the ball, especially in the second-half where Wolves were playing on the counter but goals change matches and we conceded three soft ones in our opinion."

Jordan Rhodes celebrates a goal
Jordan Rhodes (right) has scored 55 goals in 101 appearances for Blackburn

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 3Golbourne
  • 11McDonald
  • 14EvansSubstituted forSavilleat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17van La ParraBooked at 25minsSubstituted forHenryat 45'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forRoweat 89'minutes
  • 10Sako
  • 40Dicko

Substitutes

  • 7Henry
  • 8Saville
  • 9Clarke
  • 13McCarey
  • 15Rowe
  • 18Ricketts
  • 27Jacobs

Blackburn

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Robinson
  • 6Lowe
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5HanleyBooked at 55mins
  • 2Henley
  • 10CairneyBooked at 33mins
  • 29EvansBooked at 43mins
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forVarneyat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forTaylorat 73'minutes
  • 12MarshallBooked at 4minsSubstituted forDunnat 73'minutes
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 8Dunn
  • 9Brown
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 21O'Connell
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
21,260

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Booking

    George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Corry Evans with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Corry Evans.

  6. Booking

    Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tommy Rowe replaces Dave Edwards.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Craig Conway.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).