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Wolves 2-0 Middlesbrough

Bakary Sako of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates his goal with team mate Dave Edwards
Sako scored for the fourth game in succession to give Wolves the lead

Wolves moved into the Championship play-off places with a comfortable win over Middlesbrough.

Kenny Jackett's side took the lead through a Bakary Sako penalty after Nouha Dicko had been fouled in the box.

Dicko's powerful run and superb finish into the roof of the net made it 2-0 with 17 minutes remaining.

And Wolves, who also hit the bar through David Edwards' header, were not to be denied the win, which lifts them up to fourth in the table.

This brings them level on points with third-placed Boro, who had won their previous two games.

Aitor Karanka's side had their chances, with Jelle Vossen hitting the bar and Patrick Bamford twice being denied by smart Carl Ikeme saves.

However, Wolves were fully deserving of the win, which is only their second in eight games - a run which included them throwing away a 3-0 lead to draw at Millwall on Saturday.

Jackett's side were the more positive throughout and were rewarded for this in the 33rd minute when George Friend's foul on Dicko allowed Sako to chip in a penalty.

Edwards should have made it 2-0 but his downward header from a good position bounced up off the turf and onto the bar.

The win was sealed, though, in the 73rd minute when Dicko scampered into the area, bulldozed his way past two challenges and fired high into the net from eight yards.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett:

"Our forwards have very good ability and generally have done well for us. They can be as good as the team and if we can give them the service it'll be hard to stop them - a lot of forwards are like that.

"The service they get does dictate how they do. It's hard to get good forwards for this level, it's a very expensive business.

"If you can get some young and develop them that can be the best way."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"They deserved to win the game. The thing for me is I am disappointed because we have lost the game in the way we knew they were strong.

"We knew the biggest threats were Sako and Dicko and we couldn't stop them in 60 or 70 minutes."

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 23Ebanks-LandellBooked at 90mins
  • 15Rowe
  • 14Evans
  • 11McDonald
  • 7Henry
  • 4Edwards
  • 10SakoSubstituted forJacobsat 63'minutes
  • 40DickoSubstituted forClarkeat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 5Stearman
  • 9Clarke
  • 12Sagbo
  • 18Ricketts
  • 27Jacobs
  • 31Flatt

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 5Fredericks
  • 4Ayala
  • 22Omeruo
  • 3Friend
  • 27Adomah
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 83mins
  • 18Whitehead
  • 20ReachSubstituted forTomlinat 65'minutes
  • 21VossenSubstituted forWildschutat 76'minutes
  • 23BamfordSubstituted forKikeat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 9Kike
  • 10Tomlin
  • 24Nsue
  • 29Veljkovic
  • 33Wildschut
  • 40Mejias
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
18,391

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Booking

    Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Kike (Middlesbrough).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Booking

    Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Rowe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  18. Post update

    Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby1375123101326
2Watford1374225141125
3Middlesbrough137241811723
4Wolves136521914523
5Norwich1364322121022
6Nottm Forest135712213922
7Charlton135711612422
8Bournemouth136342014621
9Ipswich135531814420
10Cardiff135441816219
11Blackburn135441819-119
12Brentford135441516-119
13Sheff Wed134631111018
14Rotherham134451417-316
15Leeds134451316-316
16Huddersfield134451723-616
17Reading134361523-815
18Millwall133551316-314
19Wigan132651214-212
20Brighton132651215-312
21Birmingham132561220-811
22Fulham133281625-911
23Bolton132291023-138
24Blackpool13139819-116
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