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Wolves 2-0 Blackpool

Dave Edwards celebrates his goal with Wolves teammates
Wolves have won five of their last six Championship games

Late goals from Dave Edwards and Benik Afobe ensured Wolves could celebrate the life of the club's former owner Sir Jack Hayward with a win over Blackpool.

Edwards broke the deadlock in the 86th minute, bundling home Rajiv van La Parra's right-wing cross.

And debutant Afobe sealed the victory on 90 minutes, walking the ball into the net following a defensive mix-up.

There were tributes to Sir Jack, who died this week, as his name was spelt out in the stands before kick-off.

The emotion of the occasion at Molineux initially seemed to get the better of the Wolves players, who only really hit their stride in the final third of the match.

Blackpool, bottom of the Championship and without an away win this season, had looked like they would hold on for a priceless point before the home side's late show.

Resurgent Wolves
After losing five games in a row between November and December, Kenny Jackett's men are unbeaten in six in the league, winning five.

It took 30 minutes for the game to come to life and when it did it was Blackpool who initially threatened, with Andrea Orlandi and Steven Davies being denied by home goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

But Wolves should really have taken the lead before half-time, when Edwards was presented with a gilt-edged chance.

The Wales international was released by a through ball from Nouha Dicko but pulled a low and weak shot wide of the far post after Tangerines keeper Joe Lewis narrowed the angle.

After the break Wolves introduced Afobe, who joined from Arsenal this week, from the bench to try and pep up their attack and Lewis then denied Van La Parra at his near post.

That sparked a spell of intense Wolves pressure and Blackpool finally cracked when Edwards struck late on.

The win was assured after Lewis and Blackpool substitute Darren O'Dea got into a terrible muddle trying to cut out a pass from Kevin McDonald and Afobe scored his 20th goal of the season, having struck 19 times during a loan spell at MK Dons earlier this season.

Promotion chasing Wolves, who have now won five of their last six league games, remain one point off the play-off places while Blackpool are nine points from safety.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "It was a great tribute before the game and it was a bumper crowd to remember and celebrate a fantastic life of someone who has made a big contribution to both the area and the club.

"As a head coach I am delighted we followed through with a good result and had a very, very buoyant stadium at the end.

"With the considerable possession we had, particularly in the first half, we didn't do enough with it and we didn't have a shot on target in the first period and that is poor.

"Dave Edwards got a key goal for us as the first goal in any game is important, particularly in the Championship. I was wondering where it was going to come from as it didn't look like we were creating clear-cut chances."

Blackpool manager Lee Clark: "We didn't do enough in possession of the ball in the second half. We didn't carry any threat. We never worked the goalkeeper enough.

"When you do that and there is constantly pressure on your back four, it is inevitable because with six minutes injury time you are going 51 minutes trying to play that way and it is difficult.

"I think we could have relieved the pressure by being more adventurous with the ball, being better with the ball, creating more problems in an attacking sense than we did.

"Now we have to dust ourselves down, get ready and get working towards or next game against Watford and go again."

A Wolves fan lays a tribute to Sir Jack Hayward outside Molineux Stadium ahead of kick-off
A Wolves fan lays a tribute to Sir Jack Hayward outside Molineux Stadium ahead of kick-off
A tribute to Sir Jack Hayward ahead of kick-off at Molineux
Balloons were released ahead of kick-off at Molineux
A tribute to Sir Jack Hayward at Molineux
Sir Jack, who died earlier this week aged 91, was Wolves owner for 17 years before selling to Steve Morgan for a token £10 in 2007

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 30HauseSubstituted forDohertyat 77'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 19Price
  • 7HenrySubstituted forAfobeat 57'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 17van La Parra
  • 40DickoSubstituted forEbanks-Landellat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 9Clarke
  • 12Afobe
  • 14Evans
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 27Jacobs
  • 29Kuszczak

Blackpool

  • 1Lewis
  • 29McMahon
  • 6Clarke
  • 32HallSubstituted forO'Deaat 72'minutes
  • 18Dunne
  • 20OliverSubstituted forHenshallat 68'minutes
  • 31O'HaraBooked at 59mins
  • 4Perkins
  • 11Orlandi
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forFeruzat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mellis
  • 21Parish
  • 30Sene
  • 37Nosworthy
  • 38Henshall
  • 41Feruz
  • 48O'Dea
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
28,132

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Blackpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Blackpool 0.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Blackpool 0. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ethan Ebanks-Landell replaces Nouha Dicko.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Darren O'Dea (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 0. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rajiv van La Parra.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Darren O'Dea (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Islam Feruz replaces Steve Davies.

Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Price.

Attempt missed. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces Kortney Hause.

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Attempt saved. Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Darren O'Dea replaces Grant Hall.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Grant Hall (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Alex Henshall replaces Connor Oliver.

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

Offside, Blackpool. Steve Davies tries a through ball, but Nathan Delfouneso is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Lewis (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rajiv van La Parra with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Charles Dunne.

Attempt blocked. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Booking

Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool).

Offside, Blackpool. Jamie O'Hara tries a through ball, but Steve Davies is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benik Afobe replaces James Henry.

Hand ball by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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As It Stood

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1Bournemouth26156557273051
2Ipswich26148444242050
3Derby26146648252348
4Middlesbrough26138540172347
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2681083536-134
13Cardiff2697103538-334
14Bolton2696112933-433
15Fulham2694133745-831
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton26511102733-626
20Leeds2668122738-1126
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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