Mick McCarthy saw his Wolves side chalk up their first win in eight games thanks to a nervy 2-1 victory over Bolton.

Goals from Jody Craddock and Nenad Milijas put them in the driving seat at Molineux.

But when substitute Johan Elmander hit back with 12 minutes remaining, it set up a tense finish.

Bolton though failed to get the goal they craved despite some sustained pressure.

Wolves moved off the foot of the table after the three points boss McCarthy was hoping for.

They got off to the best possible start by making the breakthrough in the third minute.

Andy O'Brien was hauled back after a challenge on Kevin Doyle and Milijas swung in the free-kick.

Christophe Berra flicked the ball on and Craddock swept it home from close range for his fourth goal of the season.

Wolves almost added a second in the 18th minute when Richard Stearman headed goalwards following a corner from Matt Jarvis.

Stearman thought he had done enough to score but Ricardo Gardner cleared off the line to prevent Bolton going further behind.

Play switched back down the other end and Gary Cahill just failed to get a proper connection after Lee Chung-Yong had delivered the corner.

Bolton were finding it hard to get going but Ivan Klasnic tested Marcus Hahnemann from distance in the 26th minute.

They forced another corner in the 37th minute but Gretar Steinsson saw his effort go wide of the post after Lee's delivery from the left.

Matt Taylor then thumped in a 30-yard free-kick five minutes later, only for Hahnemann to take the sting out of his effort with a degree of comfort.

Then Milijas was set up by Doyle but he got a poor touch and skied a shot over the bar.

Wolves were keen to build on their slim lead and Milijas rattled in a shot in the 46th minute that spun to safety off Gary Cahill.

Bolton, however, stepped up the pace with both Taylor and Cahill in quick succession getting on the end of corners from Lee but failing to take advantage.

Klasnic then worked an opening for himself in the 58th minute but failed to test Hahnemann, sending his effort nearer to the corner flag than the goal.

Wolves again found themselves on the back foot four minutes later but Ricardo Gardner strayed offside and the move broke down.

But the home side responded and extended their lead in the 63rd minute with a marvellous goal from Milijas.

The Wolves midfielder latched on to a loose ball, strode forward and lashed a shot beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

It was a stunning strike and Bolton were left reeling after enjoying a decent spell of possession.

They hit back and Tamir Cohen homed in on goal five minutes later but Ward made a crucial block. Then Hahnemann reacted superbly to parry Taylor's close-range effort.

Wolves should have punished Bolton even more in the 74th minute but Edwards sent a weak shot into Jaaskelainen's body from a good position.

Four minutes later Bolton pulled a goal back through Elmander and give themselves a glimmer of hope.

The Swedish striker was set up by Klasnic following a corner from Taylor and beat the goalkeeper from close range.

Klasnic should have pulled the sides level in the 81st minute but Hahnemann made a comfortable save and Wolves held out.

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#Jussi Jaaskelainen
#Marcus Hahnemann
#Bolton Wanderers
#Jody Craddock
#Matt Taylor
#Premier League
#Tamir Cohen
#Kevin Doyle
#Nenad Milijas
#Johan Elmander
#Christophe Berra
#Gary Cahill
#Wolverhampton Wanderers
#Ricardo Gardner
#Richard Stearman
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