Wolves shock Birmingham to boost survival hopes
Wolves climb out of the relegation zone with fourth win in five games
Wolverhampton Wanderers eased their relegation fears with a 3-2 win against local rivals Birmingham.
Stephen Hunt had given lowly Wolves a 20th minute lead after Jack Butland could only parry a Jamie O'Hara strike into the path of Irish international who stroked home from a tight angle.
Seven minutes later and Wolves doubled their lead after some questionable Birmingham defending. Matt Doherty swung in a deep right-wing cross and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was there to freely head home to send the 1600 travelling Wolves into dreamland.
Ebanks-Blake still had time to add a third goal for Wolves in the first half, and this time it came from the penalty spot. Kevin Doyle broke through the shaky Birmingham defence and was clipped by keeper Jack Butland in the process. Referee Carl Boyeson didn't hesitate in awarding a penalty and Ebanks-Blake sent Butland the wrong way to give Wolves an astonishing 3-0 lead at half time.
Birmingham came out a different team after half time and on 53 minutes they had reduced the deficit. Ravel Morrison had hit the post with an acrobatic overhead kick and whilst chasing the rebound, Wes Thomas beat Jamie O'Hara to the ball and the on-loan Bornemouth striker went down under the challenge. Wade Elliott took the penalty and scored to give Blues hope.
Wade Elliott scored another penalty in the final seconds of the game following a Jack Robinson handball but it was a mere consolation that gave Wolves their fourth win in five outings.
The result takes Wolves to 19th in the table, but only one point away from the drop zone. Meanwhile Birmingham are looking to finish their season in mid-table following a relegation scare earlier in the season.
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