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Spoils shared at Molineux

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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's equaliser ensured it was honours even after an enthralling clash between Coca-Cola Championship high-flyers Wolves and Birmingham.

The second tier's top two sides played out an entertaining match in foggy conditions at Molineux but both sides had to settle for a point that they probably would have accepted before kick off.

The Blues who took the lead in the 48th minute when Cameron Jerome managed to lose his marker and fire past Wayne Hennessey. But Ebanks-Blake levelled for the home side with 16 minutes remaining, converting past Maik Taylor from the middle of the area after good work by Stephen Ward down the left.

Wolves' attempts to play the offside trip nearly landed them in trouble after only six minutes when James McFadden evaded his static marker to put the ball past Hennessey, only for the referee's assistant to raise his flag.

Wolves who came closest to breaking the deadlock when Ward's throw-in missed a host of bodies in the area before clipping Liam Ridgewell's shoulder and striking a post, much to the relief of a stranded Taylor.

The visitors then came within inches of taking the lead just minutes later as Marcus Bent latched onto a through ball from the lively McFadden and lobbed an onrushing Hennessey, only to see Richard Stearman race back to clear the ball off the line.

But Blues finally broke the deadlock less than 60 seconds later. On-loan Nigel Quashie played a through ball that Stearman failed to clear and Jerome, on for Kevin Phillips at the break, found himself in the clear and held off his markers before firing past Hennessey, via a deflection, from 15 yards.

But Wolves levelled matters with 16 minutes remaining. Ward broke free down the left side of the penalty area and evaded a sliding challenge from Radhi Jaidi before sliding the ball across to Ebanks-Blake who slotted home.

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James McFadden
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Marcus Bent
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Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Stephen Ward
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Richard Stearman
Nigel Quashie
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