Wolves and Rovers both survive

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Wolves held on to their Barclays Premier League status despite going down 3-2 to fellow strugglers Blackburn at Molineux.

Wolves were ripped apart in the opening 45 minutes with Jason Roberts, Brett Emerton and Junior Hoilett netting for Rovers.

But second-half efforts from Jamie O'Hara and Stephen Hunt ensured, with the aid of results elsewhere, that they survived for a third successive season of top flight football.

Blackburn went in front after 23 minutes through Roberts. A low centre from Michel Salgado was deflected into the corner of the net by the striker who began his career at Wolves but never played a first-team game.

And after 39 minutes a superb strike from Emerton doubled Blackburn's lead. Jody Craddock headed the ball out of the Wolves box but it fell to Emerton who volleyed past Wayne Hennessey from 25 yards out.

With seconds remaining of the half, Hoilett made it 3-0 with a low shot after cutting into the area.

Wolves started the second half in positive fashion, and Hunt should have reduced the arrears within a minute of the restart, but the former Hull player headed wide with the goal at his mercy from a Matt Jarvis cross.

Wolves were getting desperate, but they gave themselves a chance after 72 minutes when O'Hara pulled a goal back.

Hunt rolled a short free-kick to the on-loan Tottenham player whose low shot found the corner of the net from 20 yards.

Then with four minutes remaining, Hunt scored a second goal for the home side to make it 3-2. He received the ball on the edge of the Rovers area and curled a shot past Paul Robinson into the top corner as Wolves stayed up by the skin of their teeth.

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Brett Emerton
Tottenham Hotspur
Michel Salgado
Blackburn Rovers
Paul Robinson
Jody Craddock
Stephen Hunt
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Wayne Hennessey
Hull City
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Stephen Hunt
Jason Roberts
Jamie O'Hara
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