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Posted Sat 08 Dec 12 at 19:32 PM

Wolves 1 Blues 0

Blues suffered a slender defeat at near-neighbours Wolves in an open affair at Molineux.

The St. Andrew’s outfit made a decent start in the West Midlands derby, though, Bakary Sako’s vicious first-half free-kick deflected off an unlucky Marlon King into the top corner, to edge the hosts ahead.

Wolves pushed on and should have sealed all three points much earlier than they actually did, with Blues offering little going forward in the second-half.

Both sides saw plenty of the ball during the opening period but it was Blues who were the more creative.

Their first chance arrived via Paul Caddis, who was at the heart of Blues’ early attacks. The Swindon Town loanee cut in from the right and unleashed a ferocious attempt, which Carl Ikeme saved at full stretch.

Wolves conjured up an opportunity on 16 minutes, when Sako’s low cross was flicked into the side netting by Kevin Doyle.

The visitors responded four minutes later through Rob Hall, who forced Ikeme to tip over his deflected free-kick. And moments later Ikeme did well to gather Caddis’ powerful drive, although this was as good as it got for Birmingham.

Ståle Solbakken’s side believed they had took the lead on 32 minutes when Kevin Doyle pounced to guide the ball past Jack Butland, however, the Irishman was ruled offside.

But there was no doubt a minute later, as Sako’s stinging free-kick from the edge of the area ricocheted off King and flew into the top corner.

Despite initially responding brightly to slipping behind, Blues found it heavy going the other side of the break.

Sako was instrumental in Wolves’ countless attacks and his 49th minute corner found Christophe Berra, but the Scot couldn’t keep his shot down.

Lee Clark’s men could do little to stem the hosts attacking intentions and Sako missed the angle of Butland’s goal by a matter of inches.

Blues then had Butland to thank for keeping them in the game, with the 19-year-old reacting brilliantly to Tongo Doumbia’s cross-come-shot and Bjorn Sigurdarson’s diving header. Sandwiched in between this was a Sako corner which was diverted onto the bar by Curtis Davies.

Whilst Wolves took their foot slightly off the pedal to protect their lead, Blues couldn’t find the required spark to muster up an equaliser.

And if it wasn’t for an alert Caldwell making a last-ditch tackle, Sigurdarson would have been free to poke the ball past Butland to make it 2-0.

Wolves: Carl Ikeme, Kevin Foley, Christrophe Berra, Roger Johnson, Stephen Ward, Bjorn Sigurdarson, Karl Henry (C), Tongo Doumbia (David Davis 74), Bakary Sako, Kevin Doyle, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Jermaine Pennant 84).
Unused subs: Dorus De Vries, Richard Stearman, Danny Batth, Anthony Forde, Frank Nouble.

Goals: King O.G. (33)

Bookings: Johnson (42)

Blues: Jack Butland, Paul Caddis, Steven Caldwell (C), Curtis Davies, Paul Robinson, Wade Elliott, Hayden Mullins, Jonathan Spector (Ravel Morrison H/T), Nathan Redmond (Peter Lovenkrands 72), Rob Hall (Chris Burke 80), Marlon King.
Unused subs: Colin Doyle, Mitch Hancox, Will Packwood, Papa Bouba Diop.

Goals: None

Bookings: Robinson (44), Mullins (85)

Referee: A. Taylor

Attendance: 21, 339 (2, 063 Blues fans)

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