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Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 0 - 2 (1) Ipswich Town

NPower Championship 2012-13

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Manager: Stale Solbakken

Molineux 15:00

Attendance: 28,595

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3487


 Aaron Cresswell (32)
 DJ Campbell (63)


Karl HenryJamie OHara (65)
David DavisTongo Doumbia (65)
Kevin DoyleJermaine Pennant (65)


 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (41)
 DJ Campbell (48)
 Lee Martin (76)



Carl Ikeme

Stephen Ward

Roger Johnson

Christophe Berra

Kevin Foley

Karl Henry

Bakary Sako

David Davis

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Bjorn Sigurdarson

Kevin Doyle



Dorus DeVries

Richard Stearman

Danny Batth

Jermaine Pennant

Jamie OHara

Anthony Forde

Tongo Doumbia

Match Report

McCarthy has the last laugh on Molineux return as pressure builds on Solbakken

Mick McCarthy enjoyed a winning return to Molineux as his Ipswich side piled further misery on former club Wolves and under-pressure boss Stale Solbakken.

McCarthy was back in the Black Country for the first time since being sacked in February, ending a six-year spell with Wanderers, and was joined by assistant Terry Connor, who succeeded him in the Wolves hot seat before himself being replaced by Norwegian Solbakken in the summer.

A great ovation greeted the pair before kick-off and they also ended up having the last laugh amid a chorus of boos which rung around Molineux as Wolves' miserable season continued.

Aaron Cresswell's well-worked goal and neat finish, his third of the season, opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, and the points were secured by DJ Campbell just after the hour mark when he found himself clean through, a 10th goal in 16 appearances for the on-loan QPR striker.

McCarthy has now guided Ipswich to seven wins in 12 games since taking the reins at the start of November, compared to one in 13 prior to his appointment.

McCarthy kept faith with the same XI for a fifth successive game while Solbakken made two changes in response to the embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Peterborough on Boxing Day, Bjorn Sigurdarson and David Davis coming in.

And it was Wolves who should have been awarded a penalty after just two minutes as Kevin Doyle latched onto Christophe Berra's long ball only to be bundled over by Luke Chambers, who went unpunished.

Lee Martin immediately fired off target at the other end when he really should have done better, with the Town wide man shooting straight at Carl Ikeme soon after.

Wolves' influential winger Bakary Sako twice sent efforts wide before the half-hour mark but there was very little to trouble either goalkeeper.

That was until the 33rd minute when Cresswell opened the scoring in style.

The left-back ventured forward and, having laid the ball off, continued his run and received it back before finishing right footed inside the far post.

The home side produced very little in response and were duly booed off at the interval.

Guirane N'Daw almost caught out Ikeme with a great 30-yard effort immediately after half-time.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, a reported January target for McCarthy, sent a teasing ball across goal which Doyle failed to connect with.

A real lull in proceedings passed until the hour mark but the game was lit up by Campbell's second.

The forward raced onto Bradley Orr's long ball and waited for the right moment before sending a composed finish under Ikeme.

Solbakken immediately made a triple substitution, with the withdrawal of Doyle greeted by fierce opposition from supporters.

And they voiced more displeasure at the full-time whistle as Town celebrated their first win at Molineux in 21 years, with substitute Michael Chopra wasting a great chance for a third in injury time.

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