Dave Edwards in dash to greet Evie

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Dave Edwards missed Wolves' 1-0 win at Blackburn on Saturday to attend the birth of his daughter – which he made with three minutes to spare.

The Wales international was due to be involved in the game at Ewood Park with wingers Slawomir Peszko and Razak Boukari out injured.

But he was forced to pull out at the last minute to be present at his partner Emma's labour.

Keeper Dorus De Vries also withdrew for the same reason as he became a dad.

Edwards took a taxi from the squad's hotel in Preston to be at Emma's bedside in Shropshire.

In the end he made it with three minutes to spare, getting there just in time to see baby Evie Mai enter the world.

Little Evie is a sister to Jack, who is two-years-old.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken said: "On Saturday I woke up to the message that Dave Edwards had returned home because his wife was giving birth and he got back with three minutes to spare!

"Dorus De Vries wouldn't have been starting but he was with his wife who has given birth to a boy.


"We have some absentees that weren't planned – I have three children myself but have never been in that position. I always timed it better!"

Edwards has withdrawn from the Wales squad due to play World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia to be with his family.

Meanwhile, Solbakken declared Saturday's performance as their best away display after making it three away victories in a row without conceding – after being without 11 players.

"It was probably our best," he said.


"I think we had a controlled first half against Peterborough when we maybe created more chances than Saturday.

"But taking everything into account, maybe Saturday was the best.

"I was very proud of the way we played and all credit to the lads, given everything that happened.

"What I'm proud of is that the players who played in unfamiliar roles and new roles did very well.

"The confidence in the team in the first half was very good and some of the youngsters got a lot of playing time again.

"That didn't work too well in the beginning of the season when too many youngsters played together but it was a lot better on Saturday.

"I think we had four or five good chances and you always hope to score from at least one of them.

"I think we controlled the first half and had the best chance hitting the post but I wasn't frustrated."

Edwards is one of two players to have pulled out of Chris Coleman's squad, with Joel Lynch, who has an ankle injury.

Coleman has called up four players to replace them to increase the squad from 21 to 23 - Ashley Richards (Swansea), Bristol City pair Lewin Nyatanga and James Wilson and Barnsley's former Wolves striker Craig Davies.

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