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Luton 1 Wolves 0 - match report

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Stale Solbakken's six-month reign ended with the sack after Wolves were knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league Luton.

Alex Lawless's superb volley in the 46th minute was all that separated the sides in a game the visitors should have won as owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey watched on grim-faced.

The top brass acted after the result – Wolves' fourth defeat in a row – which left angry fans feeling like they have had enough as they chanted 'you are getting sacked in the morning' and 'what a load of rubbish' at the final whistle.

Kevin Doyle missed a golden chance to have put Wolves ahead in the sixth minute while the Ireland international also hit the underside of the bar and Christophe Berra hit the woodwork after the break and the returning Jamie O'Hara had a chip tipped over.

But in yet another second-half fadeout, Wolves were found wanting again in another performance without the passion, craft and flair demanded by the long-suffering supporters.

Solbakken made two changes to the side beaten 3-1 at Crystal Palace on New Year's Day.

O'Hara made his first start since March and Anthony Forde started on the right as Richard Stearman and David Davis stepped down.

A fast and frantic start saw Wolves carve the opening chance after six minutes and they should have taken the lead.

Clean-through Doyle fired wide from inside the area after being left in the clear when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake flicked on Carl Ikeme's giant kick.

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Doyle was presented with a more difficult chance in the 20th minute from Bakary Sako's cross, and with his back to goal, he mis-hit an overhead kick which trickled wide after a superb crossfield ball with the outside of his foot from O'Hara.

Luton had the next chance two minutes later, and it took brilliant reflexes from Carl Ikeme to spring from his line and smother Wolverhampton-born Andre Gray's shot after Roger Johnson inadvertedly headed on a long ball under heavy pressure from Jon Shaw.

Gray had another opportunity soon after after cutting inside former Luton man Kevin Foley far too easily, but the in-form striker could only blaze well over from a decent position.

Wolves returned to the attack and O'Hara's craft created an opening in the 32nd minute for Forde but the youngster mis-kicked at the vital moment and the opportunity was lost.

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The visitors ended the first half on a high and should have gone into the break in front after gaining a head of steam.

First Doyle's near post shot cannoned down off the underside of the bar and was cleared from Sako's corner.

Then Sako's fierce shot was superbly saved by Luton keeper Mark Tyler after Ebanks-Blake's run and cross from the left.

From the way they were suddenly playing, Wolves didn't really want the half to end.

But if they knew what was to follow, they would definitely have wanted to stay out on the pitch.

Within a minute of the restart, Lawless had volleyed Luton's winner, smashing home a superb volley from the edge of the box after Christophe Berra headed away a deflected cross that had looped up.

It was a massive body blow to Wolves, who never looked like recovering in another desperately poor second half.

Berra headed against the top of bar from Sako's centre as the shellshocked visitors tried to muster a rally.

There were nine minutes of time added on at the end of the game after JJ O'Donnell was stretchered off after a long delay.

But Wolves' only attempt on goal was a chip from O'Hara that was tipped over.

The final whistle saw furious Wolves fans chanting 'what a load of rubbish.'

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