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Millwall 0 Wolves 2 - match report

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Wolves claimed their first win in 14 games to move out of the Championship drop zone after a crucial victory at Millwall.

Dean Saunders also earned his first win in 10 games as boss after Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's brilliant overhead kick and Dave Edwards' early goal sealed the game.

It was their first win since a 2-1 victory at Blackpool in December and Wolves are now 21st after Peterborough and Barnsley both drew.

Saunders made four changes from the draw with Watford – dropping Bjorn Sigurdarson, Kevin Doyle, Jack Robinson and Stephen Hunt.

In came Jake Cassidy, Ebanks-Blake, Stephen Ward and Edwards as Wolves desperately sought the winning formula.

And they made a strong start as Bakary Sako's second minute corner almost out-foxed David Forde before the Millwall keeper palmed it away in a scrappy opening.

But Wolves made light of the game's disjointed nature with a well-worked opener after just nine minutes.

Ward delivered a dangerous cross from the left which found Ebanks-Blake on the far side of the box and striker directed it to Edwards who swept a classy volley into the far corner.

It breathed fresh life into Wolves and, with Millwall rattled, Edwards' fierce drive was blocked on 14 minutes.

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Matt Doherty then saw his effort cannon away as Wolves denied the hosts space and snapped and harried their hosts.

Millwall offered little attacking threat, although Doherty survived a strong handball appeal in the area after 20 minutes.

They pushed Millwall back and while both sides struggled to carve out serious chances Wolves were comfortable.

Sako was booked after hauling down Adam Smith eight minutes before the break as the Lions finally sparked into life.

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Jimmy Abdou drive was deflected over and Shane Lowry's header was comfortably saved by Carl Ikeme after 38 minutes.

Cassidy then failed to connect with a loose ball after Forde missed his punch as the first-half ended with a flurry of brief chances.

The Lions threw on Nathan Tyson for the ineffective John Marquis at the break – joining fellow sub and ex-Wolves man Andy Keogh who replaced Benik Afobe in the first half up front.

And the hosts almost levelled on 51 minutes when Keogh was inches away from connecting with Chris Taylor's low driven cross.

The Lions had started to raise the pressure but lacked the quality to unlock them with Kaspars Gorkss excelling at the back.

And Wolves killed off the Lions with a brilliant goal from Ebanks-Blake on 61 minutes.

There seemed little on when Jamie O'Hara headed the ball back into the area after Ebanks-Blake's initial shot was blocked.

It fell to Ebanks-Blake and with his back to goal he unleashed a brilliant overhead kick from 10-yards which flashed past Forde.

It gave Wolves the breathing space they needed and they were rarely troubled by Millwall. Danny Shittu blazed over with 10 minutes remaining as Wolves easily claimed the points.

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