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Dave Edwards' goal was enough as Wolves recorded their third straight Championship win.



The midfielder fired home three minutes into the second-half after latching on to a Nouha Dicko pass.

Wolves had chances to make it more comfortable and Dicko hit the bar, while Edwards sliced wide from close range.

The closest Blackburn came to an equaliser was when Richard Stearman headed against his own post.

But the failure to make the most of their chances meant Wolves endured a nervy final few minutes, before they could celebrate a result which puts them within a point of the top six.

Head coach Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side which drew 0-0 at Fulham in the FA Cup, with Rajiv van La Parra replacing Bakary Sako.

Dicko started up front in place of Leon Clarke, with Kevin McDonald and Kortney Hause also restored to the line-up.

Rovers midfielder Ben Marshall had the first shot of the game, though his effort from 25 yards was always going wide.

Dicko then reacted to some sloppy defending by Lee Williamson to force home goalkeeper Jason Steele into a save at his near post.

Wolves enjoyed some more early pressure before Jordan Rhodes headed over, albeit from an offside position, for the hosts.

Taylor blazed over for Rovers, but Marshall then missed a good chance to put them ahead when he headed Rhodes' cross wide from ten yards out.

Dave Edwards of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores a goal to make it 0-1.

The midfielder should have, at the very least, given goalkeeper Carl Ikeme something to do. The Wolves custodian instead wasn't called into action until past the half hour mark.

He pulled off a splendid save from Marshall's free-kick, after Edwards had been penalised on the edge of his own box for use of a high boot.

Rhodes headed wide in stoppage time as the opening period rather petered out.

Edwards ensured the fixture would spring to life three minutes into the second-half as he put Wolves ahead.

The midfielder collected a neat pass from Dicko before firing past Steele and into the bottom corner, from the edge of the box.

Rovers were almost level four minutes later when Stearman misjudged a curling Tom Cairney cross and sent a headed crashing off his own post.

Wolves then nearly paid the price for failing to clear their lines when Rudy Gestede lashed a loose ball over the top from inside the box.

Van La Parra shot wide from distance before Danny Batth, who was imperious in the air for much of the game, nodded over at a free-kick.

Wolves were close to sealing it when they broke and Dicko played in Henry, whose cross was sliced wide by a stretching Edwards – the ball taking an unkind bobble just as he was about to shoot.

The visitors were looking like they would score with every attack with Dicko then crashing a shot off the bar and Van La Parra hurrying the rebound over.

Boos from the home fans only grew louder as Henry was allowed to run fully 50 yards before driving over the bar.

But the second goal wouldn't come and substitute Craig Conway had a great chance to level with five minutes left when he went through but, from a tight angle, he poked his shot straight at Ikeme.

Josh King also shot straight at the goalkeeper late on, but Wolves held on to record a deserved triumph.

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