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Wolves 1 Blues 0

Blues suffered a slender defeat at neighbouring Wolves in an open affair at Molineux.

The St. Andrew’s outfit made a decent start in the West Midlands derby, though, Bakary Sako’s vicious first-half free-kick deflected off an unlucky Marlon King into the top corner.

Wolves pushed on and should have sealed all three points much earlier than they did, with Blues offering little going forward in the second-half.

Birmingham saw plenty of the ball during the opening period and were creative.

Their first chance arrived via Paul Caddis, who was at the heart of Blues’ early forays forward. The Swindon Town loanee cut in from the right and unleashed a ferocious strike, which Carl Ikeme had to claw away at full stretch.

Wolves conjured up an opportunity on 16 minutes, when Sako’s low cross from the left was flicked into the side netting by Kevin Doyle.

The visitors responded four minutes later through Rob Hall, who forced Ikeme to tip over his deflected free-kick. And moments later Ikeme did well to gather Caddis’ stinging drive.

But this was as good as it got for Blues in Wolverhampton.

Ståle Solbakken’s side believed they took the lead on 32 minutes when Kevin Doyle pounced to guide the ball past Jack Butland, however, the Irishman was ruled offside.

But there was no doubt a minute later, as Sako’s stinging free-kick from the edge of the area flew smacked King and flew past Butland.

Despite initially responding brightly to going behind, Blues found it heavy going the other side of the break.

Sako was instrumental in Wolves’ play and his 49th minute corner found Christophe Berra, but the Scot couldn’t keep his shot down.

The lively Doyle then went on a jinking run, missing Butland’s left post by a couple of yards with a curling attempt.

Lee Clark’s men could do little to stem the hosts attacking intentions and Sako missed the angle of Butland’s goal by a matter of inches.

Blues then had Butland to thank for keeping them in the game, with the 19-year-old reacting brilliantly to Tongo Doumbia’s cross-come-shot and Bjorn Sigurdarson’s diving header. Sandwiched in between this was Sako’s corner diverted onto the bar by Curtis Davies.

Whilst Wolves took their foot slightly off the pedal to protect their lead, Blues couldn’t find the required spark to muster up an equaliser.

And if it wasn’t for an alert Caldwell; Sigurdarson would have been free to poke the ball past Butland and make it 2-0.

Wolves: Carl Ikeme, Kevin Foley, Christrophe Berra, Roger Johnson, Stephen Ward, Bjorn Sigurdarson, Karl Henry (C), Tongo Doumbia (David Davis 75), Bakary Sako, Kevin Doyle, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Jermaine Pennant 84).
Subs: Dorus De Vries, Richard Stearman, Danny Batth, Anthony Forde, Frank Nouble.

Goals: King O.G. (33)

Bookings: None

Blues: Jack Butland; Paul Caddis, Steven Caldwell (C), Curtis Davies, Paul Robinson; Wade Elliott, Hayden Mullins, Jonathan Spector (Ravel Morrison H/T), Nathan Redmond (Peter Lovenkrands 72), Rob Hall (Chris Burke 81); Marlon King.
Subs: Colin Doyle, Mitch Hancox, Will Packwood, Papa Bouba Diop.

Goals: None

Bookings: Robinson (44), Mullins (85

Referee: A. Taylor

Attendance: 21, 339 (2, 063 Blues fans)

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Posted December 9, 2012 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

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