Junior Hoilett scored a fine brace as Blackburn climbed out of the relegation zone to leave Wolves languishing one place off the bottom.

Home fans staged a protest against chief executive Jez Moxey's handling of the appointment of Terry Connor before kick-off and then saw a poor showing.

Cutting edge the difference - Connor

Hoilett opened the scoring when he controlled a half-volley superbly to fire into the far corner.

And the Canadian wrapped up victory with a 25-yard drive after the break.

The defeat leaves Wolves in 19th place, with one win in their last 14 league games, after a tense display typical of a side short of confidence.

Banners were unfurled outside the main entrance at Molineux before the game as fans made their anger clear over the decision to appoint Connor as the man to replace Mick McCarthy last month.

Steve Bruce, Alan Curbishley and Reading boss Brian McDermott were all interviewed for the post before former assistant Connor was handed the job until the end of the season.

Analysis

"The Wolves fans didn't give their side too much grief. There is a lot of football still to be played at the bottom but it's been a very good day for Blackburn and Bolton. This is the best I've seen from Blackburn in a very long time."

To their credit, the home fans remained largely supportive during the match, despite Connor's side's fragmented display - in which they barely threatened a fragile Blackburn defence.

Rovers had not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League for 30 games - a run stretching back to April 2011 - but Paul Robinson only had to make one real save in the 90 minutes, where he easily denied Steven Fletcher.

Wolves defended abysmally as they were thumped 5-0 by Fulham last weekend and, while the return of on-loan Tottenham man Sebastien Bassong to the back four saw a slight improvement, they were again at fault as the dangerous Hoilett opened the scoring just before the break.

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Blackburn's last clean sheet in the Premier League came against Bolton on 30 April 2011

Morten Gamst Pedersen hurled a long throw into the area, Wolves' Premier League debutant David Davis could only flick on towards his own goal, and Hoilett was afforded far too much space to acrobatically drive a half-volley into the far corner.

Connor's side made a brighter start to the second period, as Matt Jarvis crossed for Fletcher to fire at Robinson, but they continued their habit of conceding possession cheaply and were punished when Hoilett drove in the second from Yakubu's break down the left.

Victory at Wolves a big step for Blackburn - Steve Kean

Hoilett - who looks likely to leave Ewood Park this summer - collected the striker's pass, skipped past Jamie O'Hara and drilled a left-footed shot beyond the reach of Wayne Hennessey into the net.

Wolves substitute Nenad Milijas should have hit the target from another decent Jarvis cross in the final few minutes, but Rovers boss Steve Kean was able to savour a first away win since beating champions Manchester United on New Year's Eve.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 01 Hennessey
  • 05 Stearman
  • 11 Ward
  • 21 Bassong
  • 23 Zubar
  • 04 Edwards (Kightly - 60' )
  • 17 Jarvis
  • 24 O'Hara
  • 26 Davis (Milijas - 75' )
  • 10 Fletcher Booked
  • 29 Doyle (Ebanks-Blake - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 31 De Vries
  • 14 Johnson
  • 16 Berra
  • 32 Foley
  • 07 Kightly
  • 20 Milijas
  • 09 Ebanks-Blake

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 03 Mn Olsson
  • 16 Dann
  • 31 Hanley Booked
  • 10 Formica
  • 12 Pedersen Booked (Dunn - 75' )
  • 15 Nzonzi
  • 21 Ms Olsson
  • 35 Lowe
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 24 Yakubu

Substitutes

  • 13 Bunn
  • 05 Givet
  • 08 Dunn
  • 14 Petrovic
  • 29 Vukcevic
  • 09 Modeste
  • 25 Goodwillie
Ref: Foy
Att: 26,121

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

7 8

Corners

3 4

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:16 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:30

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann. Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley.

90:00 +2:18

Jamie O'Hara sends in a cross, clearance by Scott Dann.

90:00 +1:31

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake delivers the ball, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:33

Steven Fletcher is ruled offside. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

89:26

Michael Kightly is ruled offside. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

89:21

The ball is sent over by Michael Kightly, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

87:34

Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Nenad Milijas results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

86:55

The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.

85:49

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Nenad Milijas goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

85:27

Stephen Ward produces a cross, clearance made by Scott Dann.

84:21

Mauro Formica challenges Stephen Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.

82:29

Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, Jason Lowe makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Kightly, Ronald Zubar produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

80:50 Substitution

Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on for Kevin Doyle.

79:38

David Hoilett fouled by Jamie O'Hara, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Dunn.

75:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by David Hoilett. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann. Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Kevin Doyle crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Steven Fletcher misses to the left of the target.

74:43 Substitution

Substitution Nenad Milijas replaces David Davis.

74:13 Substitution

Substitution Morten Gamst Pedersen leaves the field to be replaced by David Dunn.

72:40

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance. Mauro Formica takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey. The ball is sent over by Stephen Ward, Effort on goal by David Davis from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

72:19

David Hoilett takes a shot. Stephen Ward gets a block in.

71:36

The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson, Richard Stearman gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.

68:16

The assist for the goal came from Ayegbeni Yakubu.

68:16 Goal scored

Goal! - David Hoilett - Wolves 0 - 2 Blackburn David Hoilett gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-2 Blackburn.

67:13

Matthew Jarvis produces a cross.

65:20

A cross is delivered by David Hoilett.

64:35

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left wing, clearance made by Ronald Zubar.

64:35 Booking

Booking Steven Fletcher is shown a yellow card.

64:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Fletcher on Martin Olsson.

63:31

The referee blows for offside against Steven Fletcher. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

60:24

Ayegbeni Yakubu challenges Sebastien Bassong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.

60:07

The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Martin Olsson.

59:24

Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.

59:24 Substitution

Substitution Michael Kightly is brought on as a substitute for David Edwards.

59:24 Booking

Booking Grant Hanley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

59:13

Unfair challenge on David Davis by Grant Hanley results in a free kick.

58:03

Steven Fletcher delivers the ball.

56:15

A cross is delivered by Marcus Olsson, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.

55:02

David Hoilett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.

53:24

Mauro Formica takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

52:45

Matthew Jarvis produces a cross, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

51:06

Jason Lowe sends in a cross, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.

49:59

Unfair challenge on David Hoilett by David Edwards results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

48:37

The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Shot on goal by Mauro Formica from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

47:00

The ball is delivered by Ayegbeni Yakubu.

46:13

The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Hanley on Steven Fletcher. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from right wing, save by Paul Robinson.

42:33

Morten Gamst Pedersen provided the assist for the goal.

42:33 Goal scored

Goal! - David Hoilett - Wolves 0 - 1 Blackburn A goal is scored by David Hoilett from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Blackburn.

41:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Richard Stearman. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.

40:29

Effort on goal by Ayegbeni Yakubu from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

40:02

A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson, save made by Wayne Hennessey.

37:33

Marcus Olsson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.

35:36

Jamie O'Hara concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

34:35

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Hoilett. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.

33:48

David Hoilett produces a cross.

29:51

Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

29:51 Booking

Booking Morten Gamst Pedersen receives a caution.

29:45

Unfair challenge on David Davis by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick.

29:29

Mauro Formica takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Ward.

28:15

Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Olsson.

28:08

The ball is delivered by Steven Fletcher.

26:36

Steven Fletcher produces a left-footed shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the target.

24:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by David Edwards. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

23:20

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.

23:11

Martin Olsson sends in a cross, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.

21:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Hoilett on Sebastien Bassong. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.

19:40

Unfair challenge on David Davis by Mauro Formica results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

18:55

Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball.

18:10

David Edwards sends in a cross, Matthew Jarvis produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

17:51

A cross is delivered by Kevin Doyle.

17:10

A cross is delivered by Mauro Formica, Close range header by Ayegbeni Yakubu misses to the right of the target.

15:41

Corner taken short by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

15:04

Mauro Formica fouled by Jamie O'Hara, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

13:54

Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.

12:24

Centre by Stephen Ward.

9:52

Effort on goal by Ayegbeni Yakubu from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

9:22

Richard Stearman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.

8:35

Ayegbeni Yakubu challenges David Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.

4:17

A cross is delivered by David Davis, Header by Kevin Doyle from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

3:46

Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.

3:04

The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

2:49

Matthew Jarvis takes a short corner.

2:24

Unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by Jason Lowe results in a free kick. Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.

1:37

David Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Olsson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

0:13

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Stephen Ward.

0:00

The game begins.

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