Wolves ended a run of six home games without a win as they beat Midlands rivals Birmingham at Molineux.

The victory came courtesy of a Marlon King own goal and also helped ease the pressure on Wolves manager Stale Solbakken.

Blues striker King sliced a Bakary Sako free-kick into his own net after 34 minutes and his side failed to recover.

Wolves applied plenty of pressure in the second half but could not get a second goal before seeing out the win.

Wolves had beaten Bristol City last time out and overcoming the Blues gave them back-to-back wins for only the second time this season.

The defeat added to Birmingham's struggles and, despite starting promisingly, they went behind.

King's attempted clearance at the near post only resulted in him diverting Sako's free-kick past his own keeper Jack Butland.

Wolves should have put the game beyond Birmingham's reach in the second half but Kevin Doyle shot wide, while the impressive Butland saved from Stephen Ward.

Butland's performance will have enhanced his reputation and he pulled off a superb instinctive save to keep out Bjorn Sigurdarson's header.

The Blues keeper even went up for a late corner but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 11 Ward
  • 14 Johnson Booked
  • 16 Berra
  • 32 Foley
  • 08 Henry
  • 10 Sako
  • 28 Doumbia (Davis - 74' )
  • 09 Ebanks-Blake (Pennant - 84' )
  • 15 Sigurdarson
  • 29 Doyle

Substitutes

  • 31 De Vries
  • 05 Stearman
  • 25 Batth
  • 20 Pennant
  • 26 Davis
  • 27 Forde
  • 18 Nouble

Birmingham City

  • 01 Butland
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 06 Davies
  • 23 Spector (Morrison - 46' )
  • 28 Caddis
  • 30 Robinson Booked
  • 08 Mullins Booked
  • 15 Elliott
  • 22 Redmond (Lovenkrands - 72' )
  • 09 King
  • 29 Hall (Burke - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 24 Packwood
  • 27 Hancox
  • 07 Burke
  • 12 Morrison
  • 32 Diop
  • 11 Lovenkrands
Ref: Taylor
Att: 21,339

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

4 5

Corners

7 5

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:42

Steven Caldwell takes a shot. Save made by Carl Ikeme.

90:00 +2:21

Corner from the right by-line taken by Christopher Burke, Headed effort from inside the area by Curtis Davies misses to the left of the goal.

85:15

Corner taken by Bakary Sako from the left by-line played to the near post, Kevin Doyle has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

85:04 Booking

Booking The referee shows Hayden Mullins a yellow card.

83:34 Substitution

Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Pennant.

81:34

Wade Elliott challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

81:06

Curtis Davies fouled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Christopher Burke coming on for Robert Hall.

78:54

Corner taken by Bakary Sako from the left by-line to the near post, Marlon King manages to make a clearance.

76:27

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robinson. Wade Elliott takes the direct free kick.

74:41

Shot from just outside the area by Kevin Foley goes over the bar.

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Tongo Doumbia goes off and David Davis comes on.

71:04

Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

71:04 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Redmond leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Lovenkrands.

71:04

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

69:38

Corner taken by Bakary Sako from the left by-line, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

68:45

Corner taken by Bakary Sako played to the near post, Bjorn Sigurdarson takes a shot. Jack Butland makes a save.

67:15

Outswinging corner taken by Bakary Sako.

66:20

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.

65:12

Effort on goal by Kevin Doyle from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

62:09

Shot from just outside the box by Nathan Redmond misses to the right of the goal.

61:34

Bjorn Sigurdarson takes a shot. Steven Caldwell gets a block in.

61:02

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Roger Johnson takes the indirect free kick.

60:00

Corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako, Shot by Roger Johnson.

58:01

Marlon King is caught offside. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

57:05

Effort from deep inside the area by Bakary Sako misses to the left of the goal.

56:28

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Steven Caldwell gets a block in.

54:08

Effort from outside the box by Kevin Doyle goes wide right of the target.

53:49

Bakary Sako takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in.

51:20

Ravel Morrison takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

50:50

Tongo Doumbia takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Robinson.

48:05

Corner taken by Bakary Sako from the left by-line, Shot by Christophe Berra from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

45:36

The referee blows for offside against Bjorn Sigurdarson. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ravel Morrison is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Spector.

45:00 +2:33 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:58

The referee blows for offside. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.

43:43

Bakary Sako crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Bjorn Sigurdarson goes over the bar.

43:43 Booking

Booking Booking for Paul Robinson for unsporting behaviour.

43:35

Paul Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

43:06

Inswinging corner taken by Robert Hall, save made by Carl Ikeme.

42:04

Marlon King produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

42:04 Booking

Booking The referee shows Roger Johnson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

41:55

Unfair challenge on Wade Elliott by Roger Johnson results in a free kick.

39:37

Foul by Kevin Foley on Nathan Redmond, free kick awarded. Nathan Redmond crosses the ball in from the free kick, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

38:17

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.

36:24

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Curtis Davies. Curtis Davies restarts play with the free kick.

34:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Marlon King. Strike comes in from Robert Hall from the free kick.

33:34

Assist by Bakary Sako.

33:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Marlon King - Wolves 1 - 0 Birmingham Marlon King scores an own goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Birmingham.

32:15

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fouled by Steven Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Bakary Sako from right wing, Marlon King gets a block in.

31:52

Kevin Doyle is ruled offside. Curtis Davies takes the indirect free kick.

31:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against Robert Hall. Indirect free kick taken by Christophe Berra.

28:54

Foul by Hayden Mullins on Tongo Doumbia, free kick awarded. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.

23:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Hall, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

21:39

Paul Caddis takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

19:02

Stephen Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Redmond. Free kick taken by Robert Hall. Short corner taken by Nathan Redmond. Curtis Davies has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

17:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Caddis by Kevin Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Jack Butland.

15:00

Shot from close in by Bjorn Sigurdarson misses to the left of the goal.

13:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Paul Robinson. Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.

9:08

Tongo Doumbia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Caddis. Paul Caddis takes the direct free kick.

7:57

Jonathan Spector has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

7:34

Paul Caddis takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

3:09

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Hall, clearance by Kevin Doyle.

2:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Stephen Ward. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

2:03

Wade Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Tongo Doumbia. Direct free kick taken by Roger Johnson.

1:49

Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick taken by Kevin Foley.

0:48

The ball is sent over by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, save made by Jack Butland.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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