Wolverhampton Wanderers dropped back into the Championship relegation zone as Huddersfield came from behind to secure a vital victory at Molineux.

Stephen Ward put Wolves ahead when he converted Kevin Doyle's cross from 12 yards before Sean Scannell levelled with a fine individual effort.

Huddersfield went ahead just after the hour when Jermaine Beckford tapped in.

Beckford's second then made it 3-1 before Jamie O'Hara added to Wolves's misery when he was sent off.

Defeat for Wolves was their second in succession and means they are second bottom, two points from safety.

Tough times for Wolves

  • A testing home fixture against promotion-chasing Hull follows on Tuesday, then away games at Charlton and Brighton (last match), separated by a home clash with Burnley.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, move up to 19th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone.

The game could hardly have got off to a better start for Wolves, as they took the lead with just four minutes on the clock.

Bjorn Sigurdarson found Doyle on the left, the Wolves captain picked out Ward inside the area and the Republic of Ireland international fired past Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

For the next 23 minutes the home side were dominant but could not turn their possession into chances.

And they were made to pay in the 27th minute when Huddersfield equalised with their first shot on target.

Scannell weaved his way past two defenders before shooting into the bottom corner.

Huddersfield finished the half strongly with Oliver Norwood's shot deflected wide before Neil Danns brought a good save out of Dorus de Vries.

Wolves regrouped at the break and started the second half much as they did the first.

They should have been ahead in the 65th minute when Roger Johnson was presented with an open goal, but somehow shot wide.

Huddersfield took full advantage as Beckford, who had only been on the pitch five minutes, gave his side the lead when he stabbed in after De Vries failed to hold James Vaughan's header.

And the striker netted his second just a minute later, chasing on to a ball following a Wolves error from the kick-off before lobbing De Vries.

O'Hara was then sent off after raising his hands in the direction of Huddersfield's Keith Southern to complete a miserable afternoon for the home side.

Wolves manager Dean Saunders:

"It was a really disappointing result because it was such a big game. But what we have to do now is win on Tuesday against Hull City and hope the results are reversed.

"We have to probably win three games out of the last four which we are capable of doing and we have done it in the past.

"But it is amazing all these teams around us that keep winning."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"It is a good day but we have to keep our feet on the ground because we go again on Tuesday at Ewood Park.

"We worked hard to get in front against Wolves and stayed there which was great. From my perspective it is a great performance.

"It give us two points' breathing space but it also concertinas the division again and brings everyone closer together."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton

  • 31 De Vries
  • 11 Ward Booked (Doumbia - 73' )
  • 14 Johnson
  • 20 Robinson
  • 21 Gorkss
  • 30 Doherty Booked
  • 08 Henry
  • 12 Hunt (Hammill - 79' )
  • 24 O'Hara Dismissed
  • 15 Sigurdarson (Dicko - 79' )
  • 29 Doyle

Substitutes

  • 36 McCarey
  • 25 Batth
  • 32 Foley
  • 19 Hammill
  • 28 Doumbia
  • 23 Dicko
  • 49 McAlinden

Huddersfield

  • 01 Smithies
  • 02 Woods
  • 03 Dixon
  • 05 P Clarke Booked
  • 06 Gerrard
  • 04 Norwood
  • 08 Clayton
  • 10 Gobern (Southern - 64' Booked )
  • 20 Danns (Beckford - 64' Booked )
  • 07 Scannell
  • 18 Vaughan (Lee - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett
  • 15 Wallace
  • 33 Lynch
  • 16 Arfield
  • 24 Southern
  • 19 Lee
  • 21 Beckford
Ref: Stroud
Att: 23,185

Match Stats

Shots

7 7

On target

3 5

Corners

12 4

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:10 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:04

Matt Doherty fouled by Sean Scannell, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Robinson.

90:00 +0:14

Sean Scannell fouled by Matt Doherty, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

89:12

Shot from 12 yards from Jermaine Beckford. Save by Dorus De Vries.

86:51 Substitution

Substitution Alan Lee joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Vaughan.

85:48

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Hammill from the right by-line, clearance by Paul Dixon.

81:29

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Hammill.

81:03

Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Hammill, James Vaughan makes a clearance.

79:07 Substitution

Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Adam Hammill coming on for Stephen Hunt.

79:07 Substitution

Substitution Nouha Dicko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bjorn Sigurdarson.

74:13

Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt.

72:53 Substitution

Substitution Tongo Doumbia on for Stephen Ward.

72:32 Booking

Booking The referee books Peter Clarke for unsporting behaviour.

72:12 Booking

Booking Matt Doherty goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

71:35 Booking

Booking The referee shows Keith Southern a yellow card.

71:04 Dismissal

Dismissal Jamie O'Hara is shown a red card.

70:33

Unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by Keith Southern results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.

69:55

Assist by Sean Scannell.

69:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermaine Beckford - Wolves 1 - 3 Huddersfld Jermaine Beckford finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-3 Huddersfield.

69:06

The assist for the goal came from James Vaughan.

69:06 Booking

Booking The referee books Jermaine Beckford for unsporting behaviour.

68:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermaine Beckford - Wolves 1 - 2 Huddersfld Jermaine Beckford grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-2 Huddersfield.

67:50

Inswinging corner taken by Oliver Norwood,

65:44

Stephen Ward challenges James Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Oliver Norwood, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.

64:58

Effort from inside the area by Roger Johnson misses to the right of the target.

64:18

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line, James Vaughan makes a clearance.

62:57 Substitution

Substitution Keith Southern replaces Oscar Gobern.

62:57 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Beckford is brought on as a substitute for Neil Danns.

61:13

Adam Clayton produces a cross, save made by Dorus De Vries.

60:40

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.

60:33

Adam Clayton crosses the ball, Kaspars Gorkss gets a block in.

58:18

Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

58:18 Booking

Booking Stephen Ward receives a yellow card.

58:08

Stephen Ward challenges Alex Smithies unfairly and gives away a free kick.

57:33

Oscar Gobern concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie O'Hara. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, save made by Alex Smithies.

55:31

The referee blows for offside. Kaspars Gorkss restarts play with the free kick.

54:01

Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, Calum Woods makes a clearance.

53:38

A cross is delivered by Adam Clayton, save by Dorus De Vries.

52:03

Bjorn Sigurdarson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

51:43

Corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, James Vaughan manages to make a clearance.

50:43

Unfair challenge on Alex Smithies by Stephen Ward results in a free kick. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

50:28

Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, save by Alex Smithies.

50:11

Effort from 12 yards by Kevin Doyle. Anthony Gerrard gets a block in.

49:12

Sean Scannell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.

47:21

Foul by Matt Doherty on Sean Scannell, free kick awarded. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

46:51

Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Oscar Gobern results in a free kick. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.

46:21

James Vaughan fouled by Roger Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Clayton takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:46 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

44:43

Oscar Gobern concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Robinson. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Robinson.

43:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Vaughan on Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Roger Johnson.

43:20

Roger Johnson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex Smithies takes the indirect free kick.

39:45

The ball is crossed by Matt Doherty, clearance made by Calum Woods.

38:02

Unfair challenge on Adam Clayton by Jack Robinson results in a free kick. Calum Woods takes the free kick.

36:36

Corner taken by Oliver Norwood from the left by-line, clearance made by Kevin Doyle.

34:57

Neil Danns fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Calum Woods takes the indirect free kick.

34:28

Jamie O'Hara takes a outswinging corner.

33:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Clayton on Karl Henry. Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick.

32:35

The referee gives a free kick against Neil Danns for handball. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.

32:17

Corner from the right by-line taken by Oliver Norwood, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance.

31:53

Shot by Oliver Norwood from 25 yards. Matt Doherty gets a block in.

29:49

Jack Robinson fouled by Adam Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

29:25

Neil Danns produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

26:20

The assist for the goal came from Paul Dixon.

26:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Scannell - Wolves 1 - 1 Huddersfld Sean Scannell gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-1 Huddersfield.

24:52

Kevin Doyle has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

23:22

Kaspars Gorkss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Vaughan. Free kick crossed by Adam Clayton, save by Dorus De Vries.

22:48

Stephen Ward crosses the ball.

21:33

The ball is sent over by Kevin Doyle.

20:03

Foul by Adam Clayton on Jamie O'Hara, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, Foul by Bjorn Sigurdarson on Oscar Gobern, free kick awarded. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

18:43

The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward.

18:10

Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, clearance made by Oscar Gobern.

17:11

Bjorn Sigurdarson fouled by Paul Dixon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from right wing, clearance by Peter Clarke.

16:37

The ball is swung over by Oliver Norwood, Effort from the edge of the box by Sean Scannell goes wide of the left-hand upright.

15:34

James Vaughan fouled by Kaspars Gorkss, the ref awards a free kick. Oliver Norwood takes the indirect free kick.

14:06

The ball is crossed by Sean Scannell, Stephen Hunt gets a block in.

13:18

Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, Adam Clayton makes a clearance.

10:33

Unfair challenge on Neil Danns by Jamie O'Hara results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Oliver Norwood.

9:45

Neil Danns crosses the ball.

8:37

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara, clearance made by Peter Clarke.

8:22

Stephen Ward sends in a cross.

7:00

Centre by Paul Dixon.

6:34

The ball is delivered by Paul Dixon, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

6:17

A cross is delivered by James Vaughan, clearance made by Matt Doherty.

5:37

Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save made by Alex Smithies.

3:10

The assist for the goal came from Kevin Doyle.

3:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen Ward - Wolves 1 - 0 Huddersfld A goal is scored by Stephen Ward from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Huddersfield.

3:06

The ball is crossed by Kevin Doyle,

1:46

Headed effort from inside the area by Bjorn Sigurdarson misses to the left of the target.

1:16

Oscar Gobern gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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