Wolves struck two first-half goals as they outplayed Tranmere to return to the top of League One.

The hosts took the lead when top scorer Leigh Griffiths' speculative shot from 25 yards was fumbled in by Rovers goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams for his 12th goal of the campaign.

The home side then doubled their lead on 42 minutes through Dave Edwards.

The fit-again midfielder climbed well to head his first goal of the season from Bakary Sako's near-post corner.

Griffiths was replaced at the break by Jake Cassidy, who came on to face the club where he had spent time on loan in each of the past two seasons.

Cassidy should have scored with his first touch, only to steer his right-foot shot wide with Fon Williams exposed.

On a night when Wolves could have won by more against a Rovers side who had won 5-1 at Coventry on Saturday, Fon Williams saved again with his legs to deny Sako in the dying seconds.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We've played a super side. They were streets ahead of us and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up.

"You look at their budget and our budget, and that's what you get. I don't think there's any disgrace in coming here and getting beaten.

"Owain Fon Williams has got his head in his hands, but he kept us in the game on Saturday at Coventry with two great saves. That's football. He's just got to get on with it."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 04 Edwards
  • 06 Batth
  • 05 Stearman
  • 27 Jacobs (Price - 86' )
  • 11 McDonald
  • 09 Griffiths (Cassidy - 45' )
  • 29 Doyle
  • 10 Sako (Ismail - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Doherty
  • 15 Sigurdarson
  • 16 Cassidy
  • 19 Price
  • 21 Ismail
  • 23 Ebanks-Landell
  • 31 McCarey

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 23 Ridehalgh
  • 17 Power (Wallace - 45' Booked )
  • 20 McNulty
  • 05 Goodison
  • 15 Kirby (Bell-Baggie - 69' )
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 09 Lowe
  • 22 Koumas (Sodje - 68' Booked )
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 03 Horwood
  • 06 Hateley
  • 08 Wallace
  • 11 Bell-Baggie
  • 12 Rowe
  • 19 Sodje
  • 33 Mooney
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 14,989

Match Stats

Shots

23 5

On target

8 1

Corners

7 2

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

90:00 +1:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

90:00 +0:49

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

90:00 +0:49

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:58

Foul by Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Tranmere Rovers).

88:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Zeli Ismail replaces Bakary Sako.

88:01

Attempt saved. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

86:55

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

85:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jack Price replaces Michael Jacobs.

81:49 Booking

Booking Akpo Sodje (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

81:10 Booking

Booking James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

81:02

Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:02

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

79:47

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

79:31

Attempt saved. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

79:19

Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:19

Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).

78:03

Attempt saved. Akpo Sodje (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:49

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

70:06

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

68:45

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

68:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Abdulai Bell-Baggie replaces Jake Kirby.

67:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Akpo Sodje replaces Jason Koumas.

67:02

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

63:50

Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:25

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

63:01

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

61:57

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

58:00

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

57:46

Attempt blocked. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

54:50

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

54:08

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

54:08

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:37

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

51:06

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

51:06

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:22

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

47:22

Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:22

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jake Cassidy replaces Leigh Griffiths.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. James Wallace replaces Max Power.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:55

Attempt missed. Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

42:41

Attempt missed. Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

41:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

41:05

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ian Goodison.

40:51

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:06

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:06

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

35:49

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

34:46

Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:46

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

31:17

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

30:52

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ian Goodison.

29:30

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

28:56

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

25:27

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

25:27

Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:48

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

24:15

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

23:24

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:24

Foul by Max Power (Tranmere Rovers).

22:49

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

22:49

Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:18

Attempt blocked. Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Jacobs.

15:06

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

11:52

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:52

Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).

6:31

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

6:15

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

5:34

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

0:51

Attempt saved. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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