Michael Jacobs' early strike set up promotion-chasing Wolves' victory over League One relegation battlers Crewe.

The on-loan Derby County winger started the move that brought his third-minute goal, heading home Scott Golbourne's left-wing cross from six yards.

Despite plenty of Crewe pressure, Wolves then twice hit the woodwork.

  • Crewe manager Steve Davis was on Wolves' shortlist in the summer, having been interviewed for their then managerial vacancy prior to the appointment of Kenny Jackett.

But they did not seal victory until two minutes into injury time when top scorer Leigh Griffiths fired his 13th of the season from the edge of the box.

Second-placed Wolves' first win in four games keeps them level on points with leaders Leyton Orient, who are due to visit Molineux for a top-of-the-table showdown on Sunday.

Crewe drop a place to hit the bottom of the League One table for the first time, now four points adrift of safety after seeing their three-match unbeaten run come to an end.

Summer Wolves target Steve Davis's players stuck to their task well, loan men Chuks Aneke and Tom Hitchcock both being denied by smart saves from Carl Ikeme.

But Wolves stopper Danny Batth fired a low shot against the post before the break and the home side were again denied by the woodwork when visiting keeper Ben Garratt tipped a Griffiths header onto the post.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett:

"Leigh Griffiths is very much part of my plans here. However I decide to use him - whether it's from the start or after everyone has been running around for an hour - he can be a big contributor for us.

"He gave us a good half an hour and was unlucky not to score with the header when the keeper made a really good save. He then took his goal really well, working the ball onto his left foot as he cut across.

"We're looking to improve our striking department if we can. Letting Leigh Griffiths go would not improve it."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 26 Golbourne (Ebanks-Landell - 56' )
  • 11 McDonald
  • 06 Batth
  • 05 Stearman
  • 07 Henry
  • 19 Price
  • 16 Cassidy (Doyle - 93' )
  • 04 Edwards (Griffiths - 59' )
  • 27 Jacobs Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Hennessey
  • 09 Griffiths
  • 10 Sako
  • 14 Evans
  • 20 McAlinden
  • 23 Ebanks-Landell
  • 29 Doyle

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 03 Mellor
  • 02 Tootle
  • 08 Osman
  • 05 Ellis
  • 04 Davis
  • 17 Hitchcock (Inman - 75' )
  • 22 Evans Booked (Grant - 74' )
  • 28 Na Bangna
  • 26 Aneke
  • 11 Moore (Leitch-Smith - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 12 Ray
  • 13 Martin
  • 14 Inman
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 19 Oliver
  • 42 Grant
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 22,693

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

5 4

Corners

11 6

Fouls

14 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

90:00 +2:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin Doyle replaces Jake Cassidy.

90:00 +1:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Henry.

88:51

Attempt missed. Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

88:00

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:57

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

87:43

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Harry Davis.

87:33

Attempt blocked. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

84:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ajay Leitch-Smith replaces Byron Moore.

84:21

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

84:21

Mesca (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:07

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

84:07

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:55

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

83:55

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:42

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

80:46

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

80:23

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

77:52

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Danny Batth.

76:37

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

76:37

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:15

Attempt missed. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

75:32

Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

75:32

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Bradden Inman replaces Tom Hitchcock.

73:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Anthony Grant replaces George Evans.

73:29

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

72:58

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

72:22

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

72:22

(Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:13

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

71:13

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

68:26

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

68:06

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

66:24

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

66:15

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

65:09

Attempt missed. Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

62:08

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

62:08

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:01

Attempt saved. Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leigh Griffiths replaces David Edwards.

55:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ethan Ebanks-Landell replaces Scott Golbourne because of an injury.

52:26

Attempt saved. Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

48:12

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

46:59

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

45:55

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

45:55

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +0:43

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Harry Davis.

41:20 Booking

Booking George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

41:17

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

41:17

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

39:51

Attempt missed. Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

39:08 Booking

Booking Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

39:00

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

37:36

Hand ball by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

35:28

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

34:12

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Harry Davis.

31:48

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by David Edwards.

31:08

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Jacobs.

30:15

Attempt saved. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

27:43

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

27:36

Attempt blocked. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

27:20

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from very close range.

26:46

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Byron Moore.

26:18

Attempt saved. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:43

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

24:39

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

20:40

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

19:49

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:49

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

17:52

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

17:52

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

17:20

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

16:39

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Danny Batth.

8:27

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

8:27

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:11

Attempt saved. Mesca (Crewe Alexandra) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

4:36

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

4:36

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:44

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

3:44

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Golbourne with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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