Michael Jacobs scored twice as Wolves eased past struggling Notts County to keep their League One promotion challenge on track.

Jacobs capitalised on Wolves' bright start to head in his first from Scott Golbourne's left-wing cross.

Bakary Sako was twice denied by Notts keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, while Nouha Dicko fired wide from 10 yards.

Jacobs made it two with a 25-yard strike, before Jack Grealish headed the visitors' best chance over late on.

The victory was second-placed Wolves' fifth in succession and kept them two points behind leaders Brentford, who were comfortable 3-1 winners at Crewe.

But they are now three points clear of Leyton Orient in third, and with a game in hand, after the O's were held to a draw at fellow promotion challengers Preston.

Notts County, who had not won a league game at Molineux since 1991, remain in the relegation zone, one point from safety.

View from the dressing room

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"This is wonderful football club, but I feel disappointed we have not given them a game.

"I am concerned about the level of performances, on how we can go from Coventry last weekend to this one today.

"I just feel a little let down with what I have seen."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 11 McDonald
  • 05 Stearman
  • 06 Batth
  • 07 Henry
  • 19 Price
  • 40 Dicko
  • 10 Sako (Evans - 81' )
  • 27 Jacobs

Substitutes

  • 02 Doherty
  • 03 Elokobi
  • 14 Evans
  • 20 McAlinden
  • 23 Ebanks-Landell
  • 31 McCarey
  • 50 Keita

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 24 Freeman
  • 29 Roberts
  • 12 Mullins
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 05 Smith
  • 07 Grealish
  • 28 Boucaud (Fotheringham - 77' )
  • 16 Spencer Booked (Murray - 59' )
  • 08 McGregor (Appiah - 59' )
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce

Substitutes

  • 09 Showunmi
  • 15 Appiah
  • 19 Murray
  • 22 Fotheringham
  • 23 Speiss
  • 25 Tempest
  • 26 Hollis
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 18,019

Match Stats

Shots

18 5

On target

11 1

Corners

10 4

Fouls

9 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Notts County 0.

90:00 +3:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Notts County 0.

90:00 +3:09

Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

90:00 +2:51

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

90:00 +1:48

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:48

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

83:34

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

83:34

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lee Evans replaces Bakary Sako because of an injury.

78:41

Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Notts County) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

76:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Mark Fotheringham replaces Andre Boucaud.

75:49

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

75:19

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

75:19

Foul by Ronan Murray (Notts County).

71:32

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

70:00

Andre Boucaud (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:57

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

66:35

Attempt saved. Andre Boucaud (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:50

Attempt saved. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:14

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

63:14

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:10

Attempt missed. Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

61:47

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Gareth Roberts.

60:44

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Gareth Roberts.

59:59

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Danny Batth.

58:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Kwesi Appiah replaces Callum McGregor.

58:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Ronan Murray replaces James Spencer.

56:34

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

56:07

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:07

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

55:52

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

55:52

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:00

Foul by Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

55:00

Gareth Roberts (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:32

Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

53:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Notts County 0. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Stearman.

50:19

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

49:36

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Gareth Roberts.

49:26

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:43

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

45:00

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Notts County 0.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Notts County 0.

45:00 +1:00

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

45:00 +1:00

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:29

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

42:55

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

41:36 Booking

Booking James Spencer (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

41:31

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:31

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

39:43

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

39:33

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

38:54

Attempt missed. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

31:23

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

30:00

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

29:47

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

27:54

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

26:00

Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:59

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

24:19

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:19

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

22:00

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:58

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

20:54

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

18:14

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

18:06

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Manny Smith.

18:03

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

17:47

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Andre Boucaud.

17:15

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

16:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Notts County 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.

14:21

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:30

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

12:30

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Notts County).

11:20

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

5:09

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

3:23

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Notts County).

3:23

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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