Wolves continued their excellent start to the Championship season with a home victory over Blackburn at Molineux.

Nouha Dicko flicked in Kevin McDonald's cross to put them ahead and Bakary Sako's free-kick made it 2-0.

Blackburn, without injured striker Rudy Gestede, came back into the match with a Jordan Rhodes penalty after the striker had been fouled by Danny Batth.

But Mali international Sako restored the home side's two-goal advantage from 12 yards after good work from Dicko.

League One champions Wolves have impressed since returning to the second tier and continued their good form with a fourth win in five league outings, beating a Blackburn team tipped to be in contention for a top-six place at the end of the campaign.

Wolves v Blackburn match facts

Wolves named the same starting 11 for the fifth straight league game

Nouha Dicko has scored 15 goals in 25 games for Wolves

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson made his 200th appearance for Blackburn

Blackburn have failed to keep a clean sheet this season

The hosts scored with the first meaningful attack, with former Wigan striker Dicko netting his second goal of the season.

Rovers were denied a freakish equaliser by Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who saved well after winger Ben Marshall had charged down Batth's clearance, while Ikeme later kept out a long-range set-piece from the same player.

Sako fired through a crowded penalty area to double the home side's lead and it could have been worse for the visitors before half-time, with Dave Edwards, Dicko and Rajiv van La Parra spurning further opportunities.

Full-back Matt Doherty saw an effort saved by Paul Robinson as Wolves attempted to kill off the game after the break.

They were pegged back to 2-1 when Rhodes, the subject of recent interest from Premier League side Hull City, sent Ikeme the wrong way from the spot.

But Wolves, who gave debuts to George Saville and Tommy Rowe from the bench, sealed it with Sako's second and Ikeme tipped Craig Conway's shot over the bar to prevent a nervy finale.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"Sako has been really good in my time here I have always generally picked him which is a reflection of what a manager thinks of a player.

"I think he is a very good player. I think he is a very good character. They will be the two things in my time here that I will judge him on.

"Sako, [Nouha] Dicko and Rajiv van La Parra has been a productive front three for us and they have looked dangerous and combined well and if we can keep up this good work then we will be very happy."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We came to a difficult place with a very good manager against a well-organised team and I thought that we had a lot of the play.

"We were disappointed with the manner of the goals that the conceded and there were one or two incidents leading up to the second that we felt let down by.

"I think we had a lot of the ball, especially in the second-half where Wolves were playing on the counter but goals change matches and we conceded three soft ones in our opinion."

Jordan Rhodes celebrates a goal

Jordan Rhodes (right) has scored 55 goals in 101 appearances for Blackburn

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 01 Ikeme
  • 02 Doherty
  • 03 Golbourne
  • 14 Evans (Saville - 79' Booked )
  • 06 Batth
  • 05 Stearman
  • 17 van La Parra Booked (Henry - 45' )
  • 11 McDonald
  • 40 Dicko
  • 04 Edwards (Rowe - 89' )
  • 10 Sako

Substitutes

  • 07 Henry
  • 08 Saville
  • 09 Clarke
  • 13 McCarey
  • 15 Rowe
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 27 Jacobs

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 06 Lowe
  • 02 Henley
  • 29 Evans Booked
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 05 Hanley Booked
  • 10 Cairney Booked
  • 17 Williamson (Taylor - 73' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 32 Conway (Varney - 89' Booked )
  • 12 Marshall Booked (Dunn - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 08 Dunn
  • 09 Brown
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 16 Varney
  • 19 Taylor
  • 21 O'Connell
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 21,260

Match Stats

Shots

14 17

On target

7 5

Corners

2 6

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

90:00 +6:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:40 Booking

Booking George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:21

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Corry Evans with a cross.

90:00 +3:15

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Corry Evans.

90:00 +1:57 Booking

Booking Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:54

Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +1:54

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

89:26

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:26

Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

88:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tommy Rowe replaces Dave Edwards.

88:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Craig Conway.

87:51

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

87:51

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

86:51

Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:51

Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

86:31

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

86:31

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:51

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:51

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

82:02

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

80:18

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

80:18

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

78:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. George Saville replaces Lee Evans.

77:52

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

77:07

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

73:01

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

72:57

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Corry Evans.

72:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Lee Williamson.

72:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Ben Marshall.

70:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:49

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

69:21

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:21

Foul by Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

67:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

66:09

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

65:59

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

63:34

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

63:23

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

62:28

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

61:14

Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

60:45

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

60:45

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

59:41

Hand ball by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

58:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

57:46

Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes draws a foul in the penalty area.

57:46

Penalty conceded by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

57:01

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Baptiste with a headed pass.

56:28

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dave Edwards.

55:25

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

54:48

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Corry Evans.

54:19 Booking

Booking Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:13

Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:13

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

52:38

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

50:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:14

Delay in match Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

50:00

Delay in match Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

49:31

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

49:31

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

47:34

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

47:34

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:46

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

46:43

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

45:26

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

45:00

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

45:00 +3:18 Half time

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

45:00 +2:02

Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

45:00 +0:21

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

45:00 +0:21

Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:40

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bakary Sako following a fast break.

44:26

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.

43:46

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Danny Batth.

42:59 Booking

Booking Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

42:31

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

42:31

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:54

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

41:54

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

39:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:18

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

38:35

Attempt missed. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Golbourne with a cross.

36:59

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

36:59

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

32:27 Booking

Booking Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

31:31

Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:31

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

30:36

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

26:32

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:25

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

25:22

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

24:49 Booking

Booking Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:39

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

24:39

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:53

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

23:53

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:45

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:01

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

23:01

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:18

Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bakary Sako.

16:52

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

15:55

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Lee Williamson.

15:26

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

15:26

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

10:04

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

10:04

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:52

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:02

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

7:02

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:01 Booking

Booking Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

2:56

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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