Burnley 2-0 Wolves
Sean Dyche made a dream start to his reign as Burnley boss with a convincing victory over a lacklustre Wolves side.
Martin Paterson gave the Clarets an 18th-minute lead and Dean Marney should have doubled the hosts' advantage before half-time at Turf Moor.
Prolific striker Charlie Austin was left unmarked to head in his 19th goal of an already phenomenal season, as Wolves' defence threatened to unravel.
Bakary Sako rattled the post for Wolves but Burnley saw out time comfortably.
This was a second successive home clean sheet for the Clarets and will offer further encouragement to Dyche as he begins his efforts to cure the Lancashire side's defensive woes.
In contrast there were few positives for Wolves manager Stale Solbakken as his side dropped to ninth in the Championship table, one point above Burnley in 13th.
The Clarets were on top from the off. In the fifth minute centre-back Michael Duff swept the ball forward and, after some neat interplay, Ross Wallace fizzed a left-footed effort over from the edge of the box.
Wallace was perhaps fortunate to stay on the field moments later, as he was shown a yellow card by referee Mark Haywood moments after clipping the heels of Kevin Doyle as the Wolves forward broke clear.
However, the hosts took the lead soon after when left-back Ben Mee found Paterson with a clever pass around the back of the Wolves back four, which the striker gathered and fired beyond visiting goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.
Wolves came close to levelling when Sako dragged a shot across the face of goal and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake almost stole in with the vital touch.
Sako almost dragged his side back into the match when he drove forward and slammed a shot against the upright.
Burnley's momentum was interrupted in worrying fashion when Wallace went down following an aerial challenge with Jermaine Pennant. He received oxygen on the pitch and left on a stretcher, to be replaced by Danny Ings.
Wolves failed to force the issue as the clock ran down and Clarets substitute Sam Vokes almost increased the misery for his former club in stoppage time.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "It was a fantastic start. I spoke about bringing about a one-club mentality and that's a good way to start when a big club like Wolves come to town and you get a nice win and a clean sheet.
"The players have been very honest, they know there is work to be done and there is still work to be done but it was more a case of realigning them.
"They're good people and are very honest and they know what they can do and some of the things they haven't been doing well."
Wolves manager Stale Solbakken: "It was a bad performance overall until there were 15 or 20 minutes left.
"When they scored the goal they were on top and I changed it around and at the end we had chances to score but it was one of those days.
"I must say that players who for a long time had been rock solid had off days and I probably picked the wrong team. All the players tried as hard as they could but they didn't have a good day and it is down to the manager."
- 01 Grant
- 02 Trippier
- 04 Duff Booked
- 05 Shackell
- 15 Edgar
- 36 Mee Booked
- 07 Wallace Booked (Ings - 70' )
- 08 Marney (Stanislas - 81' )
- 22 Stock
- 10 Paterson (Vokes - 90' )
- 23 Austin
- 12 Jensen
- 03 Lafferty
- 28 Long
- 11 Stanislas
- 19 Stewart
- 09 Vokes
- 14 Ings
- 13 Ikeme
- 11 Ward
- 14 Johnson Booked (Edwards - 69' )
- 16 Berra
- 32 Foley
- 08 Henry
- 10 Sako
- 20 Pennant (Forde - 68' )
- 28 Doumbia
- 09 Ebanks-Blake Booked
- 29 Doyle
- 31 De Vries
- 05 Stearman
- 25 Batth
- 04 Edwards
- 26 Davis
- 27 Forde
- 15 Sigurdarson
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +6:11
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Austin on Christophe Berra. Carl Ikeme takes the free kick.90:00 +5:53
Charlie Austin takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.90:00 +5:18
Karl Henry takes a shot.90:00 +4:19
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Ings on Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.90:00 +3:09
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Shackell.90:00 +2:29
Sam Vokes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.90:00 +1:55
Jason Shackell fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.88:18 Substitution
Substitution Sam Vokes replaces Martin Paterson.88:18
Bakary Sako produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Stephen Ward misses to the right of the target.85:10
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot.82:32
Stephen Ward fouled by Martin Paterson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Bakary Sako, save made by Lee Grant.81:39
Bakary Sako takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kieran Trippier.80:26
Lee Grant takes the free kick.80:26 Substitution
Substitution Junior Stanislas replaces Dean Marney.80:26 Booking
Booking Booking for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for unsporting behaviour.80:13
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Brian Stock unfairly and gives away a free kick.75:18
Free kick taken by Karl Henry.75:18 Booking
Booking Booking for Ben Mee for unsporting behaviour.75:10
Foul by Ben Mee on Karl Henry, free kick awarded.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save.71:15
Corner taken by Bakary Sako played to the near post, clearance made by Martin Paterson.67:57 Substitution
Substitution Ross Wallace leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Ings.67:57 Substitution
Substitution David Edwards joins the action as a substitute, replacing Roger Johnson.67:57 Substitution
Substitution Anthony Forde replaces Jermaine Pennant.62:55
Tongo Doumbia has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.61:19
Unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Ross Wallace results in a free kick. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Brian Stock.60:52
Charlie Austin takes a shot. Save made by Carl Ikeme.60:02
Effort on goal by Tongo Doumbia from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.59:06
Bakary Sako gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Mee. Direct free kick taken by Lee Grant.58:54
The referee blows for offside against Charlie Austin. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.57:48
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty area hitting the post. Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save.57:04
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley by Charlie Austin. Kevin Foley takes the direct free kick.56:12
Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.56:12 Booking
Booking Roger Johnson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.55:07
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Austin on Roger Johnson.53:41
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Charlie Austin. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball in from the free kick.52:04
Assist on the goal came from Ross Wallace.52:04 Goal scored
Goal! - Charlie Austin - Burnley 2 - 0 Wolves Charlie Austin grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Burnley 2-0 Wolverhampton.51:43
Corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace from the left by-line,51:19
Charlie Austin takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.49:45
The ball is crossed by Ross Wallace, save by Carl Ikeme.46:43
Effort on goal by Charlie Austin from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +2:06 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.45:00 +1:28
Dean Marney produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.45:00 +0:22
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.43:45 Booking
Booking Michael Duff booked.41:48
Dean Marney takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.40:41
Foul by Kevin Doyle on Michael Duff, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lee Grant.39:38
Charlie Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.36:12
Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on David Edgar. Kieran Trippier takes the free kick.33:47
Dean Marney produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.33:14
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Duff by Kevin Doyle. Lee Grant restarts play with the free kick.30:55
Foul by Kevin Doyle on Brian Stock, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.26:50
Charlie Austin takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.25:38
Jermaine Pennant is ruled offside. Lee Grant takes the free kick.24:25
Charlie Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Bakary Sako takes the free kick.21:11
Jermaine Pennant fouled by Ben Mee, the ref awards a free kick. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.17:20
The assist for the goal came from Ben Mee.17:20 Goal scored
Goal! - Martin Paterson - Burnley 1 - 0 Wolves A goal is scored by Martin Paterson from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Burnley 1-0 Wolverhampton.15:53
The assistant referee signals for offside against Martin Paterson. Carl Ikeme takes the indirect free kick.12:04
The referee blows for offside against Charlie Austin. Carl Ikeme takes the indirect free kick.9:29
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Austin by Christophe Berra. Lee Grant takes the direct free kick.7:10
Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.7:10 Booking
Booking Ross Wallace goes into the referee's book.7:02
Kevin Doyle fouled by Ross Wallace, the ref awards a free kick.5:43
Karl Henry has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.5:05
Shot from just outside the area by Ross Wallace misses to the left of the target.1:57
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Shackell.1:28
The referee blows for offside against Charlie Austin. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The match begins.
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