League One
Wolves2Tranmere0

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths

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.

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Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

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Post-match: Tranmere boss Moore

"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."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26Golbourne
  • 4Edwards
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 27JacobsSubstituted forPriceat 86'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forCassidyat 45'minutes
  • 29Doyle
  • 10SakoSubstituted forIsmailat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 15Sigurdarson
  • 16Cassidy
  • 19Price
  • 21Ismail
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 31McCarey

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 2Holmes
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 17PowerSubstituted forWallaceat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 20McNulty
  • 5Goodison
  • 15KirbySubstituted forBell-Baggieat 69'minutes
  • 14Atkinson
  • 9Lowe
  • 22KoumasSubstituted forSodjeat 68'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 26Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 6Hateley
  • 8Wallace
  • 11Bell-Baggie
  • 12Rowe
  • 19Sodje
  • 33Mooney
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
14,989

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home23
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

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

Foul by Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Zeli Ismail replaces Bakary Sako.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jack Price replaces Michael Jacobs.

Booking

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

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

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

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

Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).

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

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

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

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Akpo Sodje replaces Jason Koumas.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

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

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

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

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

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

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

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

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

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

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

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

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves18134132102243
2Leyton Orient18133241162542
3Preston1897227171034
4Brentford1810442819934
5Peterborough1810262718932
6Bradford1877431201128
7Rotherham187742722528
8Swindon188373224827
9Walsall187652016427
10Port Vale188282628-226
11MK Dons176472726122
12Crawley185761923-422
13Coventry189453833521
14Oldham176382224-221
15Colchester184952024-421
16Gillingham186392328-521
17Carlisle185671829-1121
18Shrewsbury184771821-319
19Stevenage1852111829-1117
20Tranmere184592133-1217
21Sheff Utd1844101626-1016
22Bristol City182972631-515
23Crewe1834111440-2613
24Notts County1832131832-1411
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