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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Molineux
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:

"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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Tranmere Rovers).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Zeli Ismail replaces Bakary Sako.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jack Price replaces Michael Jacobs.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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