Wolves bite too strong for injury-hit Barnsley

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BARNSLEY fell to their first defeat of the season as Wolves eased to a 3-1 victory over the Reds at Molineux.

Keith Hill’s side had won their season opener at home against Middlesbrough on Saturday but a trip to face Wanderers was always going to prove a tougher test.

And so it proved.

Stephen Ward bagged the opener for the hosts after just eight minutes and Wolves didn’t look back against a Reds side missing a number of first-team players through injury.

The visitors did carve out some chances and Jacob Mellis perhaps had the best chance to level but he fired wide of the target.

Stale Solbakken’s men couldn’t extend their lead until just after the hour mark when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake steered Karl Henry’s pass into the back of the net to put Wolves on course for their first win of the campaign.

David Edwards converted Matt Jarvis’s cross to run salt into the Barnsley wounds but the Reds at least got a consolation goal for their efforts through Tomasz Cywka.

Wolves: Ikeme, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Zubar, Peszko, Henry (Edwards 64), Jarvis, Doumbia (Davis 74), Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 64), Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Stearman, Edwards, Davis, Forde, Sigurdarson, Nouble.

Barnsley: Gonzalez, Hassell (Cranie 66), Golbourne, Foster, Wiseman, Perkins (Dawson 51), Cywka, Mellis, Davies, Harewood (Dagnell 57), Etuhu. Subs: Lidakevicius, Collis, Cranie, Dawson, Dagnell, Clark, Rose.

Attendance: 24,400.

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