Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Blackburn Rovers
Last Updated: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:23
A Junior Hoilett brace helps Blackburn move out of the bottom three with a win over relegation rivals Wolves at Molineux.
Hoilett scored in either half as Blackburn secured their first clean sheet and second away win of the season to go three points above the Premier League drop-zone.
It was the home side who made the brighter start to the game as Kevin Doyle sent an early header over the crossbar but the warning signs came soon after. Yakubu forced a save out of Wayne Hennessey from inside the box before heading Mauro Formica's cross just wide from six-yards.
Matt Jarvis should have put Terry Connor's side ahead when he sliced David Edwards' cross wide from close range but the visitors always looked more comfortable in the tie.
Blackburn got their reward just before half-time when David Davis inadvertently flicked on Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw and Hoilett fired in a half volley from inside the box.
It was a perfect time to score for Steve Kean's side but the lead looked under threat after the restart. Wolves came flying out of the traps and Steven Fletcher should have done better from Jarvis' cross.
But the pressure was short-lived and the visitors were soon back on top. Formica forced a decent stop out of Hennessey from the edge of the box with Blackburn enjoying all of the possession.
Hoilett grabbed his second after 69 minutes when his left-footed shot found the bottom corner from 25-yards and Wolves looked like a side in disarray.
Rovers almost stretched their lead immediately when Formica's scissor kick was saved by the keeper but the home side should have reduced the deficit moments later when Davis scooped Stephen Ward's cross over from a glorious position.
Jamie O'Hara and Fletcher were both denied by Robinson while substitute Nenad Milijas squandered their best opportunity to get back in the game when he headed over from six-yards.
It was all too little too late for the hosts however and they slumped to their fifth successive defeat in front of their own fans.