Sylvain Ebanks-Blake scored one and set-up another in Wolverhampton’s 3-1 victory over Barnsley at Molineux tonight, writes Richard Hewitt.
Stephen Ward and David Edwards provided the other goals for Wolves, with Tomasz Cywka netting a consolation for the Reds.
Ebanks-Blake provided left-back Stephen Ward with the ball for Wolves’ opener in the eighth minute, the left-back firing a low-shot past Reds’ goalkeeper David Gonzalez into the bottom right-hand corner.
Ebanks-Blake proved a thorn in Barnsley’s side once again in the second half, when he latched onto Kevin Doyle’s assist to get himself on the scoresheet in the 61st minute.
Barnsley Full-back Martin Cranie replaced Bobby Hassell for his debut, in an attempt to shore up a frail defensive line, but Keith Hill’s changes proved ineffective.
David Edwards was on-hand to head in Slawomir Peszko’s ball to make it 3-0 to Wanderers on 70 minutes, all but ending any hopes of a Barnsley fight-back.
Cywka had other ideas though, popping up to fire a 79th minute effort past Wolves ‘keeper Carl Ikeme. Barnsley’s resistance proved short-lived though, with the game petering out into a resounding Wolves victory.
HT Score 1-0, Final Score: 3-1
Wolves (4-4-2): Ikeme, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Peszko, Henry, Doumbia, Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.
Barnsley (4-4-2): Gonzalez, Hassell, Foster, Wiseman, Golbourne, Cywka, Mellis, Perkins, Etuhu, Harewood, Davies.
Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands)
Read Neil Goulding’s match report in Wednesday’s Star.