Stoke beats relegation-threatened Wolves 3-0

Stoke beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 on Tuesday to move into

the top half of the Premier League and increase the likelihood of

relegation for its opponent.

Striker Kenwyne Jones opened the scoring in the 16th minute and

captain Ryan Shawcross made it 2-0 moments before halftime.

Winger Jermaine Pennant added a third goal six minutes after the

interval to wrap up a comfortable victory for Stoke, which last

week reached the FA Cup final for the first time.

Stoke moved up to ninth place and 42 points, the tally

traditionally targeted by managers to avoid relegation. Wolves are

next to last and nine points further back with just four games to

play.

The only bad news for Stoke was that winger Matthew Etherington

had to be carried off on a stretcher in the 28th because of a

hamstring injury.

Jones headed in his 11th goal of the season following a cross

from Pennant, with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey getting a hand to the

ball but unable to prevent it going into the net.

Hennessey saved a shot from Andy Wilkinson, Jones headed over

the bar and Hennessey tipped over a header from Shawcross before

the defender hit a deflected shot over the line from close

range.

Jonathan Walters then set up the final goal, delivering the ball

to Pennant in the middle, from where the winger scored with a

deflected shot.