Wolverhampton 2-0 Burnley

Wolves pulled three points clear of the drop zone after goals from

Nenad Milijas and Kevin Doyle secured a 2-0 win over Burnley at

Molineux.

Mick McCarthy went into Sunday’s Premier League game under

huge pressure to get a result after he opted to rest 10 first-team

regulars at Old Trafford in midweek, and despite riding their luck

at times against the plucky Clarets, he will be delighted to see

his men collect all three points.

Wolves made a bright start and took a 16th-minute lead when

Milijas tapped into an unguarded net from 12 yards after Brian

Jensen had failed to hold Matt Jarvis’ shot.

The Clarets were finding openings hard to come by and Kevin

McDonald wasted their best opportunity of the first period when he

dragged his shot wide of the far post after good work by Chris

Eagles.

The hard-working Doyle then had a great opportunity to double

Wolves’ lead after he had beaten the offside trap to run on to a

chip over the Burnley defence from Milijas. But the Republic of

Ireland striker was foiled by Jensen who blocked his shot with his

outstretched right leg.

Burnley came out for the second half in a determined manner

but it was Wolves who doubled their lead on 50 minutes when Doyle

outmuscled Stephen Caldwell before turning inside Michael Duff and

firing past Jensen. The striker ripped off his shirt in celebration

and the Irishman picked up the obligatory yellow card for his

efforts.

The Clarets were unlucky not to register when Kevin Foley was

well placed to clear Caldwell’s header off the line as Burnley

stepped up the pressure.

But Burnley were grateful to Jensen who pulled off a

fantastic save to push out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s header from close

range, while the Dane was at it again moments later to deny the

Wolves frontman a second time.

Owen Coyle’s side continued to press but there was no way

through as Wolves held on to the victory that lifts them above

Sunday’s opponents on goal difference and up to 12th in the Premier

League table.