Premier League - Hoilett double sinks poor Wolves

Sat, 10 Mar 17:21:00 2012

Junior Hoilett struck twice as Blackburn strode to a comfortable 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Wolves at Molineux to move out of the Premier League's bottom three.

Wolves 0 Blackburn 2

The young visiting forward netted his first of the day on 43 minutes when he rammed a lovely volley beyond home goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after David Davis could only flick Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw-in back into the danger area with Hoilett finishing from 10 yards out.

Steve Kean's Blackburn dominated the second period with their authority illustrated by Hoilett's second of the day when he thumped a fierce shot beyond Hennessey from 25-yard range.

While Blackburn are now on 25 points in 16th spot in the table - above Bolton, QPR, Wolves and Wigan - the home side are looking ripe for relegation a week after they were stuffed 5-0 by Fulham at Craven Cottage.

They are one spot off bottom spot in the table on 22 points with Wigan two points worse off below them.

Wolves have now lost six and won none of their last seven Premier League games at Molineux. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 home games in the top flight.

The day ended with some home fans unveiling a banner that read "Scouse mafia out" in reference to club owner Steve Morgan, a lifelong Liverpool fan.

In contrast, Rovers collected only their second win of the season away from home in the Premier League coming after their 3-2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford over the festive period.

Visiting goalkeeper Paul Robinson revelled in his first clean sheet of the season for Rovers, but for long spells of the match had little to do as Wolves's lack of confidence became evident from early on in proceedings.

He did not have to make his first save of the afternoon until the 78th minute when Jamie O'Hara thumped a shot at goal from distance that was pushed out by the former England international.

Despite a flat atmosphere in the ground, Wolves may have snared a goal they barely deserved in the final 10 minutes when Robinson held a deflected shot by Steven Fletcher while substitute Nenad Milijas nodded over when he should have hit the target after some fine work by Matt Jarvis.

The first half was largely forgettable with visiting striker Yakubu having a couple of efforts at goal before Jarvis saw an effort squirt wide of the visiting goal after Dave Edwards had fired the ball across the box at pace.

After Hoilett struck, the mood of the game swung noticeably towards Rovers. Life does not get any easier for Terry Connor's team, who next host Manchester United at Molineux on March 18.


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