Cardiff City 1 Wolves 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy admitted it was a shock for his side to take an early lead after seeing them hold on for a win which extended their advantage at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship to four points over Birmingham City.
McCarthy’s men took the lead in the fourth minute when Chris Iwelumo took advantage of a slip by Roger Johnson and they doubled their advantage four minutes later when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake beat the offside trap before sliding the ball home.
Cardiff battled away and pulled a goal back when Ross McCormack finished off a move down the left involving Paul Parry and Miguel Comminges.
Comminges was on the field for the injured Jay Bothroyd and early in the second half Cardiff were hit by the withdrawal of McCormack who had to limp off the field.
McCarthy admitted: “I was shocked by our start today and it is a pleasant change as usually we find ourselves a goal down.
“It was a very tough game and I bet Dave Jones is fuming at the two goals his defence has let in.
“My two centre-backs, Richard Stearman and Michael Mancienne, were immense at the back.
“Up front we probably have the best strike force in the Championship.”
Wolves went ahead when a long ball from the back was not properly cut out by Bluebirds central defender Johnson and Iwelumo was able to run past the defender before slotting the ball beyond Tom Heaton in the home goal.
Worse was to follow for the Bluebirds when ex-Birmingham City defender Darren Purse kept Ebanks-Blake onside and the former Plymouth Argyle striker raced in to shoot across Heaton and into the far corner of the net.
The home side pushed Wolves back into defence but it was not until the 19th minute they were able to claw a goal back.
Comminges set Parry free down the left and when the cross came in McCormack was in place to fire past Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme.
Both sides battled away in the second half but the defences remained on top until the final whistle.
Scorers: Iwelumo (4) 0-1, Ebanks-Blake (8) 0-2, McCormack (19) 2-1.
Cardiff City: Heaton, McNaughton, Purse, Roger Johnson, Ledley, Whittingham, Rae, McPhail, Parry, Bothroyd (Comminges, 13), McCormack (E Johnson, 55). Subs: Enckelman, Gyepes, Blake.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ikeme, Foley, Stearman, Mancienne, Gray (Collins, 85), Kightly (D Edwards, 89), Henry, Jones, Ward, Ebanks-Blake (Keogh,78), Iwelumo. Subs: Hennessey, Carlos Edwards.
Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset).