Wolves secured victory in their very first game of the season with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory but there was concern for manager Mick McCarthy after striker Chris Iwelumo hobbled off midway through the first half.
In the end a solitary strike from Wolves' top scorer from last season 25-goal man Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was the difference between the Barclays Premier League side and their Australian hosts with the goal comign inside just two minutes.
Debuts for goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and Serbian midfielder Nenad Milijas brought reason for McCarthy to feel his business in the transfer window this summer has been sound but the sight of Iwelumo limping off will worry the Yorkshireman. The Scottish International went off to hospital at half-time to udnergo an x-ray to ascertain the seriousness of his damage foot.
needign to go off for an x-ray on an injured foot at half-time will be of some concern.
Wolves were ahead on 90 seconds thanks to a long-range throw from George Elokobi - back from a season-long injury. The left-back found Iwelumo who flicked the ball into the path of Ebanks-Blake who saw his initial strike rebound off the post.
The 23 year-old was able to get to the rebound first however to slam the ball home and pick up on the goal-scoring streak he ende don last season and which earned him the Championship's Golden Boot.
.Perth might have hit back with an equaliser minutes later as their newest player Mile Sterjovski shot from long range only to see his effort fly just wide much to the disappointment of the 12,000 strong crowd.
Wolves then lost Iwelumo who was replaced by Andy Keogh and immediately Karl Henry might have put the visitors 2-0 up only to see his shot from a Matt Jarvis' corner hit the side netting.
Wayne Hennessey then kept Wolves in the game with a diving save before Perth keeper Tando Delaphi was denying Keogh at the other end.
In the second half McCarthy changed almost the entire team to give himself a chance to see the strength in depth of his new squad and George Friend almost added to Wolves’ lead as he cut in from the left only to be denied by Delaphi.
On 59 minutes, Keogh cut in from the right and slammed a shot against the underside of the bar before replacement Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann was blocking a shot from Perth Glory striker, Million Butshiire.
Wolves replied with a stunning 40-yard volley by Keogh which again was denied by the agility of the Perth keeper before, from the resultant corner, Wolves new-boy Greg Halford almost put the game beyond the hosts.
The former Sunderland utility player, who only joined McCarthy's squad last week, saw his powerful header cleared off the line by Tando Delaphi.