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  • Wolverhampton 2-0 Burnley: Fresh winning

    Mick McCarthy's decision to rest his first team against Manchester United appeared to be vindicated as a full-strength Wolves beat Burnley 2-0 at Molineux to rise out of the Premier League drop zone.

    Goals in each half by Nenad Milijas and Kevin Doyle were enough for the hosts, who were on balance the better side but rode their luck in the second half, with the Clarets denied two penalty appeals and unfortunate not to score from open play.

    The Wolves boss was criticised by fans and some managers for fielding a weakened team in the 3-0 midweek defeat at Old Trafford, stating that he felt it far more important that his players were fit and ready for the clash with Burnley after running their socks off in the 1-0 win at Tottenham.

    McCarthy refused to apologise and, with his returning first XI winning more 50-50s and - in freezing conditions - showing no fatigue late in the game, he seemed to have got it right.

    Burnley started brightly but the hosts soon exerted their dominance.

    As the Clarets struggled to get their usual passing game together, Wolves ran rings around them with Milijas and Matthew Jarvis showing good touch and movement in midfield and Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake mobile and clever up front.

    Clarets forward Steven Fletcher, meanwhile, ploughed a lonely furrow up front and his five-man midfield barely contained the four of Wolves, who took a deserved lead a quarter of an hour in.



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