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Championship: Wolverhampton 3-0 Derby - Ebanks-Blake keeps Wolves clear of the pack

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    <div><img alt="" src="" width="1" height="1" /></div><p><strong></strong></p><p>Reluctant patient Mick McCarthy dispensed with his crutches here last night, and who could blame him with his Wolves side springing back to winning ways after Saturday's setback at Loftus Road? A goal from David Edwards and two from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake helped the lame to walk, but even the blind could see that Derby are lacking quality.</p><p>For McCarthy, though, it was business as usual: "I don't think there's any drop in confidence or belief in our ability — that we had to come back and show everybody. We've just played another game. If your performances go up and down from game to game that's a recipe for disaster."</p><p>Paul Jewell made five changes from the team that lost 2–1 to Crystal Palace on Saturday — including the goalkeeper Roy Carroll, who has been suspended by the club for two weeks for a dressing-room incident, which the club are refusing to elaborate upon. Stephen Bywater took his place and within two minutes he was picking the ball out of the net.</p><p>The Derby defender Darren Powell was perhaps harshly adjudged to have handled a nothing ball into the area. Grant Hegley, to his credit, was up with play and did not hesitate to award the penalty, which $Sylvan Ebanks-Blake slotted into the bottom left-hand corner beyond Bywater.</p><p>Wolves' top scorer, Chris Iwelumo, was absent after injuring an ankle in training, but Andy Keogh deputised well in the first half, the Irishman holding up play well and bringing Ebanks-Blake into the game with flicks from his head and chest. Keogh should have scored after 31 minutes when Darren Powell's slip left Ebanks-Blake through, but Keogh shot wide.</p><p>Powell was having a horrid time of it in the first half and in the 38th minute Michael Kightly motored past him down the right flank before cutting back for Ebanks-Blake who struck the post. Two minutes later Wolves doubled their lead — David Edwards collecting a poor clearing header from Martin Albrechtsen and finishing with his left across Bywater.</p><p>Wolves played less than a quarter of an hour of the second half before putting the result beyond doubt. Kevin Foley played a superb ball to Keogh in the right channel. His shot was well saved by Bywater but Keogh squared the rebound to Ebanks-Blake, who was not going to miss from four yards. Apart from the odd Rob Hulse pot shot, Derby offered little in the second half and Wolves dictated the pace of a very one-sided contest.</p><div style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><ul><li><a href="">Championship</a></li><li><a href="">Wolverhampton Wanderers</a></li><li><a href="">Derby County</a></li></ul></div><a href=""></a> &copy; Guardian News & Media Limited 2008 | Use of this content is subject to our <a href=",,933909,00.html">Terms & Conditions</a> | <a href=",,1309488,00.html">More Feeds</a>
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