Belfast Telegraph

Wolves start with win

A moment of brilliance from David Jones and a debut goal for Steven Fletcher handed Wolves a deserved 2-1 victory over rivals Stoke.

The pair struck in quick succession just before half-time in a fierce Barclays Premier League derby at Molineux, Jones brilliantly flicking and volleying in a free-kick and Fletcher turning in from close range.

Stoke replied with a powerful Abdoulaye Faye header but missed record signing Kenwyne Jones, who hit the bar early on but limped off after 13 minutes.

In a ferocious opening that matched the intense atmosphere, Rory Delap needed to leave the field to have his head bandaged. David Jones put the ball in the net for Wolves before Delap returned to the field but the strike was ruled out for a foul on Sorensen.

The hosts appealed for a penalty when the ball took an awkward bounce and caught Faye at the top of the arm but referee Lee Probert deemed it accidental.

Wolves continued to bombard the box and they again called for a penalty when Fletcher had a shot blocked.

They finally claimed a deserved lead after 37 minutes when Kevin Foley was fouled on the edge of the area by Dean Whitehead. Karl Henry rolled the ball to Jones and he brilliantly flicked it up to volley into the top corner.

Wolves followed up with a second just two minutes later as Christophe Berra's cross took a deflection and looped over Sorensen for Fletcher to bundle in for a debut goal at the far post.

The Potters hauled themselves back into the game after 55 minutes when Matthew Etherington, one of their more impressive players, picked out Faye from a corner.

The Senegal defender made no mistake as he powered a header past Marcus Hahnemann.

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