Wolves woes deepen after Stoke loss
FA Cup finalists Stoke recorded an emphatic 3-0 victory against Wolves at the Britannia Stadium which surely secured their Barclays Premier League status.
Kenwyne Jones opened the scoring in the 16th minute and Ryan Shawcross extended their lead on the stroke of half-time.
Jermaine Pennant added a third in the 51st minute leaving Wolves facing the dreaded prospect of relegation.
Jones headed in his 11th goal of the season following a cross from Pennant after getting between Richard Stearman and Jody Craddock.
Although goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey got a hand to the ball he could not prevent it going into the net.
Stoke maintained the momentum and three minutes later Hennessey did well to turn away a shot from Andy Wilkinson after he had been released by Pennant.
Jones should have extended their lead after 32 minutes but headed over from close range after good work by Jonathan Walters.
Then hard-pressed Hennessey tipped over a header from Shawcross before the skipper added a second on the stroke of half time. Glenn Whelan rattled in a shot that was deflected by Stoke midfielder Karl Henry into the path of Shawcross, who only needed to nudge the ball over the line.
Wolves suffered another blow six minutes into the second half when the home side made it 3-0 following good work by Jones and Walters. Walters delivered the ball into the middle and Pennant got an excellent first touch to find the target with Hennessey again wrong-footed by a deflection.
Substitute Danny Pugh had a half chance of adding a fourth in stoppage time but cleared the bar with his effort.