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Championship: Bournemouth 2-1 Wolves

Bournemouth secured their first Championship win in six games to reignite their automatic promotion hopes against Wolves.

French forward Yann Kermorgant put Eddie Howe’s side ahead when he hooked home Callum Wilson’s cross.

Benik Afobe equalised after slotting past Artur Boruc following Kevin McDonald’s superb through ball.

But Kermorgant won the game for the hosts from the penalty spot after Richard Stearman’s foul on Wilson.

The penalty was strongly disputed by Wolves but referee James Linnington dismissed their protests and Kermorgant beat Tomas Kuszckak for his 13th goal of the season.

It was Bournemouth’s first victory in the league since 7 February and lifted them to fourth in the table.

They are two points behind second-placed Derby with 11 matches remaining.

The defeat damaged Wolves’s hopes of reaching the play-offs after a solid recent run.

Kenny Jackett’s men are four points off the play-offs after their three-match winning streak came to an end.

The visitors were second best for long periods as Howe’s men looked in a real hurry to end a poor run that had seen them fail to win in five previous games.

Bournemouth will look to build on the momentum when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “It gives everyone a boost. All the question marks, doubt and negativity, from our perspective, were never there.

“It doesn’t mean it goes away because you have to prove yourselves every week, but it proves there’s nothing wrong with this team.

“Outside influences can affect the team and it’s my job and my staff’s job to keep their focus clear.

“But you can’t help them reading newspapers and all the rest. As much as you want to keep them away from it, I think they’re going to find it.

“That inner self belief is so important. We have to know how good we are.”

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: “I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded.

“The first one looked soft, and then with the second one, the first contact from Richard Stearman was outside the box.

“The referee and the linesman have to be really sure that it is inside the box and I thought that was a fortunate decision for Bournemouth.

“I haven’t seen the referee yet and whether I see him or not, it won’t change the decision or the result.”

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Championship: Wolves 5-0 Rotherham

Striker Benik Afobe’s brace helped a rampant Wolves maintain their Championship play-off push as they thrashed Rotherham United at Molineux.

Wolves took the lead when Kevin McDonald crossed for Afobe to fire home before Nouha Dicko doubled their lead.

Rotherham’s best chance came before the break when Matt Derbyshire nodded Adam Hammill’s cross on to the post.

But Wolves capitalised with Afobe finding a second before Dave Edwards and Bakary Sako sealed three points.

It capped off a good afternoon for the hosts who kept alive their play-off hopes but Rotherham slipped to 21st place, having now conceded 10 goals in their last three matches.

A spell of early pressure told for Wanderers when McDonald managed to pick out former Arsenal trainee Afobe who kept his composure to beat Rotherham keeper Adam Collin.

Minutes later, Wolves doubled their advantage when scorer turned provider as Afobe played Dicko through to notch his 10th goal of the season.

But Rotherham fought back in a lively first half, with former Molineux man Hammill finding Derbyshire whose header hit the upright.

After the break, home keeper Tomasz Kuszczak kept Wolves in control when Zeki Fryers whipped in a cross to the head of Derbyshire, but the Pole made a wonderful one-handed save.

Wolves found a third on the counter from a Rotherham corner as James Henry set up the onrushing Afobe to calmly finish.

The hosts did not ease off, however, as Sako whipped the ball to the near post towards Edwards who headed home a fourth.

Six minutes later, Wolves were five up after Rajiv van La Parra passed straight through to Sako to beat Collin and put them out of sight.

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Championship: Huddersfield 1-4 Wolves

Striker Nouha Dicko scored twice to give Wolves’ promotion push a timely fillip with victory at Huddersfield.

Dicko fired under Alex Smithies after a through ball from Rajiv van La Parra and it was 2-0 when Conor Coady headed Bakary Sako’s corner into his own net after the break.

Benik Afobe’s strike made it 3-0 before James Vaughan got a goal back for the hosts from Sean Scannell’s cross.

Dicko made it 4-1 when he rounded Smithies to slot home in injury time.

It was a frustrating night for Chris Powell’s Huddersfield side after they created the better chances, with Coady’s own goal early in the second half proving a pivotal moment in the match.

The victory ended a run of three matches without a win for Kenny Jackett’s Wolves team and moved them to within four points of sixth-placed Brentford.

Huddersfield, 15th in the table, have won four and lost four of their last eight matches.

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FA Cup: Wolves 3-3 Fulham

Hugo Rodallega’s kick earned Fulham a dramatic FA Cup penalty shootout win and a fourth-round trip to Sunderland.

On a night tinged with sadness for Wolves following the death of former owner Sir Jack Hayward, Cauley Woodrow headed Fulham in front.

Dave Edwards and Rajiv van La Parra scored for Wolves before Woodrow forced extra time.

Edwards gave Wolves an extra-time lead, but Ross McCormack’s last-minute penalty took the tie to spot kicks.

Fulham converted all five in the shootout to secure a fourth-round trip to Sunderland, as Matt Doherty missed Wolves’ second kick.

On a freezing cold night at Molineux, which deteriorated into a fierce snow storm in extra time, Fulham had the better of the opening half.

They were finally rewarded for their early pressure when Konstantinos Stafylidis sent a left-wing cross into the box that was met by the unmarked Woodrow.

Moussa Dembele could have put the visitors almost out of sight before the break when the Frenchman rounded Carl Ikeme only to miss the target.

Boosted by the double substitution of Edwards and Nouha Dicko, Wolves were transformed after the break.

Dicko was close to giving the hosts the perfect start to the second half but his tightly angled shot hit the side netting.

Wolves twice hit the woodwork through Doherty’s header and Dicko’s fierce shot before drawing level in the 71st minute.

A clever ball from Iorfa allowed Edwards clean through to spark a burst of three goals in five minutes.

Van La Parra put Wolves ahead from Kevin McDonald’s superb through-ball but Fulham quickly made it level again through Woodrow, who tapped home Dembele’s rebound to book an extra half-hour.

McDonald almost put Wolves in front again when he unleashed a shot from long range in extra time which forced Marcus Bettinelli to save.

With snow falling thickly, Edwards put Wolves back in front with a neat near-post finish three minutes into the second half of extra time.

But there was more drama to come in the final minute when Lee Evans handled and McCormack levelled from the spot – before the contest was settled on penalties.

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Championship: Wolves 1-2 Bournemouth

Wolves slipped to a fifth straight defeat as Bournemouth took advantage of Rajiv van La Parra’s second-half red card to come from behind at Molineux.

Loan striker Danny Graham’s deft header gave Wolves a half-time lead.

But Van La Parra’s 59th-minute dismissal following a 50-50 challenge with Steve Cook transformed the game.

Harry Arter levelled, then Matt Ritchie blasted home from 15 yards before Wolves ended with nine men when Matt Doherty was sent off too.

Referee Mike Jones’ performance had angry Wolves owner Steve Morgan remonstrating with him on the pitch at the end.

Bournemouth, now unbeaten in 11 games, had 11-goal top scorer Callum Wilson fit to return, while Wolves made four changes to the teamhammered 4-0 at Brentford last weekend.

Dominic Iorfa came in for his Wolves debut at right-back to replace the injured Scott Golbourne, while club captain Sam Ricketts and midfielders Lee Evans and George Saville were left out, instigating recalls for Richard Stearman, James Henry and Kevin McDonald.

Wolves dominated the first half and took a deserved lead on 41 minutes.

James Henry curled in a near-post left-wing cross and Graham’s delicate header drifted in just inside the beaten Boruc’s left upright.

Bournemouth started the second half more brightly, Pitman testing Carl Ikeme with a fierce low free-kick which the Wolves goalkeeper did well to hold onto.

But then came the game’s main talking point when Cherries defender Cook went down heavily after an apparently harmless, fully committed collision with Van La Parra – and referee Jones quickly brandished a red card.

Within 14 minutes, Arter had levelled, then Ritchie fired home through a crowded box after Pitman and Wilson had both been denied by tremendous saves from Ikeme.

Doherty was then shown the red card for a late challenge on Brett Pitman, sparking an incident which had players from both sides squaring up to each other.

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Championship: Wolves 1-0 Norwich

Dave Edwards scored the decisive goal as Wolves started life back in the Championship with a victory against 10-man Norwich at Molineux.

The Canaries, relegated from the Premier League last season, had Martin Olsson sent off for a second yellow card for a tug on Rajiv van La Parra.

Olsson appeared to push referee Simon Hooper after being shown the red card and may face further punishment.

Edwards headed in Van La Parra’s cross just after the hour to earn the win.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett believes his team can secure successive promotions after returning to the second tier after back-to-back relegations. And beating a team relegated from the top flight was an impressive way to start the season.

Neil Adams, who took over at Norwich with five games remaining, is still looking for a first win in charge of the Canaries and will be concerned about his team’s lack of attacking bite, even when they had 11 men.

They were on the back foot from the start, with Edwards thumping over from a cross from Bakary Sako after just 23 seconds.

Norwich’s Nathan Redmond slipped away from two defenders and dragged an effort wide in the visitors’ only effort on goal.

Sako always looked like Wolves’ greatest threat and the Frenchman had a powerful shot deflected past the near post by Russell Martin just before the break.

Nouha Dicko broke forward and drove well over the bar for the hosts just after the restart before Wes Hoolahan missed from 25 yards at the other end.

Norwich debutant Lewis Grabban got on the end of a long clearance and his shot from a narrow angle was pushed wide by goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

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