Apr 1, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​St Andrew's
BirminghamBirmingham City
2-3
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers
Elliott (55' pen., 90')
Butland (36'), Elliott (43')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Hunt (20'), Ebanks-Blake (27', 37')
O'Hara (29'), Johnson (45'), Davis (49'), Robinson (51')

Match Analysis: Birmingham City 2-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves' Sylvain Ebanks-Blake celebrates a goal against Birmingham on April 1, 2013
© PA Photos
Sports Mole takes a closer look at Wolverhampton Wanderers' 3-2 win at Birmingham City.

Wolverhampton Wanderers travelled to Birmingham City in search of a win that would move them out of the bottom three of the Championship.

The visitors stunned the Blues in the first half, taking a 3-0 lead through a Stephen Hunt strike and a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake brace.

However, they were made to work for the victory in the second period as Wade Elliot reduced the deficit from the penalty spot and struck again in stoppage time to make it 3-2.

Here, Sports Mole takes a closer look at the action to establish whether it was a fair result.

Match statistics:

Birmingham:
Shots 13
On target 3
Possession 52%
Corners 5
Fouls 10

Wolves:
Shots 5
On target 3
Possession 48%
Corners 5
Fouls 17

Was the result fair?

Just about. You could argue that Wolves deserved the three points purely on the basis of their first-half display. They withstood early pressure and took their chances when it counted. While Birmingham were the stronger side in the second period, they were very wasteful indeed.

Wolves' performance

Dean Saunders's side were excellent in the opening 45 minutes and did not look like a team at risk of relegation. They were clinical upfront and solid at the back, making them good value for that 3-0 lead. They were less impressive in the second period, but still did enough to deserve maximum points.

Birmingham's performance

Birmingham were poor in the first period, defending badly and wasting opportunities upfront. While they significantly improved in the second half, they didn't get any less wasteful in the attack. Lee Clark's side were particularly poor from set pieces, failing to punish Wolves for the amount of free kicks their defenders gave away.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake: Although the Wolves striker's afternoon was cut short through injury, his contribution won them the match. He showed the exactly the kind of determination you want to see from your strikers, chasing lost causing and putting chances away when they fall to you.

Biggest Gaffe

Jack Robinson's blatant handball in the area in stoppage time takes this award. The youngster demonstrated what can only be described as a moment of madness when under pressure, gifting Birmingham with a last-ditch penalty. Lucky for him that his side had a two-goal cushion at the time.

Referee performance

Carl Boyeson had a heated contest to oversee and he made several questionable calls during it. He seemed reluctant to brandish red cards, as both Jamie O'Hara and Robinson were already on cautions when they committed penalty offences. On both occasions, a second yellow card was called for.

What next?

Birmingham: The Blues play host to FA Cup semi-finalists Millwall in their next Championship outing.

Wolves: Wolves' quest to remain in the Championship continues with a trip to Bolton Wanderers.

New Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Dean Saunders celebrates his teams equaliser against Blackburn Rovers on January 11, 2013
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