That's just what West Bromwich Albion needed - a confident(ish) three points against a reasonably strong local team in Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers to raise themselves up from the mire of the relegation zone to relative mid-table bliss. Things began well - Chris Brunt got the hosts off to a flying start with a first-time shot from Youssouf Mulumbu's cutback in the 8th minute to give the Baggies a 1-0 lead, and Wolves were forced to try to overcome an early deficit.
Much of the rest of the match was then rather tense, with the visitors knocking on the door on several occasions. Ben Foster was forced into a few key saves, but held firm for long enough for Peter Odemwingie to wrap things up in the 75th minute after being released by Paul Scharner's clever backheel. 2-0 means three vital points for Roy Hodgson's West Brom, but Wolves will rue their failure to take at least a point out of what looked like a winnable fixture.