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Cardiff 2-1 Wolves: Junior Hoilett stunner wins game for Neil Warnock's side on his 70th birthday

Aaron Gunnarsson scores for Cardiff against Wolves
Aaron Gunnarsson scores for Cardiff against Wolves

Junior Hoilett's stunning strike saw Cardiff come from behind to beat Wolves 2-1 and give Neil Warnock the perfect 70th birthday present.

Veteran manager Warnock was given the perfect gift as his side moved up into the lofty heights of 15th in the Premier League table with just their third win of the season.

They had to do it the hard way when Matt Doherty gave Wolves the lead on 18 minutes, but an Aaron Gunnarsson fired the Bluebirds level just after an hour before Hoilett grabbed a fitting winner with a splendid curler.

It's not quite panic stations for Wolves yet, but a winless run of six matches has quashed the momentum of their early season start.

Wolves took the lead in the 18th minute through Matt Doherty. Raul Jimenez rose highest at a corner to glance a header on target and Doherty was on hand to slot home with his left foot after a fine save from Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge.

Doherty's goal was the difference between the two sides at the break. Ruben Neves curled an effort just wide shortly before the break, before Cardiff had penalty appeals waved away after Callum Paterson went down in the area.

Cardiff equalised shortly after the hour mark through Aron Gunnarsson. Harry Arter lifted the ball back into the area and Wolves keeper Rui Patricio found his path to the ball blocked, allowing Sean Morrison to flick on for Aron Gunnarsson who lashed home from close range.

Warnock's side turned the game on its head with a stunning strike from Junior Hoilett. The ball broke to the Canadian on the left edge of the area and he curled a first-time shot into the far corner.

Cardiff held on to seal a 2-1 victory that lifted them up to 15th in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday's fixtures. Defeat extended Wolves' winless run to six league matches, stretching back to their 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on October 6.

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  • Cardiff have won consecutive home games in the same top-flight season for the first time since the 1961-62 campaign.
  • This was the first time Wolves have lost a league game that they opened the scoring in since February 2017 (1-2 v Burton Albion), ending a run of 44 such games without defeat.
  • Cardiff have won three of the last four Premier League home games in which they’ve conceded the first goal (D1), coming back to win against Fulham (4-2), Brighton (2-1) and Wolves (2-1).
  • Cardiff City have picked up nine of their 11 Premier League points this season from trailing positions, the joint-most in the division alongside Arsenal.
  • After losing just one of their first eight games in the Premier League this season (W4 D3), Wolves have since lost five of their last six (D1).
  • 91% of Cardiff’s points in the Premier League this season have been won on home soil (10/11); the highest ratio in the competition.
  • Since the start of last season, Junior Hoilett has been directly involved in more league goals (21 - 10 goals, 11 assists) than any other Cardiff player.
  • Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson scored his first Premier League goal since August 2013, when he netted the Bluebirds’ first ever goal in the competition (v Manchester City).
  • Among defenders, only Jose Holebas (6) and Benjamin Mendy (5) have been directly involved in more Premier League goals than Wolves’ Matt Doherty this season (4 - two goals, two assists).
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Most Read Football

Get all the football gossip from the National Papers1

Paper Talk: Carrick to replace Jose?

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United future continues to dominate the back pages.

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BREAKING: Man United sack Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United after two-and-a-half years as manager.

Our tips for the latest Carabao Cup games3

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Michael Carrick on the Man United bench4

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