Stoke City hammered another nail in the coffin of relegation-haunted Wolves courtesy of Peter Crouch’s winner in a 2-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium.
Wolves struck first through Michael Kightly on 26 minutes, but the Premier League’s bottom-placed club could not protect their lead as goals from Robert Huth on 37 minutes and Crouch 16 minutes after half-time earned Tony Pulis’s side three points they just about merited.
Wolves – who left dropped captain Roger Johnson on the bench after his altercation with keeper Wayne Hennessey in the 3-2 loss to Bolton – have now lost six straight matches for the first time since Tommy Docherty ran the club in 1985.
To illustrate the extent of the problems facing Wolves, no club in Premier League history has avoided relegation with only 22 points from 32 games.
It all makes for grim reading for manager Terry Connor with his side rooted to the bottom of the table, six points adrift of Wigan, Blackburn Rovers and QPR with Bolton seven ahead of Wolves, who looked doomed with only six league matches left.