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Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant saw his beloved Wolves team take a step on the Premier League’s Stairway to Heaven.

Plant, vice-president of the Black County club, watched from the directors’ box high up at the Stadium of Light as relegation-threatened Wolves took a huge step away from the Premier League basement.

Wolverhampton Wanderers prospered thanks to second-half goals from Stephen Fletcher and George Elokobi to give their team a second successive win after Jodie Craddock’s opener had been cancelled out by Stephane Sessegnon

Mick McCarthy’s side lived dangerously early on and Bolo Zenden struck the angle of the visitors’ goal before Wayne Hennessey pulled off a brilliant save to deny Sessegnon and then Phil Bardsley drove a shot narrowly wide as former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Sunderland’s vice-chairman, watched young Jack Colback dominate midfield.

Wolves, who had striker Kevin Doyle on the bench following a two-month absence, made the most of the string of near-misses when they finally moved on to the front foot, the unmarked Craddock – who scored just twice in 171 Sunderland appearances – volleyed Stephen Hunt’s far-post cross past Simon Mignolet in the 23rd minute for his first goal in 14 months.

Despite gaining the upper hand, Wolves continued to look vulnerable in defence, however, and Cristian Riveros had a shot blocked by Michael Mancienne before Jordan Henderson struck the loose ball wide of Hennessey’s goal as Wolves clung on to their lead.

It was the turn of the Wolves supporters to rue their bad luck when midfielder Jamie O’Hara set his sights on goal from 25 yards but his long-range effort beat Mignolet only to cannon off Mignolet’s crossbar.

There was nothing lucky about Sunderland’s equaliser as Zenden’s corner kick was allowed to find its way through a crowded six-yard box before being acrobatically volleyed in by Sessegnon in the 34th minute,

In an effort to seize the initiative McCarthy sent on Matt Jarvis in place of Adlene Guedioura at half-time and the change quickly paid dividends as Wolves regained the lead through Fletcher in the 54th minute.

Fletcher would have been forgiven for thinking it was not going to be his day when he latched on to O’Hara’s through-ball only to see his shot blocked through a combination of Ahmed Elmohamady and Mignolet.

But thanks to excellent work by Jarvis the Scottish international quickly got a chance to make amends and when the England winger outwitted Bardsley, he sent a cross looping over Mignolet and John Mensah and Fletcher nodded into a empty net in the 54th minute.

Wolves’ hearts were in mouths when Sessegnon went down under the challenge of Hunt as he prepared to shoot but referee Mike Jones correctly ignored his appeals for a penalty.

Former Sunderland manager McCarthy, who failed to inspire the Wearside club to a single home Premier League victory during his days in the North-East was at last able to savour a winning feeling when the unmarked Elokobi nodded in Jarvis’ free-kick in the 78th minute.

Now Wolves will face Blackburn in their final game of the season at Molineux next Sunday confident of preserving their top-flight status while the end of the season can not come quickly enough for Sunderland given their mounting injury problems.

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