Huddersfield Town slipped to 16th in the Championship table after being overtaken by their next opponents Wolves.
Town go to Molineux on Saturday for their Sky Sports televised clash (12.30) looking to get back ahead of their midlands rivals who moved up the table with a 3-0 win away at Fulham.
The West Midlanders capitalised on Tom Cairney’s first-half red card as Adam Le Fondre glanced home the opener before half-time introduction Sheyi Ojo’s shot squirmed through the grasp of goalkeeper Andy Lonergan and James Henry added gloss to the scoreline with a fine free kick.
It was only Wolves’ third league win of the campaign and ended a four-game winless streak in all competitions, although manager Kenny Jackett always felt such a result was coming.
“I felt we’ve played well in all our games,” he said.
“We haven’t really had a complete performance, but the Championship is a good standard with some very good clubs.
“You can see from Fulham, where they had a fantastic performance against QPR (winning 4-0) in the last game here and did very well.”
Molineux was rocked on the eve of the Championship encounter by news of the owner Steve Morgan’s resignation from the board and plans to sell the club after eight years.
Jackett was surprised by owner Morgan’s decision to sell the club, but not the way his side comprehensively overcame Fulham.
“I was surprised when I heard the news, but I respect Steve Morgan and respect any decision that he makes,” he said.
“My focus has this week been on a very important week on the pitch, with our game in hand tonight and then a big game on Saturday, at home to Huddersfield on television.
“I did speak today about (Morgan’s decision) and asked the players if they had any questions, and they didn’t have any.”