Burnley suffered a huge setback in their fight against relegation as Wolves turned them over 2-1 at Turf Moor.

Disastrous defending cost the Clarets as Tyrone Mears’ poor back header allowed Matt Jarvis to open the scoring.

And when Adlene Guedioura’s angled shot flew in off the heels of Clarke Carlisle early in the second half, Mick McCarthy’s men had stolen the points.

Burnley rallied and nicked one back through substitute Steven Thompson but couldn’t find an equaliser despite the pressure they exerted in the final few minutes.

Wolves deserved the victory as their strength and mobility caused problems for Brian Laws’ stricken team all afternoon.

Burnley toiled and Mears’ mistake summed up their afternoon, if not their season.

Wolves played a harmless ball up the pitch and Mears bafflingly decided to try and head it back to Brian Jensen in the Burnley goal despite a raft of better options.

Matt Jarvis seized upon the loose ball with Jensen hesitant and rounded the goalkeeper before gleefully rolling the ball into the empty goal.

Jarvis and his teammates couldn’t believe their luck as once again Burnley imploded at the back.

And any game plan Laws might have had to get his side back in the game fell apart seconds after the restart.

Danny Fox gace Guedioura far too much room and the midfielder’s speculative strike gave Jensen no chance after taking a decisive deflection off Carlisle.

Laws reacted by hooking off Chris Eagles and Andre Bikey – Burnley’s too mosy ineffective midfielders – and threw on a pair of attackers in Robbie Blake and Thompson.

Blake immediately made a difference, striking the foot of the post, proving the fans who had booed the decision from Laws wrong.

And Thompson got his first Premier League goal, nodding in Graham Alexander’s mishit volley.

David Nugent had been unlucky not to equalise when his acrobatic volley bounced harmlessly over in the first half, but Burnley did not play well enough to get a result.

McCarthy’s men were more organised and kept the ball better and will now fancy their chances of staying up.

Burnley however, having only won once snce October in the league, look doomed to join Portsmouth in the Championship.