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Molineux Stadium (ATT 26,465) 19th October 2004 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Gallagher

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County Derby

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Derby 0

Cooper lifts Wolves gloom

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 19/10/04 10:00pm

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Wolves finally ended their penalty nightmare as Kevin Cooper's spot kick set them on their way to victory over Derby at Molineux.

Dave Jones's side had missed an incredible eight of 11 penalties awarded to them this season, so even their own supporters must have been fearing the worst when Lee Camp brought down Kenny Miller in the area after 19 minutes.

The Derby keeper was sent off for his professional foul and his understudy, Lee Grant, was unable to keep out Cooper's firm and straight kick.

Cooper added a second for the home side to further relieve the pressure on under-fire boss Jones, who had insisted after Friday's defeat against Nottingham Forest that he would not be quitting his job.

Again it was a foul on Miller which led to the goal, although this time it was on the edge of the area. Cooper took the free-kick and curled a delightful shot beyond Grant.

Wolves, who had lost their previous three matches, were without skipper Paul Ince and key defender Joleon Lescott through injury, but they made a positive start and Colin Cameron tested Camp within a minute.

Michael Johnson headed off target from Marco Reich's cross as Derby responded well, but the penalty incident put Wolves firmly in control.

Even so, Grzegorz Rasiak, the Polish striker who scored his first goal in English football at the weekend, almost put Derby level within minutes of them falling behind when he drew a superb save from Wolves keeper Michael Oakes.

At the other end Grant did well to deny Miller an eighth goal of the season and then denied South Korean striker Ki-Hyeon Seol his first goal since joining Wolves in the summer.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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