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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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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 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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