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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 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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