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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 Watford 12 24
2 Derby County 12 23
3 Middlesbrough 12 23
4 Norwich City 12 21
5 Nottingham Forest 12 21
6 Ipswich Town 12 20
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 20
8 Charlton Athletic 12 19
9 Bournemouth 12 18
10 Brentford 12 18
11 Sheffield Wednesday 12 17
12 Cardiff City 12 16
13 Blackburn Rovers 12 16
14 Leeds United 12 15
15 Rotherham United 12 15
16 Reading 12 15
17 Huddersfield Town 12 15
18 Millwall 12 13
19 Wigan Athletic 12 11
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 12 11
21 Birmingham City 12 11
22 Fulham 12 10
23 Bolton Wanderers 12 8
24 Blackpool 12 6

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