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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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