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Molineux Stadium (ATT 26,968) 4th February 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Joslin

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sunderland Sunderland

Stalemate at Molineux

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 04/02/05 9:21pm

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Sunderland and Wolves played out a 1-1 draw at Molineux on Friday night.

Glenn Hoddle's spell in charge of Wolves had been littered with 1-1 draws in his early stages, and his side reverted to a stalemate against promotion-chasing Sunderland.

All the action happened in a minute at Molineux, which first saw The Black Cats take the lead through a superb Stephen Elliott strike after 12 minutes.

Less than 60 seconds later and the home side were on level terms after Thomas Myhre made a hash of a hopeful ball into the box, which allowed Seol Ki-hyeon to notch his fifth Wolves goal, and earn his side a point.

Wolves had the majority of the possession but Sunderland had two great chances in the second half to earn all three points, although Mick McCarthy will not be happy with Myhre's error that cost his side a goal.

Sunderland took the lead in the 12th minute when Elliott fired a left footed screamer past the helpless Michael Oakes.

Jeff Whitley held the ball up for Elliott, who cut in off the right flank before unleashing an unstoppable effort that flew past Oakes and into the far corner.

McCarthy would have been looking for his side to consolidate their lead, but they incredibly found themselves back on level terms less than a minute later.

Straight from the restart, Mark Kennedy floated over a left wing cross that Thomas Myhre came out to collect.

However, the Norwegian shot-stopper totally misjudged the ball and Seol rose above a crowd of players to nod the ball into the empty net with Myhre nowhere to draw the home side level.

Kenny Miller was close to putting Wolves ahead on 16 minutes when he turned inside the box and flashed a left-footed shot that whistled past the far post with Myhre beaten.

George McCartney thumped a long-range effort goalwards that forced Oakes to scramble across his goal to turn the ball aside.

Carl Robinson went close to scoring against his old club when he turned on the edge of the box five minutes after the break, and bung out a curler that Oakes had to stretch to tip over.

Miller wasted a good chance on 65 minutes after Joleon Lescott's nod down, as the Scottish marksman sliced his effort well wide.

Miller was the architect five minutes later when he flicked the ball up for Paul Ince at the edge of the box, but his volley flashed just wide.

Dean Whitehead was inches from putting Sunderland ahead 12 minutes from the end, when substitute Michael Bridges whipped in a great ball from the left, but for Whitehead to steer his effort narrowly wide from 12 yards.

The game faded out towards the end and neither side looked like producing a winner, with both sides having to settle for a point a piece.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 5 13
2 Watford 5 12
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 12
4 Norwich City 5 10
5 Millwall 5 10
6 Charlton Athletic 5 9
7 Derby County 5 8
8 Brentford 5 8
9 Cardiff City 5 8
10 Sheffield Wednesday 5 8
11 Bournemouth 5 7
12 Wigan Athletic 5 7
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 7
14 Blackburn Rovers 5 7
15 Reading 5 7
16 Middlesbrough 5 6
17 Rotherham United 5 6
18 Leeds United 5 6
19 Ipswich Town 5 5
20 Birmingham City 5 5
21 Huddersfield Town 5 4
22 Bolton Wanderers 5 1
23 Fulham 5 1
24 Blackpool 5 0

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