Wolves win six-goal thriller
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wolves looked like genuine promotion contenders next year.
Wolves looked like genuine promotion contenders next year when turning on the style to sink Sheffield United 4-2 in an entertaining clash at Molineux.
Both sides really had little but pride to play for, although United could have made the play-offs with a mathematical improbability, but they put on an entertaining show in a fine advertisement for Championship football.
Glenn Hoddle's charges survived a scare when Michael Oakes parried away a Danny Webber shot but they were soon in front when Joleon Lescott swatted the ball home from close range after Paddy Kenny kept out Seol Ki-Hyeon's shot, following a deflected Lee Naylor free kick.
Alan Quinn lashed home a splendid equaliser and Oakes had to palm away Nick Montgomery's drive as United responded well to the setback.
After Kenny Miller was off target, Leon Clarke tucked the ball past Kenny to restore Wolves' advantage. The young striker then was a little selfish when muscling in on possession and forcing a good stop from Kenny, apologising to his team-mates afterwards.
Andy Gray buried a left-foot shot from Webber's pass to make it 2-2 and the scores remained level at the break thanks to a terrible finish from Miller, who had done all the hard work before screwing his finish wide.
Kevin Cooper broke from midfield to latch onto Miller's through ball and net with a deflected effort to give Wolves the lead for the third time in the game, five minutes after the restart.
Miller finally got on the scoresheet ten minutes later by converting a Clarke cross to give some breathing space to the home side.
Wolves end the campaign unbeaten in 18 games and will be a force to be reckoned with next term providing Hoddle remains in charge.