In the Championship ? Wolves warming up

Last updated : 04 October 2005 By Tony Scholes
Kenny Miller - two goals for Wolves
It was all over long before half time with Carl Cort scoring Wolves’ fourth goal with only 36 minutes on the clock. He had earlier opened the scoring and between his two goals strike partner Kenny Miller also bagged two.

It was Wolves biggest victory for over two and a half years and, according to boss Glenn Hoddle, their biggest win since he took over as manager in December last year.

They weren’t the only side to wrap up the points by half time – Leeds, Luton and Cardiff were all three goals up by the time the half time brew was ready, Cardiff’s the most impressive given that they, like Wolves were playing away from home at Stoke.

Stoke were favourites but their manager Johan Boskamp explained it all very well at the end of the game. “We kept getting on the wrong side of the ball,” he said. They certainly did as Cameron Jerome kept up his recent run of scoring with Darren Purse heading in a goal in between those two from a Jason Koumas cross.

Little Billy Davies must have been jumping up and down on the Kenilworth Road touchline as Preston also fell 3-0 behind against the surprise package so far Luton Town. He had gone to war with the FA earlier in the day when he was only partially successful in getting his players off suspensions but as his side fell apart it was somewhat difficult for him to blame referee Clive Penton.

Instead he described the performance from his side in the early part of the game as appalling, that was when they went 2-0 down to goals from Warren Feeney and Ahmet Brkovic in the first eleven minutes. Steve Howard made it 3-0 before half time and the apprentice Weary Whinger just went on about his side being out muscled.

Leeds were also three goals up at half time courtesy of a hat trick from Rob Hulse in twelve minutes. They were the only one of the big half time leaders to concede a second half goal and not for the first time this season the less than mobile Sean Gregan put through his own goal.

Neil Shipperley - scored for the league leaders
Again Leeds ended the game with the two ex-Clarets, Robbie Blake and Ian Moore, on the pitch. They were both substitutes who replaced Richard Cresswell and Hulse respectively. Mooro got a less than warm reception from the home fans, no surprise given than manager Kevin Blackwell had told them he was a 15 goals a season goalscorer.

The league is once again a Sheffield sandwich with United on top and Wednesday on the bottom and both were involved in 2-0 results. United continued their fantastic start to the season with their tenth win in eleven games by beating Plymouth 2-0 with goals from Neil Shipperley and Alan Quinn.

Wednesday though were beaten by the same scoreline at Crystal Palace where Clinton Morrison was on target for the fourth time in five games. A Glenn Whelan own goal completed the scoring at Selhurst Park.

United extended their lead at the top when Reading only picked up the one point from a 0-0 draw at St. Mary’s against Southampton. That result couldn’t have come as any surprise, it was Southampton’s sixth successive draw in the league although this was one they should have won after dominating the game. Only a brilliant late save from Marcus Hahnemann prevented the Saints from collecting their first win since August.

There was one more goalless draw, this coming at the Crisp Bowl between Leicester and Brighton. The Sussex club might not be the best side in the division but this is their fifth draw from six away games and another vital point for them.

It isn’t that long ago we were referring to Millwall as the crisis club. Well they are still in the bottom three but their 1-1 draw at home to QPR means they have now gone four games without defeat, a run that has moved them off the bottom of they league when they looked all set to find themselves adrift.

They had to come back from behind after QPR’s mountainous central defender Mark Nygaard scored with a header and they did just that through leading scorer Barry Hayles right on half time.

Gary Doherty - scored the winner for Norwich
Norwich are moving up the table after their second win but they had to come from behind to beat a Hull side who have now lost four of their last five. Leon Cort gave the Humberside club the lead and Canaries’ boss Nigel Worthington was coming under some pressure.

But his side turned it round with what he described as their best performance since he got the job five years ago and they won it with goals from former Coventry midfielder Youssef Safri and Gary Doherty who converted a Dean Marney cross.

That leaves Coventry who have seen their crowds drop since they were allowed to use all the seats in the Ricoh Arena. Their home game against upwardly looking Watford attracted the smallest crowd yet of 16,978, but the game had just about everything.

Dele Adebola opened the scoring with a goal that most referees would have disallowed for a foul on the keeper. Willo Flood doubled that lead with a cross that went straight in before Ashley Young scored the goal of the week with a strike from outside the box.

Before Gary McSheffrey scored his first goal of the season to complete the scoring we had a good old fashioned punch up in the middle of the pitch involving most of the players. It was prompted by a dreadful challenge by Coventry defender Robert Page and then just about everyone piled in.

Referee Joslin ended the game with seven yellow cards but he didn’t deal with this one too harshly, only Page got a card for that. It shouldn’t happen but something like that does liven up a game.

We’ve just one emergency loan to report this week with West Brom’s Lloyd Dyer joining QPR. He made his debut, playing the full ninety minutes, in the 1-1 draw at Millwall.

The Clarets get the weekend fixtures underway tomorrow night at Wolves – the full fixture list, which ends on Monday, is shown below – and then it’s a two week rest whilst the internationals take over.

The Midweek Results

Tuesday 27th September

Burnley 3 Ipswich 0

Millwall 1 QPR 1

Crystal Palace 2 Sheffield Wed 0

Norwich 2 Hull 1

Crewe 0 Wolves 4

Sheffield Utd 2 Plymouth 0

Leicester 0 Brighton 0

Stoke 0 Cardiff 3

Luton 3 Preston 0

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Wednesday 28th September

Coventry 3 Watford 1

Southampton 0 Reading 0

Leeds 3 Derby 1

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The Midweek Stats

Biggest win

Wolves 4-0 v Crewe (away)

Total goals scored

30

Player scoring most goals

3 - Rob Hulse (Leeds)

Highest Attendance

27,470 - Norwich v Hull

Lowest Attendance

7,471 - Crewe v Wolves

Total Yellow Cards

35

Total Red Cards

0

Most cards in a game

Coventry v Watford (7Y)

The leading scorers (league only)

9

Carl Cort (Wolves)

7

Cameron Jerome (Cardiff)

6

Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace)
Rob Hulse (Leeds)
Steve Kabba (Sheffield Utd)
Marlon King (Watford)

5

Dele Adebola (Coventry)
Ade Akinbiyi (Burnley)
Steve Howard (Luton)
Leroy Lita (Reading)
Ashley Young (Watford)

4

Dean Ashton (Norwich)
Morten Bisgaard (Derby)
Ahmet Brkovic (Luton)
David Connolly (Leicester)
David Healy (Leeds)
Darius Henderson (Watford)
Inigo Idiakez (Derby)
Clinton Morrison (Crystal Palace)
Dave Nugent (Preston)
Garreth O'Connor (Burnley)
Sam Parkin (Ipswich)
Neil Shipperley (Sheffield Utd)

3

Mark de Vries (Leicester)
Kevin Doyle (Reading)
Mickey Evans (Plymouth)
Barry Hayles (Millwall)
Paul Ifill (Sheffield Utd)
Leon Knight (Brighton)
Kenny Miller (Wolves)
Kevin Nicholls (Luton)
Darren Purse (Cardiff)
Mark Rivers (Crewe)

Disciplinary Record (all games)

Club

Y

R

Club

Y

R

Brighton

19

0

Millwall

20

3

Burnley

17

2

Norwich

18

1

Cardiff

21

0

Plymouth

23

0

Coventry

26

2

Preston

24

2

Crewe

9

0

QPR

26

4

Crystal Palace

25

0

Reading

16

0

Derby

25

2

Sheffield Utd

16

0

Hull

14

2

Sheffield Wed

13

1

Ipswich

15

3

Southampton

24

2

Leeds

16

1

Stoke

17

3

Leicester

23

1

Watford

21

1

Luton

16

1

Wolves

14

0

The Weekend Fixtures

Friday 30th September

Hull v Millwall

Wolves v Burnley

Saturday 1st October

Brighton v Norwich

Preston v Southampton

Cardiff v Luton

Reading v Sheffield Utd

Derby v Leicester

Sheffield Wed v Coventry

Ipswich v Crewe

Watford v Leeds

Plymouth v Stoke

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Monday 3rd October

QPR v Crystal Palace

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