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Boxing Day Blues

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by Jonzy54, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Jonzy54

    Jonzy54 Just doesn't shut up

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    Jan 3, 2007
    If memory serves me right we haven't had a great recent record on Boxing Day.Gates are traditionally higher,but several times over recent years we haven't got the desired result. Any anoraks out there who can publish how we have done since ,say 1988? If my memory is correct ,I hope this year proves the exception.
  2. andy-in-seat-190

    andy-in-seat-190 Moderator

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    May 7, 2007
    You're right there Jonzy! Since the turn of the century only 1 win (Derby 2006), 1 Draw (Cardiff 2004) and 5 losses (Preston, Burnley, Arsenal, Reading, Hull). Not good at all - time for a change!
  3. sorry the link wont work, but here's the write up.

    Wolves ended promotion-chasing Derby's run of five successive home wins thanks to second-half goals from Seyi George Olofinjana and Michael Kightly at Pride Park.
    The woodwork had twice saved the visitors as Derby midfielder David Jones hit the crossbar before half-time, and striker Steve Howard rattled the foot of the post after it.
    But in front of a 31,920 crowd, Nigerian midfielders Olofinjana headed home against the run of play and on-loan winger Kightly chipped Rams goalkeeper Stephen Bywater to cap a late counter-attack.
    It was Kightly who produced the first shot of the game when he cut in off the right flank but fired a left-footed shot well over the Derby crossbar with six minutes gone.
    Three minutes later the Rams were opened up again, this time from the opposite wing, as Neill Collins - the on-loan Sunderland centre-half who was making his Wolves debut as a replacement for Achilles injury victim Jody Craddock - found Michael McIndoe with a floated pass.
    Leon Clarke collected the flick-on and then moved into the penalty box but failed to trouble goalkeeper Bywater.
    And on the quarter hour it was Kightly again who collected Olofinjana's cross-field ball but then fired straight at Bywater.
    Moments later Kightly, who joined Wolves from non-league Grays Athletic with the view to a permanent transfer in January, was wide from a similar position.
    Jon Stead mounted an eventual response for Derby but sent his 20th-minute shot wide while under pressurefrom Karl Henry.
    Referee Trevor Kettle pulled play back for adirect free-kick however and, from 20 yards out, Jones hit the crossbar with Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Murray rooted to the spot.
    In the 26th minute Howard thumped a powerful shot wide before Michael Johnson[​IMG] replaced Rams left-back Paul Boertien who had earlier required treatment.
    Stead played in Matt Oakley with 10 minutes to the break but Murray was quickly off his line.
    Both sides ran out unchanged for the start of the second half which opened with Collins being booked for repeated fouls on Howard.
    The resulting free-kick sparked panic in the Wanderers penalty box but once Oakley's shot was blocked the visitors were able to clear their lines before Oakley crossed from the left and a lunging Howard diverted the ball onto the post.
    Then, in the 55th minute, Derby substitute Bob Malcolm, who had been warming up on the touchline, was booked following a spat with Kightly prior to a throw-in.
    Stead could only drag his shot wide when clear inside the Wolves penalty area following Howard's 63rd-minute supply but the Rams conceded in the 67th minute when Mark Little crossed from the Wolves right and Olofinjana rose highest at the back post to head back across Bywater.
    Late on Murray made a spectacular double save to deny Howard's point-blank header from Johnson's cross and a ragged Derby conceded in stoppage time after Kightly outstripped a pedestrian defence following a pass from substitute Craig Davies.

    Derby Bywater, Edworthy, Leacock, Moore,Boertien (Michael Johnson 29), Oakley (Peschisolido 85), Jones,Seth Johnson (Lupoli 73), Barnes, Howard, Stead.

    Subs Not Used: Bisgaard, Malcolm.

    Booked: Malcolm, Michael Johnson.

    Wolverhampton Murray, Little, Collins, Breen, McNamara,Kightly, Henry, Potter, Olofinjana, McIndoe,Clarke (Craig Davies 77).

    Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Clapham, Edwards, Ricketts.

    Booked: Collins, Clarke, Little.

    Goals: Olofinjana 66, Kightly 90.

    Att: 31,920

    Ref: T Kettle (Berkshire).

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