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BBC Sport's Simon Hill
"The Baggies couldn't get going"
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West Brom boss Gary Megson
"I am absolutely furious"
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Sunday, 18 March, 2001, 21:35 GMT
Wolves 3-1 West Brom
George Ndah
Ndah posed a constant threat to West Brom's defence
Wolves came out on top in the Black Country derby and dented West Brom's play-off hopes in the process.

Two first-half goals from striker George Ndah sent Wolves on the way to a deserved victory over their local rivals.

Ludovic Pollet got the third to secure all three points and kill off an exciting game marred only by several wreckless challenges and unnecessary bookings.

Both teams started brightly and pushed forward in search of the opener.

Wolves striker George Ndah had a penalty appeal waved away in the second minute after he felt he was held back by Tony Butler in the area.

Don't say I am disappointed - I am absolutely furious. We had no zest, no passion and no desire
  West Brom boss Gary Megson

But West Brom were quick to launch their own counter-attacks and captain Ruel Fox was at the heart of the early action for Gary Megson's side.

Former Spurs winger Andy Sinton saw his shot on goal deflected off the arm of Baggies defender Des Lyttle and then had his appeal for a penalty turned down.

Moments later, Lyttle clattered into the back of Sinton and referee Uriah Rennie had to be at his best to stop the game from boiling over.

West Brom's Jason van Blerk had already been booked after fouling Michael Bank twice in quick succession and Sinton was lucky not to be cautioned for tussling with Lee Hughes.

Wolves reward

Dave Jones' side made the breakthrough in the 23rd minute when West Brom were made to pay for some lazy play.

The busy Adam Proudlock regained possession for Wolves and Carl Robinson threaded the ball through to Ndah who cooly slotted home after goalkeeper Russell Hoult had come racing off his line.

Wolves' attacking menace left the visitors' backline completely rattled.

Ludovic Pollet
Pollet scored Wolves' third to kill off the game

Ndah was proving too much to handle for the West Brom defence and Butler became the second player to be booked for a blatant block on the striker.

Wolves defender Kevin Muscat should have scored on 28 minutes after some excellent link-up play.

But his shot was blocked by Van Blerk and West Brom were let off the hook again.

Minutes later, Ludovic Pollet's struck a superb first-time volley only for the keeper to redeem himself.

Holt managed to tip the ball onto the post to deny the Frenchman a sure goal and Wolves a thoroughly-deserved two-goal cushion.

Wolves keeper Michael Oakes, who had been a virtual spectator for most of the first half, was finally called into action in the 39th minute, making a double save to deny Richard Sneekes and Van Blerk.

Defensive disarray

But this was only a temporary reprieve for the Baggies as Ndah headed in his second just before half-time to put the home side in complete control.

We made West Brom look ordinary and we know we should not be where we are in the table
  Wolves striker George Ndah

Wolves started the second half in much the same way as they had finished the first.

Pollet took full advantage of some more poor West Brom defending to head in the third for Wolves on 65 minutes.

The goal capped an excellent performance by Pollet but compounded Holt's misery as the ball squirted in between his legs.

Proudlock had several chances to really embarrass Megson's side but none of his attempts found the back of the net.

Defender Neil Clement salvaged some pride for West Brom with a wonderful goal 10 minutes from time.

But the away fans had little else to cheer about after watching their team taken apart by a rampant Wolves side.

Wolverhampton: Oakes, Pollet, Lescott, Muscat, Naylor, Robinson, Proudlock, Andrews, Sinton, Ndah, Branch. Subs: Osborn, Stowell, Camara, Roussel, Robert Taylor.

West Brom: Hoult, Van Blerk, Carbon, Butler, Lyttle, Clement, Appleton, Sneekes, Fox, Roberts, Hughes. Subs: Jensen, Taylor, Jordao, Sigurdsson, Balis.

Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield)

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