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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 September, 2003, 21:22 GMT 22:22 UK
Wolves 2-0 Darlington

Alex Rae scored Wolves' first goal in eight-and-a-half hours to help his side to a Carling Cup victory at Molineux against Darlington.

Rae's powerful long-range strike in the 36th minute gave the home fans something to cheer for the first time since the opening day of the season.

And Joey Gudjonsson converted Lee Naylor's 53rd minute cross to seal a welcome win for Dave Jones' side.

Recalled midfielder Silas had an early shot charged down then Rae hammered a 15th minute effort over the bar as Wolves put on the pressure.

But Darlington were not overawed and occasionally threatened a defence which had leaked 17 goals in their six previous matches this season.

Darlington's best chance came in the 23rd minute when Ashley Nicholls shot straight into Jody Craddock's legs, and then Barry Conlon headed over.

Wolves' relief was obvious after Rae's breakthrough goal although Conlon again came close with a header in first half injury time.

Gudjonsson's strike looked to have put the game beyond Darlington but they battled on,with Conlon heading another clear chance over the bar.

Steffen Iversen had a glorious chance for Wolves in the 50th minute but he hesitated in front of goal after being put through by Mark Kennedy, and allowed David McGurk to clear.

Darlington came close with 15 minutes to go when Conlon's headed effort was cleared off the line.

Wolves substitute Shaun Newton almost scored with his first touch in the 83rd minute but his shot was deflected to Iversen, who wasted another easy chance by heading over the bar.

Wolverhampton: Murray, Luzhny, Craddock, Okoronkwo, Naylor, Cameron, Rae, Gudjonsson, Kennedy, Iversen, Silas. Subs: Newton, Oakes, Ingimarsson, Clingan, Clarke.

Darlington: Collett, Hutchinson, McGurk, Liddle, Valentine, Hughes, Keltie, Nicholls, Clark, Clarke, Conlon. Subs: Bossy, Pearson, Mellanby, Price, Robson.

Referee: K Hill (Hertfordshire)

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