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Friday, 21 September, 2001, 22:01 GMT 23:01 UK
Walsall 0-3 Wolves
Walsall v Wolves
Mark Kennedy celebrates scoring for Wolves
Wolves moved up to second in Division One with a convincing win over Black Country neighbours Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.

Three goals in the space of six first-half minutes secured the points as the visitors underlined their Premiership aspirations.

With new 1.2m signing Alex Rae looking on from the bench, Dave Jones's side had to survive a spirited opening by Walsall before taking control.

The home side had most of early pressure with Brazilian winger Herivelto twice forcing fine saves from Michael Oakes.

First goal

Wolves had to wait until the 17th minute for their first real chance with a Colin Cameron seeing his strike superbly stopped by Lee Harper at full stretch.

It was only a matter of time, however, before Wolves made their quality count with former Manchester City winger Mark Kennedy scoring his first goal for his new club.

In the 20th minute Kennedy cut inside and smashed a glorious right foot shot in off the bar from 25 yards.

Walsall v Wolves
Kenny Miller was on target for Wolves

Two minutes later Kenny Miller, on loan from Rangers, popped in the second goal from close range after the Walsall defence had failed to clear.

Wolves then made it three in the 26th minute when Nathan Blake knocked down a Kennedy cross for Shaun Newton to score.

To their credit Walsall battled on and Oakes had to turn a header from Darren Wrack round a post in the 31st minute.

In the second half Wolves were content to sit back and soak up the pressure.

But Walsall could not even manage a consolation goal with Herivelto missing a sitter from Zigor Aranalde's cross.

Walsall: Harper, Brightwell, Tillson, Barras, Aranalde, Curtis, Simpson, Matias, Erivelto, Wrack, Goodman. Subs: Walker, Gadsby, Bennett, Byfield, Leitao.

Wolverhampton: Oakes, Muscat, Naylor, Lescott, Butler, Robinson, Newton, Cameron, Kennedy, Miller, Blake. Subs: Proudlock, Roussel, Pollet, Rae, Murray.

Referee: G Poll (Tring)

BBC Sport's Nick Mullins
"Wolves winning with embarrassing ease"
Wolves boss Dave Jones
"We'll just keep working hard"
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