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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 21:36 GMT 22:36 UK
Wolves 1-0 Nottm Forest
A last-minute goal by top scorer Shaun Newton brought Wolves their third successive victory and lifted them to second in the table.

The fourth official had just shown the board for four minutes of stoppage time when substitute Adam Proudlock fed Mark Kennedy on the left for a precise centre that the in-rushing Newton headed in.

It was the former Charlton winger's fourth goal of the season and was a deserved reward for the side who hammered away at a resolute Nottingham Forest defence.

Both sides went into action in front of a 24,000-plus crowd boosted by good recent results and it soon looked like being a close-fought contest.

Nathan Blake might have scored in the 19th minute but his header to a fine cross by Kevin Muscat lacked the power or direction to beat Darren Ward.

Forest took some time to emerge as an attacking force but, when they did, Jack Lester flashed a left foot shot narrowly wide of the far posts.

Late surge

Most of the goal-mouth activity came in the second half.

On-loan Kenny Miller was the Wolves star, the Rangers and reserve striker advancing to strike a superb left-foot shot against the inside of the post from 25 yards in the 53rd minute.

As temperatures rose and the bookings tally mounted, Forest were mainly intent on survival and Miller fired powerfully at Ward from 25 yards before seeing another effort deflected wide.

On the counter-attack, David Prutton tested Michael Oakes from 15 yards, the keeper then having to cover as a long-range shot from Jermaine Jenas bounced wide.

Miller was stretchered off after falling heavily in a tussle with substitute Christian Edwards and Wolves' last hope of victory appeared to have gone when Kennedy fired inches wide from Muscat's delivery.

The winner finally came, though, as Dave Jones' side made it 21 points from nine games.

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

Nottm Forest: Ward, Scimeca, Brennan, Hjelde, Doig, Prutton, Jenas, Bart-Williams, Williams, Lester, John. Subs: Louis-Jean, Roche, Harewood, Gray, Edwards.

Referee: C Foy (St. Helens).

BBC Sport's Pat Murphy
"Shaun Newton's glancing header gave Wolves a deserved victory"
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