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Thursday, 25 October, 2001, 21:27 GMT 22:27 UK
West Brom 1-1 Wolves
Wolves' Nathan Blake
Nathan Blake scored his third goal for Wolves
Wolves went back to the top of Division One despite being forced to share the spoils with West Midlands rivals West Brom.

Wanderers took the lead at the Hawthorns with a 22nd-minute goal from striker Nathan Blake.

But Albion's free-kick specialist Neil Clement levelled with a brilliant 25-yarder in the 69th minute.

His goal denied David Jones's team a sixth successive away victory, which would have been a club record.


I thought it was one of the worst games I have seen the referee have - he is normally good but I thought he had a shocker
Wolves boss
Dave Jones

After the game Jones blasted referee Jeff Winter for awarding the free-kick that led to Clement's goal.

"The referee spoiled it for both teams and neither set of players knew what he was blowing his whistle for," said Jones.

"I don't think a draw was a fair result, but we got a point and we are back at the top of the table.

"I thought it was one of the worst games I have seen the referee have. He is normally good but I thought he had a shocker."

Albion boss Gary Megson, disagreed, insisting his side were well worth their point.

"I was not particularly happy with the Wolves goal - it was awful from our point of view," he said.


A draw is probably a fair result
West Brom boss Gary Megson

"But in the second half we caused them a lot of problems and I can't remember them doing anything to threaten our goalmouth.

"After the break we were by far the better team we passed the ball well and our movement was good but I still didn't think we did enough.

Blake opened the scoring when he crowned a fine Wolves move to claim a third goal since his 1.5million move from Blackburn.

Defender Kevin Muscat's free-kick was forced on into the heart of the Baggies' defence by midfielder Colin Cameron.

Michael Branch slipped the ball to Blake and he made no mistake with a close-range right-footer past the hapless Russell Hoult.

Valuable point

But while it was Wolves who held the edge in the opening 45 minutes, it was Gary Megson's Albion who were the more impressive after the break.

Clement was unlucky in the 55th minute with a free-kick that flashed across the post of the Wolves' goalmouth after a foul by Lee Naylor on Michael Appleton.

But Clements found the target for the fifth time with a free-kick this season after a foul conceded by Wolves' skipper Paul Burtler.

The former Chelsea player lashed a terrific shot past the Wolves' defensive wall and into the back of the net.

Albion continued to press but it was Wolves who came close to snatching a late winner when Cameron's free-kick flew just inches wide in injury time.


West Brom: Hoult, Sigurdsson, Moore, Gilchrist, Lyttle, Appleton, McInnes, Johnson, Clement, Dobie, Taylor. Subs: Jensen, Fox, Quinn, Cummings, Adam Chambers.

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

Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees)

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