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Wednesday, 14 August, 2002, 21:10 GMT 22:10 UK
Wolves see off Walsall
Colin Cameron (right) celebrates scoring against Walsall with Shaun Newton
Cameron (right) celebrates scoring against Walsall
Wolves 3-1 Walsall

Colin Cameron re-discovered his scoring touch - and Wolves reaped the benefit.

The former Hearts midfielder stunned Walsall with a two-goal salvo at Molineux.

Cameron had good reason to feel satisfied after a difficult time for both club and country since moving south last September.

He managed only five goals last season as Wolves blew their chance of promotion.

And only this week he was omitted from the Scotland squad for the matches against Denmark and the Faroe Islands.

Cameron took advantage of some sloppy defending in the 10th minute with a cool finish.

Shaun Newton got on the end of a throw-in from Denis Irwin and played it into the path of Cameron, who swept the ball home.

The goal came just as Walsall were trying to re-group after an injury to defender Matt Carbon.

He came off holding his arm in the ninth minute and was replaced by Gary Hay, a summer signing from Leeds.

Wolves almost added a second in the 15th minute when Alex Rae powered in a shot from 25 yards. But keeper James Walker got up superbly to tip it over.

Defensive blunder

Walsall looked disorganised and Ivar Ingimarsson squandered a good chance after being left with a clear header from Irwin's free-kick.

However, Wolves were guilty themselves of some slack play at the back and Gary Birch was left unmarked in front of the posts, only to miscue his shot.

Instead of building on their lead, the home side seemed to go into their shell as half-time approached.

Walker, though, did well to make a clean save from Nathan Blake's header two minutes before the break after Ingimarsson had floated the ball in.

Then defender Ian Roper got in a timely tackle two minutes into the second half to thwart Blake after he had been released by Ingimarsson.

Cameron got his second goal of the game in the 54th minute after another defensive blunder by Walsall.

Goalkeeper Walker raced to the edge of the penalty area to try to cut out Kenny Miller's header.

But the quick-thinking Cameron got there before him to steer the ball into an empty net.

Walsall refused to lie down and pulled a goal back through Herivelto in the 67th minute after a lovely weighted pass from Birch.

Wolves were stung but Newton rattled in a fierce shot, only for Walker to make a superb point-blank save.

Newton ended Walsall's resistance by scoring the third goal in the 86th minute after a ball across the face of the goal from substitute Adam Proudlock.


Wolverhampton: Oakes, Irwin, Ingimarsson, Lescott, Naylor, Butler, Rae, Cameron, Newton, Blake, Miller. Subs: Murray, Pollet, Cooper, Sturridge, Proudlock.

Walsall: Walker, Bazeley, Carbon, Roper, Aranalde, Wrack, Corica, Matias, Wright, Leitao, Birch. Subs: Ward, Hay, Gadsby, Herivelto, Martinez.

Referee: M Jones (Cheshire).

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