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Wednesday, 1 January, 2003, 17:26 GMT
Wolves 1-1 Derby

Paul Ince's first goal for Wolves secured Dave Jones' side a point after Malcolm Christie put the Rams into an early lead.

Christie's first goal in 10 games put Derby in front after 14 minutes but 35-year-old Ince levelled matters just after the hour.

The draw ended a run of three successive defeats for Derby while it is now five games without a victory for Wolves - and neither side look capable of pushing for play-off places.

The hosts had the first opportunity but George Ndah headed the ball wide from close range following Shaun Newton's excellent cross after 11 minutes.

Paul Butler was booked for a foul on Izale McLeod after 13 minutes and shortly after, Derby went ahead when McLeod broke clear and squared the ball for Christie to convert from close range.

Ndah had a right-foot shot saved by Lee Grant as Wolves sought an immediate response before Christie was booked for a foul on goalkeeper Matthew Murray.

Newton lashed a left-foot volley just over the crossbar after 26 minutes before play switched to the other end and Murray was forced into a save to keep out Adam Bolder's shot.

Derby's Steve Elliott was booked for a foul on Miller just before the interval as the visitors continued to hold on to their slender advantage.

McLeod's left-foot effort was comfortably gathered by Murray but with over an hour gone Wolves appearing to be devoid of attacking ideas.

But Ince dragged his side back into the game with an equaliser after 65 minutes when he rifled a loose ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.


Wolverhampton: Murray, Irwin, Lescott, Butler, Naylor, Newton, Ince, Cameron, Kennedy, Ndah, Miller. Subs: Oakes, Rae, Cooper, Clyde, Cole.

Derby: Grant, Riggott, Elliott, Mills, Barton, Morris, Burley, Murray, Bolder, Christie, McLeod. Subs: Boertien, Oakes, Evatt, Tudgay, Holmes.

Referee: N Barry (N Lincolnshire).

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