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Last Updated: Monday, 26 May, 2003, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
How Wolves won promotion
All the action from Wolves' 3-0 win over Sheff Utd in the Division One play-off final.


Goalflashes and major incidents

1455 BST: Fireworks greet the two teams as they enter the Millennium Stadium.

1500: The match kicks off.

4 mins: Kenny Miller does well to set up Nathan Blake, but he drags his left-foot shot just wide of the post. A good early chance for Wolves.

6 mins: GOAL Sheff Utd 0-1 Wolves
Kenny Miller lays the ball off to Mark Kennedy, and the left winger thrashes the ball low and hard into the bottom corner. It's the perfect start for Wolves.

12 mins: The Blades have not settled at all, and are looking very shaky at the back. Keeper Paddy Kenny only just reaches a tentative back header from Phil Jagielka ahead of the onrushing Nathan Blake.

17 mins: Sheff Utd string a few passes together, but Peter Ndlovu's shot is well wide.

19 mins: More possession now for the Blades, but still no end product.

21 mins: GOAL Sheff Utd 0-2 Wolves
Colin Cameron finds himself with time and space to run at the Sheff Utd defence, and Paddy Kenny has to be at full stretch to turn his shot round the post.

Paul Ince flicks on the resulting corner from Mark Kennedy and Nathan Blake is on hand to steer it home.

The game is barely 20 minutes old, but Wolves already seem in total control.

34 mins: Sheff Utd win a corner on the right, but mess up an attempted short corner. They'll need to show more composure to get back into the game.

36 mins: A John Curtis cross falls to Peter Ndlovu inside the Wolves box, but Joleon Lescott reacts quicker to clear the ball.

39 mins: Wolves keeper Matt Murray is forced into his first meaningful stop... and it's by one of his own players. Captain Paul Ince inadvertently heads a cross towards goal, but Murray stretches superbly to keep it out.

42 mins: Denis Irwin is booked for a shuddering challenge on Peter Ndlovu.

44 mins: GOAL Sheff Utd 0-3 Wolves
A third for Wolves just before the break, as Kenny Miller nudges home a fine Shaun Newton cross.

Will that be the goal that ends Wolves' 19-year exile from the top-flight?


Half-time: Goals from Mark Kennedy, Nathan Blake and Kenny Miller have taken Wolves to the brink of the Premiership. Only a truly spectacular Sheffield United fightback can deny them now...

1600: Things from bad to worse for Sheff Utd as manager Neil Warnock gets banned from the touchline for the second half after repeated complaints about referee Steve Bennett's handling of the match so far.

46 mins: Sheff Utd bring on Stuart McCall for Mark Rankine.

47 mins: A lifeline for the Blades as referee Steve Bennett points to the penalty spot for handball by Paul Butler.

But Wolves keeper Matt Murray keeps out Michael Brown's tame spot-kick, and Sheff Utd are still left with a mountain to climb.

57 mins: Sheff Utd are getting plenty of the ball, but at the moment are unable to find any final product.

63 mins: Paul Peschisolido replaces Peter Ndlovu as Sheff Utd go in search of goals.

68 mins: Yet more to suggest it just isn't going to be Sheff Utd's day.

Matt Murray, who has been impressive throughout, first keeps out a Paul Peschisolido header, and then tips a Michael Tonge free-kick onto the post. The rebound falls to Robert Page in a good position, but he blazes the ball over.

73 mins: Last throw of the dice for the Blades, as Wayne Allison comes on for Carl Asaba.

75 mins: The first Wolves substitution - Dean Sturridge for goalscorer Kenny Miller.

78 mins: Wolves chairman and president Sir Jack Hayward is pictured on the big screens giving the thumbs up to the massed ranks of buoyant Wolves fans.

With only a few minutes left, it looks like his club may about to be return to the top flight.

85 mins: There are tears on the faces of Sheff Utd fans as they begin to come to terms with the fact their dreams of promotion are all but over.

88 mins: Adam Proudlock comes on for Nathan Blake as Wolves look to play out the final minutes.

89 mins: Dean Sturridge breaks free down the right but squanders the opportunity to play in fellow substitute Adam Proudlock.

Full-time: Wolves beat Sheffield United 3-0 to earn a place in the Premiership.




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