Football: Bulldozing Bull

Huddersfield Town 0 Wolves 2 Froggatt 37, Bull 84 Attendanc e: 15,267
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Wolves' push for the Premiership is just that - a physical presence which overpowers their opponents. Steve Bull is their ramraider and his 84th-minute goal - his fifth in their last four unbeaten games - grabbed the points from Huddersfield as they vainly sought an equaliser.

Wolves have two bludgeoning modes of attack. They either leather the ball upfield for Bull and Don Goodman to chase or run single-mindedly at their opponents' penalty area.

Such tactics won six corners in the first 13 minutes, most of which were arrowed in by Steve Froggatt's left foot for Bull or defender Adrian Williams to hurl themselves at.

Indeed, the first real move of the game in the 30th minute caught out Goodman. Froggatt touched the ball to Andy Thompson, who gently rolled an accurate cross to Goodman on the edge of the six yard area. More used to receiving turbo-charged bullets at chest height, Goodman completely missed his kick with the goal at his mercy.

But in the first half Wolves were unrelenting. In the 37th minute, Neil Emblen brushed aside Huddersfield in his own penalty area and burst downfield. He set Mark Atkins free down the left. His first-time pass found Froggatt clear on the edge of Huddersfield's area and he coolly slipped the ball beneath Steve Francis.

In contrast to Wolves' powerplay, the Terriers were tidy but ineffective. Sweeper Wayne Burnett steered the ball calmly out of defence and Gary Crosby's trickery progressed it down the right, only to be betrayed by a lack of fire power.

If Bull is Wolves' talisman, then Huddersfield have just found one of their own: Kevin Gray. He received a rousing reception from his home crowd because he is the first footballer to face criminal charges following an incident last weekend in which Bradford's Gordon Watson had his leg broken.

And, in the second half, as Gray reigned in Bull, Huddersfield looked likely to equalise. They came closest in the 57th minute when Tom Cowan headed on Paul Reid's free-kick and Paul Dalton nodded onto the bar.

Under pressure, Wolves were rattled. Goodman became their fourth player booked in the 83rd minute for a terrible two-footed tackle. But a minute later Bull caught Jon Dyson dozing on the ball. He simply bulldozed through the defender and lobbed Francis for his 17th league goal of the season.

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