Dinning dazzles as Wolves keep promise

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Wolves ran Norwich ragged as they claimed only their second win of the season at Molineux yesterday and relieved the pressure building up on their manager, Colin Lee.

Wolves ran Norwich ragged as they claimed only their second win of the season at Molineux yesterday and relieved the pressure building up on their manager, Colin Lee.

Wolves dominated the early exchanges, but had to wait until the 22nd minute for the first goal, their teenage striker Adam Proudlock putting them ahead. Michael Branch chipped a fine cross into the heart of the City defence where Proudlock turned the veteran defender Steve Walsh before lashing a superb left-footed shot into the back of the net.

Just five minutes later, Wolves increased their lead when their new signing Tony Dinning crowned his debut with a fine goal. Then in the dying seconds of the first half it was 3-0 when the Welsh midfielder Carl Robinson headed in a cross from Andy Stinton to score his third goal in five games. Andy Brunch added to City's woes in the 70th minute ending a drought that spanned almost 18 months.

City, who are now two points off the bottom of the table, did little to trouble Michael Oakes, the Wolves goalkeeper, who only had to make one good save, palming away a goal-bound shot from Lee Marshall.

The Wolves manager, Lee, was delighted with the four-goal display, saying: "I promised goals before the game but I didn't think we would get four. We did our homework on Norwich and we played some cracking football. We were missing 11 players for the game because of injury and suspension but we approached the game in the right manner under what were difficult circumstances," Lee added.

"We have now jumped up to 13th spot in the league and I have to give my players full credit for what was a marvellous all-round team performance."

The manager admitted he was pleased with the way the new midfielder Dinning took on the role of central defender for the game. "He slotted into the position really well," said Lee. "It took me a while to make the decision but Tony convinced me he could play in that position in training and, in the end, he was superb."

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Oakes, Green, Emblen, Dinning, Naylor, Bazeley, Robinson, Ketsbaia, Sinton (Camara 83), Branch (Aljaber 74), Proudlock (R. Taylor 78). Subs not used: Stowell, Clyde. Booked: Sinton. Goals: Proudlock 21, Dinning 26, Robinson 45, Branch 70.

Norwich: A. Marshall, L. Marshall, Fleming, Walsh (Mackay 62), Derveld, Sutch, Russell, Whitley (Giallanza 54), Forbes, Cottee (De Waard 60), Roberts. Subs not used: Green, Brady. Bookings: Roberts, Derveld, L. Marshall.

Attendance: 15,105

Referee: S Mathieson (Stockport).

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