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BROKEN HOME!; Molineux misery; Wolves 0 Oldham 1.

Mark McGhee will be glad to see the back of 1996 as Wolves' dismal home run continued against relegation-threatened Oldham.

Wolves' promotion hopes have been severely dented by a dire record in front of their own fans that has seen them lose six of their 12 games.

A solitary first-half goal by Oldham striker Ian Ormondroyd was enough to give the visitors victory as Wolves were denied a share of the points by the goalkeeping heroics of Gary Kelly.

McGhee said: "The first half was very disappointing, we expect to start much better than that.

"In the second half we created enough chances to win the game but we don't seem clever enough to break teams like Oldham down.

"It's been the story of our season. Teams score and then sit behind the ball and we fail to break them down.

"But I still believe it will come down to the games against the top sides, the likes of Sheffield United, Bolton and Barnsley."

Oldham's Stuart Barlow should have given his side the lead in the fourth minute but shot tamely at goal with just Mike Stowell to beat.

Ten minutes later lanky striker Ormondroyd wasn't so charitable, putting Oldham in front when he rose high above the Wolves defence to head home Nick Henry's cross.

With the Wolves players clearly unsettled by the growing frustration of their own fans, Oldham threatened to build upon their lead.

Ormondroyd saw Stowell's attempted clearance loop over the stranded keeper and Barlow should have done better when unmarked from Henry's cross.

When Wolves eventually threatened, the normally prolific Steve Bull was let down by woeful finishing.

Bull's squandered opportunity was then upstaged by Ormondroyd six minutes before the break when he failed to score from a Paul Rickers free-kick having stole in at the far post.

Wolves opened the second half seemingly transformed and only a breathtaking save by Kelly denied Bull after the Wolves striker had evaded three challenges to break inside the box.

A minute later Kelly's heroics saved Oldham again, diving acrobatically to save Iwan Roberts' close-range header.

In a rare raid 13 minutes from time Toddy Orlygsson should have increased the visitors' lead when the ball fell invitingly into his path but he shot straight at Stowell.

Wolves' miserable afternoon was summed up a minute later when for the third time in the match Bull was denied by Kelly when clean through.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Smith, Paul
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 1996
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