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Football: Lee draws small comforts.

WOLVES 0 WATFORD 0

WOLVES did their best to make it a happy return to Molineux for their former boss Graham Taylor.

A couple of glaring errors by the home defenders were gifts for Watford.

Fortunately for current Molineux boss Colin Lee the gifts were spurned. Lee said: "We created their best chances with our mistakes in the first half."

The first came from Wolves skipper Keith Curle, who sent a free kick from his box straight to Watford's Micah Hyde.

It took a great save by goalkeeper Mike Stowell to spare Curle's blushes. Then Stowell lost the plot when he fired an intended clearance direct to Watford frontman Allan Smart.

Only the fact that Smart took too much time over the effort allowed Stowell to cover his glaring blunder by snatching the ball back.

Wolves' debut boy Havard Flo struggled and it was left to his strike partner Robbie Keane to try to penetrate Watford's solid defence.

Keane cleverly set up Carl Robinson with a cross from the left, but the Wolves midfielder wasted the chance by volleying the ball over. Keane then decided to take matters into his own hands and set off on a run into the heart of the visitors' defence.

Unfortunately for him he couldn't cap the chance with a goal and saw his effort skid fractionally wide.

Lee said: "We put in a lot of effort and it is pleasing that we are now unbeaten in four games.

"The attitude was superb, and if we continue in that vain we will be difficult to beat.

"Flo isn't match fit and the speed of the game took him by surprise. But he enjoyed it and I can see certain things developing between him and Keane. As for Keane, his skill and control is unbelievable.

"We've just got to keep plugging away and give it our best shot. Sometimes a team comes out of the pack late to reach the play-offs, and then do well.

"Hopefully that team will be us this season."

STAR MAN: Robbie Keane

Constant threat to Watford defence

WOLVES.- Stowell 7; Atkins 6, Richards 5, Curle 5, Muscat 6, Gomez 5 (Corica 5), Robinson 6, Osborn 7, Gilkes 7, Flo 5, KEANE 8.

WATFORD.- Chamberlain 6; Bazeley 6, Palmer 7, Page 7, Iroha 6, Wright 7 (Daley 5), Hyde 6, Easton 5, Kennedy 7, Smart 5 (Mooney 5), Noel-Williams 5.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 17, 1999
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