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Iwan does the trick; Wolves in hunt.

Wolves hot-shot Iwan Roberts plundered a superb hat-trick to destroy Albion in this pulsating First Division Black Country derby at the Hawthorns yesterday.

Albion paid the penalty for shocking first-half defending as Wolves galloped into a three-goal lead inside 28 minutes.

There was no way back for Alan Buckley's boys, despite a battling second- half display, led by Bob Taylor, on as substitute at the break.

Roberts, a pounds 1million summer capture from Leicester, was first to acknowledge the contribution of winger Stephen Froggatt, who set up all four goals.

Roberts struck after only five minutes, racing unmarked into the box to head home Froggatt's corner.

Nine minutes later when Froggatt's long throw was helped on by Roberts for Steve Bull to hammer home.

In the 28th minute Froggatt swung the ball in from the right, and once more Roberts seized the chance.

Ian Hamilton's looping header from David Smith's left-wing cross gave Albion brief hope just before the break. But within eight minutes of the restart Roberts completing his hat-trick as turned in Froggatt's cross.

Taylor's angled shot cut the lead, then Albion protests were in vain after another effort by the sub was ruled out for offside.

The victory moved Wolves up to third in the first division, and delighted boss Mark McGhee said afterwards: "This win was vital for us, because that's where we must be in the table even at this early stage."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:White, Peter
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 16, 1996
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