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Lee defiant after Akinbiyi strike secures Wolves win; Wolves 1 Bolton 0.

WOLVES boss Colin Lee angrily shot down suggestions he might walk away from Molineux after his board's refusal to sign Dean Windass.

Lee, who revealed his scouts were watching another striker this afternoon and were close to making a move, scowled: "Nothing could be further from the truth. We are certainly not throwing in the towel and walking away - that's for sure.

"There is pressure on every manger in the Football League and as long as people understand what we are trying to do here then that's fine."

Lee had two extra reasons to be cheerful following his side's 1-0 win over Bolton, courtesy of Ade Akinbiyi's third goal in as many matches.

Man-of-the-match Scott Taylor signed a three-month contract before the game and influential defender Kevin Muscat also agreed a two-year extension to his deal.

Lee beamed: "Scott has had two years of disappointment after snapping the same patella tendon twice in different places. It was an horrendous time for him but I stuck with him and he stuck with me.

"Martin O'Neill turned down big money for him when he was at Leicester and I'm delighted to say we have an option for a longer deal.

"If he plays like he did today we will be taking that out pretty soon."

Wolves are a striker short of getting their promotion dreams back on track. Lee admitted as much after the game and added he has learned much from the sale of Jason Roberts 15 months ago.

Youngster Mark Jones has already gone to Cheltenham on loan and Lee added he envisaged similar moves for Keith Andrews and Colin Larkin. Two points from four home League matches had left Wolves fourth from bottom at the start of play as they chased their first win on home soil.

Their fans didn't have to wait long for pounds 3.5million record buy Akinbiyi to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.

Having failed to find the net in any of his first three games he struck his third goal after cooly collecting Frenchman Ludovic Pollet's superb cross from the right.

And with the Bolton defence at sea he controlled and smashed the ball low beyond Keith Brannigan's diving right hand.

Boss Lee said: "That's what we bought him for. There were question marks over him in the first few games, now that's three in three he's a lot happier.

"His technique isn't the best but he is dangerous and he does a really good job for us."

Wolves could have doubled their lead after 15 minutes when Muscat's ball from the left found Taylor on the penalty spot. But after rising well he sent a header over the bar.

The Trotters then took the initiative led by pounds 1.25 million former Copenhagen play-maker Michael Johansen.

The Dane let fly with a blistering 30-yard drive which breezed only a foot wide of Mike Stowell's right-hand post.

Then the great Dane beat Darren Bazeley, twice down the left flank, before crossing for Dean Holdsworth, who headed poorly over the bar from six yards.

Bolton were denied what looked a legitimate penalty in the 38th minute when Jimmy Phillips went crashing to the deck, under Steve Sedgley's tackle, as he attempted to latch on to Holdsworth's flick. Brannigan saved well from Taylor at his near post on the stroke of half-time, then as the second half opened Akinbiyi headed poorly wide from Emblen's neat cross.

Bolton should have equalised just past the hour but were denied by a superb piece of keeping by Stowell.

Johansen's corner was flicked on at the near post by Neil Cox to Holdsworth who sent a spectacular volley goalwards before Stowell got in a saving block with his body.

Emblen hit the outside of the left post with a terrific low drive from 25 yards. And as Bolton poured forward they left gaping holes at the back which allowed the home side half a dozen clear chances in the final 12 minutes of the game.

Taylor sent Akinbiyi racing down the left flank only for substitute Hasney Aljofree to cut out his cross with Paul Simpson facing an open goal behind him.

Simpson should have found the target with a 20-yard drive that flew wide.

At the other end of the pitch Robbie Elliott stabbed wide from eight yards from Ricardo Gardner's flick.

Then Wolves missed a real sitter after substitute Lee Naylor robbed Johansen before crossing to Akinbiyi. The striker was block tackled but the ball fell invitingly to Simpson who blazed over from four yards.

Muscat sent Akinbiyi racing clear on goal but he shot disappointingly from the edge of the box.

Then Simpson's left-wing cross was nodded across the area by Akinbiyi only for Emblen to shoot wastefully over the bar with an acrobatic volley.

In the dying seconds Simpson and Emblen combined to send Akinbiyi clear on goal for a second time.

He fired straight at the keeper under pressure from Phillips.

WOLVES: Stowell; Pollet, Sedgley, Curle; Bazeley, Taylor (Naylor 85), Osborn, Emblen, Muscat; Akinbiyi, Corica (Simpson 58).

BOLTON: Brannigan; Cox, Bergsson, Fish, Phillips; Johansen, Jensen (Aljofree 74), Elliott (Whitlow 81), Gardner; Holdsworth, Taylor (Hansen 60).

BOOKINGS: Bolton: Johansen

REFEREE: Paul Taylor (Cheshunt)

STAR MAN: Scott Taylor

Shot: Neil Emblen's 25-yard block-buster which cannoned back in to play off the outside of the left hand post on 69 minutes.

Save: Stowell's tremendous goal saving block which denied Dean Holdsworth a certain goal on 63 minutes.

Pass: Ludovic Pollet's inch perfect right-wing cross which allowed star striker Akinbiyi to ram home the only goal.

Howler: Paul Simpson and Akinbiyi win this joint award for two howlers late on. Simpson skied from four yards and Akinbiyi shot well wide with just the keeper to beat.
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Title Annotation:Football
Author:Howell, Bill
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 10, 1999
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