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PALACE COUP!; Wolves 0 Palace 3.

Bruce Dyer stepped off the subs' bench to savage Wolves' comeback hopes.

The supersub, brought on after 69 minutes for Dougie Freedman, made an instant impression.

Palace were on the defensive at the time, desperately trying to hang on to the advantage they were given by David Tuttle's 18th-minute header.

But Dyer soon turned the game around. With virtually his first touch, he danced into the box, brushed past Stephen Froggatt's challenge and pulled the ball back to Andy Roberts.

Wolves keeper Mike Stowell parried Roberts' stinging effort but Carl Veart seized on the rebound to shoot home.

Within two more minutes Dyer had completed the demolition job, sending Wolves tumbling to their seventh home League defeat this season.

The supersub seized on the loose ball given away by Mark Atkins and let fly with a low shot which Stowell could only help into the net.

Palace boss Dave Bassett said: "Dyer has been on the bench recently and I told him that if he wanted to get back into the team then he had got to get out there and score.

"He did the business - and that will give me something to think about."

Palace battled superbly early on to stem the Wolves pressure, and were somewhat fortunate after six minutes when a Steve Bull drive rattled the underside of the bar before bouncing clear.

Thereafter it was a different story as Bull and strike partner Don Goodman were kept on a tight rein by some superb defending from Tuttle, Marc Edworthy and Andy Linighan.

Bassett added: "This was a very important win for us because Wolves are a good side. I would have settled for a draw. So to get three points is brilliant.

"That's three wins on the trot, so we must be in the frame."

"But it's no good getting carried away. As soon as you start saying what you can do football has a nasty habit of pulling you up.

"But I know we are capable.

"I'm convinced we are a better side than we were a year ago, other than in the keeper's spot, because Nigel Martyn was class.

"But we have youthful exuberance, and my players have not had the chance yet to become too cynical or long in the tooth."

Even without Martyn, Palace looked solid at the back. And Bassett can have had no complaints about Carlo Nash, an inspired buy from non-League Clithero.

The Palace boss added: "He's learning all the time and this experience would have done him a world of good. Now it is up to him to take the next step forward."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:White, Peter
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 16, 1997
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