Football: A Wanderful Day Four King George; Wolves 4 Leicester 1

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Football: A Wanderful Day Four King George; Wolves 4 Leicester 1


Byline: Neil MOXLEY

JUST close your eyes for a minute Wolves fans - and imagine what it would be like if George Ndah could steer clear of injury.

Dave Jones needed the half-fit striker for just an hour and, by George, it was enough to send the boys from the Black Country through to the last 16.

Ndah has suffered all manner of bumps, bruises and breaks since arriving at Molineux three years ago.

Yet his goals record is close to one every two games. And lack of goals is the main reason Wolves are not challenging the Foxes at the top of the First Division.

His injury list is horrendous. Within three games of arriving at Molineux he broke his leg. The former England Under-21 striker recovered but repeated the feat almost immediately.

Next to go was his groin, then his hamstrings. And, titter ye not, he's even had a couple of months off with torn ligaments in his thumb!

His suspect hamstrings even forced his premature withdrawal from this match. But by the time he walked off the pitch - to a standing ovation from all four sides of the ground - the job was done.

It's four goals in as many games for the 28-year-old. And manager Jones is hoping it's the start of better things for him.

"What's happened with George is that he's got himself a lot fitter," said the Wolves boss. "He's had a run of five matches, I think, which is about the longest he's ever had.

"All the injuries he had early on in his career were long-term ones. But he's toughened himself up and we are changing his mentality. Every time he picks up a little niggle he doesn't have to think the worst all the time.

"The key is the number of games he plays. If he gets them, he'll score goals."

Ndah really was the key to this. His first goal was a beauty and his second a classic striker's effort, a header from a free-kick.

Then Kenny Miller got in the act, grabbing the killer third and a fourth as sorry Leicester fell to pieces.

Wolves' famous victory in the previous round against Newcastle had been set up by an early goal - and they got off to another flier.

Rarely will Molineux bear witness to a better individual goal than the one Ndah conjured up.

There was little danger as he received the ball with his back to goal after just four minutes. …

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