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

The People (London, England), January 26, 2003 | Go to article overview

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


Byline: Neil MOXLEY

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 Black Country boys through to the last 16.

The forward has suffered all manner of bumps, bruises and breaks since arriving at Molineux.

Yet his goals record is one every other game and his frequent absences explain why Wolves are not challenging the First Division automatic promotion slots.

The list is an horrendous one. Even before arriving at the club he had sustained a broken leg. Within a year, he had repeated the feat.

Next to go was his groin, then his hamstrings. And he even had to undergo a fitness test on the same suspect muscles before this match.

Ironically, they forced his premature withdrawal. But by the time he walked off the pitch to a standing ovation from all sides of the ground, the job was done.

His first goal was a beauty and his second a classic striker's effort - a header from a free-kick.

And then even Kenny Miller got into 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 flyer here.Rarely will Molineux bear witness to a better individual strike than the one Ndah produced.

There was little danger as he received the ball with his back to goal after four minutes. But a swivel of the hips took him away from Matt Elliott. And once the striker raced clear of the lumbering centre-half, there was no way back.

Why his Leicester team-mates couldn't see the problem though, will remain a mystery, although there can be little doubt no-nonsense boss Micky Adams will have mentioned it at the interval.

As the forward made tracks into the area, Leicester's defenders woke up to the danger, but the efforts of Matt Heath and Alan Rogers were too little, too late.

Ndah had plenty of time to pick his spot and his sidefoot into the bottom corner gave Jones's side first blood.

However, nothing is that simple at Molineux and the Foxes tore into the Wolves until close to half-time.

Adams had to shuffle his pack, Billy McKinlay an early casualty with ex-Welsh international Matt Jones taking over in midfield.

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