KILLER IN­STINCT

But top two is no has­sle says Was­sall de­spite loss

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want to close the gap with the top teams.”

Derby’s more dom­i­nant start earned them a greater share of the early pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage but the un­der-pres­sure Mo­lineux club took a sur­prise lead in the 14th minute against the run of play.

Nathan Byrne found space down the right, cut in­side and fed Sav­ille, who bent his shot past Scott Car­son from 18 yards.

Wolves were happy to sit on their lead and launch counter-at­tacks which never threat­ened Car­son’s goal, and Derby drew level two min- utes be­fore the in­ter­val af­ter Sav­ille con­ceded a need­less foul on the edge of the penalty area for a high chal­lenge on Bradley John­son. Chris Martin found the cor­ner of the net by lift­ing the re­sult­ing free-kick up and over the wall for the equaliser.

The se­cond half be­longed al­most ex­clu­sively to the Rams but they strug­gled to trans­late their ad­van­tage into goals.

Sub­sti­tute Tom Ince squan­dered a glo­ri­ous chance for the vis­i­tors af­ter re­plac­ing Ge­orge Thorne but from a clear open­ing he shot wide of the far post with only Carl Ikeme to beat.

Wolves were still re­luc­tant to over-com­mit them­selves go­ing for­ward un­til they sent on striker Joe Ma­son to part­ner Bjorn Sig­ur­dar­son up front. The pres­ence of an­other at­tacker in­spired the home side and Sig­ur­dar­son found some ex­tra space to ri­fle a shot against the out­side of the post.

Sud­denly the mo­men­tum was with Wolves and full-back Matt Do­herty’s cross from the left was headed in off the un­der­side of the bar in the 86th minute to give Jack­ett’s side a much-needed vic­tory, which for long spells looked ex­tremely un­likely.

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