Slack Palace Cort out
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carl Cort scored a late winner as Wolves beat the Eagles at Molineux.Carl Cort scored one goal and made another as Wolves beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to extend their unbeaten run in the league to a club record-equalling 20 matches.
Cort set up Seol ki-Hyeon for the opening goal after four minutes, cutting the ball across the six-yard box to give the South Korea international a simple tap-in, then headed in Jackie McNamara's cross six minutes from time to snatch victory for his side.
In between the impressive Jobi McAnuff scored with a fine low shot from 20 yards to get Palace back on level terms in a hugely entertaining match.
Wolves defender Joleon Lescott handled Palace's England international striker Andrew Johnson admirably, and when the Eagles' star man did get a sight of goal he was denied by Michael Oakes.
Oakes pulled off a smart save to keep out a low shot from Johnson and when the rebound fell kindly for the former Birmingham man his follow-up shot deflected narrowly wide off Jody Craddock.
Wolves made a blistering start, but McAnuff brought his side back into the match with his direct running. He thought he had scored in the 25th minute, only to find referee Rob Styles had brought the play back for a foul on Johnson earlier in the build-up.
Ben Watson clipped the bar with a free-kick from out on the left wing and Tom Soares blazed over from a central position eight yards out when he really ought to have scored.
McAnuff's equaliser came four minutes before the break and was well deserved, but Wolves had the better chances in the second half.
Cort fired a curling shot just wide and Kenny Miller volleyed against a post from Mark Kennedy's cross. Leon Clarke then brought a fine save from Gabor Kiraly before Cort's late headed winner.