Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Derby County 1

Last updated : 01 January 2003 By

Wolves' captain Paul Ince chose the perfect moment to score his first goal for the club as he rescued a point against Derby at Molineux.

Home manager Dave Jones had gone into the game having been warned by the club's owner, Sir Jack Hayward, that results had to improve.

When Malcolm Christie gave Derby the lead with his first away league goal in nine months after an error from Ince, the pressure on Jones looked set to increase.

But Ince, who joined Wolves at the start of the season after leaving Middlesbrough, gave Jones a timely boost with his 66th minute strike.

The pressure, however, remains on Jones as Wolves have now taken just six points from a possible 21.

Ince's goal robbed Derby of the chance to end a run of four successive away defeats with a win. They were also frustrated by an impressive display from goalkeeper Matt Murray as they picked up their first point in four games.

Wolves were stunned after 15 minutes when Christie's rare away day special handed Derby the lead as he scored his eighth goal of the season.

Christie's strike partner Izale McLeod created the goal when he pounced on an attempted headed pass back to goalkeeper Matt Murray from Ince.

McLeod raced into the penalty area before sliding the ball across the face of an empty net with Murray caught out of position.

Christie was under pressure from central defender Paul Butler but he was able to steer the ball home from two yards.

Wolves could have replied almost immediately when striker George Ndah was presented with a golden chance only to see his close-range shot smothered by the Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Murray then came to Wolves' rescue in the 59th minute with a smart double save from Christie and McLeod after a poor back pass from winger Mark Kennedy had put Wolves in trouble.

The value of Murray's heroics paid dividends seven minutes later when Ince rescued a point, driving home from the edge of the area after a shot from Colin Cameron had cannoned into his.