Classic Encounter: Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 Crystal Palace
Kenny Miller celebrating netting in a Wolverhampton Wanderers shirt ((Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images).

With Wolverhampton Wanderers taking on Crystal Palace tomorrow night, Vavel reflect on when the club smashed the Eagles 4-0 all the way back in March 2003 at Molineux.

A hat trick by Kenny Miller and a 77th minute strike by Dean Sturridge sealed a comfortable victory for the side then managed by Dave Jones in a campaign in which Wolves were promoted back to the top flight of English football for the first time in 19 years.

Story of the game

Before the encounter, the Wanderers had failed to pick three points up at Molineux in the previous past five league games. But against Palace, they always looked comfortable and the win was never really in doubt.

Miller created the first opportunity of the day on 18 minutes as his shot was fired narrowly wide shortly before Colin Cameron smashed a volley over the bar from 25 yards.

However, the Scotland striker broke the deadlock five minutes before the interval when a defensive error at the back allowed Adam Proudlock to break free down the right.

Then his low cross found Mark Kennedy who hooked the ball into the path of Miller who had the simple task of tapping the ball home.

With 13 minutes remaining when the visitors were throwing bodies forward searching to salvage a draw, the three points were guaranteed to be going to Wolves.

This was when a Kennedy cross found Sturridge who consequently poked the ball past Cedric Berthelin and into the back of the net.

A third was added in the 83rd minute when Miller converted after getting onto the end of a Cameron pass.

Then the victory was sealed Miller's hat trick was complete when he was awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time after being fouled by Darren Powell. He had no problems stepping up to despatch home the spot-kick.

Record against Palace since

It has been over 17 years since this emphatic win for Wolves and it remains as their best victory over the Eagles despite playing them on 16 occasions since.

In that time, Wolves have won six, their most recent coming last season post lockdown when a late first-half Daniel Podence header and a good strike on the turn by Jonny helped them to a 2-0 home win in the Premier League.

However, in this 17-year spell, the Wanderers have lost five times against Palace with their worst defeat coming in January 2008 when they were thrashed 3-0 at Molineux in the Championship.

Both sides out of the last 16 games have further played out a draw four times meaning that the outcome of the winner in recent times has been hard to predict.

Although the fact that Wolves earned four points from both of their games against Roy Hodgson's side last season means that they will go into the game with confidence.

This is along with the fact that Nuno Espirito Santo's outfit are unbeaten in the last three league games with them earning three points in two of this encounters-away to Leeds United and at home to Fulham.

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