On This Day: Late penalty misses edge Wolves nearer promotion
Wolves players and staff mob John Ruddy after his penalty save earned Wanderers three points at Cardiff in 2018. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

April 6 has been a good day for Wolverhampton Wanderers fans in recent years, with two especially memorable victories occurring on the date in the last six years. 

Wolves have enjoyed derby day screamers, crucial late headers and unthinkable penalty misses in years gone by, so it's time for VAVEL to take a trip down memory lane and relive the best moments from on this day. 

  • Wolves 2-2 West Brom, Molineux, 1991

Wolves failed to improve their poor run of form as they drew 2-2 with Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion 30 years ago today. 

Robbie Dennison gave Graham Turner's side the lead on 15 minutes as he latched onto Andy Mutch's pass and hit a first-time strike into the top corner from 25 yards. 

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Future Wolves man Donald Ralph Goodman equalised for the Baggies by heading past Mike Stowell at the far post, before the visitors took the lead through Anthony Ford's brilliant driven effort from the edge of the box. 

Mutch prevented Wolves' fifth defeat in eight games with a quarter of an hour to go, as he tucked home from close-range after some pinball in the area following a Wolves corner. 

Turner's side won just two of their final 15 matches in the 1990-91 season and finished 12th in the Second Division.

  • Wolves 4-3 Leeds, Molineux, 2015

Kenny Jackett's Wolves moved into the Championship play-off places as they beat Leeds United in a thrilling game at Molineux on this day in 2015. 

The mid-table visitors were gifted the lead on 11 minutes when Kevin McDonald's pass was cut out in front of goal by Charlie Taylor, who stabbed home to score his first Leeds goal. 

Nouha Dicko equalised shortly after from a seemingly impossible angle, before the Malian gave Wolves the lead on the stroke of half-time with a brilliant first-time strike past Marco Silvestri

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Benik Afobe finished from close-range three minutes after the break to seemingly seal three points for the dominant hosts, but Danny Batth's own goal midway through the second-half gave the visitors a lifeline. 

Alex Mowatt's superb long-range effort seemed to have earned Neil Redfearn's side an unlikely point, but McDonald atoned for his earlier error on 88 minutes as his superb cross was glanced home by Dave Edwards to spark wild celebrations around Molineux. 

While the win sent Wolves into the top six, defeats in their next two games against Birmingham City and Middlesbrough would cost them an attempt at back-to-back promotions in the play-offs.

  • Cardiff 0-1 Wolves, Cardiff City Stadium, 2018

Wolves were victorious against promotion rivals Cardiff City on this day in 2018, but the 1-0 scoreline doesn't tell half the story. 

After an expectedly tight first hour of the game between first and second in the Championship table, in which Yanic Wildschut and Leo Bonatini went closest for each side, Ruben Neves put the league leaders ahead with a brilliant free-kick from the edge of the box. 

With Wolves edging closer to a win that would bring them to within five points of promotion in stoppage time, Conor Coady shoved Anthony Pilkington to the ground to give Cardiff a penalty. Gary Madine, who hadn't scored for the Bluebirds since his £5m January move, stepped up but his kick was brilliantly saved by John Ruddy low to his left. 

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Wolves couldn't clear their lines after the resulting corner, and had seemingly thrown the game away for a second time when Ivan Cavaleiro slipped into Aron Gunnarsson to give Cardiff another chance from 12 yards. This time Junior Hoilett stepped up and hit the crossbar, leading the entire Wolves bench to run onto the pitch, infuriating Neil Warnock in the process. 

Wolves' promotion was sealed eight days later as Fulham could only draw with Brentford at Craven Cottage, while Cardiff would join them in the Premier League on the final day of the campaign. 

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