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Wolves 2

Stoke 0

Wolves' master marksman Steve Bull unleashed two high-calibre headers to blow apart promotion pretenders Stoke.

Hot-shot Bull's double blast lifted Wolves to second place in Division One.

And for manager Mark McGhee it was a double tonic, too.

It was the first time Wolves had recorded three successive wins since he took over 13 months ago.

The result also backed his decision to "ban" the players from Molineux except on match days for the rest of the season!

"We needed to turn round our home form," said McGhee, nursing only three home wins in five months.

"And the routine of coming to the ground every day before training ruined the impact of playing at home."

"Mystic" McGhee has now notched up four home wins on the trot. "It's just a touch of psychology," he declared. "Now we are unbeatable at home!"

But there was nothing mystic about the hyped shoot-out between veteran goalscorer Bull and Division One's 21-goal top-gun Mike Sheron.

The City "dude" failed to get a shot on target, let alone near the Bull. Meanwhile, the Wolves gun-slinger, with 16 this season, demonstrated his class.

After just 16 minutes, Stoke were exposed by the craft of Steve Froggatt and Simon Osborn, who delivered for Bull to power home number one.

Surprisingly, Wolves then surrendered their supremacy until nine minutes after the interval, when Neil Emblen fashioned a chance that only a class act like Bull could convert.

"That put a smile on everyone's face and you knew the old confidence was back," said McGhee.

He also slammed the critics, who just four weeks ago suggested Bull be given the heave-ho.

"I have always believed that Bully is our best route to goal and so he has proved in the last three games when he has cracked home four - all of them wonderful goals."

Even Stoke boss Lou Macari admitted: "I warned my young team to watch out for Bull before the game.

"But they were too young and inexperienced to handle a master with his firepower."

And after Bull's second goal there was only one side in the game as Stoke were severely spanked before Molineux's biggest crowd for over a year.

Wolves' arrogance and panache was, if anything, betrayed by their failure to take City to the cleaners in style. But McGhee won't mind about that.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Hopkins, Arthur
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 2, 1997
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