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McGhee living dangerously.

Wolves 0

Port Vale 1

Sad Wolves slipped to their fourth successive home defeat yesterday - but boss Mark McGhee insisted: "I shan't be losing too much sleep about it."

McGhee dismissed the defeat at the hands of crisis club Port Vale because of a huge injury list.

He added: "I had to put out this side and just hope that they would gel, but I can't be too surprised really that we lost.

"I shall just put this result behind us. When I am able to put out my strongest team that is when I expect to be judged." Even so, Wolves cannot possibly hope to remain in the First Division promotion race if they cannot see off such teams as Vale, who could be closed next week if chairman Bill Bell carries out his threat to walk away.

It was a day when even Steve Bull could not find his goal touch. Early on, he screwed two shots wide, then had another deflected over Paul Musselwhite's goal. The only goal came in the 64th minute when veteran midfielder Ray Walker threaded the ball out to Steve Guppy on the left.

Guppy swung a first-time cross for Tony Naylor to head home from close range for his seventh goal of the season.

Such were Wolves' attacking deficiencies that they only really tested Musselwhite twice.

Jens Dowe, on loan from Hamburg, let fly from the edge of the box in the 52nd minute, but the Vale keeper beat away the drive. Then in injury time, sub Robbie Dennison hit a speculative 30-yarder which Musselwhite snatched at the foot of a post.

McGhee is just hoping that some of his pounds 10million worth of injured players will be back on their feet soon. This is Wolves' worst home run in 10 years.

WOLVES.- Stowell 6; Smith 7, Pearce 6, Atkins 6, Venus 6, Young 6, Van Der Laan 6, Corica 5 (Foley 6), Bull 7, Dowe (Dennison 5), Crowe 5.

PORT VALE.- Musselwhite 6; Hill 7, Tankard 6, Walker 7, GRIFFITHS 8, Glover 7, McCarthy 6, Porter 7, Talbot 6, Naylor 7 (Foyle 5), Guppy 7.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:White, Peter
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 20, 1996
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