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McGhee reads the riot act!

Wolves 1, Birmingham 2

Angry Mark McGhee locked his Wolves players in the dressing room for nearly 90 minutes after this latest disaster and told them: "From now on you've got to be more nasty."

The Molineux men have taken just two points from seven matches - and only Steve Bull was spared boss McGhee's verbal lashing.

Bully scored and had another effort ruled out for offside and McGhee conceded: "It wouldn't be fair to criticise Steve because he did the business and the others didn't."

But he added: "It seems we are reluctant to fall out with each other or with the opposition and things have got to change.

"We have got to be more vocal and a lot nastier when it comes to trying to win games."

Birmingham chalked up their first away win in 22 League games, thanks to goals by Gary Breen and Andy Legg.

But McGhee was annoyed that Wolves were denied a late spot-kick when Blues defender Michael Johnson badly mistimed a tackle on Mark Atkins. And rival boss Trevor Francis admitted: "We were very fortunate that the penalty was not given against us." Breen tapped home Matt Jackson's right-wing cross after only seven minutes, and although Bull charged in to equalise almost immediately, Birmingham tied it up in the 56th minute. Jason Bowen's low shot cannoned back off a post - and Legg followed up to score. But Francis still claimed: "We can play a lot better and figure in the promotion shake-up."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:White, Peter
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 18, 1996
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