Foley strike gives Wolves head start

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Wolverhampton Wanderers stepped up the pressure in their First Division promotion revivals last night by beating Swindon Town 2-1 at the County Ground to move up to third place.

Their control of the first half was finally rewarded just before the interval when Darren Feguson surged through the Swindon defence to score. It seemed Wolves might not be celebrating when Kevin Horlock put the home side back in the match by driving in a 67th-minute equaliser, but substitute Dominic Foley took advantage of a late lapse in the Swindon defence to earn Wolves three points.

It is as well that Colin Todd has been drumming into his players the need to avoid getting carried away by being on top of the First Division table. The Bolton manager issued words of caution before today's match with Stoke City at Burnden Park. "We've made a very good start - but that's all it is," Todd said, whose side will be cheered on by an all-ticket crowd approaching 18,000.

Bolton's neighbours Manchester City travel to Sheffield United, who are managed by the former City boss Howard Kendall, who snubbed City's recent approach after Alan Ball was sacked last month. "After that dismal night against Stockport [Sheffield lost 5-2 in the Coca-Cola Cup] a big match occasion like this is just what we need," Kendall said.

Dave Bassett, who also turned down the job at Maine Road, is hoping his Crystal Palace team maintain their goalscoring form when Southend visit Selhurst Park. Palace have scored nine times in their last two league outings - including a 6-1 win at Reading last week.

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