Football: Assured Hoult

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Leicester City. . . . . . . 0

Wolverhampton Wanderers. . .0

WITH SO much of the battle for First Division supremacy concentrated in the Midlands, Central Television could be in possession of the juiciest of all the live transmission contracts. There are so many local derbies they could show one almost every Sunday. Yesterday's action from Filbert Street had all the necessary ingredients, except a goal.

In the circumstances, Wolves will feel happy to have preserved their unbeaten record, although less pleased to have had four names entered in referee Roger Milford's book.

Leicester City, on the other hand, may regret missing the chance to avenge the defeat they suffered at Molineux last month. The balance of possession was heavily theirs and their midfield, splendidly run by Steve Thompson, easily the most productive. Yet for most of the time a solid Wolves defence restricted them to shooting from distance.

When chances fell their way at closer range they were not taken. Bobby Davison squandered the best opportunity 11 minutes into the game after full-back Mike Whitlow had pulled the ball back from the goal-line. In the second half Gary Mills was denied by the outstretched leg of full-back Kevin Ashley on the goal-line with goalkeeper Mike Stowell beaten.

Significant counter-attacks mustered by Wolves could be counted in single figures yet the best chance of all fell to them after 18 minutes when Andy Mutch connected with Mark Burke's cross inside the

six-yard box yet volleyed over.

Without a goal to focus their thoughts, the television commentators gave the obligatory man-of- the-match award to a goalkeeper, but it was no token gesture. Russell Hoult, 19, made his Leicester debut after Carl Muggleton hurt his back in the warm-up. The teenager did everything he needed to do with calm and aplomb.

Leicester City: R Hoult; G Mills, M Whitlow, R Smith (N Lewis, 47), S Grayson, C Hill, D Oldfield, S Thompson, B Davison, I Ormondroyd, P Gee. Substitute not used: D Lowe.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: M Stowell; K Ashley, P Edwards, K Downing, S Westley, D Mountfield, P Birch, P Cook, S Bull, A Mutch, M Burke (T Bennett, h/t). Substitute not used: R Dennison.

Referee: R Milford (Bristol).

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