Football: Make or break for Wolves says McGhee

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The Wolves manager, Mark McGhee, has spelt out the importance of today's First Division meeting with Bolton at Burnden Park by claiming: "If we lose, then we can say goodbye to any hopes of the title."

Wanderers are lying fourth, 12 points behind leaders Bolton but with two matches in hand and McGhee feels a defeat will leave too much to catch up.

But his side go into the game having not been beaten on their travels since August, and can equal the club record of 11 away games without defeat at Bolton.

Bolton's leading scorer, John McGinlay, is set to return after missing last weekend's match at Portsmouth with a calf strain.

Second-placed Barnsley will be looking to keep up the pressure when they take on Ipswich Town, who may recall 39-year-old John Wark, while the Swindon player-manager, Steve McMahon, is considering playing his first game for nearly a year. The former Liverpool player has not started a match since February because of a back problem but is in the frame to play against Bradford at the County Ground.

Manchester City's new manager, Frank Clark, will put his friendship with the Huddersfield manager, Brian Horton, to one side as he aims for his first win since taking charge in the match at the McAlpine Stadium.

Clark said: "I am looking forward to seeing Brian but I will be trying my best for Manchester City and we want a win as soon as possible. I'll have a drink with Brian afterwards but our friendship will be forgotten for the 90 minutes."

Birmingham, at home to Reading, have recalled their midfield player Jonathan Hunt. Hunt, who has not started a game since October, was top scorer with 15 goals last season.

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