Football: McGhee convinced he has 'best team'

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WOLVERHAMPTON Wanderers may have lost their unbeaten record against Port Vale on Tuesday but Mark McGhee, their manager, refuses to give up on the side which has emerged as early promotion contenders.

Wolves entertain their fellow pace-setters Sunderland at Molineux with many options available but McGhee is banking on his present selection. "I am still convinced that this is my best team and that there is no-one I can bring in at the moment to improve things," he said.

Sunderland's leading scorer, Kevin Phillips, has recovered from a calf injury to hold his place in an unchanged side.

Steve Bruce is enduring an unfortunate start to his managerial career at Sheffield United with a crippling injury list ahead of the derby at Bradford City. Bruce himself is doubtful with a hamstring strain, but the player-manager is upbeat. "I'm delighted with the way the players have rolled up their sleeves and dug in during a difficult period," he said.

Bradford's pounds 2.3m strike force of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin are doubtful but Gordon Watson, out since suffering a leg fracture 18 months ago, is in the squad.

Crystal Palace may field their Chinese internationals, Fan Zhiyi and Sun Jihai, against Port Vale as the Eagles try to build on the midweek win at Crewe.