Football: Nationwide League - Todd's faith stays strong

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COLIN TODD is refusing to panic after seeing his Bolton side slide down the First Division. Wanderers have gone five games without a win, conceding 12 goals in their last four matches as they have slipped to fifth - six points short of Bradford in second place.

But Todd is keeping faith in his side for today's home game with Queen's Park Rangers. "When we had gone 15 games unbeaten, no one was running us down," Todd said. "The only problem at the moment is the state of mind of the players; they don't lose their ability. They're exactly the same players who helped us go unbeaten for 15 games. There's nothing wrong in the camp, but the media are trying to direct the situation to appear worse than it is."

The Wolves assistant manager, John Ward, will put his worries for Bristol City's well-being to one side for 90 minutes when the Robins visit Molineux. Ward walked out as Ashton Gate manager earlier this year after the club appointed Benny Lennartsson, now the manager, as director of football without his approval.

Ward said: "I can sympathise with the players and fans because we all went through a lot of hard work to get the club into Division One last season. But professionally I'm working for Wolves and will be putting all my efforts into getting a win for us."

Bristol City have signed the 27-year-old Manchester City winger Neil Heaney on loan until the end of the season and he is set to make his debut at Molineux.