Football: Wolves home from home

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Mark McGhee, the Wolves manager, believes that the stimulus for visiting teams of performing before a big crowd in the all-seated splendour of Molineux has contributed to his side's run of four successive home defeats. At Maine Road tomorrow, McGhee hopes the boot will be on the other foot.

"It will be strange to face a club whose support is as impressive, if not more impressive, than ours," McGhee said. "I just hope it inspires us in the same way."

City's highest crowd was 29,500 for the visit of Barnsley, and after beating one of the First Division pacesetters, Norwich, in Steve Coppell's first home game as manager, they are confident of topping the 30,000 mark. Coppell, who hopes to sign the Georgian international defender Kakhaber Tskhadadze from Eintracht Frankfurt, has allowed Gerry Creaney to join Ipswich on a month's loan.

Birmingham, who have finalised the pounds 600,000 signing of the Newcastle midfielder Chris Holland, had a noisy 25,000-plus crowd against Bradford City last Saturday, reward for the shrewd gesture of slashing prices for a mundane-looking fixture. With a more obviously attractive game against Norwich today, it will be intriguing to see how many of those will come back.

Brighton, bottom of the League and riven by civil strife, receive Fulham, the Third Division leaders. The London club's revival after years of similar upheaval demonstrates that all need not necessarily be lost.

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