Vital Football

Latest Wolverhampton Wanderers News

Vital Wolves Mauling: Aston Villa

Vital Wolves Mauling: Aston Villa

Akela and Aston Villa's Young Jonah talk about Villa's hopes against Chelsea, our team selection against Man Utd and the little matter of our match on Saturday:

So how has your season been so far?

It`s been pretty good, lost some key players in the summer (Barry and Laursen) but Mr O`Neill brought in 4 brilliant players to replace them Downing, Delph, Dunne and Collins. We have had some memorable wins again this season, beating Liverpool at Anfield and Manchester United at Old Trafford, plus a trip to Wembley and another to come. All in all a good season, just hope it doesn`t all go Pete Tong like it did last March, when we went out of the cups and dropped from 4th to 6th in the league. Got some big games coming and I really hope we can make the FA Cup final and finish 5th or maybe even 4th!!

What did you think of Mick McCarthy's team selection for our match at Old Trafford? It might have been a few months ago, but it still divides opinion!

My personal opinion is that every player in the squad is a professional footballer and are all paid handsomely, one thing I find frustrating as a Villa fan is our manager`s unwillingness to utilise his squad. So I was fully behind McCarthy in that sense for giving his fringe players a chance to play and show what they can do at the home of the Champions, maybe he should of played his strongest 11 but why is there a witch hunt every time a side plays the fringe players? Who are at the end of the day, professional footballers just like the 11 players ahead of them in the pecking order.

It`s not like he fielded a bunch of kids, there were some very experienced players in that line up, so fair play to him.

So was McCarthy vindicated when he then selected a different eleven who then beat Burnley the following week?

It`s certainly an extreme example of rotation, but McCarthy is the manager and like it or not he is the man who has to make the decisions. Had he played his 'strongest` 11 at Old Trafford then maybe they would have picked up some injuries that would have affected the Burnley result. So I think he was justified in his decision to rest his players for a game they would be more capable of winning.

What have you made of Wolves this season? Good enough to stay up?

I think Wolves have had a decent enough season, its an old cliché but if you were offered 17th at the start of the season, you would have taken it. You are on course to finish there (at time of writing, you are 17th!!), there are some very good players at Wolves, I believe the three clubs below you in the league have weaker squads and Wolves seem the most stable of the four clubs (as Pompey are about to have points deducted, Hull have no manager and Burnley have the football league`s worst manager) with a pretty decent manager.

So who will go down?

Pompey have no chance, do they? I think Brian Laws is a poor manager so I reckon Burnley will join them and I think its between you and Hull for the final spot, all depends on who Hull get to replace Phil Brown I suppose, Ian Dowie and Mark Hughes are the two names being mentioned a lot as I write this, one would be a good appointment and would save them I reckon but the other would be no improvement on Brown (I will leave you to decide which one is which). So if I am being pressed, I am gonna go for Portsmouth, Burnley and Hull.

Will you make the top four and who will win the title?

Chelsea will win the title, Man Utd and Arsenal will definitely finish in the top four, who will finish 4th? I don`t think Spurs will last the distance and I am not sure we have it in us (as all our players are starting to look jaded). I think its between Man City and Liverpool and unfortunately the scousers have the experience of getting up there so I will go with them but its gonna be tight and I won`t be surprised to see any of those four qualify, maybe even Everton are in with a shout.

Do you think you can beat Chelsea and get to a second Wembley final in one season?

No. I think the players will give their all and it will be an enthralling match but they will be too strong for us, that said I would rather have them than Manchester United or Arsenal as our record is brilliant against Chelsea, I would have preferred Portsmouth, Fulham or Spurs though, obviously.

Seems to be a changing of the guard at the top of the league with Liverpool falling away and Arsenal going trophy-less for many years now. Yourselves, Manchester City and Tottenham seem to be the ones best placed for the fight to replace them. Over the next few seasons, who do you think will be the established 'big four'.

I think it will be the same old four, I think Villa and Spurs will establish themselves as 5th and 6th and I think Man City will fall away as I can see it all going badly if they don`t make the top four this season, all those superstars are gonna be throwing their toys out of the pram and the board will probably sack Mancini and the next manager will fail and the board will just walk away. I think Abramovich`s Chelsea was a one off, every one seems to have a billionaire chairman/board now but I am not sure it guarantees success. So in answer to the question who do I think will be the big four over the next few years - Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. I hope I am proven wrong but I just cannot see it. I do think Spurs and Villa will be up there though.

OK, what is your prediction for the match?

The way Villa`s results are going at the moment, I think its going to be another 0-0 (queue the overly positive Official Villa siteraving about our wonderful defence keeping another clean sheet and neglecting the fact we have not scored AGAIN), however I hope for a mauling over you.

Thanks again to Young Jonah for taking the time to answer our questions!

To view our interview with Vital Villa - click here.

This website is 100% by the fans and we are looking for people to help out on Vital Wolves. We need writers, match reporters and forum moderators. Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well, why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Wolves.

Follow us on

and poke us on

Bookmark and Share

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday March 18 2010
Time: 11:00AM


Way to go with the positive outlook there Young Jonah. Can't score against Wolves, will lose to Chelsea, and absolutely no chance of us making top4.'ll be telling me there's no Santa Claus next.....
18/03/2010 01:09:00
YatesyVillain, you are not wrong mate, I am slightly negative in the forums but try to remain positive when doing these interviews, had a stonking head ache that day, I think my answers got more and more negative with each answer!! My first one was pretty positive!! I reckon we will beat Wolves now we have beaten Wigan but I just cannot see us finishing 4th, would love nothing more than to be proven wrong though!
18/03/2010 09:06:00
will you beat Chelsea? I'm fecked if I know anymore after that defeat by Inter!
18/03/2010 19:40:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wolves Articles

Foreign Owners - An Outsiders View - Competition

Sportswriter Bob Holmes has taken a look at the rise of foreign ownership in the English game and as well as acknowledging the often aired thoughts of the fans, he's also...

Premier League Free Agents 2017

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should the club have an interest in any of the following free transfers from Premier League oppositions?

EFL Awards 2017 Shortlists Revealed

The Football League have now confirmed the shortlists for the awards categories for this years EFL Awards.

Home Comforts For Edwards

Rob Edwards has said that Wolverhampton Wanderers can take heart from a fixture list that sees us at home six times in the remaining nine games of the Championship season.

Archived Vital Wolves Articles

Vital Wolves articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Wolves
Write For Vital Wolves
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By:
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Wolves Results (view all)

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 5:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

The Vital Football Members League