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There is probably not one Wolves fan who has turned up for work today without a smile on their face after the boys tacked a fourth point to the board just two games into the season against one established Premiership side and one of the best six.

Despite a poor first half at Goodison,Wolves stuck to the task, pressed in the second half and took what ultimately has to be a deserved point.

As we moved into stoppage time, Wolves looked like the side most likely to steal all three points which aside from anything else is testament to the outstanding fitness of our squad. Throughout Mick's time at the club, and since Tony Daley was brought in in particular, the players have happily complained at the rigors of pre season but talked up it's advantage which is proving one of our greatest unsung qualities.

Cast your mind back and try to remember the last time Wolves looked dead on their legs at the end of a game? Think back to the two wins over Spurs for example, and whilst it took every effort to hold onto those incredibly vital six points, the legs never gave way and it was a combination of tactics, heart and unwavering energy to the last.

Much is also said of the spirit within the club. Practically every player who walks through the door champions the togetherness and has managed to settle quickly.

No one tells it better than our friend Ronald Zubar, who wears his heart on his sleeve as much as anyone at the club. The way he talks you'd think he was born here.

The point at Everton on Saturday, a side who has consistently finished in the top six now for how many years (?) was the third we have taken from them in as many games.

Against similar opposition last season we were able to do the same, give or take- we took two points from Villa, we beat Spurs twice, we took a point from Liverpool at home and were on for another at Anfield, until a ridiculous sending off. At Arsenal we were less than a minute away from a draw.

Last season was a battle. A true battle from a squad who had flew from the Championship, yet added quantity over quality. This summer every signing has been one of absolute quality.

Ultimately, our survival last season, with weeks to spare and points on the board, proved 'comfortable'. We have already beaten Stoke City, and taken third successive point from Everton.

Our latest poll garnered 52% of the vote in the favour of an Everton win. A quarter, myself included, went for the draw, the remaining quarter fancying a Wolves win.

As stated on the Everton site, I should start dropping a few pounds on results.

For those interested I answered a Q & A ahead of the game, which can be found on their site, A Vital Wolves View, at the end of which I called it 1-1 :)

Wolves continue to upset the odds. Our true off days last season could be counted on a couple of fingers, and there are no signs that we are ready and prepared to take a pasting from anyone this season.

The weekend battle with Newcastle should be a special affair that has taken on all manner of new angles following their thrashing of Villa at the weekend.

We have enjoyed some tremendous battles over the years against Newcastle and this one is geared up for the same. Stand out wins involve the 4-1 win at St. James' Park- one of those few occasions in football when the entire place stands on it's feet to applaud one player (Steve Bull, who else) and the thrilling 3-2 cup win that saved Dave Jones' the sack, and saved a season in disrepair.

I don't think we will ship too many this year but I expect Newcastle to turn up on the crest of a wave and we will see one of the most open games of the season.

The same as acknowledging this is still going to prove a true battle of a season for Wolves, I stand by my assertion that Newcastle have not added enough this summer and will struggle. The thought tank tells me this will lead to a wide open game, with Newcastle pushing a couple of goals, but Wolves having too much and coming through with another 3-2.

Come five o clock on Saturday, whether there are 4,5 or 7 points on the board, we can take the above in to account, stand proud and know that as a Premiership club, we have arrived.

New York City Wolf

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Writer:New York City Wolf
Date:Monday August 23 2010
Time: 9:42AM


I don't think it was a 'deserved' point but a point it was. We had most of the play (first 70 mins) and you scored on your first shot on target. We played quite well but ultimately your counter-attacking tactics beat us - we just didn't cope with them. We tired in the last 20 mins because we'd put all our energy into attacking you from the start. Well done on getting the point though, you gave us a good lesson in defending without resorting to the Blackburn 'bully-boy' aspect.
23/08/2010 12:49:00
If you compare the experience and financial outlay of the two clubs, plus we were playing away. I dont think there was any other way to approach the game. You really should be putting premiership newbies to the sword, but instead after a dire first half it was in fact Wolves who looked the more lively. Dont harp on about stats, fouls, shoulda woulda couldas, fact is we did much more with our resources than you did with yours. WE ARE WOLVES !
Ad Mant
23/08/2010 13:58:00
Did I mention stats, fouls or 'shoulda woulda couldas' on here? Don't think so. I wasn't criticising anyone. We should have been more clinical upfront and been more aware of your counter-attacking. Read the comments before commenting yourself.
23/08/2010 15:07:00
Chuckmeister your right mate , I bet Lescott would have scored if you still had him though hahaha , I was dreading the match as i thought you would take your wrath from the blackburn game out on us , But you lacked a cutting edge , We know you have pretty footballers , Pienarr arteta etc , If only you had Big dunc ay !! , Someone the talented footballers you have can play off a big man !! , See your lot at molineux mate and all the best for up until that match lol
23/08/2010 16:14:00
This game seems to have stirred some bad blood between the fans and I am not entirely sure why, and I think Chuck came on here to share some very honest and positive words. He stated what we knew, that Everton controlled the lions share of the ball, almost 70 per cent in fact (! - we can't let teams of their quality that much of the ball) and we were lucky they hadn't put the game beyond us by half time. I think a lot of the bad feeling surrounds the referee- whether it was a foul is up for debate but if he calls one it was two foot inside the box- I also think Everton fans weren't best pleased with Adlene's tackle that led to the goal. Personally, that was one of the best tackles I have seen in years. We stuck to a game plan, tweaked things where we needed to, and it's true that whilst Everton had ran themselves into the ground, once again our superior fitness has seen us taken a share of the spoils.
New York City Wolf
23/08/2010 18:23:00
New York Wolfy , I really dont see wh ythey are complaning about the ref for what ended up being a free kick and YES it should have been a Pen , But they scored of the resulting free kick anyways so its a dead subject as far as im concerned , I thought it was a hard but fair tackle , Some refs would have blown up because Heitinga fell down , And some wouldn't , They both went in hard and even Dave Moyes said it was a fair tackle , Adlene in for Jones at the next match as Newcastle have a rough n ready midfield and would Boss Jones , Adlene loves the rough stuff and will get Joey Barton or Alan Smith sent off !!!!!!!!!!
24/08/2010 10:28:00
Hundred per cent with you on that one my friend Oddy, as I stated above. The referee pulled some strange decisions, and the Adlene tackle was clean as a whistle which every single replay from every single angle will confirm. Onto tonight- and I want goals. I don't care if we play the kids, Mick at the back and TC upfront. I want goals tonight.
New York City Wolf
24/08/2010 12:54:00
As for the Newcastle game I do think is going to be one of the best we will see this season. They do have some steel in the middle and Adlene made a tremendous impact- I would however find it difficult to drop Jones based on his performance over the past 20-30 games: if he is struggling just into the second half for example, by all means make that change but I would start with him- he can hold his own in the tackle, and I think if anything his may frustrate them with his passing.
New York City Wolf
24/08/2010 13:09:00
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