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Case for the defence? Guilty

It doesn't take a tactical genius to know where Wolves went wrong against Blackburn on Saturday.

When you can't keep clean sheets, something we haven't done since April, then questions are going to be aimed towards your defence, no matter what excuses you can give to try and explain the reasons why, questions will be asked and Berra has stepped up to answer those questions.

'It was very disappointing,' Christophe Berra told Wolves Official Website before adding 'Blackburn are good at set pieces and score a lot of goals from dead ball situations.

'And they punished us with two of them on Saturday.

'You have to defend set pieces as a team and we didn't do that.'

The game in all honesty could have finished 4-4 with Wolves not being able to take advantage of a glut of chances during the opening stages of the game and towards the end.

Arguably when their goalkeeper is many peoples man of the match, for me the scoreline would appear harsh.

But while I might make the odd excuse (not many as the defending was atrocious), Berra was making no excuses as he added: 'We've had chances in the game but again we can't keep saying that - we have to learn from it.'

So what's the answer? Spend in January? Wait for Craddock's return? Change the system to be more resolute in midfield?

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 6 2010

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

I have already had my say on this subject so I will let someone else open the debate. However, Berra's comments fall into the pattern of responses to poor results already established over the season. In effect, the spokesemn states the obvious then follows it up by saying that he (or the team) will learn from it. However, from my perspective, they never seem to ask why it happened and set out what they are going to do to remedy the situation. I find stalling a useful device to use against my wife when she wants me to do a job but it's inappropriate behaviour in a Premier League football club.
Southbank60
Southbank, nothing needs saying that hasnt been said and observed 100 times over. No premier quality defenders = no clean sheets = rock bottom finish
AdMant
I have tried my damn best to remain optimistic as I hope most of my articles have proven over the course of the season so far, but my optimism is waning and reality is hitting home like a sledge hammer. How we loved turning over Manchester City- how we enjoyed the helter skelter victory over Sunderland but back to facts, we are back in the middle of a dismal run that as things stand only points to one thing and the word starts with R. I resisted posting what I thought to be a 'measured rant' last night following months of defending practically everyone at the club but let's scratch our collective bonces, and if anyone wants to tell me where our next point, let alone three is going to come from, then the pints are on me.
New York City Wolf
Nice to see that my false dawn article is still chugging along, even if it has transformed itself into an expression of shock over the dismissal of the Newcastle manager. From our point of view it gives us an opportunity to view the consequences of such an action, especially as Hughton has done a better job than ours. Should Newcastle improve their position as a result of their action- and we decide to go down the same route- should we bid for Hughton. I thought that he was doing a good job up there.
Southbank60
I wish we could go down the route of signing Andy Carrol,15 million and you've got a player for 10+years,not 7 million and sitting on the bench!but then again what do we know us Numptys!.
Crete Wolf
Would you really back the sacking of McCarthy if you knew Hughton was coming in as his replacement??
akela
Akela: it was not necessarily my opinion- merely a question for discussion.
Southbank60
Well, the sacking was bound to stir the emotions considering he is the first to go, and the predicament we find ourselves in. It just brings to the fore the stark reality that not many managers would still be in charge having spent 17 million and having won 3 from 16 games. I don't think our board are about to sack Mick but how many of those hours were spent discussing his position? There has to be some kind of blue print lay down- in all walks of life, if you are not doing well at work, you get a warning, and if you keep getting it wrong you're on your bike. We may get bored of saying or hearing this but Steve Morgan is a very successful businessman- he didn't build his empire on poor standards. I don't like it when he gets stick- thankfully I haven't seen any on here, mainly on the E&S message board where half strung together sentences seem to be the order of the day. He has invested in this club and remember the excitement when the stadium plans were announced. The future looked exciting again- he has proven he wants to develop this club from top to bottom and has pledged the money- its not a pipe dream- we saw the drawings. If there was a statement following that meeting I would love to read it. Mick says the result was money to spend in January. I would say that Morgan and Jez WILL make money available to try and save our season, regardless of who is in charge. I am not jumping on the sack McCarthy train but surely he has been told how many points he is expected to take from the next however many games. Remember that if we were in a good position in January they would have pressed the green button for the stadium plans- we can scrap that idea- the only thing that matters now this season is survival and that in itself is demoralizing. Two wins and results going our way could see us outside the bottom three. Two more defeats and we are in big trouble. It's gonna be a long two weeks.
New York City Wolf
the problem is mccarthy keeps changing the defence every game.. when the team was announced for blackburn i looked at it and thort it was our best defence.. Zubar, Berra, Mouyokolo, Elokobi.. but, berra has been out injured, mouyokolo has hardly played this season, same goes for elokobi, and zubar has only just come back from injury.. he needs to stick with the same back 4 now and let them gel.. with a good run in the team, those 4 will come good for definate!! and dont play ward in midfield again for christ sake!!! 4 bham.. Hennessey, Zubar, Berra, Mouyokolo, Elokobi, Hunt, Jones/Foley, Mancienne, Milijas, Jarvis, Doyle
SmithyWolves
 

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