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Ronald's Regrets at the Reebok

Ronald's Regrets at the Reebok

Missing a sitter in the first few minutes and letting one in at the end of injury time: a perfect summary of our season. It`s not that we are not good enough for the PL but if we cannot perform the two key functions of football adequately we are going to struggle. And we are.

That opening statement was easy to write because it almost runs on rails. To be honest, I don`t really want to write this report because it makes me think about the game. I still cannot believe we lost ... and in such a stupid fashion. It still hurts, to the extent that I had to get out on the bike this morning and pedal up all the hills I could find to forget the pain, or at least transfer it to my legs and lungs.

It didn`t work, especially when I passed the Chelsea training ground. It made me recall the euphoria I felt on a night a mere month ago when we held on heroically to gain an unforgettable victory. Now that memory is tarnished because it appears as an occasional fluke, when set against our abysmal performances against lesser teams, or even against our inability to close out matches we should have won.

Knowing the result did not make it any less of a surprise when on Football First I watched Zubar`s back pass which gifted Bolton an unlikely three points. The fact that he had committed two similar errors earlier in the match took his action into the realms of the absurd. He`s rightly getting a good bollocking for it on blog-sites - though I bet those comments are not as bad as the one MM gave him in the tunnel - and he`s going to have to live with his mistake for a long time, especially if we are relegated. Yet, this is the guy, who lifted the team on his return from injury, and who played a blinder against Chelsea.

Before the match (virtually) everybody was saying that this was one we had to win, given the quality of the opposition in the next two matches. Results elsewhere compound our problems, though I think that WHU have been threatening to come good for some time. It`s getting very close to lovesW`s Doomsday scenario, in which we have to go for broke, that is all-out attack, if we wish to avoid the drop. Perhaps we`ll do it on Saturday, though I doubt it. We have to try something else, every other plan having failed to lift us out of the bottom three.

As I passed Chelsea`s training ground, another thought struck me: would I see Torres? I didn`t but it occurred to me that other teams had made good use of the transfer window to improve their squad ... like WHU, for instance! We, on the other hand, spent less than £1m and did nothing to fill our problem positions in defence. At least with Hennessey in such great form - and getting so much practice - we will not be overwhelmed, merely losing matches by the odd goal. Moreover, Hammill looks a good buy and will score goals as well as create openings for others. Similarly, O`Hara will strengthen our midfield when he is fit, that is, in his brief residency at Molineux before he leaves us for a PL side at the end of the season. Small, if temporary, straws of comfort.

It was a disappointing evening all round. I couldn`t watch the match on any freeview sites, as they were being blocked. Well, one site showed five seconds of action before freezing for a minute or two. Typically, one brief segment showed Jarvis running onto a through ball and drawing back his foot to shoot. When service was resumed the score unaccountably remained at 0-0! As I couldn`t access the Beacon broadcast either, I had to make do with the official blog. Gosh, those bloggers really suffer for their support ... and I thought I was a bag of nerves. It`s going to get worse too, that is, until it becomes clear that we are going down, at which point I will achieve Nirvana and the team will start winning matches.

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Date:Thursday February 3 2011
Time: 2:08PM


03/02/2011 15:48:00
typical response vile fan - did that take you all afternoon to compose? zubar has been shocking for a while now and some time on the bench / for the reserves might help him.
03/02/2011 18:14:00
Yes, but if we want to win games, we need attacking wing-backs. To repeat, he played that role superbly against Chelsea.
03/02/2011 19:14:00
Encouraging phrases at last....go for broke, all-out-attack. I could add more, but what is the point? ( er...what is a point? Three are needed!) This is where the only hope lies. It was 15 go's before Bolton. Now it is 14. Soon we are into the single digits...dare I say, with still 6 matches to win...if not seven. To hell with caution- rather to hell ourselves having thrown everything at our last 14 opponents and failed disastrously.
03/02/2011 21:12:00
I saw the match on a stop start stream. It stopped just as Zubar got the ball. I told the good lady what would happen and sadly was proved right. Groundhog day moment that typifies our season. That is why we will get relegated. I went to bed livid, not sure I feel any better now...
03/02/2011 21:42:00
im sorry i just hate your club very much having many wolves fan friends i never used to hear about the wonders of matt murray, joleon lescott, and the biggest flop in the world in the prem, ebanks-blake. credit lescott did well at everton, but maybe it was just luck ay seen as hes been awful at city. and the tacky ness and know it all of nearly every one of your fans and club just gets on my tits. so yeah, glad to say your going down.
03/02/2011 21:55:00
I know how you feel. It's really sad, especially as we started the season with such high hopes.
03/02/2011 22:01:00
Oops! The time delay in responses getting online makes it appear as though I sympathize with the poor, benighted avfcwills10. In fact, I was responding to OLDGOLD.
03/02/2011 22:38:00
we really need to try and win games.. 4-4-2 every game from now on and drop Henry who has no creativity at all (negativity should be his middle name) i couldnt believe the decision not to play milijas or o'hara. understandably o'hara isn't fully match fit or whatever but surely himself and milijas are our 2 best midfielders? we need to play with hammill, o'hara, milijas, jarvis in midfield and doyle and fletcher up front for every game now and try to get wins. ok we'll be thumped 3 or 4 nil a couple of times through being open but what difference is losing 1-0 or 4-0 if we get more wins? playing 4-5-1 and having everyone playing deep is all good and well if you're protecting a lead but at 0-0 if you play like that you'll get picked off or make mistakes.. we need to get forward, use our fast, skilfull wingers, creative midfielders, and forwards and score goals. what's the point in spending 14 mil on 2 strikers and not trying to score goals
03/02/2011 23:18:00
Absolutely, Smithy! I can see a consensus of opinion emerging here.
04/02/2011 08:02:00
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