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Wolves suffer in injury-time

The three points and the Black Country derby bragging rights looked all but ours, until the Baggies struck in injury time.

The stats might suggest that it was the least West Brom deserved, but a goal in the final few seconds seems awfully unlucky for Mick's men.

'I'm feeling a bit lousy - it seems like a win to them, we played well and just a mistake cost us at the very end but it was a good performance by our lads.' McCarthy said to the BBC after the game.

He continued: 'In the first half we were terrific, in the second they had to take chances and push people forward. Overall it was a good performance by us, but we needed that second goal as we don't get too many 1-0s.'

Wolves had led thanks to Jamie O'Hara's strike in the 39th minute and that looked to have been enough to give us the three points.

The automatically updating league tables were ready to lock into place with Wolves moving up to 18th, level on points and goal difference with West Brom, but Carlos Vela's injury-time goal means we slump back to the bottom of the table.

Vital Wolves Comment: At least we didn't lose ground on the Baggies, so a point isn't as devastating as it had felt immediately following the game.

A win over Blackpool on Saturday could still see us slide out of the bottom three.

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 21 2011

Time: 3:00PM

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Some one wrote lately that Mick reads our posts on here. Have a look at the article 'Let's hit target' on the official site, third and fourth last paragraphs. Mick is right, his 4-5-1, the one fielded on Sunday, at least, was an attacking formation, because Wolves attacked and controlled play for a good part of the match; an attacking 4-5-1 made up, but for two players, of defenders and midfielders, nonetheless.
lovesW
......an attacking formation, with attackers: Doyle and Jarvis out wide, Fletch and SEB or Vokes strikers, Milijas and O'Hara in midfield. Damn caution and GO! I am still on with my 4 points forecast from the WBA and Blackpool games. West Brom was an away match after all, so the point is satisfactory. Against Blackpool it must be three points, no rationalisations will be satisfactory, no 'next game the crunch one' escape clause will do. Next game will be '10 to go' GO NOW!
lovesW
I know I should realise that there is every likelihood that the Wolves will chuck away a point or two in the dying minutes of a match, but whenever it happens my mind refuses to believe it. I still didn't believe it when I woke up this morning in Derby. Although I should have been thinking about the meeting in Leicester, when on the train, I found myself wondering if it had happened and, if so, could it be rectified. Only when I saw the goal go in this evening (my brother-in-law recorded MOTD2), did I accept that we had needlessly lost another two points. And it was avoidable. Hennessey played well but he should have caught the ball. Even so, it shouldn't have been a problem, had Jarvis not missed a sitter. It's no good telling me that WBA should have scored several goals and therefore deserved to draw. The fact remains that we gave away a goal in the second minute of injury time and it shouldn't happen. I am still thinking about MM's tactical substitutions and whether they contributed to the result. The reports say that we dominated the first half but we seemed to lack penetration in the final third of the pitch. How long was it before we got our first corner? I think we should have played with two men up-front, that is, if we are really serious about scoring in open play. I also thought that Doyle looked jaded: perhaps the sheer effort of trying to battle up-front by himself is wearing him down. On Saturday we have to attack for, as lovesW insists, there is now no alternative. If we do not get the three points against Blackpool, it will seem like the beginning of the end. I'll be there to keep an eye on them.
Southbank60
:(............ I watched the game on computer with my girlfriend, after Vela goal she asked - "We lost ?" :D - It felt like a lose, but then I told myself - 1 is more than 0, at least we have something. Now the 3 points against Blackpool are a must. And not just that. From the 11 matches that remain, we need 5 victories. We have 6 home matches with playable opponents - Blackpool, Tottenham, Everton, Fulham, WBA, Blackburn - we can get 5 victories from these, if every player concentrates. Even 4 home victories could be enough. Lets not be overoptimistic and say we get 3 home victories for sure............ We have 5 away matches - Aston Villa, Newcastle, Stoke City, Birmingham, Sunderland - we can get at least 5 points from these. A victory and 2 away draws, that is possible.... That would give us 39 points on the end, that could be enough :) I am still optimistic, but we have to win on saturday !
PanFiluta
The result of the match is not what bothers me. It is the lack of scoring chances created during the game that does. What use is it dominating play for 30' to create one scoring chance? The vision and class of Milijas got the goal from a set piece. What can you expect with a 4-5-1, albeit employed 'attackingly' (MM), the emphasis one of containment and a hope of a Dolyle or a Jarvis break? Even if Hennessey had not spilled the ball for their equalizer, my reaction would have been no different. It means the urgency of playing with more attackers - to create those chances- has not been recognized. Actually, apart from the benefit of two points, a win would have served to justify this style of play and stamp it for the next games, with disastrous results, I dare to say. I do not know - I cannot know - whether MM's mind is made up to carry on with these tactics, as he did last season, when it did work. But, as I have said elsewhere, the situation at the bottom of the table, along with the teams in there now, do not make of this tactic a safe one to bank on. Wolves were plain lucky to be ahead for as long as they were. Hodgson had it in two lines: 'Hennessey was very busy throughout the match. You cannot say the same for Hennessey.' A defeat would have had the alarm bells ringing. As it is, the doom is postponed yet another time' It is Blackpool now that's the do-or-die, next it will be Spurs. When will the barrier of caution and fear restraining these wolves fall? With five games to go, having to win them all to have even a mathematical chance, and at the mercy of the other teams slipping up?
lovesW
......should be 'Myhill was not busy at all', or something to that effect, at the beginning of the Hodgson quote. Sorry all; speed of thought is much faster than a two-man forward line!
lovesW
Spot on, LovesW but do I detect a shift in your opinion of MM, his tactics and his ability to redeem the situation? I know we have all said this for weeks but we absolutely have to defeat Blackpool this Saturday. I'll be there. Incidentally, I still find it hard to accept Sunday's result, fortunate though we were to be ahead within two minutes of the end of the game. And it may not have been MM's fault. Reports suggest that he was shouting at the players to defend further up the pitch, instructions that they nervily ignored.
Southbank60
What you detect, SB60, is the concern should MM's tactics not work. I still think he will remedy the situation, his way or the way we suggest. That is something that must have been at the back of his mind for some time, and I would say it may now very well be moving to the fore of his mind. It is for him to decide, he is the manager. Had we not had the players to afford us the option of a more adventurous style of play and with it the possibility to move out of danger relatively swiftly, then there could be no regrets later if the one style possible with the players available fails. The one thing I am always on my guard against is regret. The word is to me what sin is to Christians and bad karma to Hindus and Buddhists. One point per match from now on will not do; there are teams we must catch up with, moreover overtake, teams that keep picking up points. There is not even risk involved now. The only risk is - a highly probable one - that the other teams go past the 36-point mark if we do get the point per match for that total ourselves.
lovesW
If Blackpool win tonight against Spurs they can probably afford to lose on saturday and the total points required for safety will again rise.I fear that time and performances are catching up with us.Form is temperary,class is permanant,when we've been on form we can beat the best,trouble has been the form has not been maintained for any decent amount of time.UTW
Crete Wolf
Hmm, lovesW: rereading the aforesaid comment, I still think you are poking your foot out of the pro-MM closet!
Southbank60
Crete: total points required will be high, anyway that game goes. I would go about it differently,SB 60. I would have gone about it differently last season too. I am not MM, never been in his closet, but wish him success, whatever his ways, for his success is Wolves' too. That should make my stand quite clear.
lovesW
Fair enough: I wish any Wolves manager success ... for obvious reasons. However, there might come a time when the situation becomes so dire that questions start to be asked. In this respect, I think the outcome of Saturday's match will have a bearing on public opinion one way or the other.
Southbank60
Good last point. The fear is, a ' saved by the bell' win followed by wariness again against Spurs. Dropping points on Saturday would really leave no option. Watched Blackpool - Spurs on Myp2p; Spurs dominated play throughout, but when on the break, Blackpool put away their chances, because they had the plyers to do it, and they did.
lovesW
Yes, Blackpool's result last night makes it even more important that we beat them on Saturday (that is, if anything can be more important than the 100 per cent inportance it had been before that result).
Southbank60
 

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