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Don't Panic!

After 2 wins and 2 draws in our last four games, the heavy defeat came as a bit of a shock to the system at the weekend.

The defeat itself didn't, a trip to Newcastle is never easy, just ask Aston Villa, Sunderland, Liverpool and West Ham who have also come away from the North East with their tails between their legs.

The problem with this result was the manner in which it came when it looked like we had turned a corner.

"It was a one-off, a blip and if you give goals away, you can`t win games. We just have to keep our calm.' our Mick told the Express & Star.

He added: "Last weekend was our biggest defeat and the worst set of results against us we`ve had all season.

"It was probably on a par with our poorest performance and yet we`re one point worse off, so it hasn`t done us too much damage.

Vital Wolves Comment: In terms of the league table, Mick is of course correct, the league is so tight this season that when one team picks up a result another slips up.

With only a final few games remaining, many of us would have taken being just one point from safety at the start of the year. Especially when you add into the equation the amount of points every team in the bottom half has secured this season.

We're still only three points away from 14th, so expect many more twists and turns to come.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 6 2011

Time: 1:00PM

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Dust ourselves off and move on to the next.
After Saturday, I feel like panicking. And it's not my fault! If the players been playing to their potential all through the season rather than drifting through some of the games, we would not be in this mess.
Southbank you`ve been negative all season. You had us down before Xmas.
Wolf Man
You're right, Wolf Man ... but, if you have read my recent blogs, you will have noted that I had perked up a little. I even plumped for a finishing total of 56 points! I had thought we had eliminated the unforced errors and the casual approach to certain games. I was wrong. The team is capable of getting the requisite number of points to survive but the players have to focus on the job in hand and play to their full potential. We should expect nothing less. On Saturday I will be closely monitoring their response from the Billy Wright stand.
So you perked up a little due to recent results and then one poor game and your back bemoaning the players focus??
Wolf Man
Well, so was MM, so I am in good company. And I think I have reason to be unhappy with the team's performance on Saturday and, indeed, over the course of the season. Recent performances, as well as occasional successes earlier in the year, indicate that the team is capable of playing well. So, why have we been languishing in the relegation zone for much of the time? It can only be due to a lack of commitment, complacency or cockiness ... or an amalgam of all three. Don't just believe me: scroll back through the news items on the official website. I can accept a defeat if we battled hard and lost to a better team. What is unforgivable is a lazy, apathetic approach to a game of the kind that characterised our play last Saturday. Of course, I am entitled to bemoan a team's lack of focus, effort and determination, even for a moment never mind a whole game. It's what they are paid to do. If you are happy with the team's performance and blithely think that we will survive, come what may, you must believe that God wears old gold and black pants. Well he did and his name was Stan Cullis and he managed a team that never threw in the towel or gave less than 100 per cent. Sure, the players were confident but they had earnt the right to feel that way. This lot have a long way to go. Personally, I think we will survive but only if (to repeat myself) the players focus on the job in hand and work hard to realise their full potential. It's not disloyalty to point this out.
Setbacks are inevitable. Not even the big clubs are exempt. Chelsea thrashed 0-5 at home by Sunderland, and deservedly so, after a performance much like that of Wolves on Satrurday. Inexplicable. Anyone looking up the records in years to come will suspect a printing error. I take form as a guide, not individual matches. In the so-to-call-it pre-run-in comprising the last 6 games, only WBA have collected more points than Wolves, 10, and WHU as many,8. The chances are that the trend with the other teams in danger to collect less will continue, and it is not necesarry that that be so with all those teams; even with 3 teams out of the 8 or so will be sufficent, and that is more probable than possibe, though, of course, not a certainty. Much as managers insist - and the attitide IS the right one, the only right one - on wanting to be 'masters of their own destiny', the scores of the other teams is the first thing they check on after a game, if not during its course, nevertheless.

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