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Ebanks-Blake should be fine

25-year-old Sylvan Ebanks-Blake came off at half-time against Everton with a hamstring injury.

The striker who has fired home seven goals this season had a scan on Monday, but he believes he shouldn't miss any action.

"Hopefully, I`ll be fit for the Fulham game - that`s what I`m working towards. Ebanks-Blake told the Express & Star.

He added: "As we haven`t got a game on Saturday, there`s no need to rush things as regards full training.

"The free weekend is something of a blessing for me, because it`s given me that extra bit of time to recover."

Vital Wolves Comment: This could be just the bit of luck we needed, losing Kevin Doyle and SEB probably would have written our final chapter in the Premier League.

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 13 2011

Time: 1:00PM

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I think that SEB is stronger on the ball than Fletcher and therefore would do Doyle's job more effectively. On the other hand, I read somewhere that Fletcher operated in a similar fashion at Burnley. In the air I prefer Fletcher, the taller man, and with our wingers that might be a factor (though we must play Hammill and talk sternly to Jarvis). SEB is perhaps better at scoring with the ball at his feet (I recall a dreadful miss by Fletcher against MU). I judge Fletcher to be the more skilful all-round player, though SEB has the higher work-rate. So, it's a toss-up, much depending upon the formation we play. As we must go back to a 4-5-1 set-up, that suggests the selection of SEB ... or does it?
Southbank60
Recall Vokes come April 21st. Just two strikers available is risking. Of course, with MM it is three.
lovesW
I think we'll have to ... and he's scored a goal. He's big enough to receive balls out of defence but the question is whether it would stick to him. If he could achieve that objective and lay it off, he would be doing the job. If only it were that simple!
Southbank60
He was our secret weapon in the last Championship year. It was his glaring miss against MU last season that saw him sidelined after that. True, he is slippery to the ball, but he is direct when going for goal, no manoevering round and about defenders (SEB) and is at least as good as Fletch in the air. No regrets about Keogh and Iwelumo leaving, but Vokes I would have retained. I am in complete agreement with your comparision of the two strikers, still I'd say MM will go for SEB - and that he has not given up on 4-4-2 yet.
lovesW
If so, you and MM will be the only two advocating it. Unfortunately, one of you has an influence on team selection that outweighs all of those who dissent from the view.
Southbank60
WOlves, Wigan, Backpool are the selected candidates for the drop. Can we pluck one other above us to take out place? I dont think Mick knows how, and the late injuries have given our chances a massive knock. Not sure I am prepared to handle Mick for another year. Up or down.
Ad Mant
Blackburn, Ad Mant. The other two and you have my three tips for the drop. The May Magic may be just round the corner, and we will then be sorry for our lack of trust now. Southbank, unfortunately or otherwise, one of us has much more than an influence on team selection, and whatever the other and the rest say will be ineffectual - on your own admission, so getting behind him now is all we can do in the cause. I have questioned his ways before myself, as I do still, but dissent and calls for head will not help, though that will not unnerve him in the least, I am sure. That he is practically immune to all that will work in his, and therefore, in Wolves' favour. And though I know that I am making no friends in saying that, I know also that all will wish that events prove me right, and if events were to prove me wrong had I argued in some other way and Wolves stay up, I would be just as glad for it.
lovesW
Of course, we should all get behind the team, and I pondered what I should say in my report on the Everton game (not that anyone takes any notice). However, one has to state the truth as one sees it and, much as I would have liked to bolster the players' confidence, they were awful. But, it's still small margins. Had Guedioura, Fletcher or SEB scored in the first 20 minutes, the team might have won. Conversely, one might argue that If they didn't score, they were not skilful enough and that is why ehere are where we are..
Southbank60
Is there a gremlin on this site, one that jumbles up a word or two? We are where we are because we lack the skill to score goals and to stop the other side scoring them: discuss.
Southbank60
I think we were starting to score goals in our last matches, likewise our defense was rapidly improving. But now everything seems to have fallen apart. I still fail to understand why mick built his tactics around doyle and did not train a suitable backup for his position. I hope that mick changes around the defense but i just know that he wont. So why wont he? Also does anyone know if griffiths is any good? Wud he make the first team?
superwwfc
From a report today it looks like we will be continuing with the 4-4-2 formation. Vokes might be one possible solution. He is big and strong and, if he plays the Doyle role, he does not have to score, a weakness of his. Regarding Griffiths, I have read reports of his performance in reserve matches which seemed reasonable, if I recall correctly. He is still some way down the pecking order but will clearly move up, should we be relegated. He was good enough for the Scottish Premier League ... but didn't we easily defeat Hearts at the beginning of August? Oh, those heady days of hope and expectation before reality intruded.
Southbank60
Great news. If Vokes is brought in, it won't be in the Doyle role, Southbank. We have it from you that the ball does not stick to his feet, the main requisite for the Doyle role. A restrained version of it with SEB on the right, Jarvis on the left, with Vokes and Fletch jointly spearheading the attack. Both Sam and Fletch are touch- and -go, just what we need to get attempts at goal before the opposing defenders come into action.
lovesW
W! How many strikers do you want on the pitch at the same time?! I just responded to the formation article by not really commenting on it because it was indeed flogged like a dead horse but this opens things up again. I have always been a fan of Vokes and when he first came to the club he was scoring, as he did for Wales- he is oddly absent for long stretches and feel into the one mistake category where we hardly saw anything of him afterwards. I remember we gave up the chance to sign one player (I forget who) because the club asked for a guarantee that he would play week in week out. I agree with this on the whole- unless one of the top clubs has a truly outstanding talent and is 'kind' enough to loan him to a Championship club with practically no strikers or money (and so on) then I can see the club easing that into negotiations and the Championship club happily agreeing. In general I don't think it is fair to any other player to have one walk in, especially one contracted to another club although with a cast iron guarantee he gets picked. In the mean time, I hope the Wolves will have a better look at the clubs we are shipping our players out to because aside from a couple of the very young playing in the bottom divisions, the likes of Vokes and Keogh do not appear to have been used to effect, and have returned in no better position than when they left. I will be amazed if Vokes is given a nod even for the bench- this all changes of course if forbid, SEB or Fletch pick up another injury. Fletch has been carrying that calf problem for a while now and SEB has picked up his fair share we he gets a yes, share of the spoils. I am resigned to watching us play 4-4-2. Fulham are a very well organized unit but they can prove lackluster when it comes to turning those draws into wins, becoming The Mark Hughes of the game if we are talking formation and strategy, but if you look at their goal diference (+1) they most often found close to either sneaking a win, or slipping to defeat. If we go all gung-ho 'throwing the kitchen sink at it' etc I think we will play right into their hands; without the best defenders, without the best midfield they boast one strength we don't have and that is organization. I refuse to use 4-5-1 anymore because it has some people reaching for the sick bucket, so I shall say that if we went 4-3-3 we would beat them. Whilst SEB came off the bench to nail the door shut on the game, we spent an hour if I remember correctly against Blackpool playing 'one' up front and destroyed them. Blackpool may be in a state of disrepair but if the 4 goals we scored is not good enough fast forward a week to the 3-3 draw against Tottenham in which we used went out with one up front. Week later, beat Villa. 7 points from a possible 9- we were coasting and scoring for fun, maintaining organization in the middle and at the back. Ahhhhh, as the dust settles on 'the injury' worst case fears have presented. To go back to the very top, could not describe the two forwards any better than Banksy which is why it is hard to choose between the two of them. For the sake of our season someone should. As will prove, this is no longer a decision that will have to be made when both start next Saturday.
New York City Wolf
Three, Wolf, or, to put it precisely, the sum total of three, made up as follows: Vokes and Fletch, plus SEB and Jarvis out wide, drawing defenders and cutting in to have a go themselves whenever that is possible, the former accounting for one half, the other for one fourth, with the rest, Guedioura and Milijas mostly, for the remaining one fourth. Wolf, to get wins it is necessary to score. Success in drawing all the 6 games left will be useless, and one defeat at least is more than a possibility. It will be argued that scoring itself will be useless if the work is undone by the midfield and the defence. True. It is the job of the manager to see to that. But, in order to win, scoring is imperative, whether goals are conceded or not. And by scoring I do not mean just one goal, if the defence, all at once and for the rest of the games left, does not become delightfully exempt from the shortcomings that have charachterised it all season. If we do not go with all that we have got now, when? When? All the planning and effort in being cautious for fear of conceding, even if totally successful (6 points), will see us down. Half success with playing offensively(9 points) will probably be enough. This is the whole of it, as far as I see. 'Banksy' s evaluation of SEB and Fletch impressed me too, but I'd say, like yourself, that both will play against Fulham. I wish it would be, AT LEAST both. The gremlin has been at it again; can't you see that his mother tongue is not English?
lovesW
 

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