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Lost the Plot?

Lost the Plot?

I, like Southbank was reserving my judgement, comments, thoughts, visions, criticisms, observations until the end of the season, alas I cannot!

I have been trying to think of a good 'word' (adjective) to normal people! to describe the game, I have come up with abysmal.

We cannot beat a poor B'ham side, low on confidence, (same as us), if you had a fairy godmother to bestow wishes upon you as a Wolves fan, what would you wish for?, can we please have a penalty to give us a good start and can we play against 10 men for most of the second half?

The game as a spectacle was pathetic, no side could keep possession or keep it in play for that matter for more than thirty seconds, Foster in the B'ham goal was not troubled for the whole of the second half, criminal, again pathetic.

Merlin has lost the plot, Tommy Cooper (TC) alias (Clipboard) has lost the plot, even OHara who looked different class for a couple of games has lost the plot!

I think even he has stooped to our level!

On this showing both teams deserve to go, even by some divine intervention we manage to avoid the drop, does it fill you with optimism for next season? answer!, no.

Even Jarvis, a recent England debutee was replaced, he must have been glad, definitely the worst game I have seen this season, possibly longer.

Excuses? There are none, do you need to be lifted with four games to go to avoid the drop?

I blame the coaches, their man management and their apparent lack of ability to motivate the players. They have had enough time, you don't have to be a genius to work out that it was a weak league last year, instead they basked in a success which was not earned on merit, rather by the lack of skill of the opposition!

Then they embarked upon a crazy mid summer madness of spending, none of those players bought could hold down a regular place in the team, some would not feature at all! laughable.

Merlin is a good championship manager and that's as far as it goes,the baggies were criticised for changing management but it has worked, tactically we have been woeful this year, strange positional changes and selections have happened on a regular basis!

This showing was embarrassing, I have been a fan for fifty plus years but I have to say we do deserve to go down, we have lost more games than anyone else and our performances against the teams around us are the worst in the division, just take Wigan, lost home and away, six points gone begging or lets say four if you want to be conservative.

Finally, I think the biggest nail in the coffin has been the defence, all season we have been plagued by mistakes and general bad play at the back, Merlins lack of seeing this, particularly during the January transfer window could turn out to be his undoing.

All these things that I have said really hurt to say but I feel its the truth and I hope whatever happens in the next three games something is done to address the mistakes that have beset us this season and as I have said before, at the very least, a change of coach to assist Merlin is the very least I feel is required.

As for Merlin?, I would give him until xmas to prove that he has turned things around, even this though I feel may be more than he is given?

Its not always the results, though at the end of the day that's how you are judged, its about how we have played and I must admit I don't think we have played 'well' that many times this season and as we have said before the table never lies!

Its still not impossible for us to get out of this, but do we deserve to? other teams have changed management, bought players, have we done enough simply sticking to our guns and staying loyal to Merlin? or did we somewhere along the way lose the plot?


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Writer:Crete Wolf
Date:Monday May 2 2011
Time: 10:20AM


If lovesW is the only optimist left in the Wolves camp, the only thing that can be sustaining him at the moment is that knowledge that whenever our team really has to win - and not merely win a 'must win' game - we have done so, regardless of the opposition. Does that make me the second optimist in the camp or merely a fool?
02/05/2011 11:47:00
Now, Southbank, this is a dangerous game you are playing. Seeing no sense in sense any longer you hope that sense will somehow be made out of nonsense, so therefore why not jokingly invest a teeny weeny bit in the remote eventuality that my nonsense turns into sense in the end. Dangerous I say, dangerous to me. You just want a share of the credit of having kept the faith in the face of all adversity, to share in the glory of it - yellow for you, for unfair play and ungentlemanly conduct - when all you have done is criticise and sow the seeds of discontent and desperation among fans, all doom and gloom, criticising MM no end, calling any one with confidence irrational and sarcastically applying biblical terminology to suggestions of positive alternatives to the prevalent negative style of play which has brought the Club to within reach of the Championship. Dissent. Second yellow. Off you go. Judging by Sunday last, that may not be enough for me to win.
02/05/2011 15:28:00
I'll sum it up for ya'll - mccarthy is ******** clueless
02/05/2011 19:24:00
There's a tiny corner of my brain that persists in acting in an irrational way by desperately clutching at straws. 99.999999999 per cent recurring of the old grey matter is telling me that we're doomed, a conclusion based on our position in the table and the team's recent performances. So, I am resigning myself to the drop but yet ... and, who knows, MM might gag the fat opera singer.
02/05/2011 21:11:00
Well said Crete. As for the following, I would like to think that throughout the season whilst your bright light of optimism has never flickered W, myself and Banksy have presented fair arguments and analysis. Even when we have turned in absurd performances no better than Sunday football standard we have often signed off on a positive note. I can't remember Banks calling for Mick's head once. Crete has not even with his rightly damning article- I will break the trend created and maintained by all above and myself. The wheels fell off during a moment of panic at Newcastle when he gave up on his favourite formation after 25 minutes just because we had gone a goal down and had not seen the ball for five minutes. The players must have been quivering 'Why or why must he make us play 4-4-2' we are s*&t. He's gone backwards and forwards and over the past two games played an alien defensive partnership that he did not think was worth playing a month ago. Hammill was dropped for no good reason. O'Hara has spent too long in Captain Karl's company; quick in the scuffle, sailing efforts into the stand, a bit more yelling and smirking at the ref when you are already on a booking. Very clever. Crete has been kind the same as I have in recent weeks saying that maybe a change in coach is long, long overdue. I was saving an argument for the end of the season based entirely on Mick McCarthy and more than ready to face the revolt- I would have posted it within days of any heroic survival- called for a change. I championed him for changing the culture of the club, but in all reality he was working with what he was given- instructions were coming from the top- no more silly salaries for big timers out to graze- we hit the lower leagues buy cheap take it from there. We did it. We lost focus of our goal, signing a young striker from Scotland does not uphold it for me - was that a token purchase in readiness for another serving of the same tripe. We are still investing in promising young players see; really. You think we are going to watch Doyle, Fletcher and Blake sold for a combined total of between 15 and 20 million and not expect a decent striker anymore. Hammill. Relegation signing all over. Jarvis will leave and he will play. Poor Kightly might have to play another three months of Championship football once he is fit before someone accepts he is finally fit, which he isn't now, and buys him. We've imploded. End of story. I said before the game I could not see a moment of inspiration kick starting the pedal for us, it was going to have to come from a mistake from the opposition and what a miserable postion to find yourself when you are relying on others inability to justify your own. Despite that we took it; Foster handed it to us on a plate. Better still a cheat managed to get himself sent off. And we could STILL not beat them. I did wonder where the next point was coming from. If playing a ten man Birmingham side with a 5th minute head start results in just one point, I would say it will most likely prove our last. You can't spend eighteen million pounds on something that worked, make it worse and get away with it. Even if we stay up he hit his peak last season and regardless of how much money he was given I can't see it papering over his tactical shortcomings. Morgan has a vision for the club and fighting relegation year after year does not fit. Up or down, a change is needed to take the club forward.
New York City Wolf
03/05/2011 03:17:00
Hammers v Blackburn is a big fixture,if Blackburn win that it's 3 from 4,if they lose or draw they could still be caught,they have Man utd home and us away next!.As ever though the problem is we have to win our games!.
Crete Wolf
03/05/2011 06:52:00
Perhaps it's that 0.0001 recurring part of my brain that is preventing me from apportioning blame for our relegation before it is a mathematical certainty. Yorkie makes a very persuasive case for the prosecution and at present I have no idea where the points are coming from. Even those who are in a position to do something about it seem bereft of ideas. The players have the ability to redeem the situation but the solution lies as much in their heads as in their feet ... and the selection of the right men for each position, the setting up of a winning formation and the creation and execution of a masterly tactical plan, of course.
03/05/2011 07:50:00
I remain optimistic, as long as we beat WBA then I think we will be ok, we should finish above Blackpool and Wigan and even if West Ham have a revival, I think we can still finish ahead of Blackburn. 4/5 points from 3 games.
03/05/2011 08:18:00
Not as I said, if Blackburn get a result at Upton park,they have enough,their goal difference is far superior.
Crete Wolf
03/05/2011 17:40:00
It's all if's but's and maybe's though Crete. If Blackburn get a result over West Ham then I fancy us to stay ahead of West Ham and ahead of Blackpool and Wigan. If West Ham get a result I fancy us to get ahead of Blackburn.
04/05/2011 10:09:00
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