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Wolves must progress

After the great escape last Sunday, which I believe most Wolves fans are only just recovering from, we have been given a chance to progress.

I think we are quite lucky to still be in the league. You shouldn't take anything from the fightback the boys produced but I can't help thinking how fortunate we are to still be in this league.

We have played some great football, produced some great results but if we are to progress and move further up the table we have to start getting better results against the teams in and around us.

We are good at being the underdogs, sometimes playing our way to victory and other times grinding out a result but we must learn how to win games when we are the side in control.

How do we do this?

Well, I think three or four signings plus O'Hara could do the trick.

It looks like Mick is determined to make four-four-two work in this league, and he may have found a winning formula. A fit Stephen Hunt seems perfect and with a midfield full of battlers we look less vulnerable.

But we still look lacking in some areas.

Two, maybe three defenders, is a must for me. We have longed for a genuine left back who plays consistently well. Big George Elokobi has his moments, but it's not enough. In some games he is a joke and we can't have that. Mick was after Konchesky in January, could he go for him again?

We need a real presence and leader in the middle at the back. Someone like Ryan Nelson at Blackburn, but younger. Could Roger Johnson be the answer?

Finally, in a four-four-two I think we need another centre midfielder next to Jamie O'Hara. Karl Henry has always been a firm favourite of mine however he is simply not good enough on the ball in a four man midfield. I think Craig Gardner, who we have also previously gone for, could be perfect for that role.

The three players I have mentioned could mean a team like this:












How do you think we can improve, and progress up the table?

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Date:Thursday May 26 2011
Time: 3:00PM


Thats a juicy prospect Blogger wolf... 2 additions that wold seem feasible and attainable... My fear - and its one of Micks negative traits, is his insistance and pig-headedness when it comes to playing his faves. Henry is undoubtedly one of them, and you will have to find someone else to replace if you wanted a Gardner on the teamsheet. Im hoping somehow that he;s seen the light with Berra and Elokobi, and 2 positions at the back a "Johnson" or two would be ideal would help us look less pathetic when the opposition attack. In Fletcher and Doyle - and, it has to be said, Ward - Upfront we're capable of some real clever attacking play, and nothing more needs said about the brilliance of 4 talented wingers in Jarvis, Junt, Hammil and Kightly.... if only we could play them all/ Lets see (and hope) if Mick can learn from this season
Ad Mant
26/05/2011 17:25:00
Ad Mant's point about MM's blind spots is one of my concerns. He seems to have got over his penchant for playing Ward at LB, perhaps because he did so well in partnership with Fletcher upfront. His support for Henry is another case of favouritism. When I saw Henry's push last Sunday I went cold, feeling sure that Howard Webb would send him off. His rashness is becoming a handicap. We need a more all-round player in his position too.
26/05/2011 20:51:00
Ward had to play full back because Van Damme let everyone down , Cant blame Mick for that one , We all thought he was the answer when we signed him so personally i thought Ward did himself no harm filling in for us as we had no one else there besides George who we all know has his faults , Point the finger at the player sometimes and not always the manager ! , Sometimes signings dont work out and Van Damme has proved that , Henry has 1 sending off n 8 yellows in 32 games aint that bad really , theres a lot worse in the league , but its not his tackles im knocking , its his football ability , Thats why i think Foley holding as he is a very neat footballer and Ohara and Adlene would gain off it
27/05/2011 01:44:00
Alright, but was Van Damme played as a left back ? I think he wasn´t, but am not sure. I mean - was he given a chance on the spot for which he was bought ? Otherwise I agree, that he let us down.
27/05/2011 06:40:00
Oddjob: credit where it is due, MM did identify areas of improvement a year ago and acted accordingly. He bought in JVD at LB and many of us, including me, thought that was an astute signing. Indeed, as the negotiations dragged on, I was worried lest we would lose him. The friendlies showed him up and perhaps we could have done further business then, though it would have been difficult and costly. Even so, MM could and should have something in January. By then, it was patently obvious that we needed central defenders as well as a LB but nothing was done. As a stop-gap MM might have tried out Mancienne in the LB position, as you have suggested, but I certainly don't blame Ward for the problem. Playing out of position, he did his best. Secondly, MM bought in Fletcher to operate alongside Doyle in a 4-4-2 system. It never got off the ground. Doyle was injured at the start of the season and Fletcher was put out of action in the Stoke match, a retaliatory foul for the one on Jones. It was a pity because in the first half Fletcher and SEB tore Stoke apart. Thereafter, systems came and went, as already described by someone else. Among the experiments was the one that paired Fletcher and Ward up front, even though it was forced on the manager. Helped by a resurgent Hunt (and a rejuvenated Jarvis), it worked. To sum up, MM made the right decisions last summer but for one reason or another (including poor scouting) they did not succeed. Over time, his purchase of Fletcher and Hunt have helped to save us, whereas the acquisition of JVD and Maierhofer hardly helped at all and arguably cost us points as well as money. At present, we cannot assess the value or otherwise of bringing in Mouyokolo. If he is good as you say he is, Oddjob, we may thank MM in the long run. The close season will provide an indication of that, that is, if he is injury-free. Clearly, MM's team selection was hampered by injury and the inability of one or two of his signings (and established players) to match his assessment of their capabilities but, nonetheless, they seemed bizarre at times. Over the years I have been pleased with MM as manager - after all, he replaced the Messianic Hoddle- but under his direction will we find ourselves in the same situation in May 2011?
27/05/2011 07:43:00
SOuthbank60 - unless Mick is able to learn from his mistakes (blindspots you call them) we will no doubt end up in the same position - of not worse next season. I want to see 2 or 3 defensive players and someone to play alongiside Ohara in a midifield of Jarvis Ohara and Hunt... then we should be able to move to a 442, where, it has to be said Ward showed real class alongisde Fletcher, giving us effectively 4 premiership strikers, SEB debatable ofcourse...
Ad Mant
27/05/2011 11:24:00
What's the obsession with 442? Just how many other teams play that way all the time these days? We need options to play a number of formations, especially a version of 451 as so many other teams play it and then have a man over in midfield.
Wolf Man
27/05/2011 13:48:00
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