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Johnson looking forward to Black Country derby

Wolves captain Roger Johnson is set for his first ever experience of the Black Country derby.

Having previously played for Cardiff and Birmingham, Johnson does have some experience of derbies as a player and as a supporter he grew up as a Chelsea season ticket holder, so he knows what to expect when it comes to intensity and supporter passion.

'Cardiff-Swansea and Blues-Villa were always a bit tasty, but even Wycombe and Oxford hate each other, and so do Wycombe and Cheltenham.' Johnson told Wolves Official Website.

He continued: 'I've played in a few derbies over the years but I don't know much about this one but it's another one I'm looking forward to.

'Like us, they're not in a great run of form, but any form you might be in goes out of the window in games like this.

'It will all be down to which team is better on the day and we'll certainly be up for it.'

Vital Wolves Comment: We have of course edged the Black Country derby games in recent years.



We have already beaten them and drawn with them earlier this year, whilst their last win at The Hawthorns was five years ago, so hopefully we can keep that record going!

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Date:Friday October 14 2011

Time: 11:00AM

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Fletch is ruled out, so the 4-4-2 or 5 midfielders question seems to have been answered...or does it?
all4divisions
You beat to me to it All 4! I stopped myself writing on the other thread, switched to the Express & Star and there it was- the worst news we could have heard leading into this game. I was going to write that I was sure he would go 4-4-2 because they have started about as well as we have! but this changes everything. If Blake is only just coming back from injury he is most unlikely to risk him from the start, something I often disagree with from managers. If you bring a player on and he breaks down you have to change it all over again so why not start him and get the most until the legs go. Our complete lack of options point directly now to 4-5-1, the main positive from which means there is a good chance Adlene may start? The excitement is beginning to build I must say. 4-4-2 would have concerned me, because if Albion did start with the momentum and get an early goal where would we really go from there with our options? If we can take the sting out of the game early on, get the crowd frustrated and start knocking the ball around the way we can, then no doubts we can beat them. I say this with 4 successive defeats fresh in the memory so I will be surprised if we did come away with three points. So much really does hinge on this game. If we can win there then it will not only prove the obvious lift the players need, but also alleviate a great deal of pressure going into a home game against Swansea, one that most in football would have us down for a win for anyway. How the mind boggles if we were to find ourselves on 13 points two weeks from now. A defeat at Albion and the Swansea game suddenly becomes a pretty huge one. Right, I'm off to grab a bag of nails.
New York City Wolf
I hope Fletcher's injury is not that serious and that he is fit to face the following week. As I argued in another thread, I wanted us to start with a 4-5-1 formation and it looks as though it's forced on us anyway. If I had known about the injury, I would not have had to agonize over the choice of striker. And, I am happy with Doyle there. As Yorkie suggests, it also offers a place for AG and, I would contend, one for Milijas as well. If we can staunch the flow of goals and get a result this week, I would like us to return to a 4-4-2 set-up against Swansea, as long as Fletcher's poorly calf is up to it.
Southbank60
 

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