Vital Football

Latest Wolverhampton Wanderers News

Johnson looking forward to Black Country derby

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!

Tell us what you think

As well as joining in on the forum and article comments below, you can also write an article to appear on our site!

This website is 100% by the fans and we are always looking for people to get involved. If this interests you please contact Vital Wolves.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday October 14 2011
Time: 11:00AM


Fletch is ruled out, so the 4-4-2 or 5 midfielders question seems to have been answered...or does it?
14/10/2011 15:49:00
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
14/10/2011 16:49:00
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.
14/10/2011 17:23:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wolves Articles

Vital Pre-Match - Championship, 21st-22nd October

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of matches this weekend, which will see us among those having a match in this upcoming schedule with three-points the aim of course.

Match Day Officials v Leeds (22/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Leeds United this Saturday.

Vital View - Championship, 18th-19th October

Newcastle took over at the top ahead of Norwich, Brighton closed in going up to third. A first Blackburn win was secured with another Rotherham defeat costing Alan Stubbs his job.

Brighton 1 Wolves 0 - Highlights

Wolves were beaten by Brighton in the Championship on Tuesday.

Archived Vital Wolves Articles

Vital Wolves articles from

Site Journalists

no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wolves v Leeds
Suggested By:
Wolves win60%
Leeds win40%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 13 9 1 3 28 16
2 Norwich 13 8 3 2 27 8
3 Brighton 13 7 4 2 25 8
4 Huddersfield 13 8 1 4 25 3
5 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
6 Sheff Wed 13 6 3 4 21 0
7 Bristol City 13 6 2 5 20 5
8 Brentford 13 5 4 4 19 7
9 Q.P.R. 13 5 4 4 19 -2
10 Reading 13 5 4 4 19 -4
11 Fulham 13 4 6 3 18 -1
12 Ipswich 13 4 5 4 17 1
13 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
14 Preston 13 5 2 6 17 0
15 Leeds Utd 13 5 2 6 17 -2
16 Barnsley 13 5 1 7 16 1
17 Wolves 13 4 4 5 16 0
18 Forest 13 4 3 6 15 -2
19 Aston Villa 13 2 8 3 14 -1
20 Derby County 13 3 5 5 14 -3
21 Blackburn 13 3 3 7 12 -7
22 Cardiff 13 3 3 7 12 -10
23 Wigan 13 2 5 6 11 -2
24 Rotherham 13 1 3 9 6 -18
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Wolves Results (view all)

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 5:30PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 12:30PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 1 2016 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

The Vital Football Members League