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No playing down massive game against Wigan

There is no point denying just how big this weekends clash between Wolves and Wigan really is.

OK, so it might not be one that will grab the attentions of the neutrals, in fact it's unlikely to see a packed Molineux.

But after just ten games of the season, there is no denying that it is the proverbial six-pointer.

"Clearly everybody knows Wolves versus Wigan is a huge game. Sunday`s clearly one we need to take care of. We know how big a game Wigan is and we`ll look after that this week." our Mick told the Express & Star.

Wolves currently sit one place above the drop zone, two points clear of Blackburn and Bolton and three points ahead of Wigan.

A win for Wolves could see us jump up the table as high as 13th, a defeat and we could be rooted to the bottom of the league.

Vital Wolves Comment: That daft idea about ending relegation in the Premier League, doesn't sound so daft at the moment! ;)

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 1 2011

Time: 1:00PM

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Must win, it's that simple.
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01/11/2011 10:30:00

It is that simple like you say Akela. If we don't then it really could be curtains for Mick and also for our season!!
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01/11/2011 11:38:00

We simply cannot allow a team who have lost the last 7 get anything from us at home, especially after showing some good football against City. UTW!!
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01/11/2011 14:29:00

This game is less than a must win game because, strictly speaking, we can stay up if we lose to Wigan by a cricket score. On the other hand, it's far more important than a 'six-pointer because it will act as a barometer of our progress. If we cannot beat a team with a worse record than ours, what chance do we have of succeeding against other relegation rivals? Of course, we could repeat last year's trick of beating MC, MU and Chelsea at home but that's highly unlikely and should be excluded from any calculation. I think it's going to be a very nervy game and might turn on a dreadful mistake, always possible with our team.
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01/11/2011 14:59:00

It looks like I may actually be the most optimistic about getting a win. How did that happen?:-0
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01/11/2011 15:30:00

We can win wirh the right team selection if SF is fit he has to play wirh Doyle up front with Hunt and Ohara and to other midfielders Henry being one because we all know MM wont drop him that leaves AG DE OR NM we dont need to play with to wingers to me that should give enough up front and some bite in midfield to win.
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01/11/2011 22:18:00

SB all the best for your op good luck.
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01/11/2011 22:20:00

I agree with you, kiawolves.
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02/11/2011 00:05:00

Fletcher is ruled out,then. SEB or Vokes to come in, or five midfielders?Surely we have to play two up front for this one.
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02/11/2011 11:41:00

Well with Fletcher out there is a bit of a problem with selection, considering we put in more crosses than any other team according to the stas then I would play SV up front and have KD feeding off him. Personally AG needs to play alongside JOH with Hunt and NM. We have to go attacking from minute one. I can't see it as Kia says MM will play KH and he does love DE who is struggling for form at the moment. Confidence is needed!!!
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02/11/2011 12:10:00

Puts our development into perspective if Wolves-Wigan is a 'huge game.' The fixture list was kind to us yet based on form, our respective inability to avoid defeat and a subsequent points return that points to relegation can Mick afford another defeat? Hats off for staying up first season but we have been peddling backwards ever since, and at a tidy sum also. The summer outlay was a joke when we knew we needed at least three new players, preferably five but from the start the supporters went with what they were served and indeed backed the manager and team. If you went to your favorite restaurant every week and the same waitress dropped your dinner on the floor 7 weeks out of 8 you'd surely be within your rights to complain! The worst case scenario has already kicked in with Fletcher getting injured. SEB has been injured and we have resorted to playing one upfront, with Vokes the other option, a player Mick has repeatedly shipped out on loan. We are sadly debating whether we could or should line up with two up front for a home game against Wigan, but with the players at our disposal what else can we do. Sadly, considering our options and, the lack of end product from employing wingers, and a continued inability to line up and organize the most basic of formations, the classic 4-4-2, I hope we do play five in midfield this week- I just think we need that extra man in midfield to absorb teams and offer further protection to our back four and their inevitable mistakes. Success of course depends on Doyle playing to the best of his ability and the midfield managing to reach his holding in time to offer the support and get shots on target. The fact we continue to balloon long range efforts from outside the box shows we are not reaping any benefit from the high volume of crosses we have put into the box this season, as per the stats and are not reaching the front two in time to get in scoring positions. This list goes on. Was it not April of last season when we had to 'get back to basics on the training pitch?' April? If you can't cut out the mistakes after two years then what makes you think anything is going to be different going forward. The kindest offer I could make would be perhaps to get rid of Terry. He has lived through many managers at the club and perhaps some fresh thoughts on the coaching side of things could be just what Mick needs. Does he come across as someone who is open to ideas? Funny, I know. The players have shown their character by offering the manager support- sadly they do not appear to show that on the pitch. Banks points out that this is not a must win in the sense we can lose and still have plenty games to get points from. I would say though that this game is indeed a must win for Mick. Scraping a point with two late goals will not wash this time. The slump needs to end, and if we can not beat the worst team in the division at home then surely it is time for a change. The game is on the telly here so rest assured I will be sat with a beer cheering them on from the start- hope for the best- prepare for the worst. Waiter!
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02/11/2011 14:53:00

Merlin always seems to get the result when he most needs it,does'nt he need one now!,we said in a article last year that perhaps it was time for 'Coco' to go and a new coach bought in to assist Merlin,I fear the only coach Merlin will get now is one to take him out of the west midlands!!.UTW.
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02/11/2011 18:17:00

Ha! Ha! Crete Wolf: a neat twist on the Don Everall joke I used to indicate the best way to defeat MC last Saturday. Having been accused of going soft in my reports, it's nice to see that Yorkie has not lost any edge in his critique.
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03/11/2011 08:23:00


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