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Sunderland game is huge admits McCarthy

Mick McCarthy and Sunderland will always perk up the interest in any fixture, not that Wolves fans need any sub-plots to remain interested in this game.

Wolves and Sunderland go into the game level on points just above the relegation zone.

We have lost our last two games, while Sunderland are without a win in four.

Neither side can boast the better form, but whoever comes out on top will claim a valuable set of three points.

"The Sunderland game was always going to be huge. If this (defeat to Chelsea) is going to make it any bigger than so be it.' our Mick told the Birmingham Post.

Some believe it is crucial to continue to get points on the board with a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United following the Sunderland game.

McCarthy added: "What`s the point in looking beyond that - we`ve got Manchester United away the week afterwards? Let`s deal with Sunderland.

Vital Wolves Comment: Our prediction thread over on the Vital Wolves Forum makes for interesting reading.

A lot of Vital Wolves users believe we will come away with the three points, while no one so far has predicted a loss!

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 30 2011

Time: 10:07AM

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This game really is huge ... far more important to both teams than a cliched six pointer. While it will not condemn the losing side to relegation, it will indicate the enormity of the task facing the club. Moreover, apart from the psychological effect on the players, it would surely lead to the sacking of the defeated manager. Well, it would certainly mean the end of Bruce, if newspaper reports are to believed, but I am worried that MM would somehow wriggle out of it, if we lose. Even so, I think that his days at WW are numbered because I have seen enough to realise that we can expect at best a constant battle against relegation under him. If, like lovesW, we could guarantee annual success, I would take it at the moment but I genuinely feel that we are not going to make it this year. Indeed, I am amazed at SM's forebearance and expect that his patience will run out at some point in the season. By then, of course, Sunderland would have had the pick of the available managers, whether in a job or not. Regarding the match , I want our team to make a bigger effort than the one they made at Stamford Bridge ... and cut out the basic mistakes.
Southbank60
Well, events have overtaken my post above. We will therefore be able to see the benefits or otherwise of sacking the manager: in the short-term on Sunday (I hope for a nightmare rather than a honeymoon) and in the long-term. Already, Hughes and O'Neill are being touted as the replacement, so that probably removes one option from the list of candidates for our job when it falls vacant. Personally, I think it's vacant now, that is, according to any reasonable definition of the word 'managing'.
Southbank60
We have to take advantage of this situation by battering a hopefully disorganised and unconfident Sunderland. Lets get the early goal, then push for a second and third. C'mon Wolves!!!!!
BIG TASTY
Southbank, your comment in an earlier post has Wolves down already, and your one here has the manager sacked. I have been trying to be as realistic as possible, but you force me to be as optimistic as I possibly can - just to balance the negativity, the (as yet, granted) unreality, you see. Get behind Big Tasty and myself, at least for now. After that, chances are you will have licence to open fire alright - Ward and another are 'targeting' 9 points(!) from the next three home games. I read, however, 'expecting' 9 points. My gun will be ready too. Only I will spare SM.
lovesW
LovesW: you're right, I have become more pessimistic of our chances of staying up this season and I do blame our manager for this sorry state of affairs. And, as the comments made by most of the contributors on this and other sites indicate, it's a feeling shared by others. Apart from fellow bloggers, I talk to several fans in person and on the phone after each match and they are all losing faith in the team too. In this respect I am echoing their views. None of us are happy about criticizing MM and tha team but it is so sad seeing our club sleep-walking to relegation. It's hardly a statistically significant sample but I bet that we reflect the general feeling of unease among the fans.
Southbank60
I hear you SB but the season's far from over and these lads have enough about them to turn it around. I sincerely hope that we can bolster the squad with some height and power in January. Would love to see a powerhouse in midfield and a centre back with some composure and pace. A tough ask given our current financial strategy and ‘attractiveness’ as a club in general. Interesting reading the E&S article with Cookie (a player who I compare currently with Ned. A creative player that can do things others can’t but nonetheless a little bit lazy). Anyway, he makes a fair point regarding expectation levels. Perhaps he is right. Maybe us fans do have a skewed view. Maybe our desire to see the team perform at the highest levels week in/out is pie in the sky. Should we accept the fact that we may only win two games in ten? Should we have more faith in a manager who got us promoted and has succeeded where others have failed? Or is it our responsibility to always ask for more, to ensure that complacency doesn’t creep in and that the team seeks to win every single match? After all, we are part of the club too. The 12th man. The heartbeat of the club. The one constant throughout its glorious and illustrious history. UTW!!
BIG TASTY
1-3 Sunderland. We are hopeless.
AdMant
If only we could acquire the players on your wish list, Tasty, but, as you also note, who would want to come to WW? Of course, we could be in a better position come January but that means beating Sunderand, Stoke and Norwich (I have discounted defeats against MU and Arsenal). We are capable of doing that but the players have to improve their skill levels as well as their attitude. It's also MM's task to motivate them, frame tactics best suited to each game and select players in form and in the right position. While I want my team to reach the heights, I am a realist and would settle for small, incremental improvements - even last gasp survivals at the moment - if only players and management were performing consistently at their optimum level.
Southbank60
The point is to who should play is irrevalentas who ever plays they make mistakes we have been doing so since we got in to the PL. Nothing has changed and untill that happens and we start to buy playerswho are good enough we will always struggle.
kiawolves
It simplifies the argument to say that all fans who are disgruntled at recent performances started the season with high expectations. I certainly didn't. Like most (but not all) on here I was dismayed by the lack of transfer activity in the summer and predicted bottom five and another relegation scrap.It was MM who was talking about top 10 finishes, not us.The frustration fans are feeling can be in large part be attributed to the predictability of what's happened. For those on the inside to be talking of only nine clubs doing better than us, whilst only adding one brand new player to a team that had finished with only three teams below it, seemed unrealistic.But it's not the league position alone that has fans feeling so pessimistic, it's the performances that have put us there. A 'good' performance by Wolves standards can still mean being hammered at Chelsea ( to name but one) and can even result in losing at home to a newly promoted club. We could still be fourth bottom AND(why isn't there an italics function on a keyboard?) reflecting on encouraging team performances and the noticeable improvement of individuals.It's not just the defeats, it's the nature of them, which is what makes it worse than I thought it was going to be,but that's not because we're not top 10.
all4divisions
Spot on, A4D: it's precisely the way I feel and that is why I am so pessimistic about our chances of survival. Moreover, Sunderland will be up for the game tomorrow, envigorated by the prospect of having O'Neill in charge, whereas we ...
Southbank60
Go Wolves, put three past them.
johnkelv
I don't care how many we put past them as long as it's one more than they put past us.
Southbank60
 

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