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We've given ourselves a chance

'we've given ourselves a chance' that was the message from Wolves striker Kevin Doyle after we snatched a point at Newcastle.

After being two goals down inside the opening 20 minutes, every Wolves fan must have feared the worst, but just like we have done in the past, the fighting spirit returned for an unlikely result.

It was only a point, but with Terry Connor being named as Mick McCarthy's replacement until the end of the season following the farcical hunt for a new manager, this point somehow felt more valuable than most.

With the relegation battle being any three from the five clubs cut adrift at the bottom of the table, the single point elevated us two places and out of the relegation zone.

'We've been written off as if we're 10 points adrift, We're out of the bottom three after this result and we believe in ourselves, but we need to reproduce that kind of form between now and the end of the season, The last week has been tough for everybody. Everyone got on very well with Mick (McCarthy). Once they got yesterday out of the way and appointed the new manager, we wanted that to happen and we got it.' Kevin Doyle told the Independent.

While the fans were not 100% convinced with the appointment, the most important thing appears to be that the players were.

Doyle continued: 'Terry has been the manager for the last two weeks anyway, as he's been taking training and dictating to us what we've been doing. It's been a transition, but at least it's been a smooth one. We're delighted he's got the job. Can we survive? Yes, definitely. Before the game we were only in the bottom three on goal difference and we were in a worse state than this last year at the same stage.

'People are very quick to write you off, but they're also quick to big you up - we just need to remember that we've given ourselves a chance.'

Vital Wolves Comment: Next month brings some crucial games which could ultimately decide our fate.

The Fulham game is followed by Blackburn who are currently one point below us, then after the Manchester United and Norwich games, it is Bolton who are two points behind.

Those two games could prove crucial when it looks like that three from the current bottom five will go down.

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 27 2012

Time: 10:45AM

Your Comments

Somewhat difficult to concentrate as the dog I adopted, Mick McCarthy has spent the last half hour, non stop attempting to demolish his new toy; may it is the real Mick venting. Just kidding. Well- it is looking like a good Monday right? 16th all of a sudden and the clouds have lifted; annoyed we have a Sunday game, and an odd kick off time to boot. Just staring at the table continuing to assess our chances. It really would look like three from five although 12 games to go and there is always time for a side sitting pretty to implode- history suggests one one. Villa have hardly set the world on fire again have they but seven points is a tall order to catch. I have always maintained we have a good PL squad so really it is up to us. Sadly, a defeat at Fulham could plunge us to lower depths still of going bottom, albeit for a game before the 'big un' against Blackburn. Personally I think Wigan are doomed. QPR are blowing up in spectacular fashion and Bolton are Bolton. Peoples thoughts. Happy Mondays a thing of the future. Let's enjoy this week :) UTW
New York City Wolf
I also see the poll is on a dead heat. Time for me to cast my Monday vote.
New York City Wolf
Did you know Mad Mick is stateside Wolfie?Florida I believe.
Crete Wolf
NYCW Villa are not out of it yet Bent their top goal getter is out for three months and Keane is on his way back to LA.They lose one or two and we get a couple of decent results their right in the mix plus dunne is out so fingers crossed utw.
kiawolves
Well, the lads do have a chance but they have to stop giving away soft goals, take their chances and play with spirit and conviction. For his part, TC has to get his tactics and set up right, as well as keeping the respect of the players. When I heard the news about Bent I was naturally sad to learn that he had a poorly leg but it will blunt AV's fire-power.
Southbank60
Sarcasm Banks? Maybe they can push him round the Merry Hill in a wheelchair so he can still get his shopping done. Indeed Kia they have just lost two players very important to them; Keane did the business. I left a much longer tactical thread on the last post if folks would have a look and share your thoughts. It involvse the suggestion of three central defenders.... look forward to hearing thoughts on it. Good luck to Mick although I am sure FL is not going to get his blood pressure racing. Surprised he did not get the Leeds job mind.
New York City Wolf
Yorkie: I did see your comments on fielding three CDs, in which you expanded on posts filed by kiawolves and me. We're all making the same point, namely, that it would enable us to tighten up at the back and stop shipping so many goals, while allowing us to play Doyle and Fletcher up-front. Your suggested midfield combines creativity (Milijas), solidity (Henry) and a combination of both (O'Hara) but it does leave us a little thin on the ground against pacy, quick-passing opposition, especially in a counter-attack. It would also narrow our own field of attack, offering no place for our quality wingers. Fletcher, in particular, would suffer from the shortage of balls being pumped in from the corner flag. Or do you envisage Doyle taking up a forward position on the flank? Last Saturday he displayed the form he showed a couple of seasons ago, probably because he was spearheading a flexible 4-5-1 formation. TC has a big decision to make on Sunday!. To take your general point I hope fellow-bloggers will respond to my report with a shedload of comments. I'll be there but, depending on the result and the number of pints drunk after the match (and on the time I get home), it will be posted that evening or early the following day.
Southbank60
NYCW i said three at the back to try and stop the leaking of soft goals but with Doyle Fletch Jarvis and Ohara still gives us an atacking threat.If you change Jarvis for Milijas i dont think you have the same attacking ability when Jarvis is on form he is the one who creates the chances.For all Milijas is a good player he is just to inconsistent and does not give us the impertus like an on fire Jarvis.
kiawolves
I certainly would not go with Jarvis and Kightly....it gives us ability going forward but weakens the Midfield. I'd use Jarvo in the first half and depending how we are doing change for Kightly in the second. three at the back is fine but you need Henry to sit just infront and hold his position i.e a proper Defensive Midfielder. That would leave Jarvo, O'hara, Edwards (Milijas) and maybe even Zubar on the right with Doyle playing a roaming role behind Fletcher. on that basis it would be 3-1-4-1-1 which is a Diamond formation in the middle of the park. I guess we all have our theories but sadly only one man gets to make that choice.......One Terry Connor, there's only one terry Connor :P
Rustmonkey
Ah sorry if I am repeating chaps, just getting back in the swing of things. Totally valid point on the supply to Fletcher but if we could muster some good old fashioned over lapping from the wing backs, and you have two very good at it with Ward and Zubar. When they go forward you would ask Henry to drop deeper, effectively securing a back four whilst they are moving forward and stepping it out again so we don't end up stuck too deep. As for Doyle and Fletcher they can take it in turns leading the line, dropping off and such but if they are in the box are we are producing from the wing backs they will score. I thought Doyle was having a right rocky season but I have never brought into him not being a goal scorer; 'Kevin Doyle' and 'You Tube' shows his abilities and we are talking a fair amount with his head, nipping in at the front post, banging them in from outside the box. He can score. Ah, very optimistic today! I must play Fifa and consider my tactics.
New York City Wolf
 

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