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Wolves are hurting

Stephen Ward and the rest of the Wolves squad are hurting over the position they find themselves in with just 10 games remaining.

Wolves are 19th in the Premier League, a solitary point above being bottom of the division.

We do however remain just one point away from safety, with the bottom five in the league cut adrift of the rest of the division.

'It hurts me the position we are in and there is always going to be an edgy atmosphere around that - we are in the bottom three,' Ward told Wolves Official Website.

It's not ideal that our next game at Molineux is Manchester United, a game which is unlikely to give the supporters much to cheer about.

He continued: 'I've been to games before in the crowd when it's been edgy and we just have to make sure we do our job on the pitch and don't let it affect us.

In a tense atmosphere, the shouts and chants from the crowd can affect the players, just as much if not more so then when the crowd get behind the team, with Ward adding: 'You can hear what's coming from the stands but it's going to be like that when we've not given the fans enough to shout about this year especially on our home patch.

'And we've not given ourselves enough to shout about either.

'We want to do well for the fans and we want to make sure we stay in the league.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 15 2012

Time: 11:00AM

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It has been too much for me to bear the last few weeks. And whilst I have of course been keeping abreast of the latest shambolics at the Golden Palace, I have refrained from unleashing the beast which lurks inside. Unfortunately some of my fellow 'supporters' could not show such restraint. I am deeply saddened and sickened that a player (especially Jamie) is jostled and verbally abused by the very same people who chanted his name so fondly in the past. Yes supporters are fickle, but some are just plain old scum! That aside, it appears that we are doomed. The performance against Blackburn was on a par with Albion, Fulham & Liverpool. No fight. No confidence. No idea. The ONLY positive from that game was Jarvo. Who at the end threw caution to the wind and got his head down and whipped some good balls in. Too little too late I'm afraid. Which ironically I fear will sum up our season. That said, all is not lost. We are still in it (for now). Perhaps a game against the big boys will encourage a better perfomance and re-ignite the fire that once burned so bright. Out of darkness my friends....Big Tasty is up for it. Wardy too. Are you?? Bring on the Mancs & UTW!!
The problem with our two options - hoof it upfield or get Jarvis (or Ward) to cross the ball from the by-line- is that it needs a workable 4-4-2 system. In particular, it would help if Doyle could support Fletcher rather than spend most of the time out wide on the flanks. Against Blackburn Fletcher nodded the ball down numerous times but there was no-one in the box to take advantage of his flick-ons. If the two were to operate in tandem, with Doyle sticking closer to Fletcher, he would be in position to take a shot at goal.
why its it our managers cant see that! It annoys me when we take off a winger and put doyle out there instead, its madness
gregory house
Not madness, GH. Doyle is much less of a 'fixed' striker than Fletcher; he also keeps the ball well, drawing defenders when he plays wide. Pity there is no one else of the class of either to partner SF in the centre of attack.
LovesW: well, we shouldn't play Doyle then because the set-up of the '2' in the system is patently not working. To repeat: the mode of our attacking play requires a target man who will lay the ball off to the second striker in support. I remember the Stoke match at the beginning of the last season when Fletcher and SEB worked well in tandem. At least, they did until Stoke fouled Fletcher in retaliation for the perceived foul on Jones.
It is clear that a second striker in support is needed, SB. As you know, I have always been for 2 central strikers, but Doyle would not feature there for me. His skill allows him to work the ball into the danger area, which otherwise only Jarvis is capable of (hence his deployment on the flank) THEN go for goal, while Fletcher just administers the finishing touch most of the time. MM had been impatient with Sam Vokes, as I see, and Albion snapped up Shane Long while we were still considering the deal.
I disagree...2 up front and wingers are wingers not ball retaining half strikers
gregory house
I agree with GH. In the Irish team Doyle has often operated as a twin striker with Keane. Sure, if required, Doyle could do the job lovesW wants him to do ... but we need him in the middle feeding off Fletcher's flick-ons. In the Championship Fletcher and SEB would form an effective partnership, that is, if we manage to keep Fletcher!
Fact is that we can't afford to play 2 upfront with 2 Wingers. We simply do not have a central midfield capable of handling that kind of pressure. If we play that formation against Man U, then it'll be a cricket score. You either a/ play 3 at the back ...3,5,1,1 or 3,5,2. Or b/ you go 4,5,1. I like the 2 upfront but we need a formation that gives strength in midfield. I would not play 2 wingers together.
Unfortunately, what you say is true, Rustmonkey, especially at the moment. When Henry is back and working in harness with the solid-looking Davis, we might be less porous in the middle of the field. But, I still grieve over the loss of Frimpong. Perhaps we should try playing three at the back.
gets my vote SB60
gregory house
O'hara and Milijas are doubts for weekend so our midfield is none existent.
Remember, we still have Jonsson.
Like I said!!!!!

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