Wolves away form keeps things positive
Wolves recorded yet another unlikely away win at Leeds on Monday to confirm their position as one of the best away teams in the division. The league table for away games only has them in 5th position and they would have play off games to look forward to if the home form were only as good.
On Good Friday night at Molineux it had felt like a wake up call as to how far Wolves were away from having a team good enough for promotion. Brighton outplayed them and looked a notch above, and thoughts were about whether it was going to be possible to develop and add to the current squad to get to the point where Wolves were promotion challengers next season. On the night it seemed like a big bridge to build, but on Monday, against a team needing a win to consolidate a play off berth, and a team with a very good home record, Wolves got the three points. They were one up at the break and could easily have been three goals in front, and then were good enough defensively to hold Leeds at bay after the break.
Overall there is negativity amongst a lot of Wolves supporters and the league position justifies that mood even though Championship survival is now assured. But so much of that negativity is from the fans that only attend the home games and go home regularly disappointed. Trips around the away games have been so much more enjoyable.
As to how far Wolves are away from being a team with genuine promotion aspirations then I am sure views vary from a million miles, to just needing a few quality additions. But the reality is that they have won 6 out of their last 8 league games. That's an average of 2.25 points a game. And if that was held over a season they would have more points than Brighton and be top with 5 points to spare! So there is some evidence they are heading in the right direction, although they still have lots to prove in terms of ability to put teams away at Molineux.
Just four games remain this season now and three of them are at home, so there is a challenge their to improve their Molineux record which has them as the 22nd best home team in the division. The home games on Saturday against Blackburn, and next Tuesday against Huddersfield are both massive for their opponents so there will be no easy pickings there. But it will be important for Wolves to go into the summer break with supporters optimistic about what lies ahead. And then we will see if the Fosun millions can be more wisely spent than last year to give the boost needed to take the club to the right end of the table.