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Wolves end the season on a positive note

Wolves end the season on a positive note

Wolves won their final game of the season to take them to the same 58 point total they achieved last season, although those points saw them finish one place lower in the table. Not a great achievement for a club that has spent the best part of £30m over the season on new players, but at least it ended with a quite convincing home performance, and we haven't seen many of those.

The line up included Jordan Graham for the first time since January 2016 and there was another chance for Enobakhare and full back Silvio to prove themselves;

Burgoyne
Coady, Batth, Hause, Silvio
Edwards, Saiss
Weimann, Enobakhare, Graham
Dicko

The game started in the perfect way for Wolves and for Graham in particular. His first corner found the head of Danny Batth who opened the scoring in the second minute.

The game settled down into an end of season pace but Wolves were calling all of the shots and were creating things in the final third. Most of the danger was coming from Graham who was regularly side stepping his full back and putting good crosses into the box. From one, Batth wasn't far away from a second.

Wolves were close to increasing their lead early in the second half when a good run by Dicko saw him get to the bye line before pulling the ball back to the penalty spot where Enobakhare had a clear sight of goal but hit the post. Silvio was impressing at left back and he tried what looked like an over ambitious effort from distance but the powerful shot flew inches past the post. Dicko then produced a good effort on the turn saved by the keeper before a fine through ball from Saiss set Enobakhare through on goal. He turned his defender but saw his shot saved by the foot of the keeper.

Graham and Dicko gave way to the fresh legs of Mason and Bodvarsson and the big Icelandic striker almost got through when the Preston goalkeeper misjudged a run out of the box to clear and Bod got their first only for the keeper to luckily block his first touch.

Burgoyne 7 - not a busy day but did what he had to confidently
Coady 6 - another steady game at full back
Batth 7 - another goal and a good performance. Had a decent second half to the season
Hause 6 - quiet game for him but had a sound day
Silvio 8 - had a really impressive game. What do Wolves do with him now. Unquestionably good enough but its a big gamble on his fitness to give him another contract. Only played 13 games in the last 3 seasons
Edwards 6 - usual hard working game
Saiss 7 - one of his better games. His passing sometimes lets him down but he could come good if given a second season
Weimann 6 - never seen at his best when played wide but did ok
Enobakhare 7 - such a lot to like about his game but the end product isn't there yet and he missed two very good chances here. Promising though
Graham 8 - played as though he had never been away. Expect plenty more assists from him in a Wolves shirt
Dicko 7 - ended the season playing well and will surely play his part next season
Mason 5 - came on and played wide which isn't his best position. Jury still out on him 14 months on from joining the club
Bodvarsson 5 - and so now the time has arrived for the big man to have a rest on a beach somewhere or maybe in an Icelandic sauna. After playing a full season in Iceland in the summer of 2015, he went to Germany to play a full season, then to the Euros with Iceland then joined Wolves for a full season here. Done remarkably well considering, and will surely be all the better when he returns fresh next season.

Not a season that will live long in the memory of those that have been following Wolves, particularly the regulars at the home games. There may well be departures adding up to double figures from this over sized Wolves squad in the summer and then some new faces to add the quality needed to take the club to the right end of the table.

There will still be plenty of optimism amongst the Wolves faithful when the fixtures for next season come out on June 21st, and by the time the season starts on the weekend of August 5th, there will be quite a different squad for them to support.



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Writer:DJWolves
Date:Monday May 8 2017
Time: 1:11PM

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