Writer: Stuart Smith
Date:Sunday March 4 2007
Wolves fans woke this morning and found themselves in the rare situation of knowing that with nine games to go in the season, their destiny still lies within their own hands.
On a six year best winning streak, the side sit in the play off positions, and with Cardiff losing today, will go into their next fixture in either 5th or 6th position, and everything still to play for.
No relying on other teams to do them any favours, no waiting on others to slip up. Achieving promotion is in the hands of McCarthy's collection of youth and experience currently setting the Championship alight.
A refreshing change, and one that the fans are showing their appreciation for in the phenomenal support being given to the manager and the players alike.
McCarthy's side has inspired hope and transformed Molineux from the eerily silent stadium it was turned into by Glenn Hoddle's failures into a noisy, vibrant, vocal arena, with fans once again going home with hoarse voices and proud hearts.
The following given on the road has been nothing short of inspirational with a pocket of travelling fans frequently shaming home supporters in their fervour.
Of the nine remaining fixtures, 4 are against teams vieying for the chance of promotion, including West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City, two sides pencilled in by many as potential Champions. And Mick McCarthy knows just how important they could prove to be.
"What I would say about the run-in is that the destiny could be in our own hands because we've got to play Albion, Southampton, Sunderland and Birmingham." he said earlier this week.
Those four fixtures will hold the key to Wolves eventual league position, and whereas they offer the sternest tests in Wolves end of season run in, there is still reason to be grateful for them coming now.
The team is on form, confidence is high, and the prize is well within sight. There is a hunger and desire to make this a season to remember, as was shown yesterday coming back from behind, and going all out for a victory when in the past some would have settled for far less.
Perhaps automatic promotion is still a pipe dream too far. The bookies still rate Wolves as 40-1 outsiders to go straight up, but a play-off slot is once again so close now every Wolves fan can almost taste it.
And it tastes sweet. Oh how it tastes sweet.
Date:Sunday March 4 2007
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