Vital Football

Latest Wolverhampton Wanderers News

Same Problem, Different Week

Same Problem, Different Week

Mick McCarthy has developed a habit of turning everything he touches to gold.

From his dealings in the transfer market to winning over the hearts and minds of sceptical fans, Mick has rarely put a foot wrong this season.

With the possible exception of the two heavy defeats to local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Both times McCarthy fielded a 4-5-1 formation, and both times it went horribly wrong as his side leaked three goals in each match, the club's heaviest defeats this campaign.

So it's doubtful Mick will choose to flood the midfield on Sunday when the Baggies come to town once more, but if that decision is a no-brainer, others open to him are not so clear.

Injuries and suspensions initially forced McCarthy to craft a back four of Jackie Mac, Neil Collins, Rob Edwards and Karl Henry that looked as solid as any he's picked this season.

The clean sheets and wins they provided were a testament to that.

But following a momentary lapse of reason on Neil Potters part, McCarthy was forced into reshaping the side that travelled to Luton, moving captain Henry back into the midfield, Rob Edwards over to right back, and bringing Gary Breen back in from the cold of the sidelines.

Not entirely successful, but nowhere near a complete disaster as Wolves leaked 2 goals for only the second time in 7 matches, but saw Karl Henry centrally placed to score Wolves eventual winner.

Having served his suspension, Darren Potter is now available to reclaim his midfield berth. Whether McCarthy chooses to allow him to is another matter.

His pain at leaving Breen out of previous lineups is well documented. And it is fairly unthinkable for him to drop Neill Collins after his recent sterling displays.

AS for dropping a match winning captain? That would be harsh to say the least on a young player who has shown willingness to play anywhere, anyhow to help his beloved Wanderers succeed.

A more likely casualty in the re-selection of Potter would be Rob Edwards, who unfortunately didn't have the best of games against Luton in his more familiar right back role.

Although the pace of Diomansy Kamara may still force McCarthy into rethinking the wisdom of fielding an ageing stalwart in this most crucial of derbies

Kamara isn't the only threat to McCarthy's winning streak that Albion are likely to field.

Kevin Phillips eleven goals in 25 league starts matched with Kamara's 19 in the same number makes them one of the most feared front pairings in the Coca Cola Championship

Jason Koumas, that once wayward talent can also never be discounted by any team that comes up against him when on form.

But if Albion fail in their attempt to get defender Paul Robinsons red card from Saturday rescinded, Koumas' up field marauding may play into Wanderers hands.

Robinson is widely credited as being the man responsible for allowing Koumas his freedom to terrify defenders, without the hardship of tracking back as often as some Baggies fans would like.

As many teams are now finding, Wolves have their own midfield maestro in the form of Michael Kightly and if there are any gaps left down the West Brom left side, he is likely to exploit them with impunity

McCarthy may always choose not to tinker, and field the same starting line up that valiantly fought back against The Hatters.

But whatever line-up he chooses, they will not require reminding of the two defeats already already suffered at the hands of Tony Mowbray's Albion, and the need to put in the performance of the season so far when the two sides meet on Sunday afternoon.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Stuart Smith
Date:Tuesday March 6 2007
Time: 6:00PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Will Be Back!

Login to post a comment

Recent Wolves Articles

Iorfa Gets Under 21 Call

Dominic Iorfa has been named in the England Under 21 squad for their coming European Championship qualifiers in the October international window.

Vital Pre-Match - Championship, 1st October

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of matches this weekend, which will see us among those having a match in this upcoming schedule with three-points the aim of course.

Edwards Gets Wales Call (30/9/16)

David Edwards has been called up by Wales manager Chris Coleman for the coming international break.

EFL - The Stats Ten Games In (30/9/16)

The Football League, or as it wants to be known now, the EFL, have compiled the statistics with the vast majority of clubs now ten games into the new 2016/17 season.

Archived Vital Wolves Articles

Vital Wolves articles from

Site Journalists

DJWolves
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wolves v Norwich
Suggested By:
Wolves win0%
Norwich win0%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 10 7 1 2 22 5
2 Norwich 10 6 2 2 20 5
3 Newcastle 10 6 1 3 19 11
4 Brighton 10 5 3 2 18 6
5 Brentford 10 5 2 3 17 9
6 Bristol City 10 5 2 3 17 6
7 Birmingham 10 4 5 1 17 4
8 Sheff Wed 10 5 2 3 17 0
9 Reading 10 5 2 3 17 -3
10 Barnsley 10 5 1 4 16 6
11 Wolves 10 4 3 3 15 2
12 Fulham 10 3 5 2 14 -2
13 Ipswich 10 3 4 3 13 0
14 Leeds Utd 10 4 1 5 13 -2
15 Forest 10 3 3 4 12 -2
16 Q.P.R. 10 3 3 4 12 -4
17 Aston Villa 10 1 7 2 10 0
18 Burton 10 2 4 4 10 -2
19 Preston 10 3 1 6 10 -4
20 Derby County 10 2 3 5 9 -4
21 Wigan 10 2 2 6 8 -2
22 Blackburn 10 2 2 6 8 -7
23 Cardiff 10 2 2 6 8 -9
24 Rotherham 10 1 3 6 6 -13
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wolves Results (view all)

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 5:30PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 15 2016 5:30PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 5:30PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 12:30PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship