Date:Tuesday January 24 2006
Jody Craddock's season so far has been a bit of a stop start affair. Everytime he's looked set for a decent run in the first team, a minor injury has cropped up that has lost him his place.
But now those days could be well behind him, and he is looking to capitalise on his performance against Millwall last Saturday.
Speaking to Wolves World he said :
'It was pleasing for me, I've had an up and down season due to my injuries, and it was good to be involved with the squad and start the game.'
In previous seasons Jody has managed to remain relatively injury free, so its been a new experience for the 30 year old central defender.
'I've not had bad injuries, just niggling onesthat have prevented me from gaining full fitness earlier on in the season and have just slowed things down, and made it frustrating from my point of view.' he added
Saturday saw Wolves disapointingly draw with Millwall, and Jody is only too aware that the situation needs rectifying if Wolves are to achieve their goal of promotion this year.
'It's frustrating. The Gaffer was saying we've had 13 draws this season and we need to convert those into wins if we want to get promoted from this division. On the bright side, we kept another clean sheet which is good for the team. And good for the defence.' he said with a smile.
Wolves fans are no strangers to going from one extreme to the other, and this weekends Cup tie is a case in point.
There is a world of difference between Millwall and Manchester United, but Jody reveals the players arent over-awed by the size of the task that lies ahead of them at Molineux come Sunday afternoon.
We've got nothing to lose, we're the underdogs. Man United are expecting to come to Molineux and beat us so its a day we're going to look forward to and enjoy, and give a 100% out there.'
Last Sundays live Manchester United Liverpool match gave him the opportunity to check out the opposition, particularly one famous young scouser. And its something that Jody took full advantage of saying
'I watched it from a centre half's point of view, looking at their forwards, and if selected on Sunday I'll keep an eye on Rooney. We all know what he's like, but thats what i was looking at.'
And also he's only too aware that it isn't only United's starting 11 they need worry about.
'They've got a strong squad in depth and their subs bench is just as scary as the first team sometimes.' he added.
The Craddock household is soon due to grow in number by one, and the devoted husband and father is looking forward to the new addition's arrival.
"The wifes fantastic. She's 28 weeks pregnant now and due in the second week of April. Theres not long to go.' he beamed.
And when reminded of the extra chores due to descend upon him, he joked that it wont be a situaton he's not used to.
'Theres always more housework to do.' he said with a smile.
'Joseph (his son) keeps me very busy at the moment so I've always got plenty of work to do.'
Jody will certainly have his work cut out for him on Sunday when United come to town in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
But he thrives on this kind of encounter and should he play, will give everything he has to ensure Wanderers get the right result.
Good luck on Sunday Jody, and best wishes from Vital Wolves for all of the family.
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