Wolves | The Big One
UK time is: 02:22:22
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Wolves vs. West Brom

Molineux

11/03/07

12:00

The Big One

It's here! the Black Country derby, with more than just pride at stake.

Wolves take on West Brom for the third time this season coming off the back of five straight wins, and are a much changed side from the one that capitulated twice against their bitter rivals conceding three goals each time.

Confidence is high amongst the players and fans, but Mick McCarthy's men will not be going into the game with an air of complacency.

In the run up to the game, it's been noteable that it's been The Baggies, not Wolverhampton Wanderers expressing concerns over their opponents abilities, as clear a sign as any given that despoite the two previous results, they will not be taking Wolves too lightly.

Wolves have the opportunity to leapfrog West Brom, and it's a chance they simply have to take.

And if Mick McCarthy's side can show the same desire, passion and commitment as of late, they will give themselves an excellent chance of achieving it.

With the stakes so high, neither side is likely to back out of a tackle, shirk a challenge or take a backward step when the two sides line up on Sunday afternoon.

Vital Quotes: Mick McCarthy

'We'll play 4,4,2 and everybody will have someone to mark and play up against. It's a question of you being better than the bloke you are facing.

Wolves Team News:

Mick McCarthy has the impressive Darren Potter back in his plans following his one match suspension.

But with doubts over the fitness of Karl Henry, suffering from bruised ribs McCarthy's may find that his selection choices are made for him.

Should Henry fail to recover, McCarthy will most likely choose a straight swap between Henry and Potter, but if not, it will be another weekend of tough decisions for the Wanderers manager.

To tinker with a winning side or not is a headache Mick McCarthy has had for the past 4 fixtures.

The suspension of Potter allowed him to recall favourite son Gary breen, moving Rob Edwards to right back and Henry into the middle of the park, a move that saw Wolves concede two goals.

With the the pacy threat of Kevin Phillips and Joe Kamara, the Neil Collins- Rob Edwards central partnership may offer more protection against the Baggies front two, but whether Mick McCarthy would be prepared to drop Breen is a contentious question.

There is still a slight doubt over the fitness of Stephen Ward, but Mark Davies is available for selection following his illness late last week that caused him not to travel to Luton Town.

Player to watch: Michael Kightly

The flying winger, fast becoming one of the most feared attacking players in the division will play a key role in this third local derby.

Knowing he's a threat is one thing. Nullifying it is another, as several teams have found out since he signed from Grays Athletic

West Brom Team News:

Tony Mowbray looks set to field an unchanged side from teh one that lost to Sunderland last week.

Ther is still no place in teh starting line up for Darren Carter despite scoring in his last two subs appearances.

Player to watch: Jason Koumas

The Wales international ran Wolves ragged in their last two meetings. Allowing him to dictate West Brom's play could signal another defeat for Wolves ina black county derby.

Match Facts & Stats

There is just one win seperating the two sides in the league, with West Brom leading Wolves 51 to 50, and 38 draws.

You have to go back to the 2000/1 season to find a Wolves win against West Brom, and then back to the '96/7 season to find the next with West Brom dominating recent encounters.

Ref Watch:

Andy D'Urso. Renowned for blowing hot or cold, D'Urso was once charged with less than proficency in applying the laws of eth game after failing to send off Blackburn Rovers' Barry Ferguson after cautioning the player twice.

Next Fixtures:

Next up it's Coventry City


The Journalist

Writer: Stuart Smith Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 10 2007

Time: 3:44PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wolves Articles

Iorfa Gets Under 21 Call (Friday September 30 2016)

Edwards Gets Wales Call (30/9/16) (Friday September 30 2016)

EFL - The Stats Ten Games In (30/9/16) (Friday September 30 2016)

Wigan 2-1 Wolves - Highlights (Thursday September 29 2016)

Match Day Officials v Norwich (1/10/16) (Thursday September 29 2016)

Which Manager Has Spent The Most? (Thursday September 29 2016)

Wigan Frustration For Zenga (Wednesday September 28 2016)

Stats: Wigan v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Tuesday September 27 2016)

Archived Wolves Articles

List All Vital Wolves Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
8. Sheff Wed 10 5 2 3 0 17
9. Reading 10 5 2 3 -3 17
10. Barnsley 10 5 1 4 6 16
11. Wolves 10 4 3 3 2 15
12. Fulham 10 3 5 2 -2 14
13. Ipswich 10 3 4 3 0 13
14. Leeds Utd 10 4 1 5 -2 13

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Comments From Owls Boss Carlos Ahead of Brighton Clash
Sheff Wed : 30/09/2016 20:54:01
LUFC Leeds To Remember Duncan Revie Ahead Of Barnsley Clash
Leeds Utd : 30/09/2016 19:05:00
LUFC Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) - Ticket Information
Leeds Utd : 30/09/2016 19:00:01
Newcastle Duo Get Under 21 Call
Newcastle : 30/09/2016 17:31:00
Grealish Gets Under 21 Call
Aston Villa : 30/09/2016 17:29:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Wolves v Norwich
Suggested By:  
Wolves win 0%
Norwich win 0%
Draw 0%