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Manchester United 3 - Wolverhampton Wanderers 2

Old Tafford

Tuesday 26th October 2010

Attendance: 46,000

Wolves Impress. Manchester United Win

If Wolves performance against Chelsea at the weekend was one of our best of the season, this one may come a second close but the fact remains that we walked away from The Bridge on Saturday without any points and tonight were dumped out of the League Cup.

Mick McCarthy, not for the first time, told BBC Sport that he was beginning to sound like a broken record having seen his side match one of the best sides in the country, creating enough chances to have won it, yet ultimately come away with nothing.

Poor Mick must be encountering some restless nights these days as he ponders as to how exactly he is going to fix what began as a leaky valve but which has slowly become a bubble ready to burst.

Now, I am the last person to buy into tabloid hyperbole, I understand the fact we have just given the best two teams in the division a run for their money, and I am certainly not part of the brigade who would have Mick removed tomorrow.

I think McCarthy has pulled off phenomenal feats at our club and after having him at the reign for four years and counting I truly hope he will still be with us four years from now- in the meantime, considering the fifteen 'lost' years of oblivion, spending and failing in equal measures in failed attempts to climb from the Championship, of course it is exciting to look at the fixture list and see both Manchester clubs and Arsenal ahead of us, but the way we are rolling, we will be making a shrift return to the Barnsley's and Doncasters's next year unless something changes, although this, we assume, will come later rather than sooner considering the aforementioned challenges that lay ahead.

Tonight, Wolves fielded a strong side starting with no less than five internationals, one on the brink, and two England under 21's. Whilst Mick made 7 changes, Sir Alex typically changed his entire starting line up, and whilst the quality we met was in abundance, we came 'this' close to turning over Manchester United on their own turf.

In the stark reality of morning, people will pick up the paper, see that Wolves lost, dwell on the fact we have not now won in nine games, and shrug at the sight of another Manchester United victory.

Those that were there will probably still be bringing this game up at least a couple of months down the road, for a forgettable first half and an unforgettable second.

Just as the blood and thunder contest against Newcastle still sends a slight shiver down the spine, tonight's game flared into life in the second half and produced forty five of the best minutes of football we have seen so far this season, and if not 'technically' the best, then right up there amongst the most exciting.

Few will argue that the first half was a dire affair with an odd lack of purpose or presence. Fifteen minutes later, we saw two different sides emerge.

Whilst each side set out with positive endeavor at the start of the second half if hardly came as a surprise that United would raise the bar and subsequently took the lead nine minutes after the restart when Bebe profited from a cruel deflection from the otherwise impressive Elokobi. Within four minutes however, Big George had put that behind him nodding home a corner resulting from a stunning effort from Stephen Hunt, making his full debut, which was excellently turned away from goal by Fabio, making only his second appearance himself.

The game had sprung to life and both sides pushed forward in search of a second which was converted by Ji Sung in the 70th minute. Considering the manner of the game however, and each sides attacking intent, it almost came as no surprise when a brilliant flick from record signing Stephen Fletcher was coolly slotted home by full back Kevin Foley, scoring his first of the season on the back of his best performance so far.

After Sylan Ebanks Blake had come perilously close to putting Wolves into the lead for the first time in the game with a rasping drive from the edge of the box, Wolves hearts were left broken late in the game once more, this time thanks to an excellent finish from stand out United star Javier Hernandez who crashed the ball home a minute from time off the body of a hapless Wayne Hennessey who had otherwise impressed in the Wolves goal.

It was a valiant effort from a strong visiting line up against one similar strong awaiting for them. Tonight, it was Manchester's turn to show, just like Chelsea did on Saturday, how you turn a tough game into a victory.

From nine league games and including tonight's cup game, Wolves have conceded only three first half goals, whilst conceding fourteen in the second half. It is a worrying statistic, that whether to do with concentration, strategy, fitness, or whatever we want to blame it on, the coaching staff need to address and address quickly. It's lovely to see our side playing well and competing with the best, it's never enjoyable to walk away having seen your team beaten no matter what the fashion.

Thoughts on a post card, the usual address.

Your friend, back from marriage, honeymoon and a new house, New York City Wolf.




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Date:Wednesday October 27 2010

Time: 5:38AM

Your Comments

Yes they have looked good in the last two games but have still lost.A reserve Man utd team and little has been said after the Chelsea game that they had played away in the champions leage in Russia mid-week!so was it us playing well or were they a little jaded?.The test will come mid November against Bolton, until then, any points that we might get, wont be points 'gained'they will just be the points that we should have won against opposition that frankly was'nt as good as people thought.What will the excuses be when teams like Blackpool and god help us if the Baggies turn us over.The way its going we can beat teams like that and still be behind them on points!.
Crete Wolf
Yep lets not forget that this this was the Man U kids team that beat us!! Once again Jarvo had a splendid game and caused Fabio (and ratface Neville) all sorts of problems. I was utterly gutted to see us concede that tatty 1st goal. Our goals were good, especially the second - well worked that!! What *****ed me off tho was Mancienne. I don't think i saw him make a tackle all game. I'm thoroughly convinced that if he had chased back when they were countering us we wouldn't have conceded so easily. Instead he was sauntering around in midfield ballwatching most of the time. If he'd have busted his arse to get back and defend/pressure/tackle things may have been different. On a positive note I was pleased to see Hunty have a go. He looked good and he will defo get better and sharper. I'll be at the game on Sat cheering the boys on - Fight, fight whereva you may be...........!!!
BIG TASTY
Yup, United Reserves and a Chelsea side that didnt reach top gear... but there's no denying the improved performance. I dont think we have enough premiership quality players. In particular at the back. At the back we dont have a single premeirship player. And Moyokolo did little to suggest he's the answer either. What to do what to do. Hunt looks the business (awkward first half thought) and Jarvis is almost certainly going to attract offers come season end. Doyle, like Jarvis, is someone we will struggle to hold on to for much longer if we dont address our inability to defend. Everyone, and I mean everyone we've played has opened us up with consummate ease... Crete Wolf is spot on about Bolton, and the games against teams we really need to take points off.. dont think we stand a chance against the baggies though... think we'll be lucky to get a single point out of both encounters. thankfully, i envisage this putting a lot of pressure on mick.
Ad Mant
Truedat Ad! For me the problems lie in Midfield. How easily did Utd counter us?? Jonah is a decent passer but is lightweight and Alicia Keys was too busy singing songs in A minor to track back!! I'm not giving up hope just yet tho. We've still got some decent players and I am hopeful that Mad Mick can inspire and guide the lads into a better league position. One final thing, how great is our away support??? I couldn't get up to the Utd game last night but watched it on Sky. All I could hear was our lot chanting 'we support our local team'!! UTW!!
BIG TASTY
I'm so sick of hearing about how well we played but didnt get the result. we need to start maintaining our focus at the end of games and stop conceding late goals. i think we need to start playin a few more games like we did at manchester united. steady and solid in the first half and then all guns blazing in the 2nd half. instead of all guns blazing in the 1st half and losing concentration in the 2nd. Mccarthys subs are really starting to baffle me. Marcus bent on for SEB?? against city....... 4-5-1/4-3-3... Hahnemann, Foley, Berra, Mouyokolo, Elokobi, Jarvis, Jones, Mancienne, Milijas, Hunt, Doyle.
SmithyWolves
 

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