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4th December

Attendance: 25,145

Referee: Phil Dowd

Steven Fletcher 73, 81Kieran Richardson 52
Wayne Hennessey     Keiren Westwood    
Ronald Zubar     Phillip Bardsley    
Jody Craddock     74 John O'Shea    
Christophe Berra     Wes Brown    
Stephen Ward     Kieran Richardson    
Matthew Jarvis     Sebastian Larsson    
David Edwards     Lee Cattermole    
Jamie O'Hara     Jack Colback    
Stephen Hunt     66 Stephane Sessegnon     87
Kevin Doyle     66 Dong-Won Ji     70
Steven Fletcher     Nicklas Bendtner    
Dorus De Vries     Trevor Carson    
George Elokobi     Craig Gardner    
Richard Stearman     David Vaughan    
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  66 Titus Bramble    
Roger Johnson     74 James McClean    
Adam Hammill     66 Ahmed Elmohamady     70
Nenad Milijas     Ryan Noble     87
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Date:Sunday December 4 2011
Time: 5:57PM


It was a much better performance from the lads today. I was also pleased to see MM display a little more flexibility and thought in his team selection. Dropping Johnson, though necessary, must have been painful. Craddock, I thought, brought greater poise and solidity to the defence. MM also resisted the temptation to bring back Stearman. Zubar was far more effective this week and in spite of a couple of errors further strengthened our defence. With him and Ward overlapping up the wings, we suddenly look a more potent force going forward. Ward was impressive and not merely because he stopped a certain goal. He looked calm and confident on the ball and, as captain for the day, led by example. Jarvis, too, played well, his cross being headed in by Fletcher for the first goal. Fletcher, like the team in general, sharpened up in the second half and he will score many more if he gets pinpoint passes like that one. Even so, MJ still tends to overhit the ball, whereas Hunt, who had an unconvincing game, kept firing it short. He should have buried his chance in the first half too. The return of O'Hara livened up our midfield and ensured that we achieved parity (at least) in this area. What we don't do as well as the opposition is break quackly from defence. We are also vulnerable to the counter-attack, as the Sunderland goal proved. WH should have guarded his near post but who can criticise the man who kept us in the game. Of course, it shouldn't have been a penalty: Craddock did not touch Larsson and it was outside the box anyway. This result willl lift the spirits of the players as well as giving us momentary relief in the survival stakes. We should not kid ourselves that we are 'out of the wood' yet. We should be putting away more of our chances, while tightening up further at the back. Had Larsson scored from the spot, we would not have come back. But, hey, let's enjoy the moment and congratulate MM and the lads for a great, hard fought victory ... even though it's going to be somewhat more difficult next week.
04/12/2011 23:29:00
I thought we were outstanding second half Zubar brings so much more going forward and may be RJ has had the kick up the backside he needed because when he came on Sunderland didnt do to much.I said in another report about trying to sign Craig Gardener of Sunderland hope we can i think him and Ohara will be good in midfield scores goals and competition for Henry.Overall well pleased with the performance and the scoreline hope MM still trys to brings 2 or 3 players in Jan as he said we have alot of fight and grit but need more quality. If carry on playing like that especially second half hopefully will be safe from the trap door.
05/12/2011 07:30:00
We might not break 'quackly' from defence but we did break our 'duck'.
05/12/2011 08:27:00
Much better performance from the Wolves boys yesterday. As mentioned on MOTD2, momentum had a huge impact on the game and crowd. Agree with the comments on Zubar, thought he gave us pace and width going forward though he got caught flat footed once or twice; but he's been injured for ages and we haven't seen him playing regularly and in form for a long time, so a positive there to see him getting chance. Craddock is a rock at the back, I'd like to see him and Johnson playing together at the back, I don't think Berra is Prem quality, week in week out he is seen holding onto players both in and out of the box as soon as they get past him, he's going to bring us trouble at some point from it. Johnson hasn't been playing well, but I think Craddock beside him he'd find his form again. Nice to see Fletch and Doyle upfront again, my worry is that when we switch back to our away formation Doyle is played as the lone striker again. His work rate is great, but we play a team with wingers who deliver a lot of balls into the box and Fletch is always in the right place, right time and great with his head. Fletch's record speaks for itself. Looking forward to our duel with the big boys next week. Hopefully Hunt will be back to his terrorising ways!
05/12/2011 12:01:00
Berra has received a good press for the way he controlled Bentner but, as you rightly point out, HHW, he often has to resort to ... er ... underhand means. He will lose us matches if he persists in holding on. Redknapp and Phillips highlighted an example in the box that should have resulted in a penalty. You make a good point about pairing Johnson with Craddock, though it might depend on the state of Jodie's hamstring. We have to play Fletcher up front and, I would argue, with Doyle just behind him. However, the wingers have to deliver consistently good crosses into the box. When Jarvis managed to cue it up properly, Fletcher scored.
05/12/2011 13:09:00
We looked a much better outfit than we have recently. Mick is often at his best when forced into changes. For once I could not argue with his team selection or substitutes. Well done boys. More of the same please
06/12/2011 10:36:00
OLDGOLD, that mirrors my view as well, and perfectly, were it not for the word 'much' in the opener. More of the same will be forthcoming, but not all the time, make no mistake about it, we are not exempt from those 'bad days at the office. I have come to accept that both good and bad performances 'fall from the sky'. And MM had stated something to that effect last season. Were it otherwise, could it be managed, we would invariably play like this week in week out.
06/12/2011 13:32:00
I've been waiting for an Akela thread on the statement that £3m is being made available to MM to spend on new players. As it hasn't materialised, I am introducing the issue here. I don't think it is enough - even if we bring in one or two loanees as well - but what does anyone else think? And who should we buy or 'rent'?
06/12/2011 14:37:00
As to that, Southbank....on the lines of my closing point in my last comment, no new additions are necessary IF one could get the lot we have already to play well consistently. It seemed at first RJ had settled matters at the back, you will recall. Now it is back to Craddock, who did superbly well. I did mention once legislation should be passed to deny JC retirement. Incidentally, I have heard two versions of a saying by two English blokes, and it was with reference to RJ: one said he was a g*y as a £10 note, the other said as a 9 bob note. Admittedly, the two chaps come from different areas in the UK.
06/12/2011 15:59:00
LovesW: all players in PL squads are reasonable footballers and are capable of executing the basic skills of kicking a ball and running about. According to function, they might even manage the more exotic feats of catching, tackling, heading, crossing, shooting and finding space. Our lads are versed in at least two of these soccerly arts. The problem, as you point out, is that they cannot carry them out on a regular enough basis that is consistent with PL survival. Even when they upped their game, as on Sunday, they still committed simple errors (and, admittedly, some deft touches). So, we know the sort of people we want to attract in January but are the ones out there going to come to Molineux? And will the purse-strings be drawn back far enough to accommodate them?
06/12/2011 16:47:00
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