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Wolves 1 - Stoke 2

Premier League


17th December

Attendance: 24,684

Referee: Anthony Taylor

1 - 2
Stephen Hunt pen 17
Kevin Doyle og 58, Peter Crouch 70
Venue: Molineux
Attendance: 24,684
The Teams
Wayne Hennessey
Thomas Sorensen
Ronald Zubar
Jonathan Woodgate
Roger Johnson
Robert Huth
Christophe Berra
Ryan Shawcross
Stephen Ward
Marc Wilson
Matthew Jarvis
Ryan Shotton
Nenad Milijas
Dean Whitehead
Karl Henry
Glenn Whelan
Stephen Hunt
Steven Fletcher
Peter Crouch
Kevin Doyle
Jonathan Walters
Dorus De Vries
Asmir Begovic
George Elokobi
Kenwyne Jones
Richard Stearman
Ricardo Fuller
Jermaine Pennant
Adam Hammill
Matthew Upson
Adlene Guedioura
Cameron Jerome
Anthony Forde
Wilson Palacios
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 17 2011

Time: 5:43PM

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I was at the game and the stats speak volumes. We dominated the first half. They got a right royal lucky break with the free kick that wasn't and the immediate wicked deflection. Second goal was on the break and taken well. After the second, our heads dropped a bit. Shame really because on the whole I thought we played very well......sadly no points to show for it. I'm sure people will have different opinions but I thought we looked ok. Jarvo had a great first half and defensively we looked tighter than at any point this season. Onwards and upwards....Norwich next. Up the Wolves
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17/12/2011 19:06:00

It was the proverbial game of two halves. If Hunt had crossed to Fletcher instead of shooting, we would have been 2-0 up and flying. We didn't turn up in the second half and the goal which Stoke scored from a wrongly awarded free kick (RJ clearly won the ball) was all they needed to turn up the pressure. Perhaps Ward should have intercepted the cross before it reached Crouch for the second goal but by then we were always going to lose. I am so disappointed. The only positive aspect of today's matches is the failure of Bolton and Blackburn to obtain a point and the fact that Wigan only gained a point against Chelsea. Mind you, the Wigan result indicated that we cannot expect them to go quietly. We have to gain three points on Tuesday. If not, MM has to go.
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17/12/2011 20:19:00

A game of two halves. One deflection and the second on the break does not alter the fact that Stoke turned the match in the second half, not just on the score sheet but on the field of play. MM's counter-measures were ineffective. Tony Pulis seems to be the magician.
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17/12/2011 20:22:00

..we must have been writing at the same time, Southbank.
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17/12/2011 20:24:00

When all said and done I think we need fresh ideas,if not a change in coach then someone to come in and assist with some new input,clearly what we have now is not working. I feel that we have not improved since we came up,we are simply 'treading water',we have got away with it so far but I fear if we let things stay as they are we will not get away with it again this year. I, along with all the others who blog on here no doubt?, am getting fed up of writing the same comments,but that is because we can all see that its the same problems cropping up week after week. I think we need a genuine goal scorer,Doyle is a good player who has lost his form but he's never going to score a lot,that is what seperates the mid table clubs from the bottom ones,they have a goalscorer. Also the wide men have the talent but the final ball/cross is so poor,I fear for Merlin,I think Tuesday could be it,he's got the result when needed before but I dont know if beating Norwich on tuesday will be enough,if he does'nt win I think it will be the end for sure.UTW.
Crete Wolf
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17/12/2011 21:00:00

Once again weather it was a game of two halves it just goes to show our lnability to keep a clean sheet. Which is the biggest worry of all the game turned on its head when the ref did not send Woodgate of eleven against ten Wolves would have won.MM has been promised funds in jan has said he wants players in at begining of jan not the last day hopefully will buy one or two and loan a couple as long as their the ones we need.
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17/12/2011 21:10:00

Watch the site poll this week!, I have a feeling the stats will change a little!. Remember though if Merlin goes who will replace him?,I would still prefer someone new to come in and assist with the coaching,Merlin has taken all the flak,I think its time Coco went and takes his clipboard with him!. Back to the game,commentators blamed Hennessy for the first goal,that was I thought harsh,it took a huge deflection and wrong footed him,Ward was caught out by Crouch but thats what you get for ten million pounds!.January tip for the transfer market,you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Rather than buy rubbish,would be better to loan but just found out we are only allowed one loanee from the premiership in January window!,oh well we are used to trolling the championship for monkeys!.UTW.
Crete Wolf
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18/12/2011 07:31:00

Crete Wolf i think its two loanees but have to be from different teams in the PL. Think we played realy well and the ref changed the game with some bad decisions.MM should stay get the players in he wants in Jan then let him be judged we are scoreing goals only once in last 7-8 matches not scored that was against chelsea its the defence and to a certain degree the midfield thats the problem.I think if we could get Onounho of MC Gardener of Sunderland and Diame of Wigan we would be alot more solid thats only my opinion.Anyone have suggestions on who we should go for in jan who would make a difference.
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18/12/2011 08:43:00

Kiawolves: we played well in the first half but fell apart in the second period. So much for MM's mid-match pep talks! What happened to Jarvis? Without decent crosses (and they are still few and far between) Fletcher cannot operate effectively. After the second goal we lost heart ... unlike Wigan who managed to secure a late equalizer against CHELSEA. Where were our vaunted fighting qualities? Even so, we were lucky as results elsewhere favoured us. Thank you WBA. On Tuesday only a win is acceptable.
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18/12/2011 10:20:00

SB i agree we fell apart in the second half but the ref changed the game when he did not send of woodgate which would have made all the difference then gives a free kick which wasnt like i said we need reinforcements to help change things if we cant beat Norwich on tuesday it could be curtains.
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18/12/2011 10:35:00

Yam, yam, yam, yam, yam, yam, yam, yam :) Ten hours and I will be on the plane. I've managed to complete a months work in two weeks which meant working all day yesterday and missing the game so all I have to go on is (limited) highlights I caught when I got home, reports and your feedback. Sounds more like disappointment more than anything else this time, especially considering Woodgate should have been sent off and the scored from a free kick when there was not a foul. Also I don't think Henny had a chance saving that free kick- this talk of getting a hand to it he should have saved it, I say he did well to adjust and get anything on it considering the pace of the shot and deflection. As for Crouch he is not going to let that chance pass him by although the arguing can work around why the cross came in in the first place. Then again sounds like we dealt in the main with their aerial threat for 'most' of the game. 'Then again' we have conceded 30 goals in 16 games, have lost ten times and are rationing less than a point per game. It all points to relegation. Norwich will hardly be shaking in their boots looking ahead to Tuesday will they. I have subsequently raised my pre-match pint allowance.
New York City Wolf
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18/12/2011 12:45:00

Yorkie: are you going to the Chelsea game? I can't travel for the Norwich match but hope to be able to do so on 2 Jan.
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18/12/2011 13:42:00

Yorkie cant make it,stuck in Greece for xmas/new year so you can also have my allowance.
Crete Wolf
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18/12/2011 14:16:00

Craig Gardner is an Obvious transfer choice. I still think it would be worth putting the boat out for Dann and as a completely different type of player........Frimpong on loan (Pace, Skill, Flair)
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18/12/2011 15:32:00

I really would like to see Frimpong too, strong talented no nonsense player, just the type we need. I'd like to see us bring in a striker too, a proven netfinder, Fletch is the only one with any form at the minute, and aside from Doyle, we simply dont have any other prem class strikers...
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19/12/2011 14:02:00

So, no-one needed to bolster the back four, AdMant?
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19/12/2011 17:30:00

All these so called re-enforcements being talked about will not touch the problem. How to account for the difference in the performances seen in the two halves, how to explain it ?.. it is difficult even to try to explain it away. I have been banging on 'selections, tactics and approach' as the reasons for the poor results. MM has addressed the first, selecting the players I have been wishing him to select, on and off of course, so that is out of the equation now. As to approach, I have seen a remarkable improvement. I cannot say the same for tactics. It is difficult to accept TP's turning the match in the second half without MM's counteracting that effectively. One will point to the dubious refereeing decisions, but the centre of gravity of play had already shifted into Wolves' half by then. Defeat was by then inevitable, and TP is right when he says Stoke deserved the win...and his Maltese connections have nothing to do with my saying this.
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19/12/2011 19:38:00

I agree with your analysis of the differing fortunes of the team in the two halves, lovesW. Of course, Pulis would have fired Stoke up at half-time but what did MM do to maintain our momentum and to counteract the threat when it came? The injustice of the first goal seemed to demoralise the lads, already on the back foot and under pressure.
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19/12/2011 22:07:00

Does anyone else think swapping Jarvis over to the right wing was another tactical masterstroke?,wonder if it was Merlin or Clipboard that thought of that gem.
Crete Wolf
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20/12/2011 13:21:00


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