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Wolves 2 - Norwich 2

Premier League


20th December

Attendance: 27,067

Referee: Chris Foy

2 - 2
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 37, Ronald Zubar 82
Andrew Surman 12, Simeon Jackson 76
Venue: Molineux
Attendance: 27,067
The Teams
Wayne Hennessey
John Ruddy
Ronald Zubar
Kyle Naughton
Roger Johnson
Russell Martin
Christophe Berra
Zak Whitbread
Stephen Ward
Marc Tierney
Matthew Jarvis
David Fox
Nenad Milijas
Andrew Crofts
Karl Henry
Andrew Surman
Stephen Hunt
Wesley Hoolahan
Steven Fletcher
Steve Morison
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Grant Holt
Dorus De Vries
Declan Rudd
Adlene Guedioura
Bradley Johnson
Adam Hammill
Aaron Wilbraham
Kevin Doyle
Leon Barnett
Richard Stearman
Elliott Bennett
George Elokobi
Anthony Pilkington
Anthony Forde
Simeon Jackson
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 20 2011

Time: 9:40PM

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Great game to watch,wrong result for us,we badly needed three points with some difficult matches coming up. Norwich played well especially first half but we came back at them,just not enough coming from the teams around us,same as last year.
Crete Wolf
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20/12/2011 22:11:00

For 36 minutes I was pleased that I was unable to travel up to Molineux. We were dreadful, committing elementary mistakes and in danger of being overrun every time Norwich attacked. I lost count of the number of times we gave away the ball and, moreover, the defence was being pulled all over the place. Then, SEB equalized and the players started to play with more conviction and purpose. It's amazing what a goal can do but, surely, PL players should perform to that level the whole time? Thereafter, we were the better side: we ran into space, passed more slickly and accurately and closed the opposition down more vigorously. We should have won the match but, as usual, we failed to convert some really good chances. Moreover, the wingers still do not cross the ball consistently well. While Jarvis's corner-kick that led to Zubar's goal was perfectly placed, too many cross were over- or under-hit. We could have won it at the death had Hammill headed the ball away from the goalie or had Fletcher not strayed offside before slotting the ball home. Don't forwards check where they are in relation to the offside rule when the ball is going to be played to them? In defence, Zubar and Ward look our best pair of full backs, though Ronald does get lost at times. Going forward, they add an extra option: the interplay between Jarvis and Ward that led to our first goal was particularly good. Berra looked more solid than Johnson, though Norwich's goals came from sloppy marking. Surman, of all people, was in acres of space when the ball was crossed to him. How come he never displayed that form at WW? For the second, Johnson was turned and there was no-one anywhere near Jackson when he tapped the ball home. If we play like we did in the first 35 minutes, we are doomed. If we progress from the base of the performance over the rest of the match, we have a chance. It would have been a travesty had we lost and the lads fought well to peg Norwich back on both occasions. Even so, one point from the last two matches is not good enough and we are still in deep trouble. If I am honest, I am reasonably pleased with our performance. Having sunk into deep despair after half-an-hour, it is testament to the turn-round in the team's performance, that I ended up disappointed with the draw. Now for the six-pointer against Bolton, which, iunfortunately is sandwiched between games against Arsenal and Chelsea. I hope to return to Molineux for the last named game: I trust I will not be disappointed!
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20/12/2011 22:29:00

Crete Wolf its once again are inability to keep a clean sheet three promoted sides at Molineux one loss two draws is not good enough. As you have said same as last year but for one difference at least we are scoreing goals this year need some defenders in Jan and defensive midfielder or i fear the worst.
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20/12/2011 22:32:00

SB can understand your frustration 2 games now where we have dominated for long periods but lost one and draw the other. Dont know why is it lack of comunication in defence or lack of concentration once again good performance wrong result just like last year. We need reinforcements in Jan or i fear the worst at least the other result went are way.
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20/12/2011 22:44:00

All the good work up front is being undone at the back. MM promises to 'pick up the bones' as to that. He should have a sackful by now. What of Merlin? I am more successful as the humble soothsayer: a 2-2-draw and end-to-end stuff. Reinforcements will not change anything. Another prediction.
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21/12/2011 07:08:00

Last 14 games,available points-42,points gained-8.That is relegation form no matter which way you look at it. Something needs to be done this week,I dont know what!,but we need help from somewhere. All sorts of arguments going on but if Merlin goes who would replace him?,I would still go with getting someone in to assist him,in other words Coco and his clipboard gone!,hes had enough time with different managers to make his mark.If someone new is to come in I think I would give Rafa Benitez a try,Mr Morgan has his connections with the old Liverpool boss and maybe he would at the very least get something going tactically. May I wish you all a Merry xmas and a happy and healthy 2012 with all that you wish for.In Mick we Rust !!UTW.
Crete Wolf
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21/12/2011 08:08:00

Crete Wolf: I see that you are doing your bit for the environment by recycling your jokes. It was a great match, that is, after 36 minutes when we started to make a game of it. Even so, as you point out, we are still deep in trouble and it's not going to get any easier. We need strengthening in all areas of the pitch but especially in defence. Johnson, in particular, is playing poorly: slow, indecisive and easy to turn. He ought not go up for corners or into the box free kicks because he cannot get back quickly enough. He also missed a clear chance on goal, though, to be fair, he might have been jostled. The full backs have to share some of the blame, too, as the goals came from crosses from the flank: both from Ward's side. It's a problem when they overlap in attack (and provide an assist, as Ward did for our first goal). Zubar, in particular, keeps forgetting what his primary task is, though he is an asset to our side. Great goal. We showed that we can perform well, outplaying Norwich for most of the game. But we are still going to lose loads of points if we continue to make sloppy mistakes at the back, switch off in midfield and fail to convert our chances up front. Having despaired of the team for their lack of bite in the opening half hour, I now feel frustrated that they did not win a game that was theirs for the taking. Argh!
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21/12/2011 08:44:00

In Mick we Rust is my new signature Peter !!,agree with all you said,but got to be honest Norwich should have been out of sight before we got going,Mark Hughes being linked with Blackburn this morning!!. Who is an alternative if we do get rid of Merlin??,all the 'stand out' candidates are becoming unavailable.
Crete Wolf
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21/12/2011 09:25:00

We were lucky in that respect, Crete Wolf: a more accomplished side would have buried us by the half-hour. And, as you hint, are the players totally to blame? Why aren't the coaching staff addressing the problem of the lack of basic skills and why are a number of our players regressing under their stewardship? Look what's happened to Johnson and why couldn't they get Surman to play at the level he showed yesterday. He was a good prospect when he came from Southampton but he was at best a fringe player for us. If, amazingly, the board decide to dismiss MM, we will have lost the two most obvious candidates for his job: firstly O'Neill and (probably) now Hughes.
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