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Birmingham 0 - Wolves 0

FA Cup Third Round

St Andrew's

7th January

Attendance: 14,594

Referee: Mike Dean

Birmingham
0 - 0
Wolves
 
 
Venue: St Andrew's
 
Attendance: 14,594
The Teams
Colin Doyle
 
 
 
Dorus De Vries
 
 
Jonathan Spector
 
 
 
Richard Stearman
 
 
Curtis Davies
 
 
 
Roger Johnson
 
 
35
Liam Ridgewell
 
 
49
 
Christophe Berra
 
 
David Murphy
 
 
 
Stephen Ward
 
 
Wade Elliott
 
 
 
Michael Kightly
 
 
Jordon Mutch
 
 
69
 
Karl Henry
 
 
Guirane N'Daw
 
 
82
 
Eggert Jonsson
 
 
Morgaro Gomis
 
 
 
Stephen Hunt
 
 
69
Nathan Redmond
 
 
 
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
 
 
Adam Rooney
 
 
 
Kevin Doyle
 
 
74
Substitutes
Jack Butland
 
 
 
Wayne Hennessey
 
 
Steven Caldwell
 
 
49
 
George Elokobi
 
 
Marlon King
 
 
 
David Edwards
 
 
Jean Beausejour
 
 
69
 
Steven Fletcher
 
 
74
Keith Fahey
 
 
82
 
Emmanuel Frimpong
 
 
Nikola Zigic
 
 
 
Matthew Jarvis
 
 
69
Callum Reilly
 
 
 
Kevin Foley
 
 
35
Game Statistics
12
Goal Attempts
12
9
On Target
4
2
Corners
4
15
Fouls
5
2
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
52
%
48




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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 7 2012

Time: 3:10PM

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Just read MMs comments on the match was he watching the same game as me, he thought SEB had a good game what caught ofside to many times and missed an open goal.Doyle ran around alot but with no end product thought Kites had a decent game and Jonsson did quite well. But to be truthful we were playing an average championship side and it was embarassing to watch hard to know who were the PL team.I am a fan of MM but sometimes i think he is blinkered as to how good some of these so called PL players are because after that performance they should be ashamed to say they are.
kiawolves
It was a nothing match in what has become a nothing tournament for PL clubs, especially for those at either end of the table. Although it was difficult to pick out individuals on the murky screen, it was still clear that neither side was going to lighten up the game. SEB missed a sitter and Jarvis and Fletcher were thwarted by Colin Doyle in the Birmingham goal. That was it really. Next week it will count!
Southbank60
...but will we be counting the points, Southbank? I see the possibility of WW become a binary team, to coin a phrase. Either 1 or 0 points. Not until the entire system of play is reviewed and its faults corrected can a change be brought about. But for that the faults must first be identified and then admitted to. It is no use drafting in new elements in a basically wrong system. So I cannot be impressed with the signing of any PL player, whoever it is, Kia. Apart from Hennessey, and Fletcher and Jarvis to a lesser extent in degrees,we cannot boast of any.
lovesW
LovesW: that what worries me. I want Mr. Morgan to spend some money to bring in quality players, but will it be wasted, given the set-up at Molineux? I know I am hardening my attitude against the present coaching regime but I really don't see how the people involved can get us out of this mess.
Southbank60
Now, now chaps. It's this kind of defeatest talk that will have us relegated.Binary team?Hats off, lovesW,as the coining of phrases go, that's up there with the best of em.As for the managements ability to compute a turn around in fortunes,well i'm pretty sure it isn't going to involve the addition any new software on the coaching side and not a great deal on the playing side either.... I dont expect there to be a huge amount of players around and the ones that are will be expensive to buy and to employ because its a time when prices go up, said McCarthy.That quote was tied in with a story about 50k a week wage demands from certain targets. It does suggest, at least by implication, that the summer window is the better time to be involved in the pursuit of players.January is a bit late in the day to be deciding that January isn't the best time to try, i'd have thought.At any rate, I agree with lovesW; I don't think it matters greatly whether we do sign new blood or not. I don't know how the style of play can be addressed when we don't appear to have one. I think it's now blatantly obvious to most that we are now a 'long ball team'. I can't imagine that the players would, game after game, decide to launch it high and handsome without MM and TC tearing them a new one, had it not been an instruction from them in the first place. That suggests , amonst other things, a complete lack of faith from all concerned in the players abilities to play it up the park.When things started to go sour (from the second half at Villa Park onwards) the ball has progressively spent less and less time in our possession on the turf, and more and more time in the sky.The almost inevitable loss of possession that results from hoofball immediately puts us precisely where we know we can't be...on the defensive.Before the season started i'd have thought 'winning' a point at WHL was a brilliant result. I still do.A defeat wouldn't be a disgrace, it would be expected, so the fact that we are getting desperate for any point shouldn't change the realisation that Spurs are expected to do us.We're now two wins (and two Albion defeats) away from 15th place, so it's probably safe to say the relegation scrap is upon us.It seems strange to think now that the win we registered at WHL in our first season back came as a result of an early goal from Doyle and an unbreachable defensive display for the rest of the match.As long as there are three teams worse than us, is the only thing i've got left as far as positive thoughts go.There are currently four and until that changes I believe Morgan would consider it job done.
all4divisions
If you get a minute, take a look at the match report thread on the E&S site. Scroll down to post#80.
all4divisions
Just read it, A4D and I agree. Where the others have failed, MM has kept us up. He has got the experience now, SM knows it, MM will stay on, and WW will not go down. But since you now put me in the defeatist category, I will accept it, since I am not one to take the trouble of rejecting accusations, and it would serve no purpose anyway - so I accept it, the eternal optimist accepts it, and the reasons are precisely the ones you mention, starting from ' when it all started to go sour' through to the very end: no ball possession, hoofball, on the defensive, relegation scrap upon us. Right. So the two of us would be defeatist on this score, on the style (?) of play, but not otherwise, for I say that MM will do it again, I have never called for his head, somehow he will do it again. Now some other will brand me illogical, apart from defeatist, but I will accept even that. For it IS illogical. Hoofball + M square = Survival.
lovesW
The opening line of my post concerning 'defeatest' was ironic, lovesW.Banter aimed at kia and SB, in the main.Just to reiterate, I don't think whether bloggers hail or condemn MM, will have any bearing whatsoever upon events.Just wanted to make that clear to kia and SB (should they not have picked up the irony, either). Therefore please dismiss 'will have us relegated' for the same reason.I'm convinced(unlike others) it won't be your fault if we are.
all4divisions
E = MC squared [where E means end of PL status and M means Mick and C means Clipboard]
Southbank60
I should have explained the equation. It's the Theory of Relativity, in which teams which have relatively poor coaching teams and a policy of giving relatively little money in signing-on fees and wages struggle to survive in the PL.
Southbank60
Just like to say seen the news Warnock has been sacked from QPR so if we are going to buy ONUOHA best get him now while the coast is clear. I also see in one newspaper Jones of Stoke is back on the radar i know its papertalk but we do need a striker and CD to me it makes no difference who is manager at wolves some of the players we have are not good enough.
kiawolves
Kiawolves: if we sign up those two players I would be very surprised but happy and a little less anxious about the future.
Southbank60
Who saw that coming? Warnock, I mean.All the talk had been of Kean and Coyle as being most under threat of the sack. Martinez and MM having been seen as 'safe' by comparison.I assumed QPR were going to splash the cash in this window but obviously Warnock's not going to be doing the splashing.I wonder if they have already lined someone up to take over, before sacking him. Very interesting.
all4divisions
MM knows we need another striker as only fletch scoreing goals and he has admited the defence is not doing its job and with JOH comeing back with FRIMPONG and JONSSON we might get out of the trouble were in.As for Jones from Stoke it could happen as hes only started 5 games this season which if he knows he might staart at Wolves he might push even for a loan for the season and see what happens.I just think we have a chance as even J Moxey has said things needed shaken up as the team have not performed the way they had hoped and we are still looking for players to bring in. And in my book the need is even greater now because who ever gets the QPR job is going to get a sizeable amount to spend and their after defenders and strikers just like we are.
kiawolves
Explanation accepted, A4D. Well done, Southbank, you have perfected the equation, or rather re-stated it but with relevant meaning to the terms - which deserves more credit. A hint was all that was needed. Pity the ones whose views matter are not as apt at it, as A4D observes.
lovesW
Kiawolves: you're right in your assessment of the QPR situation. So, Mr. Morgan, before it's too late dust off your cheque-book and instruct Jez to complete the negotiations over Onuoha and Jones.
Southbank60
 

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