After Wolves went 3-1 down to Rotherham back in December, having just lost back-to-back games against MK Dons and Peterborough, I really did get that ‘here we go again’ feeling.
But I needn’t have worried.
The fightback in that game that saw Wolves claim a valuable point was to be a sign of things to come.
Soon after Kenny made those wholesale changes to personnel and system, which completely changed the complexion of the team.
As a result, tomorrow will be a carnival atmosphere with the primary objective already achieved with four fixtures left to complete.
The small matter of the League One title however, still needs taking care of.
Had Wolves stuttered in the home straight, Rotherham would have taken full advantage.
A fantastic run of form that’s seen the Millers lose just once in 18 matches propelled them to the cusp of the automatic places.
But a deflating late surrender at Bramall Lane last week, coupled with two more dropped points at home to Bradford looks to have curtailed their top two aspirations.
They come into this game eight points behind Brentford with manager Steve Evans already talking about play-off preparation.
So impressed was Kenny Jackett with Rotherham’s display earlier in the season he went out and pinched one of their best performers in Nouha Dicko.
But as good as the striker has been, Rotherham have carried on scoring and winning without him. In fact only Leyton Orient (78) can better their goals scored record (77), although Wolves aren’t far behind (76).
Top scorer Kieran Agard has 19 goals so far, but like Wolves, they’re a team that have shared the goals around with the likes of Frecklington, Revell and Pringle all getting their names on the scoresheet regularly.
Their away record has been fantastic (13 wins, 4 draws, 4 defeats) and is only bettered by their opponents tomorrow who have a single point more.
With nearly a full week to rest up after last Saturday’s promotion-clinching victory, there’s no reason for rotation.
James Henry and Jack Price would probably be the most likely candidates to return to the side, but with Sako fit again and the manager glowing in his praise for Lee Evans last weekend, the same XI is likely.
Injuries have been kind to Wolves this season and you wonder whether that’s down to luck, changes to approach or even just how the current players look after themselves? Whatever the reason, long may it continue.
Wolves are favourites for the win at 5/6. The draw is 12/5 and a Rotherham victory is 10/3.
Nouha Dicko is probably a good bet to bag the opener given the curse of the former player. He’s 4/1 to do so. Kieran Agard is a good insurance bet at 15/2.
Well done to everybody who predicted the win last weekend. It was practically everyone.
I fancy Wolves to overcome the jovial nature of the occasion and win this one tomorrow. It’s a full-house and the players will hopefully thrive on that.
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