Brentford Vs Wolves Preview

Perhaps I’ve been a little hypocritical.

I’ve been banging on for weeks about the need to collect scrappy points and we’ve done that in the last two matches.

But I don’t feel my comments on Saturday were unjust. Rotherham were incredibly bad and yet Wolves were lucky to beat them.

Now we’re off to Griffin Park where we’ve been skinned alive on our last two visits hoping for something much better.

It’s a difficult fixture, but it’s one of our games in hand and yet another chance to create breathing space. We need a big performance and the result to go with it.

Brentford

Brentford logoFrom the outside looking in, it seems like a bit of a nothing mid-table season for the Bees. Not that we have any right to turn our noses up at such luxuries.

And for a club that have spent many years in League One and lower, they’re probably not too unhappy about being considered a solid Championship outfit.

Losing Scott Hogan late on in the January transfer window was probably a bit of a blow to their immediate aspirations, but that money could help them improve next season.

Their home form has been decent, but not overly intimidating thus far with 7 wins, 5 draws and 5 defeats.

Rajiv van La Parra scored the winner for Huddersfield on Saturday and they won’t fancy losing two at home on the spin.

Added to that I get the genuine sense that Dean Smith hates Wolves, so they’ll probably be running around like feral dogs desperate to heap more misery on our already horrible season.

Wolves

I get that Paul Lambert wants to send out players that are going to scrap for every point, but I think he should be showing a bit more adventure.

I might be the only one, but I really feel like Helder Costa has checked out. You can’t ask players with limited ability to be better, but you can ask players with ability to try harder.

For the moment, I’d give Cavaleiro a go down the left and keep Marshall down the right.

Weimann has a goal a game record as a central striker so must start. Maybe playing alongside Dicko with Edwards making way in midfield?

And of course, I’m not fan of midfielders at full-back, so I’d change that too, but not holding my breath on that one.

Predictions

I don’t like the look of this fixture so would be happy with another ugly draw. Even that would take us a point and a position further away from danger.

That said Fulham on Saturday looks even worse, so perhaps we should be going all in on this one trying to get a win?

1-1.

Up The Wolves!

Comments

  1. Bedford Wolf says:

    Brentford away always conjures up memories of the opening day of the 1985/86 season. Up until then, like most of us I guess, I was used to Wolves being in the 1st division with only the occasional, and very brief, dip into the 2nd division.

    But this time something had gone horribly wrong and after being relegated from the 1st division in 1984 we had been relegated AGAIN in 1985. So for the first time ever in my life I was going to watch 3rd division football.

    In an odd way it was sort of exciting playing against clubs, many of whom I’d never known Wolves play before, and going to grounds I never thought I’d go to. The novelty factor was soon to wear off of course!

    That warm, sunny August afternoon I stood on the then open terraces behind the goal and watched a Wolves team largely comprised of players I had never heard of before. Yes there were the odd ‘names’ in there like Alan Ainscow, David Barnes and Scott Barron but for the most part they were new to me – Neil Edwards, John Purdie, Peter Zelem. Who? We lost the game 1-2 and of course the rest, as they say, is history.

    Brentford’s ground is still not much fun for away fans, a real throwback to the ‘old days’ but at least the stewards look away if you want a crafty cigarette at half-time in the open air section at the back of the stand.

    As I travel there on my lonesome for the game it will be with something of a heavy heart as I fear the worst and that Mr Lambert will once more pick a team from Hell designed and set up to bore the life out of everyone and to try and grind out a 0-0 draw. Saville? Yes sir. Price? Of course! Edwards? Don’t be daft, he’s our main man and captain. Creative players? Flair players? People who can trap, control and pass the ball? People who can take on and dribble past opponents? People who can create chances and goal-scoring opportunities? Don’t be so stupid!

    Despite that and despite the fact I think the result will be similar to our last two visits there (lost 0-4 and lost 0-3) I am going for a draw just for the comedy value. Clearly watching ‘footballers’ like Saville, Price and Edwards and a team ‘managed’ by Paul Lambert is rubbing off on me.

    Out of Darkness Cometh Light!

    p.s. Lambert OUT!

    p.p.s. Thelwell OUT!

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  2. Steppenwolfe says:

    I’m not sure how you can keep picking Price but agree with Doc and Dom. I’m hoping Brentford have nothing to play for. Still think we may struggle but you never know.

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    • Bedford Wolf says:

      Agreed on Price – I thought on Saturday his performance was shockingly bad. At the end of the day his job is to protect our defence as a holding central defensive midfielder but he has failed to do that adequately from virtually the very first time he came into the team. Jackett in League 1 relieved him of the task and took him out of the team and yet here we are 4 years on still expecting him to do a job he is patently obviously not capable of doing.

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  3. spikeyboy says:

    iT WILL BE 5-4-1 TOTAL BORING CRAP .
    WE MAY KEEP A CLEAN SHEET BUT WHO WOULD BET ON THAT. I WOULD BET WE DONT SCORE
    HERES HOPING THEY DONT.

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  4. Any thing can happen in this division
    Wolves to get a point

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    • Bedford Wolf says:

      Matt – you say anything can happen and you may be right but I’m betting what WON’T happen is Lambert will pick an attacking side full of skill, flair and creativity with Enobakhare, Cavaleiro, Dicko, Costa etc, play a proper left back, drop Price, Saville and Edwards etc and we will go on the attack (the ‘front foot’) and play Brentford off the park and smash them 5-0 with us Wolves fans leaving the ground raving how that was the best performance from a Wolves team we have all seen in donkey’s years. You never know? lol

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      • You just never know bedders
        My lasting memory is when I lived near the brentford ground and we were 2 one down to them back about 30 years ago … they were all chanting ” bull shit
        Bulll shit , bull shit ”
        Then he cracked home the equalizer on the 90 th min
        Lol
        Like griffin park I do
        Fucking dislike dean smith
        Cmon wolves !

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        • Bedford Wolf says:

          Bloody hell I was there for that game. New Year’s Eve it was. We were 1-0 up then 1-2 down till Bully scored right in front of us.

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  5. Marin wolf says:

    Just waded through Saturday’s bloggers’ post mortem and now feeling like the one game I’ll get to see this season ie Bristol city will be the final nail in our coffin.. and the brizzle folk will be dancing on our grave.

    Given how the season started how has it come to this?

    I really did think that lambert would be the one eyed man in the land of the blind but these recent team sheets remind me of how I felt when I saw who we were sending out against Manchester United ( we lost 0-5 but it could have been 10)

    Brentfird is a neat ground and their fans will be decent and even sympathetic as we get a real drubbing

    So depressed

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  6. Steve Showcase says:

    It’s down to mistakes that we make (like a price giveaway that Rotherham squandered)
    or of course that no 5 position..
    Williamson should play and I feel that him and Hause are good enough together..
    Bod to play for me with Wieman and Saville the locked on L midfielder Lambert mate..

    We are worth a point but how about a smash and grab for all three..?

    Positive and ambitious as we have to be…

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  7. Wight Wolf says:

    Full marks to Bedford Wolf for attending this game. It has all the promise of a wet weekend in Wigan. An incompetent defensive team, hoofing the and hoping is on the cards as is a thumping defeat.

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  8. wolfman jack says:

    Given our atrocious home form we really need to be looking to win any reasonable away game, of which this is one. But as everyone is pointing out, that depends on picking a team to do just that and I don’t see Lambert changing his ultra-conservative approach. Hoping for a 0-0, but Brentford are a bit more talented than Ipswich…

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  9. Cotswold Wolf says:

    No idea what team will be selected. Thought I seen every possibility until Saturday’s choices left me speechless. But at last we got the ugliest of wins so what do I know.

    I think it is possible Lambert no longer trusts his players, maybe with good reason. Perhaps that is the explanation for the collapse in form. Look at Derby and Norwich.

    Still hoping for a result!

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    • wolfman jack says:

      Or maybe its that the players no longer trust Lambert ? Who could blame them after the recent run ?

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  10. pauluswolf says:

    After the debacle of Rotherham I am trying to be positive and predict an away point.
    To be fair up until Rotherham, where we could easily have lost, we haven’t had a lot of luck go our way, so perhaps we are due some more.
    I have no idea who Lambert will put out probably he will swap things around again, though surely now is the time to keep an established team.
    BUT heaven forbid he ever plays a team with no full backs. Coady, might yet make it in that position, but Saville should never wear a Wolves shirt in any position. What Doherty and Iorfa think of the situation heaven only knows.
    As above, still hoping for a result!

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  11. Franko says:

    Lambert is not concerned with entertainment anymore, just set up as boring as possible in the hope that we survive. What a way to address the supporters who pay good money to hopefully see entertaining football.

    I really think Lamberts heads gone, and I understand he wouldn’t speak to the press today.

    I couldn’t hazard a guess at what the team will be tomorrow with such a maverick Manager.

    I agree with your comment on Costa, Thomas, its extremely disappointing for a player of such undoubted talent to be hiding away. He’s a nice lad too so I don’t understand it.

    Lets hope for some points tomorrow and try and remain positive.

    UTW

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  12. JackoMac says:

    Two away games that really highlight what a roller coaster this season has been. In the corresponding home games we beat Brentford 3-1 with Texeira unplayable and giving his best performance in a Wolves shirt [what happened to him] then a game with Fulham 4-4 where in injury time we snatched a draw from the jaws of victory. Consider, seven goals in two games.

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  13. JackoMac says:

    Oh and try Marshall in the Ten role.

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  14. StuWolf says:

    I don’t think we can play that poorly again, I was down to Specsavers again and picked up some of those Rose tinted glasses for blind optimistic Wolves fans.
    So I am going with Stevie Showcase and a 1-0 to Wolves.
    Good team or bad, we haven’t really got a good front foot in the team, so I’m expecting, scrappy, scruffy, poor footy but hoping to snatch it.

    Onwards and feckin Skywards eh Ikeme.

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  15. john Payne says:

    I can only hope that PL reads this blog and after all the jeers he claims are part of the game maybe he will decide to have a proper go this week. But will the players perform for him ?
    I can’t predict a loss; we used to be capable of coming up with a good result at such times as this, but it did depend on the lads commitment…………I wish they were paid by results !

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  16. Dave Vincent says:

    Regrettably Thomas I think you’re right about Costa.

    I love the look of your team sheet but I don’t think it will bear any semblance to reality. Saville will surely occupy LB, Edwards is certain to start, and Coady likely up front. I’m joking of course. Or am I?

    I would take a gritty draw, which is i think what it’ll be. We just need to hang on in there until the end of the season.

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  17. Many, or is it all, of our best and most unexpected results this season have come away from home. So, for that reason alone, I’m glad to see the negativity spewing forth about this game from my fellow bloggers. Our heroes just love to surprise us. Unfortunately, not always in a way we may like.
    I feel it’s time these Brentford upstarts got their comeuppance. It’s time we wupped ’em on their own turf. Back to our counter-attacking best I say. Happy with your team Thomas. That should be easily good enough to do the job.
    COYW

    If you can’t be optimistic, it renders this whole football thing a complete waste of time and nervous energy.

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  18. slider says:

    Win the game in hand and the outlook will be a lot brighter, lose it badly and the gloom thickens. Ever the optimist…

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  19. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Hoping our decent away form (i think the away record is top 7 or 8) continues. Not bothered how we play as long as we get something from the game. Blackburn are at Fulham and Bristol are at home to huddersfield Friday night. So it is crucial we get some points. I think Rotherham and Wigan are gone so one more place. Anyone up to Ipswich is still in it. I am backing us to sneak it tomorrow night 2-1.

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  20. theDOOGooder says:

    I think you are right about Costa not having his heart in it, but I’d still give him another chance to hit Brentford on the break.

    A couple of things I noticed on Saturday.

    Weimann HAS to be given another game down the middle. His scoring average when playing there is pretty damn good.

    Williamson is NOT the answer to all our defensive problems. His horrible lack of pace was exposed several times by Rotherham and will be again by much better sides.

    Saville is a perfectly good defensive left back but gives us nothing going forward so we must start Doherty and Iorfa at full back if we want to win any games.

    I worry about tomorrow but they owe us a performance so I’m going for a draw.

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  21. I don’t care how we play as long as we get 3 points

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  22. Kiwiwolf says:

    More chance of predicting the Lottery numbers than Wolves team, one thing for sure it wont be pretty .

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  23. Wolf in Devon says:

    Just can’t see us winning this fixture. Unless Lambert decides to pick a better starting 11. I’d be happy if he selected a team similar to yours. But he won’t so I’ll go for a 3-1 loss.

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  24. Mosman Wolf says:

    I think that Lambert is being way to defensive in his attempts to keep us in the Championship and can’t believe the sides he is picking lately.

    We were playing decent football for a while there so don’t know what has happened. Picking players out of position is a recipe for disaster. Sounds like Costa isn’t trying to hard so maybe we should cash out in the summer.

    Expect a defensive side selected for the game and am hoping that we can squeak a goal on the break and then hold out.

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  25. RickRack Wolves says:

    PL’s team talk or Friday press conference – hoping he doesn’t get his hand written notes muxed up!

    PL:

    “We’re all doomed

    We’re all doomed

    Och aye the noo” (literal translation to those non Scottish out there = “Oh yes, just now”

    But, I’ve tried to assist and have just spent minutes planning my team sheet and subs bench:

    With super boot Carlo up the field Ikeme in goal.
    With Doc & Iorfa back in and Williams and Hause – we’ll be stable at the back (no donkey puns intended – sozzzzz!)
    With Saisse and Super (he’s always got a goal in him) Dave in the centre
    With our attacking options – Cav and Costa (we have to play Costa as he’s due a good game or else the £25M clause won’t be triggered – Rodney!) have to play
    With Bright & Dicko playing No.10 & No.9 respectfully
    Subs
    Harry just in case – Stears just because – Marshall just because he’s still our best No.64 ever – Weimann Just because he’s our best No.63 this season and Bod just to come on when we’re 4 up in the 92nd minute (unlike PL bringing in Doc when 1:2 down!) to score a 96th minute header (one of his first headers for us) to start the Scandic Clap

    Easy result as the ginger Mourinio will have been lulled in a false sense of in-security…

    Let’s go for it cus I can’t take many more Rotherham’s

    FOstfc

    COYW

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  26. Fight, fight were ever you may be………..a very rousing and up lifting chant that’s sums up what I expect from every Wolves player and espeacilly a Wolves manager but what we get from Lambert is……………hide hide when ever we play…..and run run to the corner flag and hold hold were ever and when ever you get the ball.

    I blogged that Blackburn are making a fight of it a colleague at work is a Blackburn fan and he is way more optimistic about there chances than Wolves for one there strikers have come into form and play with 2 up front at home anyway.

    He said I wouldn’t like to be in Wolves postion with our form and manager. There a very very old saying ” attack is the BEST form of defence ” . Sit back and allow teams to come on to you and hoping to catch them on the break is fine, if you have the players Chelsea have or Mman City but the likes of Edwards, Saville, Evans & Co well you’re just going to get spanked and end up humiliatied.

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      Two goals on the break then 😉

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    • Wokingham Welsh Wolf says:

      Agreed Paul,

      Surely we can’t be as insipid as we were on Saturday, can we?

      I’m going to Griffin Park, God knows why.

      My season ticket holding Brentford mate says that they are playing well and could easily have beaten Huddersfield.

      Who knows what team Lambert will put out, but surely he’s got to be more positive than against Rotherham.

      Got a bad feeling about this game if we don’t start well (please Wolves, no more of these meaningless pre kick off huddles!).

      Hope I’m wrong but I think we might get turned over, but prove me wrong ffs!

      COMBs!

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  27. Bedford Wolf says:

    If it is true that Fosun read this blog then may I just re-state an idea?

    Get to the end of the season – staying up obviously – then dispense with Mr Lambert (and Thelwell) and bring in as our new manager……..Dennis Bergkamp.

    He knows England and English football. He speaks perfect English. He has learnt his trade as Assistant Manager at Ajax for the past 6 years. He understands football and would get us playing with flair, style and creativity. His knowledge of the game in Europe, where he has been scouting and nurturing talent.

    Get him in in May. Give him the Summer to work on the players and style of play. Give him the money to buy a centre back, a left back, a creative midfielder and a striker. All quality players not cheap and cheerful or ones for the future but ones for the here and now. Have a proper pre-season and then hit the ground running.

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      First he had to participate in a medical where he spent several hours in an airplane simulator to test if he still has phobia of traveling with airplanes.

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    • Brilliant Beddy you’ve got my vote Ajax have always been a club I’ve been fond of with Cruyff and the Van Der Kerkoff brothers in the 70s they were the kings of Europe none of the Champions League bollocks only the champions of country qualified.

      Ket him in as manager and Jordi Cruyff as Director of Football what a team they would make the Dutch masters……….if only Fosun and the forth sight and the minerals…….if only story od a Wolves fans life..!

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    • Twixfix says:

      Bedford … quick , wake up, you’re hyperventilating…. all this theory of what’s needed at Wolves.
      It’s becoming clear we need a manager that’s level headed, plays his best players in positions where they most productive and efficient…if they’re not good enough …Feck em off… starting with 6 or so of the current crap we’re enduring.

      This is getting to be a worry.

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  28. StuWolf says:

    Bedders.
    Just one flaw there matey boy.
    Bergkamp won’t fly. He’s terrified of planes, my mate from Saffron Malden in Essex was employed to drive him to European games.
    So when we’re in Europe we’d be Fecked.
    Soulbackend is doing great things in Molde, just saying.

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    • Bedford Wolf says:

      When we’re in Europe? Lol.

      As Jasper Carrot once said of his beloved Blouses, ” we’ll be in Europe next year………if there’s a war”.

      I’d still rather have Bergkamp travelling by sea, road or rail than Lambert who, by comparison, I rather fancy travels everywhere by horse and cart – though judging by his recent team selections that should probably be donkey and cart.

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  29. Twixfix says:

    Tomorrow it’s Brentford away and as much as I thought Warburton was a wanker …Dean Smith is doing a pretty good job emulating him.
    I can only hope we strangle the life blood out of them and bore them with a non attacking , defence minded stroll around and hope they don’t put 3 past us…

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  30. Just to end the day on a more positive note
    Rotherham were the better team on Saturday and they lost
    The Saturday before , wolves were the better team at reading and we lost , also we were by fat the better side against Ipswich and we drew . Any thing could happen at brentford … it’s not all doom and gloom

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  31. Clive from Houston says:

    If Lambert cannot get his “players” up for this game, one of our “in hand, must win” games, then he needs getting rid of, right now.

    Our other in hand game is against Huddersfield.
    No prizes for guessing what will happen against them.

    We have shit management, shit tactics, and shit players, or employees giving good impressions of shit players.

    Brentford’s manager hates us, why dog knows, but he does.

    We have won one game since forever.

    Logical recipe for another “we played great but were unlucky defeat”
    Logic has never applied to Wolves.

    We will go down there to London’s territory, and smash seven shades of shit out of them!

    Never fear, boys and girls, the Wolves worm is turning, and we will rise victorious!!!!

    (Unless, of course, that Scottish dick picks Saville, Edwards, Price, and some others!!!)

    5-1, easy peasy.

    FOwb

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  32. Johnok says:

    Another struggle me thinks.
    I hate posting a loss but it could be the only way that the plank gets the chop.
    Hope I’m wrong but I fear we have a squad of players who are not up for a scrap, some don’t give a shite some aren’t good enough.
    What ever happens tomorrow night Fosun will make up their mind if The Plank stays or gets the chop.UTW

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  33. Incognito says:

    From ProgWolf on Wolves Forum:
    “I always feel somewhat saddened when the Wolves v Brentford fixture comes around, because of how badly I think Peter Broadbent was treated by the club after he sadly passed away in 2013. Sadly, I never saw Peter play, but my Father, who is sadly no longer with us, bless him, saw the vast majority of Peter Broadbent’s home games for Wolves and in his opinion, he was second only to the great Billy Wright C.B.E. He described Peter as the ‘ultimate playmaker’.

    Peter started his career at Brentford before being transferred to Wolves. Between 1951 and 1965 he made 452 appearances and scored 127 goals, not a bad haul for an Inside Right, helping the club to three league titles and and an F.A. Cup. But for the ridiculous England ‘Committee’ that picked the England team back then, with so much chopping and changing on a regular basis, with the usual London bias, he would surely have had a lot more than the seven caps he picked up for England.

    George Best said that Peter was the player that he most admired and Sir Alex Ferguson said that at that time, Peter was his favourite player.

    When Peter sadly passed away on 1st October 2013, WWFC incredulously decided to ‘pay their respects to him’ before the Notts County game in the Johnstone Paint Trophy, with only about 7,000 in attendance ?

    You would have thought that with Peter’s history and achievements in the game and having spent 14 years at Wolves, the club would have given him a far more fitting tribute.

    I would like the Club to retrospectively give Peter a proper ‘send-off’, deserving of his achievements at Wolves.

    We have some rather important home games coming up over the next two months. It would be wonderful to have a minutes applause from 25,000 fans prior to one of those games and it would give a massive lift to the fans which would hopefully spread to the team on the pitch that day, and hopefully inspire them to what will surely be a much needed win.

    I would be interested to know what others think of the idea and / or if anyone knows the best person for me to contact at the club, please let me know. I have nothing to lose by asking the question. Just not sure how to go about giving this maximum exposure so any help and advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks for taking the time to read the post. UTW. Keep the faith, and here’s to three points tomorrow night.”

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    • Unfortunately, I am unable to give you any practical advice about possible contacts within the club. However, I certainly send you my moral support as Mr Broadbent was one of the true legends of our club’s great history and deserves recognition more fitting of his achievements.
      Perhaps if the club aren’t forthcoming, an internet campaign amongst the fans for their own half time tribute could be arranged. Wonderful tool, the interweb.

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    • Steppenwolfe says:

      Great Idea. 100% with you.

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  34. Telford Wolf says:

    Well surprise everyone by winning.

    On another note, so much for Rowett being at the Mol on Saturday. Surely he could have done better than Derby.

    Meanwhile, I used to want us to lose when Saunders was Manager, so management would get rid……

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  35. vicsmith says:

    Do you seriously think he will field a team without Edwards or Saville? Wishful thinking. I’d put Doc at left back. Have Costa and Cav on the wings and try out Marshall at centre with Saiss. Maybe even give Bod and Dicko a start up front with Bright coming on around the hour mark. As none of this will happen I can only hope for a 0-0 draw at best.

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  36. ferris says:

    I agreed with all your comments on Saturday but also agree that any points now from here on in are welcome. It would be nice to see us go on an unbeaten run, winning obviously would be a bonus but making us tough to beat should be the first objective. I think williamson will help achieve this if he stays fit. I looked at the team Saturday and thought he’s the only leader we have on the pitch and he’s not even captain? If wolves show real attacking intent then there’s no reason why we couldn’t win this game but confidence looked rock bottom the other day so another scrappy game could be on the cards.

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    • Thomas says:

      I agree that Williamson could be a key player. He’s quite low profile and just goes about his business with little fuss, which is usually the sign of a decent center half. Batth and Stearman always seem to be on the stretch.

      For what they lack in ability I do think the likes of Coady, Saville and Edwards are strong personalities on the pitch, which is probably why PL (and his predecessors) often turn to them when things get a bit sticky.

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  37. Paul cooks left peg says:

    Still.haven’t got much to say I did say I reckon there will be a pen Saturday and there was, going for a score draw tonight.what ever I do say we have to be better than Saturday.

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  38. colin says:

    Doesnt surprise me that Premier league teams still interested in Costa. The way they can keep the ball and move it around he will get the ball to feet with time and space. He wont have to impersonate a bustling league 1 foward anymore.

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    • Thomas says:

      I agree he’d sparkle in a good team Colin. My annoyance is his seeming lack of appetite to get involved. He was doing it earlier in the season with the same team mates in the same system. Players do this when they think there’s a big move on the horizon. They stay on the periphery to minimise the chances of injury and losing that big pay cheque.

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  39. basherbaz says:

    Think your team is way to attacking Thomas for PL but I agree with a lot of your choices, would play Costa , we really need the points out of this one.

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  40. Cannock Wolf says:

    Off to Cheltenham – no time to talk!!

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  41. Graham from Horsham says:

    We are happier playing away unfortunately so l believe we will turn up and make a game of it. Hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us this far; all change tonight.

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  42. sevlow says:

    Could we possibly get 3 points tonight? Yes we could. Will we get 3 points tonight? I doubt it.

    I will settle for a point

    No idea what team PL will put out. Think Costa will start and we will hoof the long ball up to Dicko hoping he can out jump players that are normally a foot taller than him and expect him to header it on to his striking partner, oh wait he doesn’t have one. Probably be Wiemann up front anyway.

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  43. Ash K says:

    Time for the inexplicable win

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  44. Tipton Exile says:

    On the subject of Costa I am sure I cannot be the only one on here that suspects he may be the new O’hara, got a good contract so I can piss around now.

    On the subject of tonight’s game to misquote Rhet Butler in “Gone with the Wind” frankly I couldn’t give a flying F**K.

    PL will no doubt picl Ikeme and 10 defensive midfielders named Saville and say he is going on the front foot.

    For God’s sake prove me wrong.

    A point is the best we can hope for if we are twice as lucky as last Saturday

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  45. DancesWithWolves says:

    Costa is a silly boy. He knows his future should be in the Pl, so he should be auditioning like mad right now. Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are amongst the interested clubs. The worst thing he can do is to stroll through games as he seems to be doing. Who knows, he might get tagged with an attitude problem. If he played at his best he would look so good amongst some of the dross around him. Maybe he is just trying to avoid injury before the mega bucks transfer?

    I’d be inclined to rest Edwards if possible until the international break. He’s run his socks off for years now with Wolves and also Wales. We might need a refreshed Edwards if things take a turn for the worse. Keep him on the bench if necessary, just in case.

    PL will hopefully go for a win tonight and a draw against Fulham on Saturday. If so, that would give us a credible 8 points from 4 games and would ease the pressure. 2-1 tonight and 2-2 Saturday.

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    • RickRack Wolves says:

      Dances,
      I’m with you re Costa and starting him & Cav will prove an outlet for our strikers – and I still say you cannot lay 100% of the blame at the strikers when a) they aren’t picked consistently (Dicko = goal + assist and then dropped) and b) they get no service – when your No.9 is at the half way line or on the flank trying to get the ball & get in the game then I’m afraid you’ve either been told to play like that or are trying to become involved in a game with no service!
      Costa is a genuine Prem player, no one from the big 6 would be looking otherwise.
      Signing him @ £13M with sell on at £25M is a good bit of business because League 1 or even if we stay in the Champ next year, i think he’ll be off! But I still think he has to prove to the scouts that he’s worth £25M
      But I have to ask what you mean by “if things take a turn for the worse”, please please don’t tell me they could turn worse! This is the most depressing football the Mol faithful have been privy to for a long time.
      Worse for me is being beaten 0:5 at home to Warsaw next year and I have a little sick in my throat just thinking about that.

      Tonight could be defining for our season – play defensive, no front foot, concede more than 2 goals and we’ll be fekt cus we’re only scored 4 goals in the last 8 games……

      But I’ll keep the faith, misguided or not, cus I can’t do anything else……

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      • DancesWithWolves says:

        RickRack, a turn for the worse? Could it get any worse? Sorry to say, it could, if we lose both games this week. That would see Lambert kicked out and us probably doomed.

        As you say, Costa has to prove to the scouts he’s worth £25mil or they will lose interest. Look at WBA’s Berihino. He should have gone for £25mil but his attitude let him down. So many talented footballers fall by the wayside because of attitude.

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        • RickRack Wolves says:

          Cheers mate, but, I truly don’t believe PL being kicked out would necessarily mean we doomed.
          I was pleased with PL’s appointment & his attempts to get the team/fans together.
          I am now not convinced he has “the team” behind him, the most cannot want to play like they did on Saturday.
          I came out the Mol after winning possibly the most important game and with 3 more points totally & utterly dejected. The game was dire, the team selection, the obvious game plan and the lack of doing as he says “play on the front foot” was not there.
          I genuinely believe we can rescue Champ status for next year whether it’s with/without PL but I am convinced Fosun will not allow him any extension to his 1 x year contract as again I really don’t think he can recover from this mess

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  46. robin says:

    Re Costa….
    Maybe he, like some of us here, are not over impressed by the manager.
    As for the team, win or lose, we seem to be doomed to a gloomy future, if the ‘fayre’ being served up under PL is anything to go by.
    I’d prefer to lose with passion trying to play football, as we did under Zenga, than win as we did against Rotherham under PL.
    Football is in the entertainment business not the bore people to death business.
    Maybe Costa agrees…

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  47. robin says:

    Forgot prediction

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  48. The Newt says:

    Right now I’d take a repeat performance and result from last weeks trip to Ipswich.

    From Saturday’s line-up I would stick with Weimann up front and bring Doherty and Iorfa in at fullbacks as well as possibly moving Coady to the middle alongside Saiss and rest Price (and I’m a big Price fan but he’s struggling at the minute). Hopefully Williamson is fit enough to play two games on the bounce and keep Cavaleiro on the bench to build up his match fitness.

    And Thomas I totally agree with your line about “you can’t ask players with limited ability to be better, but you can ask players with ability to try harder.” Costa can’t keep us up on his own but he can sure make the difference if the rest of the team do the leg work to give him the opportunities to score the goals and provide the assists we know he’s capable of. I really hope it’s just a dip in form and not anything more sinister although recent newspaper articles saying what Mendes plans to do with him in the summer are very disturbing. You would almost think that Mendes owns the player and we have no say in what happens……surely not!!

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  49. Exiledwolf says:

    I think Costa should play tonight, if only to earn his money. He is one our few sparks and could really make the difference if he decides to turn it on.

    After Saturday I’m expecting Marshall and Weimann to start and Saville in midfield might not be a bad thing, particularly as he is an ex-Brentford man. I agree with you Thomas that Iorfa and Doherty should return to the full back slots.

    After emphatic losses to Brentford in the last two corresponding fixtures I’m not overly hopeful of a decent result tonight. I’ll take a draw.

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  50. Oliver Goldblack says:

    Brentford far better than Rotherham. We’ll have a team of Savilles starting tonight.
    Hope I’m wrong.

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  51. Football is a funny game isn’t it ! Solbacken currently going great ATM and just turned Ajax over ! Just saying loike
    Anyway , I don’t think bright featured in the under 23s so will start tonight,
    Bright will also score tonight and an end to end footballing feast will be enjoyed by all the very lucky buggers who will be in attendance
    Utw

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  52. Border Wolf says:

    No expectations here but I won’t predict a loss despite it being likely.

    I’m wondering if Costa will do an Afobe now that’s there PL interest? Think he’s destined for bigger & better things so won’t bother trying?!

    Hope I’m wrong but time will tell.

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  53. Bullisgod says:

    Team sheet just been leaked, Saville in goal.

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    • RickRack Wolves says:

      Check again – he’s been named trice – Goalkeeper – LB and defending/attacking midfielder!

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  54. Bullisgod says:

    Why all the love for Williamson he was so static and useless against Rotherham that Saiss had to drop in and make a back 5 ffs

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  55. Good performance and lose or Saturday’s crap and three points in the bag.
    In our current situation and the possible consequences of relegation, I’ll take the three points ta very much.

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  56. Brompton Wolf says:

    Hmmmmmm….?……………..?……………?

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  57. Bedford Wolf says:

    Just setting off now for the game.

    On the Saville is great or Saville is crap debate …………..a couple of years ago when en route to the Brentford v Wolves game where we lost 0-4 and had Danny Graham up front and were appalling we were sat on the train chatting to two Brentford STH’s. We’d bought Saville for £1m at the start of the season with him having previously been on loan at Brentford. We asked the Bees fans what they thought of him. When they had both stopped laughing – I kid you not – they said he was awful, no pace, no bite, no stomach for the fight, and basically strolled around doing bugger all. They were glad when his loan spell ended and he returned to Chelski.

    Makes you think eh?

    UTW!

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  58. Bagsy says:

    Don’t fancy us for this one. It leaves it all to do against Fulham on Saturday, which will be an even tougher ask.

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  59. bullyisagod says:

    Hard to see us getting a result here – we don’t have a team which can scrap. Either we go for it or we try to control game and get turned over. Gonna be the later I think

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  60. Sharmwolf says:

    Sorry but the 2 games in hand are games we are going to get nil return from. Probably another 3 changes tonight so no continuity which means no pattern of play.

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  61. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Oh well just in the pub supping lager before the gig by punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS at Robin 2 Bilston. All the WWFC anger will be expelled to Alternative Ulster, Suspect Device, At the Edge, Nobodys Heroes , Wasted Life the tunes of a generation. 40 years on tour and Jake Burns now looks like Ted Bovis but the snarl and two fingers to the Establishment are still burning. Two things required tonight. SLF end with Alternative Ulster and a Wolves win. I will be glued to my phone during the gig. That’s how it gets you. As we all know! So Dean Smith here are some SLF lyrics for you “YOU’LL NEVER GET FUCK ALL”

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  62. The Witley Wanderer says:

    There will be no change in our fortunes with what we have. Let’s hope we can hang in there. C O W F F S.

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  63. Tipton Exile says:

    With that team selection PL is defo looking to get the sack

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  64. Just in time I think to make my prediction. Hoping for another point at least.

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  65. StuWolf says:

    A team picked by a man who knows Fosun are looking at replacing him with a European manager with Championship experience.

    Feckin Loser.

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  66. Adrian says:

    Saville, batth, Edwards,Evans, coady all starting. No caveleiro, Iorfa, price. All points to a defeat.

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  67. BARDWolf says:

    Close the gates, shut the door and brick up the goal posts.

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  68. Brompton Wolf says:

    WTF. Can’t understand that at all. I have now lost complete faith in him. Is he stupid or what.

    Can’t wait for him to be raplaced URGENTLY.

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  69. RickRack Wolves says:

    Just saw the team sheet.

    Well Mr L – I sincerely hope you make me eat my words.

    W T F

    No Saisse, no Cav – but Saville in – well I never….. this isn’t a shock from you Mr L – but lets see the result @ 9.30/9.40 tonight.

    Might be giving the official taxi a call very soon…..

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  70. Pretty much the team that beat Liverpool methinks.

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  71. Looneytune says:

    Wolves win hope I made the cut off time

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  72. Adrian says:

    So, half an hour gone, and by all accounts, dominating. Then, surprise surprise, their first meaningful attack……..we are so poor. Is it PL’s fault, or are the players just so shit. Depressing.

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  73. Brompton Wolf says:

    1st min shot missed
    8th min shot saved
    12th min shot missed
    14th min shot saved
    25th min shot missed
    28th min shot saved
    31st min Brdntford score

    I feking give up…… put the ball in the back of the net you useless gits……..BEFORE you let them score.

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  74. Brompton Wolf says:

    73rd min – 21 shots – 0 goals.

    We NEED a goal scorer FACT.

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  75. Brompton Wolf says:

    86 mins Yes …… but about bloody time. Not surprised one of our defenders scored though. Come on …..

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  76. Brompton Wolf says:

    Yes yes feking yes…….. glad they started to listen to my ranting.

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  77. Adrian says:

    Wow! Well done wolves. Just hold on.

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  78. Line up shocking. But we got the 3 points

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    • How can the line up be shocking when we totally dominate the game and take three points? Brilliant from Lambert I say.

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      • Steppenwolfe says:

        Absolutely. We totally dominated. It could have been many more. I hope some of the posters on here who commented adversely on the selection will be having a big slice of humble pie this morning. Three games seven points and only one goal conceded. Give the lads some credit FFS.

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  79. Steve Showcase says:

    Jesus B Jesus…could be the 6 points in the last two games that get us back on track ready for nxt season..
    Fantastic ..

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  80. Brompton Wolf says:

    What a result. I only followed it by BBC Sport Text and what I read was quite thrilling and frustrating with all the shots and no goals. Then …….. bang, bang.

    Can’t wait for the reports from those that were there.

    No points for me in the PL but I don’t care. Ash K, I see why you are top mate – great cal.l

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  81. StuWolf says:

    Yahoooooo I really hate Brentfordwoodshire.

    And we dominated the game.

    Well done all concerned, we knew it was there, we just wanted the effort you’ve shown tonight.

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  82. john Payne says:

    So, that’s great then, PL is a good manager, our team can fight back from behind, Fulham are beatable, what’s not to like !

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  83. RickRack wolves says:

    Didn’t go tonight but followed the action & based on stats I have to take back my comments from earlier.

    Possession, attempts on/goal, number of attacks say this wasn’t a fluke!

    Be interested to see what the blog says from our attendees.

    What a difference 1 draw & 2 wins makes to the table.

    But still not convinced PL can recover without a serious unbeaten run.

    COYW

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  84. Exiledwolf says:

    There is a god after all. From what I heard on Wolves Player the win was well deserved.

    Well done Wolves!

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  85. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Just like i said 2-1 to us. 7 points from 3 games. Cor argue with that. Can ya ???

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  86. Sutton Coldfield Wolf says:

    A very important win, well done wolves. I’ve regularly described this team as technically limited and mentally weak. Tonight they showed mental strength. One swallow does not make a summer but let’s hope we can now quickly pick up the 3 further wins we probably need to stay up.

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  87. Listened to the commentary on tonight’s match and now I’m totally exhausted and ‘er indoors is pissed with me ’cause I waved my arms around during the finale of her favourite programme.
    What a game. Season changer for sure.

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  88. Was not expecting that…….followed match while at work when I could. Just begs the question why we cannot perform like this on a regular basis.

    It’s a start still need 3 wins a the odd draw to be certain.

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  89. StuWolf says:

    Cop a load of this, not tooshabby and good goals to boot

    http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/10802188/brentford-1-2-wolves

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  90. Johnok says:

    I meant to put wolves 2 Brentford 1 honest, joking apart didn’t expect to win tonight after the show on Saturday, but we did and much deserved and very welcome 3 points.
    It just goes to show that quality counts in the end when that are allowed to play together,I hope PL sticks with the nucleus of this side and hope we get the luck we deserve and finally move up the table, I know we’re still in religation fight but after tonight’s performance hope it gives the squad a lift and make them believe in them selves again.
    Roll on Saturday to Fulham hoping for the same again, We will be there, and here’s me talking about taking my tickets back this time last week (fickle).UTW

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  91. StuWolf says:

    Cop a load of this, not too shabby and good goals to boot

    http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/10802188/brentford-1-2-wolves

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  92. Bullisgod says:

    Gave us no chance tonight, thought our only chance of 3 pts was a speeding ticket on the way down! What do I know eh well done boys and a great finish from Costa for the winner. Hopefully it gives them all a lot of confidence UTW

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  93. TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED.

    The title of this seasons DVD.
    Now, where did I throw my gold coloured spectacles with the black frame on Saturday.. .. ..

    There might yet be light at the end of the season.

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  94. DancesWithWolves says:

    Smugly posting that I forecast 2-1 to us tonight. I also went out on a limb and forecast 2-2 at Fulham next Saturday.

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    • RickRack Wolves says:

      Dances,
      I have to say I wasn’t expecting that, but fair play.
      Sounds like the performance deserved the points too, which is what most of us was looking for.
      If the Saturday prediction is also correct with a good game, I’m sure the majority of us would take that.

      PS, please keep this level of forecasting up….

      PPS, was watching W’Ton Casuals play Stoke u23’s tonight and at 80 mins wolves being 1:0 down was at 80:1 to win – oh how i wished I’d put a cheeky little fiver on it then… Kepp the faith….

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  95. slider's dad says:

    Followed on the radio, followed on the forums, watched the highlights, read all the reports, watched the goals again, read some more reports, we won god damn it, I’m happy again!!!!

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  96. colin says:

    Great result. Although we were the better team really didnt sound like it was going to go our way until 10 minutes to go it suddenly did. Still dont really understand team selection seems to be some sort of rota system. [Sav first on the team sheet but the first to get taken off ( but he did alright ) WTF is this all about].

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    • john Payne says:

      According to the E&S Saville was at fault for their goal, missed a very good chance to score from Dicko’s rebound, and when replaced by Cav the whole game changed for the better.
      Anyway, let’s look forward to the Cav and Costa show for the rest of the season and, hey, maybe Saville is improving, could be a Wolves hero yet !

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  97. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Ya see fuckin wolves ay we

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    • RickRack Wolves says:

      Cheesie, no matter how low the season was getting or goes, we’ll always be we’re Wolves FC

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  98. London wolves loyal says:

    Play offs anyone ?

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  99. Marin wolf says:

    Looking back and can’t find my input
    Whatever
    I said a drubbing and 3-0 to Bees

    So what do we all know??

    Sweet FA

    What I know is that I havent once called for PL to go

    He’s not a genius but nor is he an idiot
    And we’ve seen some of those havent we?

    Give him Three yes 3 years and let’s see what he can do with Fosuns money plus the resources the club has plus the support
    It’s not a bad cocktail in my view

    I see jimmy saville made the team again
    Let’s get off his back and find someone else to moan about
    Like dangerous

    Fulham must be wondering which wolves will show up

    No point asking us…

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  100. David Garland says:

    Great win for the Wolves

    Hopefully some of PL and the teams critics lay off and get behind them instead.

    Continued Criticism in any form rarely improves anyone’s work performance so lay off. How would you feel at work booed or slagged off on social media the night before.

    Accept we’re in one of the toughest leagues in the world chasing the premiership dream and riches and get behind the team.

    Teams or more importantly clubs are not built by switching managers frequently.

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  101. Paul cooks left peg says:

    Can’t complain apart from going last night went in Away end with some mates we left after 81 st minutes I was very pissed off with scoreline not display though though we dominated
    My mates couldn’t believe where we were in the league, got in the nearest pub and checked my phone
    I couldn’t believe it 2 goals in 4 mins brilliant very pleased good night overall apart from getting back to Brighton late.

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  102. StuWolf says:

    Credit where credit’s due.
    I am one of Lamberts critics and still will be until I see performances like that on a regular basis. To take up on David Garlands point (and I completely agree with him) getting on someone’s back is non productive and won’t bring out the best of anyone. But, If I performed as some of those players had in the last 7 games I would have been sacked long ago. If I had picked a squad like PL had I would have been sacked.

    But, as I said, Credit where credit’s due, absolutely outstanding performance last night, all the holes in the Swiss cheese lined up and we played for 95 minutes FFS, the second half was better than the brilliant first half performance FFS and Dean Smith said, “they were rubbish and we totally deserved this game”

    The stats are incredible for our team of late, 24 (twenty four) shots on goal to Brentfords 8, Lee Evans got 8/10, Saville got 7/10, Costa got 8/10, Edwards got 8/10 Weinmann got 8/10 Cavalerio 7/10 for 30 minutes work. Pretty potent stuff in there.

    If I’m a twat I will say so, (I’m a twat) I lost faith in them and in true Wolves style they stunned us alll, only one change from the team that played Liverpool and Stoke says PL. what does that tell us, come on PL stop tinkering lets put a run together and I will get off your back. Everyone I talk to says “your’e a good manager” prove me wrong, there will be no-one happier if you do. I’m here to be entertained by good flowing football not the dross youv’e served up these last couple of weeks.

    I was wrong and I admit it, please keep me that way and I will be delighted, 1 swallow don’t make a happy marriage, but it’s a bloody good sign.

    Let’s see if we can replicate that again on Saturday, run yer feckin legs off youv’e got two weeks off after that.

    Oh yes, Sako has hinted he wants to come back to Wolverhampton Wanderers today. (Stevie Showcase) Iv’e even warmed to that idea after the last few games.

    COMB’s

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  103. Bedford Wolf says:

    Somewhere between Bedford and Brentford I must have slipped into a parallel universe. A universe where Wolves are good, play well and win.

    However just to put your minds at rest in this universe some things still exactly the same. Paul Lambert isn’t suddenly a tactical genius but is still a fairly limited and overly cautious thinker and Saville and Edwards haven’t suddenly become Messi and Ronaldo. But no matter as we won!

    Here’s how the game panned out;

    1 – 30 minutes
    Wolves on top, we have a shot, then another, a header just over, a shot blocked, a corner, another corner, another shot just wide, a shot blocked, a header saved, a shot saved, a corner, a shot blocked, a shot wide, a corner.

    31 minutes
    Brentford score, 0-1

    32 – 45 minutes
    Wolves on top, we have a shot, then another, a header just over, a shot blocked, a corner, another corner, another shot just wide, a shot blocked, a header saved, a shot saved, a corner, a shot blocked, a shot wide, a corner.

    Half-Time
    0-1

    46 – 85 minutes
    Wolves on top, we have a shot, then another, we hit the bar, a header just over, a shot blocked, a corner, another corner, another shot just wide, a shot blocked, a header saved, a shot cleared off the line, a corner, a shot blocked, a shot wide, a corner.

    86 minutes
    Doherty sneaks in round the back and it’s 1-1, cue euphoria mixed with relief.

    89 minutes
    Costa scores, 2-1 to us – its pandemonium and bedlam all rolled into one, we are invincible, we are the greatest, we are titans, we are Gods, hell we are God himself!

    Full-time
    2-1

    A happy journey home ends at around half past midnight after which I inexplicably decide to stay up for another hour reading the reports and watching the goals.

    I sincerely hope that Mr Lambert learns some valuable lessons from this game.

    For a start never to play Saville at left back again when there is Matt Doherty sitting there primed and ready.

    Secondly a midfield three comprised entirely of runners, workers and grafters but lacking any flair or creativity does not work. Up until the 60th minute we were playing 433 with a central three of Saville, Edwards and Evans. We were playing well and on top but our attempts at scoring were a bit like someone trying to get into a locked house by hammering away at the front door with a bloody big lump of wood. On the hour Cavaleiro replaced Saville, we went 4231 and with the extra creative player on the pitch we were suddenly nipping round the back to find an open window or going round the side and unpicking the lock on the side door. Brain over brawn. Skill over effort.

    On to Fulham on Saturday for my 5th consecutive Wolves match – a new record for me – when hopefully the volume of alcohol consumed at lunchtime is matched by the volume of the Wolves fans as we make it an unlikely hat-trick of wins. If Mr Lambert is any good then he will play 4231 from the start replacing Saville and Edwards with Saiss and Cavaleiro and with Weimann (or Marshall or Enobakhare) in the number 10 role behind Dicko. He might also think about Iorfa for Coady at right back in order to nullify the threat of Ryan Sessegnon.

    Ikeme 7;
    Coady 7, Batth 7, Hause 7, Doherty 8;
    Evans 7, Edwards 5.5, Saville 5;
    Costa 7, Dicko 7, Weimann 7;
    Subs: Cavaleiro 8, Marshall 6, Gibbs-White n/a

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