Wolves have managed to achieve yo-yo club status without leaving the division.
Five consecutive league defeats here, five consecutive league wins there and now back to back losses and a strong possibility of another setback tomorrow.
That’s difficult to accept as a football fan and shows exactly how difficult it is for any manager to get a handle on this group of players.
There’s obviously talent within the group. Our cup exploits and occasional league upturns show that Paul Lambert has something to work with.
But he’s got to discard the dead weight sharpish, develop a settled group and with that will come greater consistency.
For now though, we can expect a typically bumpy landing to finish the campaign.
It did appear in the early months that Gary Monk would be just another manager Leeds use up and toss on the scrap heap.
But he’s worked wonders in a limited period and with limited resources to give them that consistency that has alluded Wolves for years.
It’s helped their cause no end to have Chris Wood rattling in goals left, right and center proving why we pursued him, albeit unsuccessfully, for so long.
Their win at Molineux earlier in the season was as ugly as they come, but you could see they were compact and difficult to break down, ingredients for success at this level.
A late goal at St. James’ Park on Friday (Woods’ 25th of the season) got them a useful point, but 7th placed Fulham are now breathing right down their necks, just three points back and with a superior goal difference. Only a win will do for them.
Over to you Paul. I have no idea what team I’d pick other than knowing that the difference between any lineup that includes Helder Costa is considerable.
If Ikeme is back I’d put him back between the sticks. Andy Lonergan had a great games versus Forest but should have done better with goals conceded in all three of his other recent appearances.
It seems like madness to me that Weimann banged in a few goals when played through the middle and has subsequently been shifted out wide. I’d give him another go as our main striker.
Who knows what we do in midfield. I’m starting to think that none of the individual players we have in there are good enough.
Saiss has played poorly and nearly cost us goals in his last two performances, while Edwards, Price, Saville and Evans have their own deficiencies that counter balance their positive attributes. I’m not sure I’d hang my hat on any of them to get us promoted.
We need one more win to be absolutely certain of safety and if we get stuffed tomorrow and other results don’t go our way, there might be some pressure on that Blackburn game next weekend.
I think we’ll probably lose here, but even a point would be welcome to stop the latest rot.
Up The Wolves!