Leeds United 0 Wolves 1

If you can’t have your own party, you might as well ruin someone else’s.

‘You’re going nowhere, we’ll see you next year’ was the gleeful chorus emanating from the away end as Wolves helped ensure Leeds ended the bank holiday outside the play-off places.

Thanks to Nouha Dicko’s well constructed first half strike and favourable results elsewhere, we will indeed be here next year.

Phew.

As for Leeds, they’ve got three games to scramble back into the top six and escape the same fate.

This match was a painful reminder for them about how unforgiving this division is and just how difficult it is to forge an escape.

Wolves, hopeless in their last two outings, carved Leeds open for fun in the first half and could easily have been over the hills and far away before the home side bothered turning up.

But with just a one goal deficit to overturn, they made it an uncomfortable finale, launching high balls for their giants to attack.

Jansson, Doukara and Wood could all have done better with good headed chances, while we have Kortney Hause to thank for keeping Kemar Roofe’s late effort out.

The recalled Stearman and Williamson mopped up the rest in highly accomplished outings. Will either earn a new deal I wonder?

Andi Weimann seems certain to sign up on a permanent basis and he looks a good addition for second tier football – full of energy and commitment with enough quality to hold his own.

The Austrian played through the middle alongside Nouha Dicko and should have added his name to the scoresheet, but his smart runs in behind remain a good option.

As for fellow January recruit Ben Marshall, the former Blackburn man continues to go from strength to strength.

He’ll be an important player next season and more additions of his Championship-proven pedigree should be the first order of business for Thelwell and co.

The mere fact that Paul Lambert used the term ‘bare bones’ in his post match interview when describing his bloated squad shows how little he thinks of much of the supporting cast.

Summer starts now.

Comments

  1. Clive from Houston says:

    Fuckin’ A!!!
    Loved it!

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    • Brompton Wolf says:

      When you flying over mate? I am probably going to travel down to Wolves on Fri 5th now and stop at my bro’s that night, and am in APV on Sat 6th. If you are around on the Friday night too can I come and buy you a beer?

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      • StuWolf says:

        Yeah, let me know too Houston, I’ll come down as well on the Friday to get that tenner you borrowed.

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      • Clive from Houston says:

        I will be visiting Bedders during the day, and will be supping with a local mate in the evening, but will be back at APV in time to drink you buggers under the table!!!

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  2. Brompton Wolf says:

    Love your opening statement. Made me chuckle, as we certainly have put a spanner in their works. Gotta laugh, especially because of their “Dirty Leeds” tactics in the first half, yet the referee did not seem too concerned.

    My Leeds mate who drove us to Elland Road was still there to take me back home after the game, even though only one of us was speaking.

    Was good to meet up with Stu and Jen and now knowing we are “safe” makes me look forward to next season even the more. I am very interested in what the Summer brings us though. We (us fans) know what we need, let’s just hope PL and Co realise that too.

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  3. Paul cooks left peg says:

    Always goodctime beat leeds
    Never liked them.they have had the better off us in recent seasons aswell
    Also well done to Paul.cook taking pompey up would love to have someone in our midfield like,that pulling the,strings memory’s ay!!

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  4. StuWolf says:

    BEN MARSHALL.

    He was above and beyond the difference between the two sides, he tore them apart and was doing it for fun yesterday, he comtrolled the Leeds team and took them by the ring through their horrible watery snout and led them a merry ol dance.

    They were brutal, they kicked, pushed and feckin whinged their way through the whole game, if they’d had put more effort into football instead of trying to maim and intimidate our players into a red card they would have fared a lot better.

    Gary Monk (I do like him) called for a battle cry from the fans, well 30,000 + turned up and deafened us awolves fans in the run up to ko & the first few minutes, but within 3-4 minutes the Wolves looked good, the away fans sensed something was happening today and they kicked in. Bloggers on here have seen me talk about my love of banter and the bonus of Wolves 12th man away from home, well it was amazing it was such a treat being part of it all. Everything the Leeds fans tried to spur their team on, we came back at them with Black Country humour and even they couldn’t help but smile.

    Ben Marshall was my personal MOTM, but when I registered my vote on the Wolves site Siasse was streets ahead, wether that was from the radio I don’t know because he too was outstanding, yes he does splay the odd ball here and there, but in the main he’s a better option than most we’ve had to endure.

    Interestingly, not one player scored less than 7/10 yesterday and that includes the subs, everyone turned up and gave 100%, Stearman alongside Williamson was class, he’s not pretty to watch but he gets himself in blocking positions that you have to admire, fair play to the guy.
    Iv’e always disliked Leeds, probably for the same reason as everyone on here, but you know what, I felt sorry for their fans, they suffered a Rotherham moment yesterday from their own team and then us fans. ( when I say, “I felt sorry for them” it only lasted about 2 Nano seconds to be fair) Feck em.

    Well Done the team that turned up yesterday, that’s all we ask of you guys.

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  5. Franko says:

    It was a great day on the back of the poor performance against Brighton.

    They all played well, but there has to be a special mention for the two Centre Halves who were magnificent.I believe Stearman is Wolves through and through he shows a lot of heart, so I will be very dissapointed if we don’t sign him up in the Summer.Williamson likewise.

    Also Marshall has become awesome.His fine display from midfield and some of his passing to the forwards was simply exquisite. Bodes well for next season, what a snip he was.

    Well done Wolves and lets now finish the season on a high, and I hope that we can finish in the top half of the table.

    UTW

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  6. Brompton Wolf says:
  7. Altogether, a cracking result and performance.
    With Lonergan, Saville and Stearman all starting, the other eight must have played blinders. To add insult to injury he even bought Evans on in the second half. Still no harm done and all’s well that ends well.
    I think before I do my prediction league forecast in future, I’ll wait for the social media reaction to the teamsheet. The more people whinge about Lambo’s selections, the more confidence I’ll have in my team’s prospects. 🙂
    COYW

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  8. pauluswolf says:

    Well I for one will be waiting to hear what the illiterati have to say about the Leeds result and performance. Those that come on here week after week and give the managers crap, the players are crap etc, etc. We have no divine right to win any game – results have to be worked for in performance and skill, whilst every other team is trying to do the same.
    I repeat what I wrote on here before the game: 5 wins on the trot does not make us world beaters, 2 losses does not make us Leyton Orient. Oh to see the bigger picture, instead of instantaneous gratification.
    We lost to the champions elect who were clearly better than us, due to Hause letting the ball bounce, and a quick breakaway, coupled with 2 goalkeeping errors. If Dicko had scored and Ikeme been in goal things may well have been different.
    I believe that Lambert is on the right tracks particularly in what he has said about summer transactions/acquisitions. When you look at his record thus far in Marshall and Wiemann he is clearly astute. With a good summer behind us, which means the right acquisitions down the spine of the team I for one am optimistic for next season.
    For what it is worth here is my snog/marry/avoid:
    To keep:
    GK Ikeme/Burgoyne.
    Def. Iorfa, Doherty, Williamson, Hause, Stearman. (Coady back-up)
    MF: Saiss, Marshall , (Price, Edwards back up)
    Wings: Costa, Graham, Cavalleiro, Wiemann,
    Attack: Dicko, Jon Dai., Zyro.

    To buy: A class centre half – though a fit Williamson could do the job, alongside Hause.
    A full back since Iorfa has gone backwards.
    A Kevin McDonald play maker centre of midfield.
    A 20+ goal scorer.
    + the kids that Lambert has been quick to involve.

    UTW.

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    • Bedford Wolf says:

      pauluswolf – you sing the same song as me! Your list of ‘keeps’ matches my ‘snogs’ and ‘marry’ list from a few days ago virtually to a tee as does your list of the 4 signings we need. My only minor differences to you are I believe we need a left footed left back (you said full back though you may have meant left back?) and I wouldn’t keep Price or Edwards even as back-up but I definitely would keep Oniangue. Still we are close!

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      • pauluswolf says:

        I’m afraid I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Jack Price, Bedford and I haven’t seen enough of Oniangue to make an opinion. Anyone but Saville is my motto!

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  9. Great result, and well deserved.

    Marshall is rightly lauded, but for me the most significant aspect of the game was the greatly improved performance at the back. When Williamson plays, we do well. He commands: he organizes: he yells instruction: and others respond. Compare this to when he`s left out, and the limited DB takes central stage !!

    Assuming that Williamson`s fitness problems are behind him, I believe that he and Hause in central defense will be an ideal platform on which to build for next season.

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  10. DancesWithWolves says:

    If you can’t have your own party, you might as well ruin someone else’s ?
    Thomas, that’s a polite way of saying we pissed on their parade!

    A fantastic and yet illogical result. Leeds should have consolidated and easily beaten a beach-ready Wolves, but the other Wolves team turned up. My Fulham mates were Wolves fans all last night. I want to see Fulham go up this season and us next season.

    Interestingly, a look at the results so far shows us in top six on away matches and bottom three on home matches. Now, if our home form followed the presumed usual pattern of being better than away form, we might even be in the top two by now.

    To my mind a clear pattern is emerging under Lambert. It may be 3 steps forward and 2 steps back, but it is real progress. He is the right man for the job. Given a successful summer transfer window there is no reason why we can’t challenge strongly next season. UTW.

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  11. robin says:

    Please keep Saiss for next season.
    Well played, though if Lonegran, had let in a goal like the one Dicko scored, we would be moaning!
    The pre season will be interesting.
    Think Lambert could be a smart acquisition.
    He might turn out to be our best manager since Bill McGarry….

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  12. London wolves loyal says:

    You mean John Barnwell and reachee barker surely ?
    Bill mcGarry was a grade one c@@t !

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    • Brompton Wolf says:

      With you on that mate. Barnwell took us out of the Bhatti era and bought in Bully and Thommo.

      Mind you, looking at a manager who took us into the prem -and another who kept us up for 3 seasons . Whilst we may not believe they were good – they were the only ones who have taken us to where we want to be, so I praise them for that – even though they did not have the ability to take us further. We are still looking for someone who can take us up, and keep us up.

      Any suggestions?

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    • pauluswolf says:

      Hi LWL + Brompton- please clarify your comment about McGarry.
      T’is the time my old man first brought me to the Mol to watch us, so I was probably too young to see beyond what was going on off the playing field.
      I knew he was an old school strong disciplinarian, but we haven’t had success since that team of the 70’s which were my boyhood heroes.

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      • I was there. Bill McGarry put together a great team. We played attractive attacking football, yet Bill knew how to win. He was a very astute manager.

        Actually his team of the day could well have become a great one, had Peter Knowles not got a religious mania and retired when still very young. Now what a real talent he was.

        I was also there in the days of the great Stan Cullis. His teams of the 50`s were simply mind blowing. For home games you had to be inside the ground at least 2 hours before kick-off or you would be locked out – and of course in those days home crowds were regularly around 60,000. Glory days for sure, which unfortunately are never to be repeated.

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        • StuWolf says:

          Mike,
          Can you come to the next Fans Parliament and tell Lorrie The Pimple that, I keep telling him the only way to fill the ground again and get folk on before 2-55 pm is to put on good footy on the pitch. No amount of bands or that tit on the microphone is going to drag me there early unless it’s chocka and I’m trying to get to my seat.

          Bill McGarry was a good msnager, I loved the team in his day.

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        • robin says:

          I agree.
          The key to the break up of that team was the loss of Knowles to God.
          It was Major Frank Buckley, prior to Cullis, though, who took us into Europe.
          There was a book written, in the sixties, about how he fed the team methedrine and amphetamines, before sending them onto the pitch!

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      • London wolves loyal says:

        I know what your saying mate , although we were good , it was really down to players that we had . If you read ” Waggys tales ” for excample , he paints a much different picture of how the players hated him , and how he made players play when they were properly injured etc . He was responsible for certain players missing once in a lifetime tournaments with his selfish and spiteful ways
        There’s also the business with not giving wagstaffe his testimonial game ,instead choosing to sell him to Blackburn ( stu might correct me on that ) instead a certain Robert Plant put on a special gig to raise him the money he deserved . Unfortunately mate , it does seem to be that he was a bit of a prick . Read the book mate , its brilliant . There’s a fantastic bit about a coach door incident on the way back from Ipswich or Norwich , really funny
        I started my love affair with the wolves when he was managing, I think we had Sammy Chung next and then a good team with hibbitt gray Carr Richard s Bradshaw etc under John Barnwell . Things were getting really good . We beat Forest at wembley when the league cup was a major trophy ,when they were more or less unbeatable, in fact they were champions of Europe! Things were looking really good , but in typical wolves style , there was a bad car crash with him in it . He left wolves and went on to do good stuff for the F A . It was down hill after that !
        As regards your comment Bromo , hawkins . Turner, Brian little , McCarthy… all good wolves managers for different reasons i
        I know I’ll get shot down for this but I’m sure next season Lambert will get us up , but if I had my way , when we go up I would bring in big Sam untill we are properly re established. Then try to move forward again

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        • Brompton Wolf says:

          Thanks mate. Like your view about Big Sam. I can see that. Let’s see what Lambo does for us next season first. I believe this close season will give him the chance to prove his worth, and we will soon find out come August.

          See you soon mate.

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        • The Witley Wanderer says:

          Didn’t think you were my age Matt, you look like a young Trex, monster not rock star.

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      • Brompton Wolf says:

        No comment on McGarry mate. I was suggesting to London Wolves that I agreed about Barnwell.

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    • robin says:

      No I mean Bill McGarry.
      For me, during his time, we were considered a very good team.

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    • Bedford Wolf says:

      Can’t agree with you on McGarry LWL – he was an excellent manager and brought our most successful period since Stan Cullis (top 4 finishes, League Cup victory, UEFA Cup finalists, FA semi-finalsts etc). He also brought in some damned fine players too and worked with some of the greats of our era like Parkin, Bailey, Munro, Hibbitt, Dougan, Wagstaffe, Knowles, Richards etc. By all accounts he was a very strict disciplinarian who didn’t suffer fools gladly but hey if your’e good at your job I don’t mind that.

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  13. Brompton you are way off, John Barnwell was well before the Bhatti’s , it was Graham Turner who got Bully & Thomo for us when we where bottom ofthe old Div. 4. Dark Dark days then. UTW.

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    • pauluswolf says:

      Damn Right Graziano – performed miracles for little Hereford also – sad to hear recently that he is quite ill.

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    • Brompton Wolf says:

      Totally correct mate. Thanks for putting me right. I thought something wasn’t quite right when I pressed the post comment button.

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  14. John Barnwell was our manager when we won the then “League Cup” 1980 and Bill Magarry When we won in 1974. John Barnwell had a very serious car accident while still manager at Wolves this put an end to a very promising career.

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  15. Dave Vincent says:

    Any comment of captain Dave’s performance this week? Looked like he had a good game. Ben was pretty critical last report

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  16. Steve Showcase says:

    Bring on the youngsters then..We’ve survived and at Leeds too -tough titty on them ..
    Dicko took his goal as in the old days has the tables turned?
    Perhaps he is good enough but let’s have a striker to help him then..
    Marshall brilliant and getting better..
    Without DB we look strong at the back ..but I bet my arse PL puts him back in again.

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  17. Bedford Wolf says:

    Just watched the highlights of the game. Shame Weimann shot straight at the keeper when put clean through by Saiss and that Edwards miscued his shot in the area after Marshall’s free kick otherwise we could have been 3-0 by the break.

    Hasn’t changed my opinion of certain players too much in all honesty despite the brilliant victory. Lonergan did well but isn’t good enough. Williamson is still far better than Batth and Danny boy needs to be sold in the Summer. Whether Williamson is up to the rigours of a full and demanding season is another matter and I still think a new commanding, experienced and ball playing centre back is a must. I like Doherty but he’s not a left back and playing him there leaves us unbalanced. I still don’t think Saville or Edwards are good enough either. Dicko showed that when fully fit and fully prepared he can be a real goal threat in this division. Championship defenders hate forwards with pace.

    On the Costa front I think he will stay and help propel us to the title next season. If we can beat 4 of the top 7 given the bad season we have had just think what we could achieve next season with a pre-season, a settled squad and manager, a clear out of some of the dead wood and 4 quality – I stress QUALITY – signings.

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  18. DancesWithWolves says:

    In reply to some comments above, are we really looking for a coach who can get us up and keep us up?
    I think we already have him. Will be interesting to see what Fosun think at the end of the season. Forget Big Sam. He’s probably saved Palace and will stay there.

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    • FRANKO says:

      Who wants big Sam anyway.He has always shunned Wolves despite allegedly being a Wolves supporter.I for one would not want him.

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  19. Has anyone noticed Dikos goal was score almost exactly in the same spot Don Goodman scored in 1997/8 F.A Cup quarter final Wolves won 1.0 brilliant game was there, the reception after the game wasn’t to friendly then again wolves fans recipicated and more…….Happy Dayzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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  20. Clive from Houston says:

    Big Sam is a dinosaur in the McDickwadhead mould.
    No thanks

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    • Bedford Wolf says:

      People always slag off Mick but seem to forget he inherited a rubbish squad from Glenda Hoddle in July 2006 yet got us into the play-offs in his first season, and less than 3 years later got us promoted as Champions. As well as bringing in some great players he also did something that no other Wolves manager has managed since Mayor Frank Buckley in the 1930’s i.e. got us promoted to the top flight and then kept us there for more than one season! I for one think he deserves our respect for that especially when you think that he did all of that under the Morgan and Moxey years of austerity and money-grabbing.

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  21. Basherbaz says:

    Big Sam had his chance had the cheek to turn us down – what a Pratt – lets see what pl does in the summer -coyw

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  22. Norsk Wolf says:

    Always lovely to beat dirty dirty Leeds.

    Definitely no to having Dodgy Sam on the books. In regards to Mr Baath as I have said before I do not doubt his desire but he does not have the talent for this division. Only ever seem ‘solid’ with Williamson in but he is not reliable enough in the fitness league. A player of Williamson’s type is a must and I would use young Harry instead of Gonagain who makes me nervous when he is sat on the bench, no command of his area. I have always thought PL was the correct choice but think we will only progress with any real sense of a maturing side if he is given at least 2 years, regardless. Anyway thankful for a top half finish this season as we could all now be sweating as to if we would even be in this league next season and not the one below.

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  23. StuWolf says:

    We’ll see you next year
    We’ll see you next year
    Your’e going nowhere
    We’ll see you next year

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  24. London wolves loyal says:

    Well It’s all about opinions at the end of the day . In my opinion, big Sam would of had us up like he did with Bolton and he would help us get a foothold . Pulis is a dinosaur and that shit are what ? Eighth ?
    Dinosaur or not he’s got plenty of teams punching above their weight .
    Some people hated McCarthy/ staff Evans
    I remember watching Jarvis ( gilligham )and (non league ) kightly absolutely shredding defenders for fun . Three years in the top flight and some excellent football when we were on the way up !
    I don’t think big Sam will ever manage wolves but in my opinion I think he would have done a job !

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    • Bedford Wolf says:

      I am with you on Allardyce and McCarthy. People always slag off Mick but seem to forget he inherited a rag-bag rubbish squad from Hoddle in July 2006 yet got us into the play-offs in his first season, and less than 3 years later got us promoted as Champions. As well as bringing in some great players – Foley, Jarvis, Kightly, Keogh, Ebanks-Blake etc – he also did something that no other Wolves manager has managed since Mayor Frank Buckley in the 1930’s i.e. got us promoted to the top flight and then kept us there for more than one season!

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      • Brompton Wolf says:

        I said similar about McArthy in an earlier post above. I respected what he did for us, but he could take us no further and had to move on. I think he is a good Championship manager.

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  25. Mark G Davies says:

    Did I read somewhere that PJ has only been at the club for five months, well he certainly hit the ground running and has won some amazing away victories as we know.
    Been down in the beautiful county of Dorset for a week with my kids and grandchildren, and watched the home game with Brighton thanks to a very dodgy internet connection. Didn`t know the score at Leeds until after 6pm on Monday night, wow what a surprise, thanks lads!!
    I`m happy that the barmy buying of so many players not fit for purpose won`t be repeated, and I m sure PJ has some more gems up his sleeve for the close season.
    Things are definitely looking up at the Mol. Roll on the bloggers ball chaps!!

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      I understand that the Lemoncello is being administered intravenously this year.

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      • Brompton Wolf says:

        It has been ordered in, as I was not party to it last time lol.

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        • Newark Wolves says:

          Hi mate, hope you are well, you probably have seen them but did you know that there are pictures of you at Leeds on the E&S website ? Although you have got your eyes closed on one of them.

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  26. wolfman jack says:

    Love the opening line.
    Lets face it, we’ve been victims of party-poopers ourselves on more than one occasion, so nice to be on the other side of one for a change.

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  27. sevlow says:

    Well done Wolves, brilliant result and proved me wrong, yet again.
    With this squad of players it is so difficult to predict what the score will be due to their inconsistency during this season.
    I hope Fosun listen to PL and back him to get his choice of players in.
    One I would not mind would be Michael Carrick, if Man U let him leave in the summer, bags of experience and a brilliant passer of the ball.

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  28. StuWolf says:

    I have a question for Tim Spiers.

    Why are you not asking or delving into where Helder Costa is and what’s happened to him?.

    The Express and Star are too deep in Wolves / Thelwell pockets.

    We know you read this site before ypu go to print so answer the question, where is he?

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  29. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Hey Stu. I have just been down Sainsburys in Gornal and there was a bloke in there with a very similar haircut to Helder Costa. It could have been him. So in answer to your question. Helder Costa might be shopping in Gornal.

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  30. Paul Feathetstone says:

    Stu,

    As I’ve already said he on the beach if he pull on a Wolves shirt again in anger I’ll run round Feathetstone bollocking naked.

    He’s gone Sold…..in the next month or so we’ll find out who’s the lucky team.

    It stinks they could at least be honest with us Jeff and Fosun smacks of Morgan stile of doing business, not happy with Jeff, Fosun and for that matter Lambert over the whole Costa business.

    Fosun conducting themselves not better than Morgan at the end of the day, profit is God it’s not like they need the money either. Stinks don’t expect Dim Tim to ask a serious question.

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    • robin says:

      Whether Costa goes or stays, he was a good buy for us.
      It is obvious Lambert believes in those with championship experience.
      As part of the deal from a Premier league club, we might get that experienced centre back we need.
      But he is a Premier league player whom has served us well.
      Good luck to him.
      Personally I am backing P.L and Fosun.
      I am sure there will be disputes about players coming and going in the summer, but next season I expect us to be a much better team.

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      • That fine Robin, but wheres the honesty, everyone knows he will or has been Sold so why not just come out a say it THAT’S my point in my eyes all this bull shit about being injured is just that, bullshit and my point is if Fosun cannot be honest about player sales then they are not better Morgan.

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        • DancesWithWolves says:

          Paul. I agree he is almost certainly sold and the injury is bull. However Fosun are light years better than Morgan. They cannot legally come out and say he has been sold as, for one thing, you cannot sell a player unless in a transfer window. You can agree some sort of pre-contract probably, but that’s it and until the window is open Costa is still a Wolves player.

          Has anyone thought, in all of this, that a secret bidding war for Costa might be going on right now? That nothing can be announced anyway? Costa has proven himself in our league, he’s also excelled against PL opposition in the FA Cup, so there’s no worries that he can’t make the step up. Costa is a hot property. Let’s have an auction. Highest bidder gets him, and we cop the dough to spend on other players.

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        • robin says:

          Paul, you are making some huge assumptions.
          We do not know.
          Morgan is a poor man compared with Fosun.
          We do not have to sell Costa and in the summer we will find out his destiny.
          It’s interesting.
          For sure with Morgan and Moxey he would be gone.
          It’s certainly not worth getting your ‘knickers in a twist’!
          Either way, Wolves are the winners….

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      • Where’s the integrity or doesn’t that mean anything anymore…….!

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  31. Clive from Houston says:

    Bedders
    I bow to your superior knowledge about Major Frank Buckley.
    Unlike you, most of us were not around back then!!

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  32. Jackomac says:

    Paul you have asked if integrity is still important and I would say yes definitely both in business and life, alongside loyalty and respect. I try to live by these as standards and I still think most people do, but I don’t always succeed either due to my own failings or events. I don’t know what the official rules are on formally completing contracts or announcing potential transfers outside the window. I can guess that clubs would not want to make announcements until a deal was formally completed. It does seem that Costa has been withdrawn as soon as safety was reasonably confirmed but that could be a coincidence. I have been disappointed when the team sheet has appeared without Costa but I can also imagine how Lambert must feel having to exclude Costa if he is fit. I think there is a lot more that Lambert has to put up with behind the scenes that we don’t know about, but I really liked Doogooder’s description of the way Lambert stays cool during the good and the bad. On the topic of integrity loyalty and respect I think we are lucky to still have some real diamonds in the club. I don’t think anyone could accuse Edwards and Baath of lacking in those areas and that’s why I appreciate them and hope they are kept on. My brother reckons that if you want loyalty you should buy a dog it’s a point of view but I think maybe if you don’t value integrity loyalty and respect maybe you shouldn’t expect to receive it.

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    • DancesWithWolves says:

      Jackomac. Here is part of my reply, above, to Paul:

      “Has anyone thought, in all of this, that a secret bidding war for Costa might be going on right now? That nothing can be announced anyway? Costa has proven himself in our league, he’s also excelled against PL opposition in the FA Cup, so there’s no worries that he can’t make the step up. Costa is a hot property. Let’s have an auction. Highest bidder gets him, and we cop the dough to spend on other players.”

      On the question of integrity, it’s vitally important, and yet, some of us can’t wait to call for Big Sam to manage Wolves. Sam was the subject of a major BBC investigation years and years ago into bungs. Leopards don’t change their spots, and Big Sam was again in trouble when he had the England job. By contrast, Paul Lambert is a man of integrity, dignity, loyalty and respect.

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      • StuWolf says:

        Jacomac

        I love that one about buying a dog. Fit’s football to a tee.

        Have Wolves bought a pedigree Dog then? Time will reveal all, but I certainly hope so, I wasn’t a PL fan on appointment but things are definitely different at Molineux.

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  33. StuWolf says:

    I told you they’re reading this blog, here’s the answer to our question. Thanks Tim.

    http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2017/04/20/helder-costa-still-injured-says-wolves-boss-paul-lambert/

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  34. Bedford Wolf says:

    Here’s a thought.

    No-one knows if Helder Costa has been sold or will be sold.

    We can all speculate but none of us knows.

    If he had played a blinder but then mysteriously had been left out since then the conspiracy theory about him being wrapped up in cotton wool ahead of a move might have had some credence (Clearwater revival or otherwise) but as I understand it he was picked to play against Forest and got injured in the pre-match warm up. Unless that was a carefully orchestrated and stage managed bit of play acting on a par with Robert Redford and Paul Newman in their 1970’s film The Sting I take that to mean he was due to play but couldn’t as he was injured and hasn’t been able to since because he is still injured.

    Call me old fashioned – go on you know you want to – and naïve but I tend to believe the club and do not believe he will be sold this Summer. I do not think Lambert wants him to go and I believe that Fosun want us in the PL as soon as possible in order to start achieving the things they said they wanted when they bought the club. Unless they are stupid – which they are not – they will not sanction his sale as with him we are stronger than we are without him. The idea that Mendes is in charge of Costa’s destiny is also silly.

    From the player’s point of view, as others on here have alluded to, he has only been in England about 9-10 months. He has had less than one season playing in the Championship. He is still finding his feet. He is still adjusting to a new country, a new language and a new culture. He is being well paid. He knows the intentions and ambitions of the Club. He knows that he has already shown what he can do against PL opposition in Stoke and Liverpool. He also strikes me as being quite an intelligent lad and as such he will know that a big money move to a PL club now is not in his best interests as he would most likely sit out most games and be used occasionally as an impact sub. He can look to what happened to Sako and Afobe both of whom’s career’s have gone backwards since leaving us for the PL.

    So there you have it. I think he will stay and will be part of a marauding Wolves team that tears up the Championship next season and ends up as Champions (again). He will then be in the PL. With us!

    OODCL

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      You speak a lot of sense mate but football, and footballers, aren’t particularly known for having that quality.

      I just hope you’re right.

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  35. The Newt says:

    If Paul Lambert and the club really do read this blog can you please play Costa again this season as it would be funny to see Paul run naked around Featherstone. He’s always so angry and a nice bracing run might help his inner tranquility. Thank you.

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  36. Whether he is sold or not is he fit………how badly can you hurt yourself in a warm up its not as if he was already injured.

    IMO he’s been mouth balled what ever injury he suffered it been 4 games not 4 weeks…..I’m sorry but I just don’t by it seen heard it all before.

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  37. Clive from Houston says:

    Rumours that he wants to go to Monaco.
    What on earth has that place got to offer better than Wolverhampton?
    The Med v Bilston cut
    Champions League v Championship
    Mega Casino v Ladbrookes
    Huge yachts v Reliant Robins
    Sun, sea and sand v dreary drizzle
    Virtually naked supermodels v Bilston sluts

    I rest my case.
    If you leave for that dump, Helda, you are an idiot!!!!!

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  38. W2 Steward says:

    I was at the sponsors shirt signing and dinner a couple of days ago and spoke to most of the players I was told Costa was in London having treatment.

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  39. I believe (I imagine) (I fear) that when Helder signed for us, it was either written in or understood that should a suitable for all parties offer be tabled, he could choose to move on. If we hadn’t agreed to this, he wouldn’t have signed. Simples. He would have seen out the season anyway as part of the loan deal but at least this way we make a few million on the deal. I also believe he is genuinely injured.
    I would, of course, be overjoyed and amazed if he does play another season in the Old Gold, but if not, I’ve some beautiful memories that he’ll leave me with and he go with nothing but thanks from me. And thanks to Fosun for giving us just a little taster of the good times to come.

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  40. London wolves loyal says:

    Your right there Clive . I’ve been there. There ain’t even an Asda !!
    Shit hole !
    It’s his loss mate

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