Derby County 0 Wolves 2

One team, full of experienced players, struggling to keep up with superior opposition in front of expectant full house.

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Sound familiar? Thankfully the roles were reversed at Pride Park with Derby County given that same sobering slap in the face that we’ve all been used to for so many years.

So majestic and so utterly dominant were Wolves that you almost felt sorry for the Rams, such was the gulf in class and the fact we’ve been on the receiving end of countless spectacles like this ourselves.

It’s those results of yesteryear – the last three drubbings we’ve suffered at Derby for example – that keep us all grounded as things must take an inevitable turn for the worse.

But on yesterday’s evidence during large spells of our 2-0 masterclass, there’s no reason to think that they will, other than the fact that this is Wolves we’re talking about.

Nuno’s Wolves though, a subtle difference. A team that seems content to crack past millstones around our necks as they’re cracking opponents on the football pitch.

They keep the ball in tight situations, never panic and patiently wait to make the right pass at the right time – all in a new look formation that a familiar old nemesis couldn’t lay a glove on.

A matter of weeks ago, Bradley Johnson, Chris Martin and co were filling their boots in this same fixture at the iPro without seemingly breaking sweat.

Roll Fosun’s clock forward and they were blowing out of their backsides after an hour, huffing and puffing to get to where the ball had been a second before it was laid off.

The back three of Boly, Miranda and Coady were outstanding once again, with John Ruddy’s presence behind them comforting, even if he was largely untroubled (give or take a good low stop and a tip over the bar from range).

Neves and Saiss were chief architects in midfield, not only working their way out of tight spots with aplomb, but positively demanding the ball in these taxing areas to begin with.

Their vision then unfurls vast expanses of pitch as if shaking a giant rug, with Doherty and Douglas free to roam and Jota and man-of-the-match Bright benefiting further forward.

Bonatini then spearheads the attack and while not entirely convincing, he displays enough intuitive ability on the ball to tell you he’s one of Nuno’s players.

Common sense is clearly agreeing with those footballing gods too, as a giant Red Row digital advert flanked the 2-0 scoreline on the Pride Park screen. Beneath it, Conor Coady left Andreas Weimann in a heap on the floor after cleaning out the ball – and player – with customary intensity (no handshake offered or hair ruffled thereafter). Here was a broken player we’d have been watching instead of the brilliant Diego Jota, who tormented the home side to lay on the second goal for Cavaleiro, having hit the post earlier.

This performance was as progressive as it gets. As an away display, it could rarely get better, to the point in which you could scarcely believe who we were watching. Singing ‘it’s just like watching Brazil’ sounded surreal too.

As a soundtrack for the afternoon, it was surely the most fitting.

Comments

  1. Honey badger says:

    Where’s Amanda now????

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  2. Brompton Wolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

    Great result, in fact I am now confident in my earlier statement about us being promoted as champions.

    If we continue to play like this then I struggle to find a team that can deal with us. Can’t wait for Tuesday.

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  3. Hong Kong wolf says:

    Such a good time to be a Wolves fan. Even my 10yr old wants to wear his Wolves shirt now

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  4. Hong Kong wolf says:

    Such a good time to be a Wolves fan. Even my 10yr old wants to wear his Wolves shirt now

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  5. Thomas says:

    Couldn’t have put it better old chum.

    What a splendid way to spend an afternoon. Eerily reminiscent of a similar trip we took to Peterborough early in the Solbakken days – breezing home with the sun on our necks, drinking in a comfortable away win. But this wasn’t Peterborough and I’m growing confident this isn’t a Solbakken repeat. There’s so much more substance and class all over the pitch in this Wolves team.

    It’s the defence that’s really getting my motor running though. I love Miranda’s skin-tight, no quarter given, Italian-esque defending. With Boly utterly dominant on the other side of Coady, it all just looks so easy. Both players are comfortable with the ball on the deck too, making them head and shoulders above anything we already had at the club. Douglas is equally effective. He’s come up against two very good attacking full-backs already and neither have got much change. Got forward and took his goal beautifully yesterday.

    I like the system, I like all the players out on the pitch and I like the players who are coming on from the bench.

    Keep it going lads.

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    • john Payne says:

      It’s true, these are real quality players; in recent seasons we’ve had some heroic defending by lads who gave their all, but that was such desperate stuff.
      I think we’d almost forgotten what real class looked like after years of workmanlike effort, with just a touch of quality from the likes of McDonald. Even Sako was a bit hit and miss.
      Let’s enjoy this new Wolves week by week, it can only get better.

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  6. Raydewolf says:

    Great write up Ben,
    Surreal is a brilliant description.This doesn’t feel like another false dawn for once.
    The fact that we just don’t look like conceding makes anything possible.
    Everyone wants the ball and and everyone can play.
    We’ve suffered for long enough, we deserve this!(Sorry for getting carried away).

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    • BARDWolf says:

      Nice one Raydewolf, wolves fans have deserved this for too many painful years.
      Loved the wolves commentary when the fans started singing:-
      “Your f***ing worse than the Albion”, especially when the ground emptied in the 80th minute.

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  7. basherbaz says:

    Ben, great write up apart from the R-d R-w mention, the two M & M’s which have been eaten by Fosun, who had the vision to put this together. COYW

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  8. Biggles Wolf says:

    I was celebrating with family at my nan’s 95th birthday amidst the pleasant weather and bottles of lager. However, I wasn’t entirely keeping my allegiance where it should be for at Pride Park there was a game I’d rather be at. Following avidly on Twitter (thank god my mobile network connection was decent) I was stunned by the positivity and praise every player was getting. And at 2-0 up I was seriously happy, keeping everyone at the party fully aware of the scoreline… even if half of them didn’t give a hoot.

    It sounds like this was a smidge away from being a perfect performance… that smidge being seeing the old onion bag bulge a few more times. If we get that reputable 20+ goal striker, my word, we are going to be something special.

    I already love it, but if this does happen before the end of August, as KK would say…
    “I’d absolutely LOVE IT!”

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  9. StuWolf says:

    At least 5 newspapers carrying the story today that we’re looking at splashing out £20m on Rhodes and Oliveria from Naaarwich, now my mate has been text to say the same. So to me, Nuno unlike others we’ve had in the past, is not settling for 75 minutes of brilliant footy, he is pressing for even more. What’s not to like about that?

    2 seasons ago I was left salivating at Curtis Davis defending against us at Molineux, yesterday I spotted him briefly and then he melted into the background as the brilliant Boly, Miranda and Coady kicked on.

    I’ve been very critical of Doherty, never really been a huge fan, but again from the Molineux Iv’e heard he’s lost a stone in weight since the Nuno training kicked in and my Dog didn’t it show yesterday.

    All round solid determined performance not one player deseves any criticism after that showing.

    Onawrds (to Hull
    &
    Upwards (the league)

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      Rhodes nooooo, Oliveira yeeeees. Please not waste 12 mill on a 27 years old Rhodes. Rhodes is so average and overated. I can’t say it loud enough. 12mill on a squad player is so steep.

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      • StuWolf says:

        Karlir,

        You and me both mate.

        Nooooooo to Rhodes, I just don’t believe Nuno would entertain him and I’m praying that’s the case.
        Oliveria, he’s been mentioned before and I could see Nuno controlling his mood as he’s Portuguese and would slot right in.

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        • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

          Oliveira would be the perfect signing for Wolves. From what I’ve read on the Iwan Roberts blog, he made some unacceptable celebration gestures towards his coach in his last game. The worst celebration in years. Perhaps it’s a way to secure a move away from the canaries?

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      • john Payne says:

        I’ll second that – no to Rhodes – who would he replace ? He’s old Championship class, we’re looking at higher skills now.
        Oliveira sounds more tasty.

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  10. Steppenwolfe says:

    A fantastic start and we are looking really very good. Ten games in will be the telling point and I think we will be there or thereabouts. Cardiff and Hull will be as difficult as any.

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  11. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Let us see where we are after ten games. As Wolves fans we know better than anyone that we should remain with two feet planted firmly on the ground. But like everyone else I can’t help but feel excited by proceedings at the moment. So on to Hull and a Cardiff and the conclusion of the opening difficult looking run of four games. Bring it on!

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  12. theDOOGooder says:

    So good to read about the latest performance and brilliant to hear Ben enthusiastic about the club once again.

    This is all music to my ears.

    Dominant, skillful, classy, exciting, majestic…

    All words that I had to look up in the dictionary, it’s been so long since I read them about the Wolves.

    I am as chuffed as several bowls of badger’s fat.

    My glass is so half full, I couldn’t get another drop in if I tried.

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  13. Can I tell you all, please don’t get carried away. This is Wolves we’re talking about. How many times have we flattered to deceive? How often have the waves of hope washed serenely on our sunlit shore, only to by dashed on the two rocks of failure and lack of ambition. As the wise old sage once said, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. This team, if we can believe what we see, is too good for this league. But it can’t be. We are Wolves. It really can’t be happening.
    So fellow fans, don’t be fooled. You’ll only end up heartbroken. Stay calm, happy in the knowledge that our soaring spirits can only crash to earth in a heap in the end.
    And if you do manage to get a grip of yourself, please please please come on here and tell me how the hell you’ve done it, ’cause I for one am absolutely beside myself with excitement about what this magnificent squad can achieve for us all this season.

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      We’ve won the first games simply due to the fact that we have better a better tactical plan and much better players than the opposition. Most of them European top drawer players which play in a system which all the players qualities are exploited to the fullest. I think none of the other teams comes close to our team in quality, besides Hull maybe. There will of course be some very difficult matches further down the road. I don’t think much can go wrong if we manages to avoid injuries on key players. I’ve more or less prepared my self for automatic promotion. Middlesbrough and Derby are much weaker than expected (Weimann – what a joke :=))). What I’m looking forward to now, especially if we end up buying Oliveira from Norwich, is to compete with Premier league’s best teams in the cups. Good bye Soton, you’re soon out of the cup.

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      A Hilarious interview with a confused Boro fan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWe-Z4DgMAY :=)))

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  14. Nippy Lobo says:

    Very, very encouraging, especially Bright Enobakhare’s performance. But Derby were poor. I will join in the euphoria if we do as well at Hull.

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  15. Ben’s hit the nail on the head. As much as I had sympathy for Lambert not being given a chance to bring his own players in, we would have been watching Weimann huffing and puffing alongside Batth and Edwards if he had stayed. Perhaps he didn’t want players like Jota forced on him.

    What an inspired decision it now looks to have brought Nuno in. We were different class yesterday. Early days of course, and we were similarly optimistic after winning at Blues last year, but we have already swept aside Boro and Derby, two of the fancied clubs, playing some wonderful football in the process.

    Neves, Bright, Jota, Cavaleiro, Douglas, Doherty and the defence all performing brilliantly. Us Wolves fans tend to get giddy when things are going well but long may it continue.

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  16. So can we sign Jota like we did Costa?
    I wonder how someone like Teixeira would have done with Nuno as coach.

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      There’s a similar clause in his contract, yes. 6m if I remember right.

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  17. Clive from Houston ( We are all with you, Carl) says:

    Stephen Ward scores a rocket of a goal!
    Wolves playing tippy tappy wonderful football!
    Top of the league ( goal diff. don’t count this early)
    100% record.
    Zippo goals conceded.
    10,000 pigs flying across the horizon.
    Santa spotted in Asda.
    I was at a funeral yesterday morning, but my prayers were for the preacher to shut up so I could check the score on the red hot phone in my pocket!
    Derby a poor team?
    I don’t think so, they were made to look poor by a very good Wolves team, just as Boro last week, and quite a lot more in the coming months.
    Bollocks to all the naysayers, “this is Wolves, wim bound to fuck up”, our time has come.
    Spring in my step, shit eating grin smeared across my gob, life don’t get too much better than this.
    FOwb

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      Derby a poor team? A very relative question. They’re poor compared to Wolves. Weimann compared to our wingers: our wingers are artistists, Weimann is a kick and run player. He wouldn’t even break into our u-23 team.

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  18. It is fantastic what is going on at Wolves, playing amazing football tip tapping it around in fine style. Once we have that premium striker and Costa is back we will be just unplayable. We are all in for a treat this season – enjoy the ride. Happy days are back, thank you Fosun ?

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  19. Larry Talbot says:

    I’ve been looking up anything and everything about yesterday’s game and while I’m doing my damndest to remain calm and take it all in my stride, blah blah blah…..I just feel like jumping around with a big grin plastered all over me mug…

    We’ll fill the Molineux week in/week out if they can keep this up, running rings around heretofore “better” opposition, so for goodness sake……Will somebody PLEASE bring some grim normality to this cos I’ve been supporting this lot too long to be this excited! It’s just not normal!

    UTW

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  20. Marney says:

    Great result ,
    I still think 15 points from ten games will set us up with costa and co returning, but I’m always greedy for points and my confidence is building by the game so why not 20 from 10 ? Anyway, if I was a really good striker , and I was looking for a job , and I’d watched our first two games , I know where I’d like to be playing the rest of the season!
    Utmw

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  21. Raydewolf says:

    As a throw back to 90s Nintendo …
    When will his tracksuit say SNES?

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  22. ExiledWolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

    Thanks for the write up Ben. Coudn’t agree with you more.

    I was a little apprehensive when I saw our opening fixtures but this way more than I could have hoped for. I had predicted a win yesterday (but not the score) but that was more in hope than expectation, especially after our last few visits to Pride Park.

    I now have confidence that this team can compete with any in this division, particularly when we are allowed to play football. I’m looking less forward to when we play against some of the less skilful, more physical sides in the Championship.

    I liked what I saw of Bonatini on the opening day and he will get better with more games under his belt. I’m not sure therefore that we need both Rhodes and Oliveira – but I’m not complaining!

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  23. B G Wolf says:

    What a great result! Derby are the type of team that we struggle against traditionally so to be playing them off the park is a serious marker for the division. I would have been pleased with 7 points from the first four games before the start of the season….not sure what a good haul would be now 9-10 more? Great stuff very happy with the progress being made. Like many others on here I think we need that extra striker if we are really promotion contenders.

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    • Brompton Wolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

      I think you may want to look at your calculations lol. But I get your point.

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  24. Cotswold Wolf (stay strong Carl) says:

    Forgive me for stating the bleeding obvious but if you don’t let in goals, in the way Wolves have for more years than I care to remember, then chances are you’ll win.

    From the back to the front Wolves have class, surely this is a real, not false dawn. Thank you Fosun.

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    • Brompton Wolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

      Hear hear. But only if you score. And we are doing that. I am happy with 1-0s, but was chuffed that we scored 2, as that is why we are now 2nd not 3rd. Goals are the ONLY way you win a game, but it is nice to keep a clean sheet.

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  25. Bedford Wolf (We're all with you Carl) says:

    What a beautiful day (hey hey)
    I’m the king of all time
    And nothing is impossible
    In my all powerful mind

    Here’s a good quiz question for the future.

    When did Wolves beat Derby, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Ajax all on the same day?

    Answer: Saturday 12th August 2017.

    They did so with goals by Douglas, Cavaleiro, Vokes (2). Ward, Mendez-Laing (2) and Gladon.

    Chris Dunlavy? The egg running all down your boat race is starting to get embarrassing mate.

    Jon-Jo Shelvey? You are a pathetic apology for a man let alone a footballer.

    One final thought.

    Helder who?

    OODCL

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  26. DancesWithWolves says:

    Well you know where I stand. I backed us with BetVictor for the title at 16-1. Mind you Wolves exceeded my 1-0 win expectations yesterday. I’m even more sure of the title now but Nuno will want continued improvements. He has sorted the wheat from the chaff he inherited and has brought some of the finest wheat in from outside. I expect the long awaited striker to arrive soon. Nuno is leaving nothing to chance. Quite simply I believe that Fosun demanded a quantum leap this season after last season’s botched start. The best signing of all is Nuno.

    I was at Stamford Bridge yesterday to see three goals from Wolves old boys and Chelsea to see red.
    Shelvey was sent off today. What a weekend to be a Wolves fan.

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      Two new players in the attacking line, Jota and Bonatini, and still we’re crushing Derby with an attacking impressing display – and they’ll improve further. We’re a different class – it’s as easy as that. Nothing can stop us if we succeed in signing Oliveira. All opposition will be wiped away. Unstoppable.

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      • DancesWithWolves says:

        Expect Mourinho and Nuno the old Portuguese mates, to win their leagues this season if all goes well. They are looking the outstanding teams in terms of sheer preparation. A short while ago Senor Mendes was the villain for some Wolves fans, but not in my eyes. The audacity of hope for us.

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        • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

          Man City disappointed everybody last season. With Guardiola’s system finally fully integrated, they have, in my opinion, the best team in premier. Man U scores too few goals, and I predict they’ll draw too many games to win it all. An injury on Lukaku and they’ll struggle.

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  27. Clive from Cloud Nine says:

    What is wrong with looking for 30 points from the first 10 games?
    Do all the “big clubs’s fans” not assume a win every time out?
    Are we not a big club?
    Ergo three points every match
    QED
    Quake in yer boots, Dwarves and Hobbits of the Second Division, the biggest sleeping dragon of them all is waking up!!!

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    • The Witley Wanderer says:

      Clive, we have always been a “big club”. We have just been asleep and now its “Wakey Wakey” I think that was Arthur sombody.

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      • The Witley Wanderer says:

        Askey !! Yes Arthur Askey. How old I’am I ??

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        • theDOOGooder says:

          Arthur Askey was “Hello Playmates” and “I thengyou”.

          Billy Cotton was “Wakey Wakey!” and “Give us a song Breezy”.

          Brucie was “Can you come back next week” and “Over ‘ere my love” and “I’m in charge” and “Cuddly toy cuddly toy” and… just about everything really. How many catch phrases can one man have?

          Tommy Cooper was “Not like that”.

          Or was he?

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          • The Witley Wanderer says:

            Shite DOOGooder you have a great recall. Do you remember ” I’ll open the box Michael ” you had to go “Miles” for a catch phrase then.” Nice to see you, to see you nice”
            What has this anything to do with the Wolves Blog.

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            • theDOOGooder says:

              I DO remember that.

              The ‘Yes No’ Interlude as well.

              Here’s one to really test your age and memory.

              “Give him the money Mabel!”.

              Who said that?

              And, you’re right, it has absolutely nothing to do with the Wolves Blog.

              “So I’ll shut up”.

              I said that.

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              • Cotswold Wolf (stay strong Carl) says:

                That’ll be the immortal if talentless Wilfred Pickles Doo. Now you know I’m truly ancient.

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              • The Witley Wanderer says:

                Do you remember the cookery series Johnny and Fanny Crradock ? Fanny had been cookimg jam Dougnouths and at the end of the programe Johnny said “Thank you for watching and I hope all your Doughnuts turn out like Fannys” Wolves were near the top of the league at the time.

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                • StuWolf says:

                  I recall when the carpet bloke came with me mums lino.
                  I shouted, “Mum, this bloke’s got a really long one here that he can’t get in your front entrance”
                  “Well ,tell him to stick it up me back passage then” she shouted.

                  Princess Anne attending her first boat race, poor love, she didn’t understand the protocol.
                  She wasn’t sure whether she should shake their hands, or just kiss their Cox.

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                • London wolves loyal ( Ikeme ay we says:

                  I sometimes walk my dog past Fanny Craddocks old house .. down by the canal next to the grove hotel , she has been gone a long time now I reckon she would have been very proud of Jodie’s Sunderland and Wolves career .
                  So sad

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          • Twixfix says:

            Here’s one for you DOOG …..
            Who used to say …..
            ” I say Quelch ….”

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  28. Bedford Wolf (We're all with you Carl) says:

    “Wakey Wakey” (or actually “Wakey, Wake-ho!”) was Billy Cotton, he of The Billy Cotton Band Show.

    Beggar me I must be ancient!

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  29. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Looking forward to next week against Cardiff when we are 4-0 up and Kim Jong Un’s misdirected missile lands on top of Neil Warnock’s smug fucking face. Yes. That would be nice. I’m so happy I could walk round the Mander Centre in my Wolves pants.

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  30. Wolfman Jack says:

    Great performance (at least the 60 minutes I saw, as DerbyTVs stream struggled to get going). Stand-outs for me were Bright and Jota, but the whole team put in a great performance (and a shift !).
    Much talk about a new striker, but for me we also need better cover for Saiss and Neves. Personally I think that whilst Ronan and Price both have the passing ability they both lack the physique to protect the back 3. Conceivably Coady could be used there with Hause/Bennett/Batth filling in for him, but what if both Neves and Saiss were missing thru’ injury/suspension ? Widen your shopping list please, Mr. Thelwell.

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  31. Jazzwolf says:

    Have just come across this considered piece …..

    https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/how-wolvess-great-big-portuguese-project-shaping-so-far

    The writer says of Ruben Neves – “(he will) surely establish himself as the division’s finest player once fully climatised.”

     

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  32. Steve Showcase says:

    I think we’ll all remember Derby away this season and ‘the difference’..the difference to me was our previous continuation through the seasons of either having to, or accepting Wolves had to cling on,or only dream with average not quite good enough players.
    Money really does talk in most cases and the above is no more…PS we haven’t Costa back yet or an in firm graham..

    To think that the new era was celebrated at Derby,..yes Derby the fixture that used to make me groan as to me were like a historical curse..

    Further more as much as I wasn’t there (unfortunately )we were almost guilty of overkill in a dominance in the second half lead by our newly acquired class players (..nobody can knock Mendes now!) and if we continue like this into the PL and further dizzy heights I can see another statue needed.

    Most of our previous players will not keep up with all this as the standard of play is so much higher but how about Conner Coady then?!! Doherty too is hanging on to Nuno’s
    Team ..Bright I’m personally not so sure about- it would be nice if he could score soon.

    Exit from the first team DB.. Dicko..Dangerous D.. Mason..prob Price

    But it wasn’t the result imo yesterday -it was the way we did it ..throw in momentum, confidence, Nunos philosophical style and the fans behind the team and that’s why we are now joint favourites to win the league..
    Truely Amazing..
    Surreal IS the word at the moment I agree.. I’m thinking of a very similar Leicester team dominating the championship seasons ago and look what they did…
    The match ..sounds like the best game for years Stu Wolfs comments border on a life changing experience lol and I must say…
    this season could well continue that..

    What a thought.. and it’s all down to Fosun.
    -and M&M..eat your heart out.
    COYW

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    • Brompton Wolf (we're all with you Carl) says:

      Great feeling isn’t it. I can’t wait until Tuesday when I meet up with Stu at Hull.

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  33. The system that Nuno has instigated necessarily requires super levels of fitness, and there appears to be evidence that fitness levels now are considerably higher than those required by coaches in past regimes. Look at Dogherty for instance: slimmer, faster and consequently able to fill the exacting role of wing back in a manner none of us could have envisaged. He, and Douglas, are up and down the touch lines as attackers and defenders, with seemingly endless energy and powers of recovery. A joy to behold.

    Seems to me that the methods being applied by our new back room trainers must a big step up on those of the old regime. Thank you guys,

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  34. Didn’t see the game, but by all accounts we were more creative going forward than we have been, Leicester aside, since the start of preseason – with much of that creativity coming from the crossing from wide areas from the wingbacks.

    I still have reservations regarding our currently fit wide forwards be able to produce the kind of consistent end product the team will require if we’re gonna challenge this season – however, so far so good… long may it continue!

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  35. Norsk Wolf says:

    Well it’s been a few years since my last confession but I have to admit I thought PL should have been given another season. After watching two games this season it is without doubt that a PL team would never have played with such panache and flair.

    In all my years as a Wolves addict I have never felt so comfortable with the defensive line up. Also Bright deserves a special mention with most blogs and forums sanctioning an immediate loan to League 1 as long ago as last week?.

    The final gloss though is listening to the calmness in Nuno. After living through the nightmare interviews by the likes of Mr Saunders how reassuring is it to listen to calmness and composure personified.

    Yes 1 swallow does not make a summer but 2 on the bounce could be the start of a heatwave. No doubt there are plenty of twist, turns and stings in the coming season, but to have genuine hope plus live coverage for the Wolverhampton diaspora is truly truly exciting.

    Here’s to our genuine hopes and chances of revival and reaching the promised land with a style of football we can be proud of

    Onwards and upwards

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    • john Payne says:

      Most of the twists and turns will come from Jota and Costa, with plenty of stings from Miranda and Boly. Don’t be fooled by past experience. This is a whole new ball game.

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  36. Mark G Davies says:

    Well if we can do this to Derby on their own patch, the sky is the limit for this wolves side, particularly in the away matches. Its clear already that Fosun`s investment in quality players will make this season unforgettable.
    Early days it may be but the ease with which we broke with pace and movement past the home defence was awesome to see. Won`t have the room to do this in the home games, but onwards to Hull first then we can sort Warnocks lot out on Saturday. Great journey home to Nottingham after the game.

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  37. Hancocks 53 says:

    My favourite programme , good old Wilfred Pickles

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  38. The Witley Wanderer says:

    Do you remember the cookery series Johnny and Fanny Crradock ? Fanny had been cookimg jam Dougnouths and at the end of the programe Johnny said “Thank you for watching and I hope all your Doughnuts turn out like Fannys” Wolves were near the top of the league at the time.

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  39. JaackoMac says:

    Just another ridiculous over the top statement to throw in the pot. The set up of this wolves team is surely light years ahead of the strategy being instilled into our national side. Maybe Mr Southgate and co need to take a wider trawl of tactics. Could I suggest that if he does consider applying a back three that Conor Coady is given some consideration. Early days? Maybe, but time will tell.

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  40. Clive from Cloud Nine says:

    This is getting farcical!
    I remember Bedders telling me about singing “We’ll meet again” and There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover” to Doog, Witters, Twixxo and London Wolves Loyal, when they were all in Waterloo Underground ( with Ray Davies) during the blitz, and also Stu Wolf serenading Brompto with “Its a long way to Tipperary”, when it was at number one in the charts!!!
    Stop it!!!!
    Dont you realize how much you are rubbing it in?
    Theres people on this blog who are not fortuneate enough to have seen Bully play, let alone when we last had a good team!!
    And songs.
    Goodbye horse, goodbye horse, he was saying goodbye to his horse
    And as he was saying goodbye to his horse, he was saying goodbye to his horse.
    Anyone know the origin of that one?

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  41. Raydewolf says:

    Happy.I just feel happy.

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    • john Payne says:

      Like the song ‘It’s almost like being in love’ !

      Not quite SOUTH PACIFIC, but a definite Mediterranean feel about our new team.

      Happy, happy.

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  42. marin wolf says:

    Just finished scarfing down a slice of my Humble Pie as I had us nailed on for a 2 nil….defeat.

    Its nice to read the euphoria here..but its not a sprint, there’s a mere 44 more games ahead..(.already don’t care about cups). Still would like to see a couple of reinforcements showing up.

    If we have 9 points on Saturday night, that’s promotion pace after a testing start and then who knows how much fun this season could be?

    Now that WolvesTV is here there’s a real chance to feel involved from 6000 miles away.

    Hull ..be afraid….

    UTW

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  43. Darren Lloyd says:

    With the team we have playing and the addition of Costa and an additional top class striker we can do some real damage.
    Can some one please tell me our other options at wing back positions? They are such a vital part of this set up.

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    • StuWolf says:

      Darren.

      I have been lauding on about Vinagre he plays in the spot Doherty occupies, he should be in the team, but after Saturday, who the hell does he replace.

      Ayeh is the other side but he is still injured at the moment, but they have high hopes of him being a star.

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  44. sevlow (Carl we are behind you) says:

    They did the magic and Derby were left floundering. Another great display. Could of, should of, been a couple more goals but I am just nitpicking 🙂

    Extended highlights here, about 10 mins.

    https://www.dcfc.co.uk/blog/iframe/stream-video/15638#t=00:00:08

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  45. StuWolf says:

    Happy Birthday Stevie boy, see you at Hull tomorrow for a Bovril and a South Yorkshire pie whatever the feck that is.

    Any more bloggers coming it’s Party time and Samba season.

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  46. theDOOGooder says:

    Happy birthday Steve!

    Lots of hugs and kisses from the Melksham crew.

    And I mean that in a mucho macho manly way of course!

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  47. Clive from Cloud Nine says:

    Happy Brompto, Birthday!
    Greetings and salutations from deep in the heart of Texas!
    Now you have reached retirement age, are you going to splurge and get a double wide tent, with running water and electricity?
    Give ’em a Houston whoop-ass yell from me tomorrow.
    Have a nice day, now!

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    • Brompton Wolf says:

      Thanks Clive. I am coming over to Vegas in October as the missus bought us a trip with heli trip over the grand canyone and stuff. Stopping in the Venetian Hotel, apparently got gondolas inside. Just for 6 days, but you can pop over for a beer if you want as it aint too far from Texas lol.

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  48. StuWolf says:

    Now I know why Jordan Graham didn’t travel Saturday.

    He’s working at Airspace Trampoline park in Wolverhampton.

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  49. StuWolf says:

    Wolves Am we. And Wolves Am we.

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  50. Border Wolf (We're with you Carl) says:

    Great 3 points so let’s keep it going.

    Happy Birthday Brompton & have a great day.

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  51. DebenhamWolf ( all the best, Kemes ) says:

    We are playing some amazing football and it is an unbelievable pleasure to sit or stand watching it. However, as someone said, we need to see where we are after ten games rather than assume after two games that we are going to run away with this league. I honestly feel we may very well prove to be what we all dare to feel at present, but know the game often has ways of kicking you in the nasties if you get to feel a little too superior; I’m still feeling it’s too good to be true at some dark Wolvy level; proper Wolves’ style, since the eighties.
    The nicest thing for me is to see how some of our older, not in age, guys have taken the step up in class alongside the newcomers; Saiss and Doherty look different class to previous times. Youngsters are reacting and developing superbly whilst working with such talented players. Great times.
    Cold, damp, wintery midweek night games; will they be met with the same Samba football approach; who knows; a few key injuries; a run of poor form; all may affect our progress… But, bugger it, I don’t think Soooo! COYW!!!

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  52. StuWolf says:

    If our ticket website is to believed.

    We’re looking at another good gate for Cardiff, 2nd home game of the season and selling well, considering that’s during main Summer holidays it is excellent.
    If we beat Hull tomorrow, the ticket office will be inundated with fans.

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    • Newark Wolves (There's only one Carl Ikeme) says:

      Hi Stu
      On the subject of tickets, did you see my text at lunchtime ? Sorry to be a pain but we are leaving the country soon and didn’t want to miss Saints away game.

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  53. Johnok says:

    Unexpected win to say the least,I would’ve been happy to share the spoils before the kick off because it’s never been a good place to go of late.
    Glad NES struck with the same side as he did with boro,+Cav.
    All the plaudits have been shared already so I won’t bore you fellow bloggers with my take on the match as I only heard it on radio along with Paul Butler guesting with Mikey Burrows doing the commentary.
    If we can keep it going tomorrow night against another fancied team Hull,it’ll be a fantastic run, in a tough start to our campaign.
    I’m going for a win again,2-1 to me babies.UTW.

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  54. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    2 out of 2
    Clean sheet 44 games to go
    Cmon the wolves

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