Wolves 2 Barnsley 1

For half an hour I was convinced Barnsley had an extra man.

Every single loose ball spilled out to a white shirt and the fluency we’ve come to expect was lacking.

It wasn’t anything so underhanded. The Tykes just played a high line, suffocated Wolves in possession and cut off the supply to their most potent attacking weapons.

This was an uphill slog and although the visitors never once tested John Ruddy from open play, their possession and territory kept forcing set pieces where vulnerability was again exposed.

The problem doesn’t seem to be dealing with the initial cross, more a failure to clear the knock downs and remaining organised when the ball is recycled. Barnsley and Bristol City have both reaped the rewards and others will target such an obvious frailty.

You couldn’t have begrudged Barnsley a point if they’d managed to hold on after that injury time heartbreaker.

The possession stats were split right down the middle, as were shots (Wolves one better off) and they forced 8 corners to our 5.

Numbers don’t always reflect the game but it did feel like they were in the ascendancy for much of this game, albeit lacking a killer instinct.

Wolves by contrast rarely found a rhythm but did create chances throughout. Cavaleiro shot wide in the first half, Bonatini fluffed when clean through and Douglas saw a powerful effort pushed wide.

N’Diaye and Enobakhare were eventually dispatched to make things happen and boy, they certainly delivered.

Bright couldn’t be more different to Cavaleiro. While the Portuguese man always seems to be in forward motion, bending and twisting away from tackles, Enobakhare rarely exits walking pace.

There was divided opinion over Cavaleiro’s contribution yesterday. I thought he did some decent things and was one of the few players to drive us forward but there were loose passes and sloppy moments too. It was a big drop from his level against Bristol City and I wasn’t surprised to see him hooked.

Enobakhare’s controlled, almost indifferent finish was sublime and worthy of winning what had been a forgettable game up to that point.

But the Nigerian needed one more moment of inspiration after Barnsley had spoiled the party, sliding a neat through ball for Bonatini to put it on a plate for the onrushing N’Diaye.

The big midfielder couldn’t miss after his perfectly timed run and having put over the cross for the first goal, his contribution was perhaps the most telling.

If his purpose is to offer a different approach to Neves and Saiss it’s mission accomplished. His battering ram cameo was something to behold and exactly what was needed.

Special mention too for Bonatini, who looked classy again and is exceptional at bringing others into play. He has to score that one-on-one in the second half but it’s tough to question his overall efforts.

I also thought Batth was tremendous, making crucial blocks and tackles when Barnsley had us stretched.

Overall, it’s pleasing to see the team come away victorious despite the opposition being so effective with a high pressing game.

But Wolves needed to demonstrate greater enthusiasm and more invention in that first half. Too many players looked off the pace and those small percentages add up to a big difference.

It won’t always be a cruise and this get out of jail free was a timely reminder.

Comments

  1. theDOOGooder says:

    We won!

    We won!

    We bloody well won!

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  2. We are doing enough at present but very much only just .Good to win when not at your best but if we carry on with this kind of lacklustre display especially first half I fear a few setbacks .Personally I hope a couple of the bench get a start on Tuesday to shake things up a bit .

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  3. Mr B C Hughes says:

    I think winning these games which we would have lost or drawn last season tells us more about out credentials than if we had won 5-0. Finding a way to snatch points from the jaws of losing them is a sign of champions. We can’t tear teams apart every week and the tough stuff could be what matters in may. Well done. Roll on Wednesday.

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  4. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    I am not gonna moan too much. I felt we may have got 4 points against Bristol C and Cardiff and we got one. To get 3 yesterday sort of balances that out. 20 from 9 and we are in front of the points ratio. The roller coaster rolls on.

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  5. Bedfordshire Old Gold says:

    View from W2 Billy Quiet Upper………

    For me the MOM was NUNO.

    Three excellent substitutions – plus a never say die spirit – effectively won the match.

    Firstly Vinagre who was unable to get forward as frequently due to defensive duties trying to combat Hammill – although just before the break he paid on a peach for Cavaleiro who slotted the just wide – was replaced at half time by Douglas who shut Hammill down and played the over lap well..

    Secondly Bright Enobokhare replaced Cavaleiro and clipped the first after a fine cross from……..

    N’Diaye, who came on for Saiss, was a revelation in the 15 minutes he was on the pitch. Maybe another Toure or Viera? Powering forward he found Bright who netted with some aplomb then with seconds left he scampered into the box and latched onto a Bonatini low cross and slid the ball into the net. Cue a Molineux near full house going absolutely nuts.

    Despite a lacklustre performance where we were at times more than matched by Barnsley, you simply cannot argue with the intent to get the winning goal coming after the equaliser which itself was in the 91st minute. Most teams would have sunk to their knees but not Nuno’s mob…….

    Lets face it guys there is simply no easy games in the division from hell.

    Walking back to the car after the game everybody was saying about “winning ugly” or “sign of a blossoming team when you win not playing well” (as Sir Alex about that) and whilst these are fairly hackneyed comments there is more than a ring of truth about them. Blimey its still very early doors in the season and Nuno’s playing methods are still in their infancy but we are second – only on goal difference are Weeds ahead of us.

    Another factor is the strength in depth on the bench – including Costa of course. Nuno can bring on substitutions we could only dream about 12 months ago. Match winning substitutions to boot as demonstrated yesterday.

    Aside from that I thought Coady had another good ‘un yesterday. Not just defensive duties but bringing the ball out as well. He has been a revelation with this new manager and playing system.

    Some were saying Neves was not at the races, but he was the victim of an eye watering tackle which should have been an instant red but as usual the clown in the middle bottled it. No doubt when Neves is on song Wolves tick over like a Merlin engine on a Spitfire chasing the ME109’s 77 years ago this month and he was effectively shackled yesterday. But hey – even the greatest player to kick a ball – the mercurial George Best – had the occasional off day.

    The upshot of it all is we won – three more points – confidence sky high – 28,000 + attendance – wonderful atmosphere – 2 away games now which suits our style better – owners prepared to “put their money where their mouth is – second in the table with a blockbuster against Leeds on the horizon – Man Citeh in the cup – smiling faces around Molineux – every away fixture selling out – what on earth is there not to like about the club these days?

    Guys – ITS BLOODY GREAT.

    Have a great week everyone – three points at Bramall Lane would be nice….!

    BOG

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    • The Witley Wanderer says:

      Bloody hell Bog, didn’t you have anything else to do today? You need to get a job on the E & S, not sure about three points at Bramall Lane. They looked a tight out fit today.

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  6. Marney says:

    We are probably exactly where we deserve to be as far as points are concerned . Bad refereeing decisions have had us questioning our luck so perhaps everything evens out eh ! I’m gonna grab all three points and not give a flying Chinese fart about it , or other clubs We start again on Wednesday and if things don’t go our way luck wise we can have a moan then , I’m just enjoying this season so much I’m struggling to see anything negative!
    Utw

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  7. Cotswold Wolf (stay strong Carl) says:

    Lot of talk about playing badly and winning. Is it just a case of the opposition working Wolves out and how, maybe, they can be stopped? If so is this why, for instance, Neves keeps getting kicked? In which case, tortunately, we have a manager with a plan b,c and d and the players on the bench to enact them.

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  8. basherbaz says:

    Can you Wolves experts help me out ? I recently won a signed wolves ball in a raffle can you help identify the signatures ? some may be upside down would like to identify them all if possible

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  9. Cotswold, I was thinking the same thing. Maybe other teams have figured out how to slow us down. We are still winning, which is good, but not overpowering the opposition.

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  10. basherbaz says:

    same again please

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  11. basherbaz says:

    same again please thanks

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  12. basherbaz says:

    same again please thank you

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  13. basherbaz says:

    and same again – thanks

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  14. basherbaz says:

    will post some more later – lunch

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  15. Wolfman Jack says:

    ‘Numbers don’t always reflect the game’ it says in the intro. I agree, and I’m struggling to understand why we got 3 bookings to their 1. But there is a rational explanation – the, quite frankly, pathetic quality of the referees at this level. The Barnsley RB, McCarthy, twice made foul throws (foot off the ground) in the 1st half within 5 minutes of each other and the ref picked up on neither. This is basic stuff for a referee at park level.
    As for the match, I guess we’re going to be seeing a lot of teams either setting up similarly to Barnsley or defending in depth. Consequently, we will probably get more points away from home than at home and we need to be prepared for the frustration that matches like yesterdays engender.
    I like Nuno’s philosophy that we should manage the game when we have the ball and also when we don’t have the ball, but I much prefer it when we have the ball ! Having said that, although Barnsley were lively and competitive I didn’t think we looked in any real danger for most of the match.
    Individuals: Why does Cav almost always try to do too much ? Can somebody remind him that sometimes ‘less is more’ ? His passes for Doherty last year at Brentford, for Jota v Forest and for Dicko at Hull spring to mind.
    Vinagre: Hasn’t got the defensive discipline of Douglas and tended to find himself in ‘no man’s land’ when moving forward. (Having said that he set up a great chance for Cav). We looked a lot more secure when Douglas came on, but maintained the attacking threat.
    Finally, illogically WolvesTV seems to be getting worse the more matches they show.

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  16. basherbaz says:

    back again thanks

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  17. basherbaz says:

    and again please

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  18. basherbaz says:

    hope these are not duplicated

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  19. basherbaz says:

    next one hopefully

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  20. basherbaz says:

    and again – thanks

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  21. basherbaz says:

    Thanks for any help

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  22. Bedford Wolf (THE competition winner) says:

    P 12, W 9, D 2, L 1

    Joint top of the table.

    Averaging over 2 points a game.

    7 clean sheets from 12 games.

    It’s a great Sunday feeling eh?

    4 points from our two tough away games before the international break would be fabulous.

    Interesting to hear Nuno saying that it’s not just about running it’s about running into the right places at the right times. Wonder if he was thinking about Desperate Dave Edwards who, after talking to numerous Reading fans at my mate’s 60th birthday do last night, isn’t exactly pulling up too many trees down there thus far.

    OODCL

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      You just can’t let it lie can you Bedders?

      You’ve won.

      He’s gone.

      Just enjoy the T shirt.

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      • Bedford Wolf (my wife's a quarter Portuguese y'know) says:

        DOOGie – I only did it for you to help the mourning process. I was in Reading, I got chatting to a few Reading supporters over several beers and so took the opportunity to enquire after Messrs Edwards and Bodvarsson. As I say they were not too taken with the former but interestingly were quite liking the latter. Obviously he’d scored that day so maybe they would have said as much.

        The T-shirt; now, yes, there is a story about that which I shall reveal at some point. Suffice to say for the mo’ that I will not be enjoying the T-shirt. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more to a blind horse.

        Are you and your much better half still ok for Saturday 25th November when Mrs BW is coming up? She is so excited at the prospect of coming to her first Wolves match for about 7 years that she can barely stay awake! Obviously the thrill for her will be meeting people called the DOOGooder, Twixfix, StuWolf and Newark Wolves etc.

        Best wishes

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        • theDOOGooder says:

          I understand your good lady’s excitement at the thought of meeting a load of old farts and watching them get slowly drunker and more obnoxious.

          But enough about the PMDG’er and the other wives.

          Yes, we will certainly be there on 25th. Let me know where and what time.

          Can’t wait to hear the story behind the T shirt.

          It reminds me of a classic Goon Show episode…

          ‘Tales of men’s shirts. A story of down under’.

          I expect you are much too young to remember.

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          • Bedford Wolf (my wife's a quarter Portuguese y'know) says:

            The Goons – I do remember them but only just. They were my Dad’s favourites (along with W.C. Fields) and so I was ‘forced’ to listen to them both on the radio and on vinyl. It started my appreciation of Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers which I retain to this day. There were some great shows on the radio back then, Sunday lunchtimes as I recall – Ken Dodd, Al Read, The Navy Lark, The Clitheroe Kid, Round The Horne. Happy days! Oh no, hang on Happy Days was The Fonz in the mid-70’s on TV.

            25th November – the ‘cunning’ plan thus far is as follows:

            We will be staying at The Mount (obviously we won’t set foot in the APV again) as will those lovely fine people the Newarks (Ian & Sue). Paul couldn’t make it.

            I was hoping that we would all be staying at the same place at the same time but sadly the APV episode put paid to that. I know you love the APV and just like our old mate Mr Edwards we will agree to differ. If you wanted to stay at The Mount that would be fantastic but if you prefer APV that’s also fine of course.

            Twixfix and Eileen (AKA Lillian) haven’t decided where they are staying as yet as Twix is still being a miserly old so and so and begrudges paying the going rate at The Mount (one of us might have to break the news to him that a pint of beer isn’t 1/6d anymore). Maybe though now he is fully ‘stented’ up and able to fully appreciate the benefits of experiencing a weekend in the exalted company of myself and Mrs BW he may relent. Otherwise they may be in the local Travellodge or Premier Inn. Or maybe borrow a tent off of Brompton.

            StuWolf and Jen obviously don’t need to stay anywhere.

            There is an open invitation to London Wolves Loyal and his far better looking Mrs and to Witley and Son to stay overnight too and come to the meal. Matt? Barry?

            We will get a taxi from The Mount and will be in the North Bank bar before kick-off so that I can introduce Mrs BW to the ‘gang’ – poor old girl doesn’t realise what she is letting herself in for – and then that evening we will be dining at The Queens Chinese Restaurant in Queen Street with a table for at least 12 booked for 8pm. Newark Wolves have promised me a personal audience with Jeff Shi in between courses.

            So there we have it.

            Ying-tong-yiddle-eye-po!

            OODCL

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

              Now Bedders, I agreed with everything you said apart from the bit about Jeff Shi, I know I was a little bit tipsy at Forest but I can’t quite remember saying that. I will see what I can do but what about Toyah Willcox as a second choice ?

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              • Bedford Wolf (my wife's a quarter Portuguse y'know) says:

                Toyah Wilcox! Definitely not. I will accept Liz Hurley or Kate Beckinsale (maybe even Kylie Minogue as long as she promises not to sing) as adequate replacements but failing that it’s Jeff or no-one.

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                • Brompto' says:

                  Can I come?

                  I am in Wolverhampton on Wednesday night v Leeds, so was not initially planning on coming down for the 25th, but ………. I would love to meet your good lady, and promise not to tell you how much I love the APV.

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                  • Bedford Wolf (my wife's a quarter Portuguse y'know) says:

                    Abso-flipping-lutely mate. That would be great.

                    As an APV lover you might find you are sitting with the others of a similar persuasion right next to the toilets whilst we of the anti-APV persuasion are sat at the top table alongside Jeff Shi but no matter – a spare rib or pork ball (or even a crispy duck) will taste the same regardless.

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                    • Brompto' says:

                      Just looked up the Mount Hotel on Trip Adviser. Guess I am staying somewhere better lol. I will meet you all in the NBB before the game and may see you in the MH bar or see you all in the Chinky that evening.

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

                  Sorry, Bedders, coming in on this late. Any room for me and Barbara at the Queens sitting? Appreciate that we might be sitting with Brompton by the toilets….

                  That said, we’ll probably go for the Wolves deal at the Novotel – the Mount is probably a bit rich for us newbie retirees (me, not Barbara).

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                  • Bedford Wolf (my wife's a quarter Portuguse y'know) says:

                    Abso-flipping-lutely mate. That would be great.

                    Never mind sitting by the toilets with Brompton you might have to take your food sitting in his tent!

                    Newark (Ian) – to paraphrase the classic line from the film Jaws “I think we’re going to need to a bigger table”.

                    Me & Mrs BW (2)
                    Newarks (4)
                    Twixfixes (6)
                    DOOGooders (8)
                    Brompton (9)
                    Exileds (11)
                    StuWolves (13 – or 15?)

                    London Loyal? Are you out there?

                    Witley Wanderer?

                    OODCL

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

                      Brilliant. We’ll see you then, if not before.

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                  • Brompto' says:

                    The Mount might cost a few quid mate, but it aint nowhere as nice as APV.

                    IMO

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                    • Brompto' says:

                      …..and Trip Advisers lol.

                      I am not going to get Bedders to bite am I?

                      Looking forward to this gathering. I will probably be staying at my bro’s in Low Hill that night, but will confirm everything later.

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                    • Bedford Wolf (my wife's a quarter Portuguse y'know) says:

                      I’ve stayed at both APV and The Mount. One is nice, classy and very very good. The other is all about the money and would cut off it’s own nose to spite its face. I know which one I prefer! Anyway I haven’t posted my latest Tripadvisor review of APV yet! BTW not sure Jeff Shi, Fosun or the Queens Restaurant would take too kindly to being referred to as ‘Chinky’.

                      p.s. have you seen the reviews of your brother’s place on Tripadvisor?

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                    • Brompto' says:

                      Pmsl. I will be staying at my bros Friday night, but will book a room at the Mount for Saturday to see what it’s like and it will only be £70.00 if I book today. I aint paying 13 quid for brekkie though lol.

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  23. basherbaz says:

    thanks for any help you can give

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  24. basherbaz says:

    hers is another one

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  25. basherbaz says:

    and another one – thanks

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  26. basherbaz says:

    Thank you for any help

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  27. basherbaz says:

    some have numbers but may be upside down ?

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  28. basherbaz says:

    some may be duplicates ?

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  29. basherbaz says:

    nearly there now

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  30. basherbaz says:

    the last one I think ? – Seriously thank you if you can help me out with them

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  31. Highlights yesterday were the 28,000 crowd, shows things are changing at the Wolves.

    There’s a much better feeling now for me going to the game, we have some players who can change a game & win it.

    Thought N’Diyae was MOM but Bonatini despite the miss, yet another cast iron chance spurned, was good overall & his ball for the winner top drawer.

    Jota, Neves, Cavaleiro, Bright, N’Diyae with hopefully Costa to come are mouth watering talents.

    The defence ain’t too bad either Douglas, Doherty very good players. Coady nothing short of a revelation in the central role.

    It’s an exciting if nervy time for us fans with these very tight results. But to be where we are is fantastic. Only criticism yesterday was that we were flat in midfield, with neither Neves or Saiss getting forward enough! N’Diyae perhaps could have got on earlier then it may not of been such an edge of the precipice to a lukewarm match in the first 80 minutes.

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  32. Clive from Houston says:

    Basher, that one with 13 below has got to be Wayne Hennessey, with the number of goals he’s let in over the last two games!

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  33. The Newt says:

    There’s been a definite downturn in performances this month but still picking up the points which is pleasing. Neves in particular has been off the boil the last few games but N’Diaye looks a good alternative. Will need to play much better against Sheffield United midweek to pick up any points.

    Also thought Barnsley had a good penalty turned down so seems that we might get a few of these decisions in our favour after all.

    Also got the correct score for the first time this season so happy days!

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    • RickRack wolves says:

      Too right mate, heart on mouth & Bathh also thought he’d get punished as he looked straight at the ref which is normally a sign of guilt.
      Maybe a bit of luck we needed.

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

    Well, our day started with the usual shite two hour plus journey from Notts. Does anyone know of a better way to get from Newark to Wolverhampton without using the A46/A50/A38/A5 – and no, we can’t afford a helicopter. Arriving at the hotel you just want to get to your room, chill out and have a drink to unwind, but no, they had got new jobsworth staff who would not let us check-in until 2:00pm which we have never known before. Even Sue got stroppy with the receptionist – go girl. On the plus side though we got to spend some quality time with Dougie (ExiledWolf) which we really enjoyed in the hotel bar. By the time we checked-in and unpacked, got to the ground and had some food it was too late to go in The North Bank bar and meet other bloggers. The game was similar to the shit last weekend, a bit of a non event in the first half but all change in the second. We were in The Steve Bull upper right next to the Barnsley fans who gave us so much abuse when they equalised – pensioners, women, children – bet you are really proud of yourselves you Yorkshire twats ! But hey, a few minutes later and the boot was on the other foot and I have to say I lost it a bit with them. Just like last Saturday Sue grabbed my arm and gave me that “sit down you twat” look. At the end of the day though, we won, we have only lost once and we keep grinding out results. This IS the year.

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

    With reference to my previous post – the shit last weekend means Forest, not the football. I forgot to put this picture of Barnsley’s huge away following on my post also. Hope you had a safe journey home, not, and did you share the same taxi ?

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  36. Of course, the old saying about winning when you’re not playing well comes to the fore here. In fact, we haven’t quite shown our early season form in the last few games but the points still come rolling in. Promotion credentials perhaps, but only time will tell.
    Cav continues to delight and frustrate in equal measure and I feel it’s he whose starting place is most threatened by the return of the mercurial Helder Costa. The back five seemed much more secure when Douglas came on and I’ve seen nothing from N’Daiye to stop me believing he will prove a wonderful signing for our team.
    Finally, a hearty congrats to Bright for two great goals in a week. A boy with his talent will surely go on to score many,many more.

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  37. theDOOGooder says:

    The standard of performances has dropped considerably from the breathtaking football we were playing at the start of the season.

    This is fine because we’re still getting the results and the refereeing decisions seem to be going our way at the moment.

    But I hope that lethargy isn’t setting in. We’ve seen it happen in previous seasons, a few good results and we feel we only have to turn up to win.

    And then the bottom drops out of our smooth running limousine and all the wheels come off.

    It’s cost a few managers their jobs all too recently.

    I’m pretty sure that Nuno is fully aware of this and I’m pretty sure that he can prevent this glitch from turning into a slump.

    I’m not being negative here, I’m just hoping that we don’t take our feet off the accelerator.

    Equal top, only lost one game, biggest home crowd for years… why the Sam Hill am I complaining and why should I be concerned?

    Because I’m a Wolves supporter.

    That’s what we do.

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    • Bedford Wolf (my wife's a quarter Portuguese y'know) says:

      Who’s Sam Hill?

      Was he a striker we ‘nearly’ signed on deadline day?

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  38. The Los Angeles Wolf says:

    After a very long hiatus I’m finally back on the blog. Sorry for the absence but I had so much work to do in order to get here but boy was it worth it. For those of you who aren’t familiar I was brought on the pitch, interviewed by Steve Daley, and given a signed shirt by Steve Bull all for being an American supporter. Won’t be forgetting yesterday for a long time but now to the match itself.

    I thought Wolves looked disjointed for much of the game as we really seemed to lack the flow that we’ve had earlier on in the season. It definitely reminded me of the first half against Nottingham Forest except this time it lasted up until about the 80’th minute. I thought Enobakhare looked a bit overwhelmed for a bit but after he scored that beautiful little flick he seemed to settle in. There’s been some debate about Cavaleiro but I thought he played decently. And surely no one can argue that the cheeky 5-hole finish from N’Diaye was pure class. All in all it felt like a match Wolves struggled in but I’ve always been a believer that the quality of a team shouldn’t be determined by what it can do on it’s best days but by what it can do on its worst so if this is any indication I think this is firm proof Wolves should be fighting for the top spot this season.

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    • Twixfix says:

      I waved at you Blake when you were hob knobbing with Steve’s Daley and Bull…

      Well done mate ..you’re now elevated to superstar status…. don’t forget your blogger mates when you rub shoulders with Mr Shi and Fosun ..

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    • Nuno’s management won us the game yesterday, every substitute had a positive effect to give us the three points, good bench to select from.

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      Blake, Hi!

      Are you over here (semi) permanently now?

      Hope to see you sometime if you are. (That is, if you’re prepared to speak to us plebs after being interviewed on the pitch by the likes of Bully and Daley).

      Say hello to your mum and dad from me and the PMDG’er.

      Is that a signed photograph of John Richards scoring the winning goal at Wembley I see under that shirt?

      Sorry Clive, it’s gone to the wrong Yank.

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      • The Los Angeles Wolf says:

        Yeah, excluding brief vacations back home I’ll be here for the next three years so we have definitely got to get together! Will tell my parents you said hi, and no no just the autograph of Bully but I couldn’t be happier with it.

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        • Brompto' says:

          Hi Blake,

          Glad to see you back. Hope to meet up again soon buddy. My next home match will be v Preston on 21st Oct, then 22nd Nov v Leeds, possibly Sat 25th Nov v Bolton and not back down there until Sat 28th April (I guess the Bloggers’ Ballbash at some place tbc)

          All my other games are away ties (more local to me) Sheff Utd tomorrow, Sheff Wed, Barnsley, Preston, Middlesbrough, Bolton and Sunderland.

          Take care young man.

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    • The Witley Wanderer says:

      They interviewed the wrong guy !! I was staked out in my usual place in the North Bank Bar, when I saw a guy walking up to the bar bumping off the furniture and people whilst looking around at the ceilings and walls in amazement. Strange I thought, so I approached and said You can’t wear a Barcelona Hat in hear. He took it off and said in a very strong West Coast American drawl, I’m fekin freezing Man !
      We had a beer, that’s what we do in The North Bank Bar, and Mike from LA’s story unfolded. He arrived from L. A. earlier in the week for a school reunion on Friday night and wanted to come a watch a match for the first time since 1973. No wonder he was gob smacked. He played for Wolverhampton School Boys Back then and was capped for Staffordshire way back then and left for America with hes family. A Really nice Guy, hope he enjoyed the game. 44 years and the pull of Wolves was still there, Once a Wolf always a Wolf.

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  39. john Payne says:

    we should beat Sheff Unt. despite to return of today’s 2 goal scorer Leon Clarke. I actually like to see ex Wolves players do well in their subsequent careers, but that doesn’t include scoring against us.
    perhaps Costa will play on Wednesday -really underlining the quality we now have.

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

    Well that’s 3 points banked, no matter how we got them. The joyous rapture around Molineux following N’Diaye’s goal will linger long in the memory.

    Returned to Molineux today for the stadium tour and museum.

    That’s my Wolves weekend almost wrapped up. It was really good to have caught up with some fellow bloggers, notably Ian (Newark) and Sue.

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  41. StuWolf says:

    Well.
    Hi Blake, are you at the University now then.

    Well done Dougie the museum is some place for a visit eh.

    Anyone going to Villa, don’t leave it too late for your tickets. Just saying……

    There’s a few of us Bloggers planning a last game of the season mega piss up in Sunderland, driving up on the Saturday night and stopping in some Inn somewhere up there. Ko is 12-30 again so need to be up there the day before. Anyone coming? should be a great end to the season. Don’t say you didn’t have plenty of notice.

    Come on me bambinos.

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

      Sorry not to have caught up with you Stu but I’ll be back in a month or so (I’ve also signed up for the 6 match deal). Yes, I was impressed with both the stadium tour and the museum.

      I’m up for Sunderland away and Barbara is also interested. Are you guys thinking of a mini Blog Ball or just a pissup?

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    • Brompto' says:

      Only an hour away from me so I’m in lol.

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  42. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Med me loff yesterday when the Barnsley fans sang ‘where we’re you when you were shit’. Fuck off. Basically we have been shit for 40 years. Nice of them to think we are good now. In a weird sort of way I like having away fans next to us in the NB. It kind of gets an atmosphere going. Got tomorrow and Tuesday off and will be getting the train down to Worcester in the morning. This is the final County Championship cricket game of the season and The Pears are on the verge of promotion to division 1. And what a beautiful setting at New Road. The cathedral in the background, the river nearby and loads of pubs just up the road in the town centre. Could be a fantastic double this year. Worcestershire and Wolves promoted to the top division!

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    • Twixfix says:

      Hiya Cheeseburger..
      I read that you’re into cricket…

      I’ve got a ticket reserved for me for the ODI International NZ v England in Christchurch on 10th March.

      If I go to see my daughter there do you want a programme bringing back..
      Let me know.. subject to me Going of course ..

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      • CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

        Really appreciate that Twix. Fuckin brilliant. As I posted on here recently,We get into Auckland on 19th March. The test match starts 22nd March. Not sure if you are anywhere about at that time.? Would be fuckin superb if you are. There is obviously a massive window for a few beers. The Gornal Wolves flag will be on display. Let me know if yo about.

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    • Bedfordshire Old Gold says:

      Once a Pear always a Pear. Back in the 1960’s my grandad took me to a number of games during the school holidays. We used to catch the train from Dudley station to Worcester Foregate Street.
      I have exceptionally fond memories of 1964 when Worcestershire CC first won the county championship and again in 1965.
      If I remember correctly Horton, Kenyon, Headley, Graveney (class), D”Olivera, Booth, Richardson, Coldwell, Slade, Gifford, Flavell plus Jim Standen West Ham goalkeeper who took 52 wickets in 1964.
      Sitting underneath the scoreboard at New Road eating Marmite sandwiches with my beloved grandad was the stuff of dreams in those far off days. I can vividly remember the cathedral looking down on the action as Tom Graveney (he autographed my bat when Worcester came to Sports Centre Dudley in late July) stroked another boundary.
      We should secure promotion this week replacing the Bears which is sweet.
      Enjoy the game
      BOG

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      • CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

        Great stuff Bog. I was born and bread in DY3 Dudley. Dudley was always Dudley,Worcestershire and you always find lots of fans from the Black Country at Worcestershire cricket games. And why we dislike [Brummie] Warwickshire so much. We should do it this week and replace relegated Warwick in the top league !Cheers BOG.

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        • Bedfordshire Old Gold says:

          Spot on Cheeseburger. Dudley was in the county of Worcestershire whilst the towns surrounding Dudley (for example Tipton, Brierley Hill and Coseley) were all in Staffordshire. In effect Dudley was situated on a Worcestershire County “island”.

          Then in 1974 the West Midlands County carbuncle was formed linking Coventry to the South East of the new county and Wolverhampton to the North West and all towns in between such as Birmingham (ex Warwickshire), Walsall (Staffordshire), Halesowen (Worcestershire) and so on. So the counties with which we had identified since birth disappeared at the stroke of a pen.

          One aspect I missed was the local bus services run and operated by local authorities such as Wolverhampton Corporation (green and yellow buses) the 58 ran From Dudley through Sedgley into Wolverhampton via the Fighting Cocks, West Bromwich Corporation (blue and cream) – we used to catch the 74 to the Hawthorns via Great Bridge from Fisher Street bus station in Dudley when Wolves were playing at the Albion and supporters of both sides from Dudley sat together cheek by jowel without a punch being thrown then catching the bus back to Dudley after the game from the bus stop right outside the Brummie Road end – Birmingham Corporation (can’t remember the colour) plus of the course the independent Midland Red.

          All these efficiently run public service buses were swallowed up by WMPTE. Bloody WMPTE – pronounced Wumptee – was a joke at times.

          However it is what it is but its nice to have memories of the Black Country when two different counties criss-crossed it.

          Enjoy the cricket – I will seeking updates on the BBC web-site and I hope the rain keeps away.
          BOG

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

            Likewise guys, I will be following the Pears intently over the next few days. I remember the days of D’Oliveira’,Turner, Headley and Helmsley and Cumbes (the latter two also played professional football). I was hoping to have made it up to New Road this season but it didn’t happen.

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  43. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Forgot to also say will be back in Wolves about 7.45.Just in time to watch Arsenal nail The Shite about 6-0.If I can still see by then.

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  44. The WitleyWanderer says:

    Mike from Los Angeles.

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  45. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Fair play LA Mike. In the blood ay it.

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  46. London. Wolves loyal says:

    Great post witley … all the best Mike and all you wolves fans in a L A And other states in the US

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    • The Witley Wanderer says:

      Matt, your mum is a dead cert for a telegram. When you said you were bringing your 84 four years young mum I was expecting somebody much older. Nice to see you all Saturday and F O W B.

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  47. Steve Showcase says:

    3 points period..Leeds look ominous I reckon it’s between us /Leeds Boro Cardiff..for that top 2..

    I really wish we have that superb striker and we need Costa (now) to game change..

    Great last gasp winner ….lets keep going ..

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  48. RickRack wolves says:

    There’s a number of blogs referring to a change in our play over the last month, I thing this needs challenging!
    I know footy fans can be fickle & complacent both easily & quickly but come on, take a little look at the last 40 years and then the review the last 16 months.
    When Fosun brought the club I was immediately jubilant that big M little organ was off, that they had a plan, strategy, a short, medium & long term aim and money. Thus far, they haven’t let us & importantly our wonderful club down.
    They have put up cash & brought in a manager that has very quickly changed the team, ethic, style, players & fortunes around.
    We’ve gone from 16:1 to evens to win the league but most importantly, we’ve been entertained in every game thus far.
    I also think that this Barnsley game will be looked back on as one that proved our ability to take 1st or 2nd place this year in the league. Last year I am confident that at 90 mins gone, we’d have drawn or even lost this game.
    Now it’s very much a case of “In NUNO we trust”.
    His style of play is now endemic throughout the team. We have the likes of Coady, Doc & Bathh that are playing the best I’ve seen of them.
    I’m not fearful of any team home or away and our stats don’t lie.
    Long may this continue.
    UTW COMB FOwb

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  49. Clive from Houston says:

    Yo, Cheesybaby, I once lived in Dudley, Blackacre Road opposite Buffry Park, I think.
    Only lasting memory I have of then was coming home one evening and seeing two blokes taking the wheel off my Dad’s Austin 7.
    They said they were changing it for him, and of course by the time I’d told my Dad and he’d gone running down the road, they had scarpered with the wheel!
    Also worked the summer hols of 1966 at Dudley Zoo.
    July 30th( think) was bostin’, World Cup win and all that!
    Just watched highlights of Barnsley game, couldnt get good reception during game yesterday on Wolves tv
    Good three points which would have been one or none any other season.
    For all of you IPA afficianados out there, just discovered a new one, Hop Gusher, by Spindletap Brewery of Houston.
    Very pleasant.
    FOwb tomorrow

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  50. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    We won that’s all that matters

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  51. Clive from Houston says:

    “Bungy jumping for snot”
    That line made me snort!
    Check out, once again, and subscribe if you haven’t, to Southbank Resistance.
    Absolutely fuckin’ hilarious.

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  52. DancesWithWolves says:

    Settling in to watch Arsenal v Sandwell Town. Come on Arsenal. I want a five for Clive, 5-1.

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  53. DancesWithWolves says:

    PS to Crystal Palace. Woy is wubbish. You will be welegated.

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  54. RickRack wolves says:

    When our season is going well, it’s always nice to here that the Shite are starting to have a mare!
    The shite just lost 2:0 to the Arse’ur’nul.
    That’s no win in 5 for those scummy bathtubs.
    Every says Pullis has never been relegated – till now!
    FOwb

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  55. Clive from Houston says:

    Bingle Jells, Bingle Jells, Boing boing all the way, oh what fun it is to see the shit lose away, and poolis nearly have a heart attack when that non penalty was given!!
    Har fuckin’ har!!

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