Wolves Vs Reading Preview

If Wolves don’t get in the top two it won’t be because they lost to Aston Villa on Saturday.

It will be because they failed to despatch the teams at the bottom of the table between now and the start of May.

The manner in which the lads put Leeds away last week gives me belief there’s still more than enough left in the tank to get over the line.

I’m expecting a bumpy ride but ultimately, I still think we’ll do it.

Truth be told, I wish it was Burton tomorrow and Reading Saturday, but if we get the performance it shouldn’t make much difference.

Reading

I was nervous about Reading before this fixture got postponed last week and nothing has changed since.

Given how they like to get on the ball and control possession, I think they’re the type of side who can make Molineux anxious, particularly if they get ahead.

That said, the Royals have only managed one win in their last 17 league matches and if the bottom three weren’t making such a dogs dinner of playing catch-up they’d be in real trouble.

Something isn’t right there and I am surprised Jaap Stam is still in a job, despite the success he enjoyed last season in taking them to the play-off final.

An away record of 5 wins, 5 draws and 7 defeats isn’t too shabby though for a team battling the drop.

Wolves

It’s time for Plan B. Batth and Bonatini out. Bennett and Benik in.

We’ve got to see if Afobe can do something from the start. He could be the man to fire us to promotion in these valuable homes games where opportunities will be created. I’ve been a fan of Bonatini but he looks hesitant in front of goal at a time when we need authority.

I could forgive Danny Batth’s meagre use of the ball at the weekend if he didn’t get the basics so horribly wrong. Sliced clearances, poor defensive headers and mistimed tackles put wind in Villa’s sails. Bennett has a misplaced pass in his locker, but his overall game inspires greater confidence.

Saiss for N’Diaye is another possibility as the big man lacked a bit of precision in his passing on Saturday, which restricted the team’s fluidity going forward.

Predictions

It’s going to be twitchy but I back us to get the win. Every time we’ve lost there’s been a response so I expect the same again tomorrow.

As much as we talk about the attack, it’s defensively where we’ve been found lacking most in this poor run. The team was built from the back (in Nuno’s words) and it’s that solid foundation that’s given our forwards the chance to shine.

Tighten up and use the ball well when playing out from the back and we’ll be fine.

2-0.

Up The Wolves!

Comments

  1. Wightwolf says:

    With Coady back as captain it should make the defence more solid, however I’m losing confidence in Ruddy and would be inclined to put him on the bench as well. Definitely need the win so we can go up as champions not bridesmaids.

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      Yes, in with Norris (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHQ5KtcGUk4). He’d save us. Perhaps also Miranda or Hause could get a chance.

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      • Tettenhall Wolf says:

        Totally about Ruddy and have been saying it for a couple of months now. I think he’s been lucky to be out of the firing line and I think he has been culpable on several occasions recently and seems incapable of making a decision. Norris has been outstanding when he’s had his chance.

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        • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

          In my view none of the goals were big mistakes by Ruddy, but I think for instance Norris could have saved goal number 1 and number 4 and who knows, with his lightning reflexes, also goal number 3. And I therefore think it makes sense to give Norris the chance and let him play until he delivers an under par performance.

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  2. Alex Harvey says:

    Totally agree.

    I always liked Batth but he was exposed on Saturday and can’t be trusted to the same extent as Bennett in this team.

    Also, Bonatini looks way off the pace and has lost his confidence. Bennik deserves a start now.

    Also, Saiss for N’Diye as he complements Neves better who is key to our style of play.

    I’m still confident we can do it. My only concern is mental strength and resilience to cope with the pressure. If they can ignore all that and focus on the game in hand then we’ve proved all season just how good we are.

    Just hope the crowd don’t vocalise any nerves and just loudly back the team, as they have been doing all season.

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    • Bedford Wolf (10 cup finals till promotion and the title) says:

      I may just be showing my age but not only do I agree 100% with your team changes – see my post below – but I also find your name sensational!

      OODCL

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

    Totally agree on your Plan B Thomas. Leo, particularly, seems to be running on empty. Possibly also, Vinagre for Douglas? I would also be interested in seeing how Rafa Mir is doing – perhaps coming off the bench?

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  4. I think a win tomorrow will steady a lot of nerves I actually think the Burton game will be tougher it will be like there cup final, possiblly there Swansong in the Championship. Burton will want to go down at least being able to say they beat Wolves at home.

    I think Nuno needs to be as attack minded as possible Bennett for Batth I think that’s a given he also needs to get his subs right he hasn’t up till now.

    It will be a tough game but if Nuno picks the right 11 then we should win but make no mistake Reading are not just going to ly down that goes for Edwards and Bod……!

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  5. The Witley Wanderer says:

    Pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and on to the promised land, a win all day long.

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  6. Bedford Wolf (10 cup finals till promotion and the title) says:

    Newton (Isaac not Shaun) once said:

    “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

    I fully expect Nuno to mastermind an appropriate reaction.

    For me Bennett, Saiss and Afobe in for Batth, N’Diaye and Bonatini but I trust Nuno to get it right as he has 99% of the time thus far.

    OODCL

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  7. Barry Bucknell says:

    I’ve resisted the temptation to post since making a dick of myself last season but I’ve been following all that goes on here.

    It seems to me that, like it or not, the number of games we have to play in the Championship IS beginning to tell.

    After we lost to Forest, NUS took the team for a break in the sun; they came back rejuvenated.

    Following the defeat at Fulham, we had two weeks off with the Reading match snowed-off . . . . a other rejuvenated team turned up against Leeds.

    I wish NUS would send Jota and Bonatini off for a holiday and leave Reading and Burton to Afobe and Costa. Then there’s a fortnight off for the Internationals. Jota and Bonatini 3 weeks off and fresh to face Middlesbrough and the run in?

    I’m sure it can be done but we do need to look after our stars.

    Back to lurking.

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  8. Sevlow says:

    Hopefully we will get back on track against Reading. They are poor, as their results suggest, however they will bring Dangerous and Dadi back to the Mol…..eeeekkk! :-0

    No doubt Ryan Bennett will be back in defence. I would put Cav/Jota/Costa up top for their pace and ability to interchange. Thus confusing the Reading defence 🙂

    We should have too much for them.

    Going for a narrow win.

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    • Wokingham Welsh Wolf says:

      Agreed, Sevlow.

      I live near Reading and have a number of Royals season ticket holding mates, who are really p***ed off with Stam and his boring side to side football. However, beware Jon Dadi and Dangerous Dave!

      This could be a season defining game for both sides, as they are dangerously close to the bottom 3.

      Big pressure on our young team, who look absolutely shattered and can’t seem to play for 90 mins (Leeds excepted).

      Big end to the season looms, but if Nuno, the team and us fans all pull together we can do it.

      COMBs!

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      • sevlow says:

        Yeh, I’m close to Reading as well (Thatcham), and I am Welsh as well!. Not seen that many Royals shirts around this season though!

        🙂

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  9. dorset Wolf says:

    Dust ourselves down and start again Danni B and John Ruddy should be dropped keep Cav on for the full 90 minutes Benik to start.
    Great to see Jeff coming on the Depress and Stir about the ground being increased to 50,000 capacity and welcoming any inquiry regarding the fair play rules.
    After the loss against Vile could you imagine Moxey and Morgan giving any morale boosting headlines for us the loyal supporters.

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  10. theDOOGooder says:

    I agree with your summation Thomas. Bennett and Afobe to start.

    The thing that slightly worries me is the possibility that Bennett has been dropped, not for the one misplaced pass or maybe an injury, but because of a falling out with Nuno.

    The team spirit and togetherness as a club has been absolutely brilliant so far this season and I dread the thought of things going on behind closed doors that might upset the applecart.

    But Reading are there to be beaten, and beat them we must, otherwise the wheels that have been wobbling recently will really start to come off the Molineux Express and we could well end up hitting the buffers.

    I think I’ve managed to squeeze in a sufficient number of cliches, so I’ll cut this short and give my prediction.

    Wolves to win and keep a clean sheet.

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  11. mark rankine for manager says:

    Struggling to find words to adequately describe how I feel since final whistle Saturday. ..
    As on the trade test transmission ofinished the 70s
    Beeeeeeeep

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  12. Shit happens. Hopefully only in ones.

    3-1.

    I’m only giving them 1 because of our former players.

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  13. spikeyboy says:

    Whatever team NUNO picks they have to perform as the Leeds display.
    NOTHING and i mean NOTHING else will suffice .
    We HAVE to put these teams to the sword and rid our mouths of that bitter taste we all have after Saturday. ( I am still seething by the way ).
    A hugely convincing win will shut a lot of the doubters up..so

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  14. A few short weeks ago, none of our games could be called ‘must win’. From here on, pretty well all of them are, especially, after Saturday, this one.
    Important any nervousness in the crowd doesn’t transfer to the pitch, so, as ever, and early goal, or two, or three, would be lovely. Even more so as I’m making the long trek north for this one so it’ll be an extra long and dark trip home if things don’t work out as we all hope.
    I’m sure they will though.

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  15. StuWolf says:

    All the pundits and papers are saying, “we’re at the business end of the season”

    Well let’s get the business done, go 3 up by half time, pull Jota off to protect him ( no lewd comments doog)

    Then get a few goals to prove we still know how to shoot.

    Wolves 3-0 Reading.

    No demons, no hoodoos, no returning players punishing us, just straight forward getting the job done and out of the way ready for Burton.

    COMBambinos.

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  16. Val hever says:

    We should win but hope the nerves don’t transfer from the crowd to the players 2-0 wolves

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  17. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    We controlled the first half at Vile. Let us not forget that. Then there second goal . it was not a free kick anyway and one of their blokes was offside. Then the two penalties not given by the same pillock who didn’t give us a howler of a penalty at vile last year. Snodgrass in the paper today said we were average. Well they were not exactly Barcelona were they? Rant over. Goes without saying we need a win tomorrow night. It could be an uncomfortable evening with Dangerous and Bod back here. Bod never scored ay Molineux did he? That worries me.But I think we will grind it out and win 2-1.Can we have a referee who is not a complete ARSE as well.

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  18. Teddy Eley says:

    If Jota, Costa or Benik get back to the form they’ve been in in the past with us we’ll walk the rest of the league. Thinking Costa is the man the rest of then year

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  19. MILDENHALL WOLF says:

    I,and a few others, agree with your suggested changes Thomas, Leo and D.B. in particular. This is not the time for sentiment, these next two home games could be season defining. COYW.

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  20. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Agree with Bedfords promotion prediction as well. Current PPG ratios now pointing to Bolton away as THE GAME.Game 44.It wasn’t so long ago we were saying Hull at home game 40.This demonstrates our loss of form and the good form of the chasing pack. Go back a few weeks and we were averaging 2.29 points per game. It is now 2.11. Good news is even if it drops to 2.00 will still see us to 96 points which means villa will need to win ten out of ten to get above us. Fulham can only get 95.

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  21. Old and Wise (JHP) says:

    I’m also looking for a slip up from Cardiff soon, but feel sure that even on the form we showed at Villa Park we’ll beat Reading and Burton. Of course they’ll try to up their game, but we’ll be able to show our quality here. Not scared of Dangerous Dave !

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  22. marin wolf says:

    Phone a friend? or Ask the Audience? I’m asking the audience and the most voted score is 3-0..so that’s my answer…my Final answer.

    Saturday was a shock and it cost me the $25 I won last October from an old mate from Brum who is now in Vancouver ..as he went double or quits. Horrible goals to give up.

    Tired players? Come on….

    Normal service to be resumed, whatever Dangerous tries to do.

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  23. mark rankine for manager says:

    Here goes …the tablets have kicked in (although what the contraceptive wotitis tablets areally I really ain’t sure)
    Reading glasses 1 old gold b team 3
    Dare we believe rodney ?

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  24. Twixfix says:

    I agree with the 2 changes in personnel… Bennett and Afobe in… and hopefully this will bring a bit more composure to the back line and more cutting edge up front.

    Looking at the league table I was quite surprised to see us still 7 points ahead of third place …you’d have thought we’d just lost the Champions League final with the doom and gloom fraternity amongst us.

    We’re still in a good position and one defeat last Saturday shouldn’t define our season.

    I still believe that Fosun are firmly supporting this project and hey …who would take top of the table with 10 games to go and a 7 point cushion re going up….. ME …..

    I’m not getting too complacent though as every game of this last 10 will be cup finals.

    By all accounts Saturdays score was a tad flattering so if there’s any beating up to be done …. let’s muller the Royals

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  25. These are the days says:

    Obviously, we need that well used Portuguese phrase “saltar para trás habilidade”

    Once that’s sorted we can forget the Villa result and crack on.

    I think Benik should start but I still love Leo. My only tinker along with the obvious defensive swap.

    UTW

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  26. pauluswolf says:

    I don’t really see Reading causing too many headaches, so an early goal to soothe the nerves should lead to an easier-type of victory.
    Bennett back for Batth, and Benik for Bonatini.
    Still undecided between Alfie and Saiss, but I’d probably prefer the former.

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  27. GoWolves says:

    Totally agree. Loss to Villa away was not necessarily surprising (only the manner in which it happened was). Rest of the games are mostly winnable and comfortably so. Let’s just get the job done. The Championship still has our name on it.

    Go Wolves!

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  28. Ash K says:

    I expect Reading to defend fiercely and scrap for a point. We are not playing as much free flowing football lately and the attackers are really struggling to score. If we don’t score early-ish the pressure will amp up.

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  29. Bagsy says:

    I’m the same as most people in thinking Bennett and Benik in for Batth and Bonatini, but I’d bring in Saiss for N’Diaye, just to steady the ship and hopefully give Neves a bit more freedom. That said, I can imagine Nuno throwing up something slightly different, maybe playing Costa, Jota and Cav, or maybe bringing in Gibbs-White. Whatever he does, I just want three points.

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  30. Clive from Houston says:

    All the talk of “ must win “ games.
    Bollocks.
    Every game is a must win, or why else bother turning up?
    Ask the shit.
    If they picked the games they expected to win every season, they’d be in the fourth division in a heartbeat!
    Easy three points tomorrow
    Easy three points Saturday.
    5-1

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  31. Peter Roberts says:

    Well it’s certainly right to point out that if we fail to go up then it will be down to our results in our remaining games, rather than Saturdays’ humiliation and setback. Nevertheless, the manner of our performance against Villa and the dramatic drop in our form over the last few weeks will surely have cast a pall over the mood of the squad and it would be no surprise if confidence levels have plummeted as a consequence. If that is the case , then it has to be a possibility that our performance levels in these remaining matches which many say “we really ought to win”, might suffer correspondingly.

    We’re coming off a run of just 1 win in our last 5 games and our best players are not performing anything like they were earlier in the season. Many might say, certainly Mr Tim Spiers did, that our drubbing of Leeds just 2 games ago heralded a return to our best. Well maybe, but I do wonder if that performance and result didn’t have just as much to do with the crippling weakness of our opposition as it did to our own quality. It definitely looked like that at Villa Park.

    So this is the time for our manager to steady the ship and reinstall the mood of invincibility we exhibited for so much of this campaign, sweeping all before us with a superior disdain. The question for me is, is he a man with that capability? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he isn’t, but I raise the question all the same because of his actions and reactions in this recent poor run. For example, I remember one of the first shocks to the system which came when we lost at home to Forest, to the surprise of almost everybody I think. Once we’d gone 2 down I saw Nuno that day making knee-jerk decisions to haul some players off somewhat precipitously and simply throw on as many attacking players as he could find on his bench instead. There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason behind the substitutions, other than the fact that they were attacking players. There was absolutely no evidence at all of any coherent strategy in mind and those who were thrown on looked bewildered and lost, having no apparent sense of how they were meant to be contributing to the team effort. Since then, some of the team selections and other reactions during games have exhibited not dissimilar characteristics.

    Yet surely, if there is a crying need for cool heads and steadying the ship, then Nuno is the man to bring it about isn’t he? All season long, in his pre and post-match interviews he has talked the talk of the level-headed man-in-control. Never one to get carried away and unfailingly measured in his statements and decision making. That is until this recent run when he’s begun to show us another side of himself when, if Plan A goes awry, then there seems to be something of a problem coming up with a workable alternative.

    It’s quite instructive to look at Nuno’s career record as a manager before he came to us. He’s not been a manager for that long really, beginning as a goalkeeping coach with Rio Ave, before eventually being made the manager there. That was followed by spells with Valencia and Porto as head coach, impressive appointments for sure. He did well in both positions initially, but nevertheless ended up staying just under 18 months at Valencia before he resigned and then being fired at Porto after slightly less than a year. He hasn’t really has a long tenure anywhere yet. Why was that I wonder?

    I hope, as all of you do as well I’m sure, that he’ll find a way of turning things around and staying a good while with us as we get back to winning ways and proceed into the PL. I hope so absolutely, but I’m not enjoying the ride like I was doing a couple of months back, that’s for sure.

    All the same – COYW!!

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      You make some very salient points there Peter.

      The one about Nuno being a bit of an unknown quantity is particularly apposite.

      He’s been wafting along on a sea of success for most of the season, the test is always what happens when the results and performances start to tail off.

      The Job Centres are crammed with managers who went from Gods to tactically naive idiots in rather less time than it takes to count up the number of points the shadow dwellers have accrued all season.

      My feeling is that he’s good enough to get us through this desert and out the other side into the promised land.

      Let’s hope that’s the case.

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      • peterobbo says:

        Yep, I’m obviously hoping for exactly the same as yourself DOOGooder. Let’s hope that Nuno makes my uncertainties about him look like bilge water!

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  32. Bedfordshire Old Gold says:

    No time for a 10,000 word pre-match essay tonight Bloggers – hurrah I hear no boring crap this week.
    Too busy lubricating the vocal chords ready for tomorrow night. 2.45 in the car, 5.45 in the Thai, 7.45 in the mix, 9.45 in the relief zone and 12.45 in bed.
    Wolves to edge a nervy evening 2-1.
    BOG

    Mind you Cardiff won’t find it easy at Brentford.
    I reckon a draw.

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  33. Brompton Wolf says:

    Am now in South Goa and have just had breakfast while you guys are still in bed. Have to win this one really.

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  34. Ferris says:

    Back to what we do best tonight. That team are a hard working bunch of lads and a determined group, they’ll want to put Saturday right as soon as possible. I’m pretty sure Afobe will be on the score sheet if he starts especially at home. I’d like us to test the reading keeper a lot more as well I think we’ve been guilty of trying to walk it in rather than finding half a yard and shooting. If we can take 6 points from these two games then things will seem much better going into the international break.

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  35. Ferris says:

    Back to what we do best tonight please lads. That team are a hard working bunch of lads and a determined group, they’ll want to put Saturday right as soon as possible. I’m pretty sure Afobe will be on the score sheet if he starts especially at home. I’d like us to test the reading keeper a lot more as well I think we’ve been guilty of trying to walk it in rather than finding half a yard and shooting. If we can take 6 points from these two games then things will seem much better going into the international break.

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  36. vicsmith says:

    Look we lost against a top 3 team, so let’s not sweat too much. We should have a relatively easy run in so we should ALL be full of confidence. I just hope that Nuno will rotate the team intelligently as we have 4 games in two weeks. We have a great squad to choose from so hopefully we won’t have any players playing 3 games in 6 days. Pointless playing players that are good on paper but are knackered. I believe the likes of Jota, Douglas and N’Diaye could all do with a bit of a rest. Start Cav, Afobe and Costa up front, with Bennett, Coady and Boly as Back 3, and Neves and Saiss in the middle.Also Douglas for a rest and bring in Vinagre. Not worried about what goalie we use. He will bring his own deckchair. There you go Nuno, problem solved!!

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  37. steppenwolfe says:

    Surely it has to be comfortable.

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  38. Does an often under-appreciated and unglamorous role for the team, however, when Saiss is in the team and on decent form, we typically tend to be able to control games and defend better – something we’ve been increasingly failing to do recently.

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  39. Tipton Exile ( Keep the faith for Carl) says:

    A few personnel changes needed tonight in my humble opinion.

    1. Norris in for Ruddy who has been like the proverbial fairy on a gob of lard on crosses for the last few games.
    2. Bennett back for Batth who should be confined back to the depths of Compton for the rest of the season then sold (If we can find a buyer).
    3. Saiss in for N’dye
    4. Afobe to start in place of Bonatini.
    5, It might also be time to consider Graham or Vinagre in place of Doherty or Dawson.

    I expect some insults for some of the above but we are all entitled to an opinion especioally as Amanda no longer graces us with her presence.

    As for the game I expect a nervy first 30 mins or so until we gat the first goal and then to win in reasonable comfort.

    Onwards & Upwards to the Promised Land.

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  40. Tettenhall Wolf says:

    Just what we need…an under-performing team with former players in it…neither of those things have ever bitten us before…

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  41. Chris in Newcastle says:

    Surely the fixture computer has been kind to us here? I’ve nothing against Reading, but currently they’re probably a good team to come up against after a heavy derby defeat.

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  42. Croydon Wolves says:

    Completely agree that Burton could be the trickier of the two. Not only are they more ‘up for it’, they will look to frustrate whereas Reading at least try to play football and build out from the back. Burton have given Villa a run for their money this season.

    If we bottle it this late on then it will go down in history as a mathematical fascination – much like our unique record of experiencing double relegations multiple times! Our spanking of Leeds gives me comfort that the squad have still got it in them though!

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  43. StuWolf says:

    “We are a year ahead of the plan”

    Great read from Jeff Shi here boys and girls, his last paragraph makes for good reading, (no more bargain basement purchases)

    https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2018/03/13/ambitious-jeff-shi-on-wolves-10-year-plan-everything-we-do-is-for-the-long-term/

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  44. StuWolf says:

    Just a thought for the up and coming games.

    “No team has beaten us twice in this league”.

    Only Cardiff stand in the way of that record. I personally watch their games when they’re on Sky and I feel optimistic of keeping that record.

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  45. Larry Talbot says:

    Well, we ain’t got a squad of players for nothing and we simply MUST win this one.

    Second half Saturday was not good and I hear rumblings of discontent.

    The goalie has been well protected for a long time but when he’s needed? 4 villa shots, 4 villa goals.

    Bennet has to apologise to Nuno for reversing over his cat and get back in the team. I was wrong to believe Danny could hack it higher up the league, grealish had him on toast.

    Midfield, stick with what you know works Ruby & Romain.

    And the one that’s really pissing me off… Afobe for Bonatini. Leo’s last few games have been reminiscent of the last competitive game I ever played up front. I knew exactly where I wanted to be, but me legs couldn’t get me there. The fella’s knackered.

    So, here we go again. Wolves to see off Reading comfortably, I reckon.

    UTW

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  46. Marney says:

    Back on it lads , hopefully freshen the starting 11 up with 3 or 4 and see where we are after an hour, we now have 3 out of four home games before we go to Cardiff , they have 3 out of 4 away games before we play them , I’d be disappointed if we don’t go there with a 5 or 6 point lead , then just don’t lose and the league should be ours , simple ain’t it
    Utw

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  47. Mosman Wolf says:

    Looking forward to a turnaround after Saturday’s disappointment.

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  48. StuWolf says:

    Hi Rumoured team for tonight:-

    it is Bennett for Baath,
    Saisse for Alf,
    Costa for Cav
    Afobe for Bonatini

    Hope this is right, Cav impact sub again.

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    • Oliver Goldblack says:

      Hope your right Stu. I’d have Vinagre on the bench in case Douglass looks as tired as he was on sat.

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    • AmberWolf says:

      Stu,

      Those would be my choices too, Id leave Ruddy for now, but the next 2 games we really need the 6points to keep our noses in front.

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  49. basherbaz says:

    Main thing is everybody fully gets behind whatever team Nuno decides on and even if we do concede to not lose the faith.

    Can we give Ruben a happy birthday song tonight as he’s 21 today.

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  50. Newark Wolves says:

    Back to normal with a vengeance tonight. Reading won’t know what has hit them. Three more points on our way to the promised land.

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  51. London wolves loyal says:

    i Am so nervous about these next two games that I feel sick
    I honestly wake up at night worrying that wolves will blow this
    So nice to read all the positivity tho

    Portuhampton 2
    Dreading. 1

    Please god

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  52. DancesWithWolves says:

    That was the week that was. Hello, good evening and welcome. Three goals to the good against Leeds and then the big disappointment of the opposite at Villa. Just as well I was on holiday. I recorded both matches anyway. It sounds like Ruddy, Bonatini and Batth will not be up to PL standard if we’re promoted. It’s worrying that the likes of Cardiff, Fulham and Villa are in cracking form at the moment. Something’s gotta give. This will sort the men from the boys at the Mol. It’s up to Nuno to show his undoubted worth. For me, Norris in for Ruddy and Afobe for Bonatini. Back to form tonight, 2-0.

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  53. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Beautiful spring like afternoon in Wolverhampton so the boys will enjoy that and some samba style magic may be on offer tonight. A few beers going down nicely. Finished work now till April 11th as we embark on the journey to New Zealand on Thursday afternoon from Heathrow. Two test matches in Auckland and Christchurch. Hopefully everything is on target when I get back FWAW AND FOWB

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  54. Agree it needs to change , noted on Saturday that other than the Defensive ricks there was the constant overhit diagonal passes and a lack of confidence up front so Bennett, Saiss and Afobe could resolve this

    Best wishes to the West London teams tonight

    come on you wolves !

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  55. Matt Cook says:

    Certainly not time to panic but certainly time to make some changes for me. Saiss, Afobe & Bennett come in for N’Diaye, Bonatini & Batth. I also think Douglas and Ruddy could count themselves lucky to keep their places but I would not think wholesale changes would be a good idea. I know Douglas is the assist king but recently I just don’t think he contributes enough in open play and I can’t remember the last time Ruddy made a save. Every shot on target seems to go in. All that said I think we should have enough to beat a team who have won 1 in 16.

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  56. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    If I’m honest I’m really nervous about this game bit like a play off semi in my mind caus if we win this one I know we will kick on from tonight, I don’t really care who plays as long as we win it’s not performances now it’s wins and points from now on, I would like to see afobe start though think he is due one.

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  57. Border Wolf says:

    I agree that Bennett & Afobe have to start. Don’t know if it’s worth leaving Jota on the bench, as much as I love him he’s not been 100%!

    I’m not panicking just yet but if we don’t get 3 points then I may well be thinking drastic thoughts!!

    Come on Wolves let’s get this finished.

    COYW

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  58. Jazzwolf says:

    I’m hoping tonight as a whole will end up to our advantage. On paper it seems unlikely that either QPR or Brentford will get anything, but stranger things have happened – and might again tonight, these good runs have to end some time. From our point of view we had a shock at Villa, a shock we need to respond to. From Stu’s comments it looks as though Nuno knows that and has acted accordingly. I can understand the caution in some quarters, but personally am going for a reversal of Saturday’s result. If this happened to coincide with good results elsewhere it could be quite a night.

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  59. Vladimir says:

    Fairly busy at the work atm, just a quick prediction.

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  60. dannyvelinski says:

    Wolves 2 Reading 1 Wolves 2 Reading 1

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  61. RickRack (ohhh Banks's) Wolves says:

    Great team sheet tonight.
    Back the team tonight lads they’ve all contributed to being top of the league since October.
    4 points out of the next 2 will do but 6 and we’ll shut all the naysayers & veela bitches up.
    Tight game or we might rip em up.
    Wot the fek do I know – fek hall

    COYW FOwb veela Colin & his cloggers.

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  62. Adrian says:

    Afobe starts, feeling confident. Please Wolves, don’t let us all down.

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  63. SOIAW says:

    Dangerous Dave’s revenge!!!

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  64. Telford (Out of darkness cometh light) Wolf says:

    Good win tonight

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    Reading 1
  65. Old and Wise (JHP) says:

    Must say Matt Doherty has improved as much as Coady, his wing play and general level of play is a joy to watch.
    But my first scorer bet loses again ! Our goals seem to be scored from anywhere except the front three !
    Still they all count.

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  66. Paulo Pereira says:

    Better than the victory (very important) is the defeat of Aston Villa. At home. By 3-0

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  67. spikeyboy says:

    Super vile going to win the league .
    That has surely shut the mouths of there gobshite dickhead fans .
    One off wonders !
    Fulham to win the play offs.
    Enjoy your 3rd season in the chum brummie wankers !

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  68. Clive says:

    Normal service has been resumed.
    Another one off the wall, and still a nice ten point diff.
    Mind the gap, Brewsie baby!!

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  69. Tipton exile says:

    That’s better. Vile loose & I get 3 points in the PL for once

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  70. Newark Wolves says:

    We love you Wanderers we do, we love you Wanderers we do, we love you Wanderers we do, oh Wanderers we love you. Can’t wait to be back in Wolves this weekend. What’s that other song ? Oh yes, nothing’s gonna stop us now.

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  71. The Bard o' Bilston says:

    To the tune of “Here we go, Here we go”

    Mind the Gap, Mind the Gap, Mind the Gap
    Mind the Gap, Mind the Gap, Mind the Ga- ap
    Mind the Gap, Mind the Gap, Mind the Gap
    Mind the Ga-ap
    Mind the Gap

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  72. RickRack (ohhh Banks's) Wolves says:

    Well I say!

    I think Tony Oxo might have a point! Ruben Neves should have cost us £100M

    And as for Jack Greaseless being the best player in the Chump – well I think it’s been proved that’s a load of Bolox

    Jealously is still a very ugly trait.

    Stevie Bruce are you listening?
    To the song that we’re singing.
    We’re 10 points in front

    I’ll let you fill the rest in.

    Veela armchair inbreds have gone quieter than a quiet thing that’s ever been quiet.

    I’m worried the internet has broken with all the vile fans trying to get on and praise their teams performance.

    Comeeeeeeeeeeee onnnnnnnnnn youuuuuuu Wolvessssssssssssss

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  73. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Wonder if the vile ARSE holes are gonna grace us with their presence again. Flash in the pan. Not that good. 30 mins when everything went for them. Goodbye.

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    • Twixfix says:

      Have a great trip Cheesey… the weather today is about 26 degs….

      And the Molineux atmoskere must have been electric hot ….

      Still listening out for steveavfc… think he’s jumped off the M6…

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  74. He's called Nevz says:

    That lan Holloway is a very very VERY nice man,and it’s only taken 6 weeks what the good judges on this blog have said about starting with Afobe!!

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  75. Brompton Wolf says:

    Did not sleep too well last night, but feel fine now that I woke this early to check the results.

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  76. paul featherstone says:

    what goes around comes around Brucie pic the bones out of that then……….ha………..ha……….ha

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  77. Larry Talbot says:

    Over the season I’ve watched with interest how victorious teams have fared after a success against Wolves.

    Villa are the last team to suffer the effects of thrashing themselves to beat our lads in old gold.

    Aside from Fulham, no other team has recorded success the like we’ve seen at Molineux; even Cardiff have only picked up their fantastic pace recently.

    So, enjoy the play-offs brucie cos: is it “You’re out of the hunt”; Rick Rack?

    BRILLIANT RESULT!

    UTW

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  78. Marney says:

    Have a good trip cheesy , should be a good series that one and the locals are a friendly lot

    Well great response from the lads , just do a job on Burton, which won’t be as easy as some think , and we are almost there , hopefully Jota will be back by the time we play Cardiff which could be a shootout for the title unless their wheels come off starting at derby ,
    Utw

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  79. Cannock wolf says:

    Re: Last 3 games.
    If we had gone to Leeds and got a decent draw, did the same at Villa and then beat Reading everyone would have been happy but we would have gained 5 points. The win at Leeds and the win last night = 6 points. Ergo – the result against Vile means feck all in the greater scheme of things — they had their day in the sun and now they have had a feckin drenching!!!
    OODCL

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  80. StuWolf says:

    There are some great possibilities coming up in the next few weeks, the scenarios to be played out are mouth-watering.

    We can easily go to Boro and win.

    We have to play Cardiff, I truly believe that’s one we can win.

    Cardiff play Derby Sunday, Cardiff could get their surprise there.

    If Derby beat Cardiff, Villa will want to beat them to stay in contention.

    We play Derby at home with a great chance of things looking a lot clearer by then.

    Happy days.

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  81. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    Yep agree totally you can only beat the team that is in front of u! Super win clean sheet on to burton
    Nice to see afobe score again last night.

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  82. StuWolf says:

    What a difference a win makes. A few days ago the Wolves opened up the North Bank lower Quadrant to Wolves fans (about a 1000 tickets), at that time there were about 200 sold.
    This morning there is only 104 tickets left which means this has the potential to be our best gate of the season.

    Hopefully another 30,000 + Wolves fans attendance.

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