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.
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.
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.
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.
Up The Wolves!