There’s no denying the non-performance against Huddersfield was a worry, but I don’t think we should be too disheartened just yet.
Other than Watford, it was the only game the lads haven’t turned up for this season so we can probably chalk it up to an off day.
Certainly though, teams have figured out that pressing this Wolves team in key areas of the pitch can disrupt their rhythm.
The lack of physical power, particularly in midfield, is also an area the opposition are exploiting, which is a concern given who we’re playing tomorrow.
Prior to last season, whenever someone said ‘Cardiff’, Wolves supporters had one unified thought, which had nothing to do with the Bluebirds.
But that mind boggling finish to the game back in April means we’ve now got two memories to cherish from the Welsh capital. It was little surprise Neil Warnock was so spikey in the aftermath.
Admittedly, I thought they might fall away after that morale sapping loss, so massive credit to them for getting over the line and making a go of it in the Premier League.
It initially looked like being nigh on impossible to survive, but a couple of wins have put them right amongst the pack of five or six teams duking it out at the bottom and a win tomorrow would put them up to 15th.
I’m still intimidated by the raw strength they have with the likes of Bamba, Manga and Morrison at the back, who will ask a lot of questions from set pieces.
Further forward I’m not sure they’ve yet brought in sufficient quality to give them what they need to be truly competitive, but players like Harry Arter and Bobby Reid give them useful options in addition to what they had already.
The home end
Some comments lifted from the match thread on a popular Cardiff City fan forum:
Really want to win this, the feeling when the full time whistle went in the last fixture was up there with the 3-0 defeat to Swansea and play off loss to Blackpool.. don’t think I spoke to anyone in work the next day and didn’t even say a word to my parents the whole weekend.
3 1 to cardiff own goal gift from us,neil to run to the canton at the final whistle after giving nuno a W.nky wanders hand signal and giving the canton end the not so familiar victory salute 3 times.
Going to be tough, and they will have something to prove after the Huddersfield result. I have a feeling this will be a scrappy draw.
There must be a temptation to make a change in midfield, particularly with a midweek game to come against Chelsea next Wednesday.
It’s a big call to drop to Moutinho but I’d say there’s a good chance we’ll see Gibbs-White or Saiss either tomorrow or next week.
Up front I think Costa is vulnerable as his wait for a goal or notable assist drags on, so Traore should get a run out in my opinion.
On the other side it’s Cav or Jota and I may gave the latter the edge as every chance he could rediscover some form against a familiar foe.
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