Wolves 0 Liverpool 3

As time waited for no man in the countdown to the transfer deadline, all clocks stopped at Molineux.

Like a bored, bemused child in the backseat of the family estate, a fan cried out for help: “Is it nearly full time yet?”

Another asked if there was still time left in the window to sign Mark Fotheringham, while the rest pursued a conversation away from the scene – a sea of faded orange seats telling its own story.

And amid it all, that gargantuan North Bank monstrosity yawned over the remaining few, in Steve Morgan’s tribute to Dr Frankenstein.

At least the spin might just subside for a day or two after this latest Molineux horror show.

Who would have possibly predicted a goal for this lump?

No more spiel about Frimpong the saviour, with Mick McCarthy putting pay to our one final flickering hope of the season by playing him deeper than a sweeper and nullifying youthful exuberance.

The 18 year-old’s verve and attacking vigour dispensed with, as our boss ordered him to stay away from Liverpool’s half at all costs. ‘Defensive midfield signing’ Eggert Jonsson was instead employed further up the pitch, but lacked an ounce of attacking ability to make a difference anyway.

Michael Kightly, our other last lingering hope, was nowhere near his Villa vintage, and so Mick McCarthy’s best laid plan was out the window.

In the absence of 2008 Championship winning influence, we hoofed the ball long, and gave the ball away.

With tactics like that, it made no difference that we’d had 12 days off and Liverpool barely any, as we were more jaded, lethargic and listless having chased the ball in a style that’s known as ‘commitment.’

Aside from a great early Edwards opening that he really should have done better with, Pepe Reina may as well pictured Sky Sports News on one of our seamless video walls. Not that they work either.

The entire course of the game would be decided on whether Liverpool were good enough in the final third.

In the first half they weren’t. In the second half, they were.

Gal shy Andy Carroll scored the most inevitable goal ever, thanks to a great assist from our ball boy who threw Craig Bellamy the ball like a love sick puppy.

With everyone still up the other end of the pitch seconds after our corner, the ball boy should now be loaned out to Nottingham Forest forthwith as punishment, for not leaving it where it was.

Hennessey, having repelled every other effort on goal before all this, then morphed into Wolfie the Wolf, doing what our furry friend did for 10 minutes at half time when faced with a clutch of six year-olds…Dive over the ball in slow motion.

Not that Wayne could be blamed. He was the only player on the pitch who could hold his head up, having made numerous saves.

Roger Johnson then got a bit angry with those hardcore, vigilante thugs in the Billy Wright family enclosure, pointing and glaring at all those ‘mindless idiots’ who were clearly to blame for the entire fiasco.

Kuyt then scored a third to give the scoreline the reflection it deserved, before Sylvan smashed the post from 30 yards to prompt the first genuine cheer of the night.

And that was that.

Comments

  1. At least Bassong can try to save this rapidly failing defence

    http://www.wolves.co.uk/page/News/0,,10307~2595817,00.html

    possible line-up for QPR?
    Hennessey
    Stearman Craddock Bassong Ward
    Kightly Frimpong Milias jarvis
    Edwards
    Fletcher

    I think its worth a punt

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    • Clive from Houston says:

      Yeah, let’s all pin our season’s hopes on yet another cast off from London.
      And why not see if we can get Keogh from another London club, coz he couldn’t even get in their squad tonight.
      After tonight’s laughable pathetic attempt at a football game, the only thing good to come out of The Molineux now is the road to Sandwell………………
      Never in all my years have I been so disgusted to call that sorry sack of shit pretending to be a football club ( fans obviously excluded ) my team.
      No more.
      They don’t deserve me or any other fan.
      How much more shit does that wanker Morgan have to let McFuckinCarthy serve up?
      I am ashamed to have a Wolves tattoo on my arm.
      Fuckin’ racked off in Houston.
      Fuck ‘em all.

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      • Ade In China says:

        Ha ha, I too have the ‘mark of shame’ on my arm – seemed like a good idea at the time.
        Now? Not so much.

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    • WurzelWolf says:

      As far as i’m concerned, Sterman should never play at right-back…ever.

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    • paul Featherstone Wolves says:

      Ive been saying for the last three months McCarthy should go and i had a glimmer of hope that Morgan would see sense and appoint O’Neil. But he’s gone now Hughes my secound choice has gone even Warrnock could be going to Leeds where does that leave Wolves, ill tell you staring down the barrell of relegation. Im now passed blaming McCarthy in fact ive seen the light Morgan is to blame but he wont sack McCarthy because he has something on him in that McCarthy has been told from the beginning of the season that he will have limited funds for transfers. The Facts

      3 players brought in, in the summer: De Vires (Free) O’Hara £3.5 in fact he was already here on Loan and another i carnt even remeber oh yea Roger Johnson£4.5 what an impact he’s had. At this point McCarthy declares to any one who will listen he’s happy with his signing ok then. Then comes the Transfer window and we add another £600:00 STAR of the future to our growing STARS of the future portfollo an Icelandic International non other from the Scotish Premier League another one weve nicked from under the noses of Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool to boot. By the way what has happened to those other STARS of the future Griffiths gone back to Scotland Hammill given half a game here and there but not really trusted by McCarthy for a full 90min: in a Premier game and the others have been put out to graze in the far flong depths of the lower Leagues. Just a thought, all those conbined fee’s add up to about £2,000,000 which would have paid for Keane for about six months or a very average Premier stopper/striker/midfielder stroke utility playmaker.

      Its clear to me now McCarthy has been expected to keep Wolves in Premier League on Championship wages hence the reason why the lad, carnt remember his name went to QPR. Im Not saying McCarthy should stay, i believe he has taken Wolves as far as he can even given money i would not trust him to buy the right player i mean flair players not shift workers. But if Morgan feels the same in that he does not trust McCarthy with big money or even the tea money then he should put McCarthy and the rest of us out of our misery. One more thought would Morgan have let things get this bad if he was in charge of his belovered Liverpool i don’t think so

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  2. That was pathetic. I watched the game with my Liverpool-supporting roommate. Towards the end of the game he started feeling sorry for us and was unabashedly rooting for SEB to score (and what a goal that would’ve been).

    Bassong is a nice signing and hopefully O’Hara is back for QPR on Saturday. A loss at Loftus Road and Mick is surely out, no?

    /braces for ‘Mick out now’ replies//

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  3. That was dire. Even Foley and Jarvis were poor. The performance of a team that you’d expect to get relegated.

    I’m encouraged by Bassong – he and Johnson were the centre-back partnership I wanted in the summer.. but that was before I saw Johnson play for us (he wasn’t great again this evening).

    The Frimpong-Jonsson pair just didn’t work at all. Not only were they to blame for the crucial opening goal, they appeared to offer no protection and rarely showed for the ball when our full-backs had it. Depressing thought I know, but having given him stick it’s only fair to say it was easy to see we missed Henry.

    Maybe it’s too soon to say Eggert Jonsson will be a player for us but I doubt he can play any kind of useful role for us this season, at least (I’d much prefer to see Guedioura, who impressed the Forest fans tonight). O’Hara needs to come in against QPR.

    Most of all, there needs to be some sort of epiphany / confidence boost / watershed.. call it what you like, but the players need some belief for the crucial games against QPR and Albion. That boost won’t come from a change of manager it seems, but Mick looks like he’s at rock bottom for me.

    Like the fans, they all look weary. I guess there are only so many crisis talks you can have together as a team?

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  4. Positives: we created two real chances from open play. Frimpong looks class. Now he just needs someone to play with.
    Negatives: everything else.

    What a load of shit. We were outclassed by a worn down Liverpool side. Survival is far, far away.

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    • We weren’t outclassed, that’s the thing. We made it easy for them. Saying that lets us off the hook.

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  5. Ade In China says:

    Yep, a loss was almost inevitable for me.
    I think the players must be feeling about as confident as me right now. It MUST be demoralising to be told to just smack the ball upfield and hope for the best.
    Where’s the coaching? These blokes have been playing football all their lives, I’m sure they don’t WANT to follow these same, outdated, shit, ineffective tactics week in week out.

    However, I still don’t think they’ll sack Mick and would it be too late anyway?
    I think the damage has been done now.
    Last year Blackpool had a good first half of the season and then were poor in the latter half. You hear a lot of pundits saying you need to start well to have a good season, but it didn’t save them (just).
    This year we’ve been poor in the first half and still look poor, so where does that leave us?

    Mick talks about getting plaudits for ‘going down fighting’ and ‘playing well, but losing;’ but I don’t what these people are watching as generally we’ve just been poor sad to say.

    In a way it’s good to be in China and watch games on TV as I feel sorry for you poor sods paying out a lot of money to go and watch this shit live.

    On a brighter note, we have done our bit for world and English football, by being a place where teams can bring their misfiring strikers for ‘rehabilitation.’ Hopefully now Andy Carroll will continue his form and become the 35M goal-machine that we will need in the Euros given that Shrek’s suspended…

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  6. Seldom have I seen a Wolves team so bereft of ideas and so rapidly demoralised. I couldn’t see a clear strategy to combat Liverpool who were obviously dangerous on the break but frankly they didn’t look that wonderful. There was little drive in midfield and as the report above mentioned Frimpong was left with holding responsibilities which restricted his creative play.
    Why was Hunt our first sub? He has been under-performing all season and unless he is a vastly improved character in training its hard to understand. There were few out there who seemed to care. I can accept mistakes when morale is low which is why Ward and Edwards can be forgiven much. You could still see some commitment. But skill poise and qulaity were all missing with the probabale exception of Fletcher. We missed Henry and o’Hara but even if you added them to the team it would only improve us a bit. We are too late to change the management so I predict a slow and inevitable departure from the Premiership. Then do we change our manager or keep him because he is good at getting teams out of the Championship? If, by some miracle, we survive its time to thank Mick profusely and bid him farewell.

    I want to us to stay up and succeeed and will always get behiind the team but I cannot see how we are going to get out of this one.

    By the way – with all the talk of kicking racism out of football we need to stop enquiring of Mr Carrol about the location of his caravan. Its tired, unoriginal and wrong. And you just knew he would score. I await Kevin Davies return to his imperious best when he turns up to the Golden Palace. Only Fernando Torres failed to live up to my expectataions.
    Good night

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  7. Ben, that’s a bit harsh on the ballboy. His job is to get the ball and hand it over, when it was taken there were plenty of our players around, but not one if them picked up Carroll. Jonnson just let him go.
    The less said about the 2nd the better as we just let Bellamy run at us.
    The 3rd, we were pushing up, looking to get something and got caught on the break.
    Mick has said he takes responsibilty for the last 35 mins, that’s big of him, how about taking responsibility for the whole season.
    We’ll get nothing at QPR and I can see the S**t winning at Molineux.

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    • Northern Wolf says:

      The guy next to me blamed the ball boy as well. Stupid notion, when he’s just doing his job and the high paid millionaires on the pitch can’t do anything about it. If we have to rely on the ball boy to keep us in games, we deserve to lose.

      I dunno what Mick’s half time talks are, but as we saw at Villa, they don’t work. I felt confident at the end of the first half, but it went wrong again.

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      • We had loads of time to set up for that throw and had plenty back. However, Frimpong seemed to have a brain freeze and just watched Adam saunter over to receive the throw. Awful of Jonsson to then not even attempt a challenge on Carroll.

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  8. Kowloon Wolf says:

    Awkward time-zone and busy day at work today, so I missed the game. But I’m glad I stayed in bed. Sounds from Ben’s blog and the excellent comments here like it was the same old same old. Well, except that it sounds like Scouse Morgan sent prior instructions to the ball-boys!

    Cancelling my cable TV subscription has never been more tempting.

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  9. Dave Vincent says:

    Christ Ben, now you’re having a go at some poor ball-boy. I suggest you get on the Prozac and get some perspective.

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  10. Gal shy Andy Carroll? Shame, I’d have thought that he had the looks! :)

    ….No, I’m not talking about the game. Don’t want to right now – I can only hope like I’ve always hoped that we will get better… maybe Bassong will do that, so fingers crossed, I guess…

    PS. What was with the ball boy comment?

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  11. First of all Ben, may i say what a fine piece of prose that was. I share those feelings of hopelessness and despair under McCarthy.
    For me the question whether it’s too late to replace him or could we get anybody any good is now irrelevant. I simply can’t stand him any longer. We need a complete overhaul of our management and coaching philosophy and the time to start is now.
    Frimpong looks a different class to anyone else we have but i’ve no doubt he will deteriorate like many others under McCarthy’s tutelage, if it’s allowed.
    Liverpool, straight from cup exertions, and Gerrard rested for more taxing occasions, were far from impressive. But they won at a canter and gave their supporters what is now the norm for away fans, a lovely day out at Molineux.
    Meanwhile the home support was a sorry sight of sad faces and empty seats. Some even dared to boo at the end but most had simply trudged away. Wolves had given their support what is about the norm these days too, ONE SHOT ON TARGET.
    No, enough is enough. Whatever his other qualities, McCarthy is a proven failure as a premiership manager. Statistics prove that if nothing else.
    Morgan act now. Wolves fans really do deserve better than this.

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  12. I find it hard to stomach those fans who rejoiced in May when we stayed up with 3 minutes to go but said how fantastic the 3M’s were, embraced all the tripe about improving the facilities and the need for a new training ground to replace the already quite new training ground. How people could not see this as inevitable is beyond me. It was naive to let survival cloud the writing that was on the wall for much of last season. McCarthy is a dinosaur, and you combine this with a chairman who still thinks you can make money out of running a football club who are not in the champions league and you have a recipe for relegation.

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    • Thats just the way i felt at the end of last season,hoping now they would f..k him off.MORGAN
      and his spineless board have let us ALL DOWN.FOMM.

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  13. Decent first half, unforgivable second.

    Most annoyed by our players jogging back prior to their first goal. Not a single gold shirt was busting a gut to get back in position, which is pathetic and summed up our ‘couldn’t give a shit’ approach. Even after Bellamy had the ball back in play, there was still time to sort it out.

    Hennessey and Johnson both culpable for the second goal. Johnson for not closing down and Wayne because he should have kept it out. I don’t care how many saves he made in the first half. I also thought he should have done better with the third, not that it would have made a difference to the outcome.

    Jonsson looked like an average SPL midfielder out of his depth, which isn’t a great surprise because that’s what he is. O’Hara or Henry in his place would have been a significant improvement. I’m rapidly losing my belief in Milijas.

    Both full-backs very poor. Foley perhaps the worst I’ve seen him play ever. Ward, save a few darting runs forward, was lethargic and uninterested.

    Regarding Kightly, whilst I agree he didn’t get anywhere near the heights of his Villa performance, he was still our likeliest route to goal. Yes, he didn’t get much change out of Enrique – perhaps the best left-back in the league – but he created the only two clear sights of goal we had. Bringing Hunt on effectively surrendered any slither of hope we might have had. Hammill would be a significantly better option from the bench.

    I’ll end with the two pluses of the night:

    Frimpong – a class act. Should we by some miracle stay up, there’s no way we’ll be able to find a player to plug the void he’ll leave behind.

    Bassong – should be a solid signing in theory. Has class – don’t forget Spurs paid £8 million for him – and is desperate to play and prove himself. He must go straight into the team for Saturday.

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    • I’m just wondering, who will Bassong replace in the starting 11? I know Johnson was partially at fault for the second goal, but even so we can’t replace a player each time he does a single mistake. While we do need fresh blood, we also need stability.

      I think while Kightly didn’t exactly destroy Liverpool, he is still so important in that he gives us something offensively on the right side. The Jarvis/Ward combinations with overlaps and whatnot ending in a cross toward Fletcher is fine, but Kightly actually has great chemistry with Frimpong, Edwards and Fletch creating chances through actual good play. I think that’s important, and though I didn’t see what Hunt brought when he came on he hasn’t impressed as of late and should not have been put on. I’d rather see Hammill, as you say.

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      • I don’t think it truly matters who Bassong replaces.

        I was all for singing Berra’s praises a few weeks back but his performances have deteriorated since that point. Johnson seemed to have discover greater consistency in recent times but slipped back in the second half yesterday.

        I’d probably give Johnson and Bassong a go.

        Or if Mick’s feeling particularly aggressive, Bassong and Stearman.

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        • I’m actually quite a big fan of Berra, Thomas. I reckon he pretty much does what it says on the tin. And give me him over Johnson any day. Don’t rate him, don’t like him and he’s very quick to point the finger, team mates and fans alike. Potential trouble imo.

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      • where do you think Bassong will be on the bench keeping it warm thats where he’ll be.
        PLEASE MR MORGAN.FOMM.

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    • All this chat from Mick about how the players ‘put a shift in’ and ‘bust a gut’ for the club and then they jog back to defend. I’d rather see them collapse in a heap after a game and have a few players miss games from being over worked than watching the same mistakes week in week out!

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  14. Bassong does look like a good signing but it still smacks of minimising losses. Signing him means less outlay and we don’t have to worry about only getting half the money back in the post-relegation fire-sale.

    Oh, and I think we are going down. Are there three teams we can prove ourselves better than? Well, Wigan maybe but QPR, with a new manager and having bought proven premier league experience? No. Blackburn and Bolton are the only ones I think we have a chance of overtaking, but I don’t think we have the confidence, or the class. A lot hinges on getting some luck to breed some confidence in the next two games, and unfortunately I see luck as being the only thing that can keep us up. Kind of like last season really.

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  15. Liverpools defence has impressed me this season. They’ve only conceded 21 goals in the league. This equals Man Utd and is only beaten by Man City with 19. Such a fine defensive record should surely put them in third place then? Nope. Because they’ve have had real trouble finding the back of the net up the other end of the pitch.

    Surely this highlights then how poor our defence is. That the lumbering Sasquatch that is Andy Carroll could poke the first goal past us after only scoring 6 league goals in a year at liverpool just rubs salt in the wounds.

    Frimpong was a class above the rest of our team but unfortunately was negated by the woeful Jonson. Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson shackled our wingers and all our attacking options were cut off. Edwards was impressive in the brief moments he ever got near the ball but nothing to threaten liverpool with.

    So Bassong. Can he plug up the holes? Maybe. Get O’Hara back in attacking midfield, Get bassong in defence. Henry back in with Frimpong. QPR are going to be hard to beat with the money pouring in. But if we can steal three points off the baggies, they may yet be hope.

    But. I’ll say it for the first time this season.
    I’m now not opposed to the sacking of Mick McCarthy.
    We need a managerial bright spark to pull us out of this mess.
    Our own Martin O’Neil of sorts…

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    • Agree with all of the above.

      You could see Liverpool were lacking cutting edge in the final third. We kept giving them chances though, so no surprise they eventually made us pay. Once they were ahead, the difference in class was all too painfully obvious.

      I suppose had we nicked a goal in the first half (which we could have done) things may have turned out differently, but it’s all ifs, buts and maybes.

      I, like you, wouldn’t be unhappy to see Mick leave now, but who would and could come in and turn it around?

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      • And even if someone did come in the transfer window is closed so they are left with the same players. It would take a radical change in play style and commitment from the players.

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      • I’ll tell you who i would have,wait for,Chris Hughton,he’s doing a great job at the blues
        with a depleted squad and he was doing a great job at Newcastle before his sacking.worth
        a punt.

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  16. I’ve seen lack of quality many times, but that was the first real time I’ve seen lack of effort under McCarthy. There was no ideas. Liverpool nullified the threat of Jarvis and Kightly and that was that. There was no urgency once we went a goal down. Despite what Mick swears, they didn’t seem arsed. And if a McCarthy team can’t even graft there’s no point in him being here. This was a Liverpool team who’d played the Manchester two since we’d kicked a ball, but they strolled round the park with ease, breaking us down at will. Somehow, we need to pick ourselves up for QPR.

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  17. Mark G Davies says:

    I don`t think MM could spot a player with the qualities to play in the premiership if he ran one over. And Bassong, yet another centre half, how many exactly is that during MM`s tenure. Given Berra cost way over the odds £2.5m, and our captain £4.5m, which one of the £7m pair is he going to drop for Bassong. What a load of bollucks.
    I left when the third goal went in, and if I hadn`t got my lad a ticket for the Baggies match, that may well have been my last visit to the Golden Palace this season, despite my season ticket. Embarrassed to be a Wolves fan this morning, we were outclassed, outpaced, outmuscled and out everything. We are a championship side playing in the premiership, and how we expect an 18 year old Arsenal midfielder to bail us out is beyond belief.
    So many of MM`s team are out of their depth I can`t see where the next point is coming from. QPR on Saturday and they`ve done the right thing by splashing the cash to stay in the top flight.
    The rewards of promotion have been wasted by this inept manager, whose failure is very visible and so obvious only the board seem to think he is worth retaining. The longer he stays the worse the damage he is causing, if by some miracle we stay up, things have to change. Early bird next year, no thankyou………

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  18. Fletcher must be gutted the transfer window passed him by. He did some of the best work, trying to make things happen in midfield with some quality foot work. Sadly none of the others could do the same.

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    • WurzelWolf says:

      I just hope Mick goes before we do start losing our best players. We have a really decent first 16 in my opinion (not that mine would be the same as McCarthy’s).

      We must make sure we have the following players still with us when a new manager comes in, i was really worried Adlene was actually going to be sold, thanks God he wasn’t, but a loan move is still worrying. Same goes for Hammill, we can’t afford to lose these players because they’ve looked at Mick in the wrong way in the dressing room.

      He must go before they do.

      A first 11 from this 16 wins games against most teams in the Premier League in my opinion, just needs someone who’s prepared to play them, in their rightful positions and allow them to express themselves:

      Adlene Guediora,
      Matt Jarvis
      Matt Doherty
      Kevin Doyle
      SEB
      Stephen Fletcher
      Hennessey
      De Vries (obviously he’s a bit ring rusty at moment)
      Hammill
      Kightly
      Zubar
      Foley
      Berra
      Ward
      O’Hara
      Miljas

      I don’t know enough about the youngsters really. Would love to sign Frimpong on a permanent deal, Bassong too if he impresses.

      If you want change, you have to vote with your feet…start boycotting matches!

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  19. Has anyone else noticed Berra’s uncanny knack of finding the opposition with every header?

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  20. Ledbury Lupus says:

    Too angry to be looking at the Molyneux pitch, I stared instead at the new roof over the Cullis monstrosity and was reminded of Stan’s ‘holy trinity of football management’ as he called it. “No club can hope to succeed in the tough competition of football unless the players combine in their personality three principal factors. They must have tremendous team spirit, they must be superbly fit, and they must use the correct tactics on the field.”
    Spirit, fitness and tactics; it’s not rocket science, all three were missing at times last night and I have no faith in MM resolving such fundamental issues before saturday. Obviously Mick has never read the ‘Iron Manager’ book but now might be a good time to obtain a free copy in the club shop as he may well have a lot of time for reading in the near future. Lets hope so.

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    • The book sound like a great idea but alas i don’t think he can read,FOMM.

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    • Wolfman Jack says:

      I totally agree – (I posted this below a bit earlier):

      Two thing stood out for me;

      1.When Liverpool pressed, they were in our faces before the ball had arrived. Our inability to control the ball quickly didn’t help. In one cameo, Jarvis mis-controlled a short pass, allowing the ball to loop up to head height and back down to his feet. That alone gave a Liverpool player enough time to get to Jarvis and put him under immediate pressure on the touchline.
      Conversely, we didn’t press until we knew which Liverpool player had the ball – by which time it was too late, as they had either moved the ball on or turned and run at our defence (such as it is).

      2. I lost count of the number of times we were simply muscled off the ball. The most obvious example was Kightly’s inability to get any change out of Enrique, but there were examples across the entire pitch with the possible exception of Frimpong (who, of course, is not one of our players).

      Yes, Liverpool’s squad cost a lot more than ours, but is it asking too much that our players be (a) organised in the pressing game and (b) prepared to fight hard for possession ? If you can’t afford quality players (and it appears that we can’t) these are the minimum requirements for competing in this League.

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  21. Hennessey; Foley, Johnson, Bassong, Ward; Kightly, Henry, Frimpong, O’Hara, Jarvis; Fletcher.

    On paper – depressing as it sounds – that’s probably the best Wolves team of my lifetime (30 years) and if you’d told me in the summer we could be picking that team for the last 12 games of the season, I would have thought we’d be in great shape.

    As it is, most of them look fucked to me.

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  22. Leeds sack Grayson. Just saying…….

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    • Northern Wolf says:

      I’m also a Leeds fan (I live in Yorkshire), and my first thought was ‘maybe he can go to Wolves’.

      I think Grayson is a class act (something like a 48% win ratio) – he can’t be much worse at least…

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  23. Bassong should replace Johnson not Berra, is it just me that can see how awful he is, no good in the air, no good on the ground, made that donkey Carroll look good. What was wrong with everyone last night, they looked scared to death of the Liverpool team. Lie down and hand over the Dinner money springs to mind.
    Several people have called and e-mailed me recently asking about Warnock sightings around Molineux & Wolverhampton, anyone know anything?

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  24. Definitely missed O’Hara, but can’t believe how easily we rolled over and had our bellies tickled at home. Johnson def looks suspect at centre back as well…think we shouldn’ve tried to strengthen a bit more before the end of Jan, but we’ll have to make do with what we’ve got now and hope for the best.

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    • We have reaped 11 points from the last 20 games, hope for the best!
      We will need a miracle to stay up without McDickHead in charge and with him we haven’t a hope in Hell…

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  25. Leeds sack Grayson. Just saying…….

    Scooped can you imagine our board saying this:
    “We have 18 games to go this season and are still within touching distance of the play-offs.

    “We felt with the transfer window closed we needed to make the change at this time in the belief that a new managerial team will be able to get more out of the existing squad of players and make the difference.”

    I know they are in a different position but surely the logic is the same!?

    Article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16839801

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  26. Last night:
    Hennessey – Will be gone when we are relegated

    Foley – Never seen him play so bad.
    Johnson – Aside from one or two games, what a waste of money.
    Berra – Not brilliant but our best defender.
    Ward – Oh dear, back to his last season form.

    Frimpong – Back at Arsenal at end of season – Toward the end of last night’s match, looked like he’d given up trying to understand where he was supposed to play, or what MM wanted him to do…
    Jonssen – Might be good if he played for Oxford United.
    Kightly – Tried hard, why was he taken off?
    Jarvis – Think he has given up, like Frrimpong, confused and bemused by tactics.
    A shadow of last season’s player.
    Edwards – Gets about, puts in a shift, will be with us, in the championship next season.

    Fletcher – Gone like Hennessey once we are relegated.

    Blake, Hunt, should never play for Wolves again.
    Milijas has become a poor player, perhaps he too has had the creativity sucked from him, by vampires McCarthy and O’Connor.

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    • Hennessey made big errors again last night. He makes too many mistakes for him to be in the same category or value of Fletcher.

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  27. Three years ago Steve Morgan must have thought that owning a football club was a piece of cake. He bought Wolves for £10 and was told by SJH that he had a brilliant CEO and brilliant football manager already in place. Also the club had a “young and hungry policy” where the club acquired young, ambitious and talented players for reasonable fees and paid average wages to them. This must have sounded great to him and when promotion was achieved after he had owned the club for two years and they were in the Premiership everything must have seemed sunny.
    Unfortunately, this is where it all started to go wrong. He found that his manager couldn’t produce the same results in the Premiership and that his CEO couldn’t buy players of the right quality because the reasonable fees and average wages of the past cut no ice in the Premiership.
    Nevertheless, relegation was avoided for two seasons and he ploughed on with the same strategy. Don’t change the manager and don’t spend too much money.
    Now he finds that his customers, the fans, are not only fed up with the manager whose results go from bad to worse but he is himself getting the blame for his financial policy of paying out as little as possible and staying too loyal to his manager.
    Now he is faced with the liklehood that his whole strategy is unravelling. He is finding that trying to exist in the Premiership and keeping too tight a hold on money will not work and that perhaps his manager is not as good as he thought.
    His problem is that if he keeps on with his strategy the club are likely to be relegated and he will alienate his customers. His even bigger problem is that he may well have left it too late to do anything about it this season.

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  28. alf white says:

    No fight left in these players with the current “Management”. MM lost it months ago.
    No action taken-staring down the barrel of a gun like a frightened rabbit.
    No tactics or ideas.
    Nothing left in the tank.
    Last night was an embarressment.

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  29. Sheffieldwold says:

    Another tonking where we let the opposition score for fun. And yet still I believe we can scrape survival this year.

    Not because of our Chairman and CEO who put pounds before prizes.

    Not because of our transfer policy which leaves us at a disadvantage every season.

    Not because of our Managers tactics which verge from the bizarre to the insane.

    Not because of our Captain who looks to blame everyone else but himself.

    But because I have too, and because of four players who could turn our season, Fletcher, Hennesey, Frimpong and Jarvis. These are the players with quality in our side, the players who if played in the right position and if there in form could bring us survival. We’ve been in worse positions and there is a hell of a lot of points to play for. Can MM do the simple things right this season would say no but history is on his side just. But lets face it without investment on the QPR scale in our squad this is where we are going to be stuck. I’d have even took Ridgewell last night, its seems were stuck with Elokobi or Ward forever.

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    • We’ve been in worse positions but have we ever been at a lower ebb, looked less likely of getting results? No. Quite frankly we’re relying on a miracle.

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      • Sheffieldwold says:

        It might have turned up in Bassong. Time and time again I and several others on this blog have cried out for centre half with pace well now we have one. I think in Hennesey, Bassong, Frimpong and Fletch we have a half decent spine to the team now. If (and its a big fat wallowing if) MM can flesh out the team around them and get them in form and playing to their strengths I think the second half of the season could be quite positive if not great.

        Of course seeing as the chances of us signing either Frimpong or Bassong permanently is next to zero its only a short term solution. Our transfer budget for each season appears to consist of a ropey tenner and a packet of werthers originals. I fully expect us (if we do stay up) to be in exactly the same situation next year. The joys of being a Wolves Fan.

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  30. The Wanderer says:

    Too late. A terminal diagnosis.

    Too late for the transplant (of manager or players)

    Too late for the healthy living regime (or tactical insight) to make a difference

    Too late for my beloved Wolves

    Thank goodness it isn’t really life or death. That would be tragic.

    RIP the Premier League adventure.

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  31. Super Kev Doyle says:

    Not making excuses (cos we were f*cking awful last night), but that team will look a hell of a lot stronger with Henry, O’Hara and Bassong in for Jonsson, Edwards and Berra (not that Edwards deserves to go – he was one of the few to look like he vaguely had a clue/gave a shit last night).

    I’m not opposed to sacking Mick, but sadly I can’t see anyone better to replace him. Our best hope is that the the above players come into the team and make a massive difference. Henry obviously can’t play till after the Baggies fixture, but I think O’Hara is on the verge of a return thankfully.

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  32. Fuck off McCarthy.
    Fuck off Steve Morgan.
    Fuck off you Repulsive Greasy Weasel.
    And finally fuck off to every moronic gimp who rammed this 3Ms bullshit down my throat for the last 5 years.
    You are all wrong, all clueless and all culpable.

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    • Well said old pal,we wish.Kwolf.

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    • Who, the people on here that have no effect whatsoever on how the club is wrong?

      Sure, get mad at the 3M’s but leave other fans out of it! I thought us fans weren’t at fault for anything that happened on the pitch anyway?

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  33. BAZZA (Selly Oak) says:

    BEN – Hennessey made some routine saves but was at fault for two goals. A very poor evening.

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    • He made an extremely good save with his feet early on. Partly at fault for the last two but busy all night. It’s the ones who do the most who are likely to make the most mistakes. Hennessy is actually one of the very few saving graces in this shambles of a set up.

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  34. Haywood Wolf says:

    I see the Guardian reporting Morgan went to the dressing room after the game and laid into the team – with MM present. Good on him – about time somebody shook them up a bit. Lets hope it makes MM start to quiver. He has been living a charmed life for a long while now.

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    • Yep i heard that,but he did’nt go far enough for me he should have sacked him there and then infront of the so called player’s,and sack ALL of the coaching staff aswell.FOAOT.

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  35. Stability is everything fellas don’t forget. You get nowhere changing your manager, I mean just see how Hodgson took Albion down last year and now look at this – http://twitpic.com/8eht9q

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    • Yep he took over a shit team on 11th feb 2011,and finished 11th in league.so with a change
      in management why can’t wew do the same.FOMM.

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    • Ade In China says:

      Agree, there IS still time enough and certainly enough points available to be safe, especially with new management.

      Frankly though, I’ll be flabbergasted if they actually sack Mick, so I’m going to hope that once O’Hara’s fit and with Frimpong and Bassong in the team we can somehow scrape over the finish line in 17th (lofty aspirations I know).

      THEN sack Mick and start next season with fresh ideas and a bit of money to spend on the squad.

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  36. Ade In China says:

    I would say a good few of these players would have been good signings for us:
    http://flblog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/02/transfer-round-up-nicky-is-west-hams-mayn-man.html
    Pity that certain Championship sides seem to be showing more drive than we are!

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  37. alf white says:

    Think MM and Clipboard have one game left, defeat at QPR, I believe will bring the end. Morgan’s actions say to me that Mick cannot get any more out of players, which was plainly obvious on Wednesday night. If there’s no response on Saturday it’s goodbye.
    This decision should have been taken at the end of last season

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    • (Formerly Sir) Fred of Paisley says:

      Agreed…at the end of last season Mick should’ve been given a director of football sideways move…and a manager with a proven premiership track record bought in! Still we are where we are…and I agree QPR seems to be building up to a point of no return!

      Mick out Curbishley in!

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  38. Wolfman Jack says:

    Two thing stood out for me;

    1.When Liverpool pressed, they were in our faces before the ball had arrived. Our inability to control the ball quickly didn’t help. In one cameo, Jarvis mis-controlled a short pass, allowing the ball to loop up to head height and back down to his feet. That alone gave a Liverpool player enough time to get to Jarvis and put him under immediate pressure on the touchline.
    Conversely, we didn’t press until we knew which Liverpool player had the ball – by which time it was too late, as they had either moved the ball on or turned and run at our defence (such as it is).

    2. I lost count of the number of times we were simply muscled off the ball. The most obvious example was Kightly’s inability to get any change out of Enrique, but there were examples across the entire pitch with the possible exception of Frimpong (who, of course, is not one of our players).

    Yes, Liverpool’s squad cost a lot more than ours, but is it asking too much that our players be (a) organised in the pressing game and (b) prepared to fight hard for possession ? If you can’t afford quality players (and it appears that we can’t) these are the minimum requirements for competing in this League.

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  39. Well, Robbie Savage thinks we’ll stay up, so there:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16846665

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  40. Ward – Guedioura training ground fisticuffs. Anyone heard likewise?

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  41. (Formerly Sir) Fred of Paisley says:

    I think we can stay up…but not with Mick!

    I think what’s most frustrating is that we have the core of a very good team:
    Hennessey, Foley (usually consistent enough), Johnson (was meant to be premier class), O’Hara (proven premiership), Frimpong (proven premiership), Jarvis (England cap), Kightly (seems to be showing flashes of form), Doyle (if his malaise can be remedied), Fletcher (no doubting his credentials).

    That’s 9 players, 10 with Bassong who can more than cope with Premiership football. With Ward on occasions able to cope, Edwards who does add industry to the team, even if he is a little outclassed and Milijas who if played in the right role can be more than just a passenger…and if anyone can work out what’s going on with Hunt – previously a player who you wouldn’t question was a premiership player…add in the likes of Henry, Hammill and even Stearman…I can only point to the preparation and tactics as to why we are where we are!

    What about a call to Alan Curbishley…he is used to no budget…and is tactically exceptional…and not working at the moment! He also played for Villa and the Blouses so no stranger to the Midlands!

    You never know…with Curbs one of our kids might be given a chance…he certainly wouldn’t of let Davis leave for Bolton! Didn’t Scot Parker start at Charlton?

    Mick out…Curbs in!

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    • Assume you got defrocked with dear old Freddie Goodwin?
      Like the Curbishley idea.

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    • I think you are scraping the barrel with some of this. You can’t label a player premiership class if he has been absolutely terrible over 25 games i.e. Johnson. Kightly has had 30 minutes, Hennessey is making error after error, Henry is simply not good enough (although playing better in last 3 games) and then you have the likes of edwards, Ward and Berra who are clearly not premier league players. I am amazed you can reference Stearman as evidence of players being good enough while I would love to know what Hammil has actually done in a wolves shirt. Mick McCarthy is undeniably incompetent but the fact remains that these players, that he has bought in are not up to the standard, hence 2 wins in 23 games.

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      • (Formerly Sir) Fred of Paisley says:

        Dan…I disagree…I think the players are more than capable…what I see is a disorganised poorly prepared team. All the players listed if used properly can make a difference.

        In the case of Johnson…as was said (on this site) at the start of the season he needs to be paired with a fast partner ala Scott Dan…someone more like Stearman…pair him with Berra and well…you see what we have! Johnsons overall form is a real surprise to me…I agree so far this season he has been well below par…and nothing like the player he has been…but is that due to the overall state of the team? Maybe its being captain…I really don’t think he is captain material…his head drops too quickly…and this is when you really need a captain.

        Kightly has come in and shown some intelligence and looked busy, these were all qualities that set him apart in our championship years…and I believe had us all believing he could go far in the premiership…as it stands I would count Kightly in a core of players that form the nucleus of a decent premiership team.

        Hennessey has also made save after save…but there is only so much one man can do…maybe he too expected some of the Liverpool runs to be closed down! If we go down…Hennessey wont be coming with us!

        Edwards like Henry offers athleticism…this is a quality utilised in the premiership to abundance…and in many cases above ability…not just at Wolves. I would certainly see them as able squad players…

        I never said Berra was premiership quality!!!! Come on…at least let me dig my own grave!!! Lol!

        I know the jury is out on Ward…but in a squad with another decent left back, I think he can do a job…why we didn’t pick Ridgewell up for 1.5mil escapes me…ah that’s right we are getting a fancy restaurant and bar that’s costing us 2mil! Ward will give you a handful of performances a year…there’s plenty of this type of player in premiership squads…

        Hammils lack of playing time is nothing to do with ability…and more to do with politics!

        All that aside…there is still a core of more than capable players at Wolves…and every team has weak links…although I note that you only disagree with 2 of the 10 players I stated were ‘the core of a very good team’ That still leaves us Foley, O’Hara, Frimpong, Jarvis, Doyle, Fletcher and now Bassong. All players will come in and out of form (you note yourself Henry has had a couple of decent games lately)…but over all it comes down to the ability of the manager…and senior players to mould a team…this is where we are seriously lacking! How many times have we seen lousy tactics cost us, or square pegs in round holes?

        That’s why I honestly believe that if we sacked Mick and bought in a decent manager…we would survive…there is more than enough to work with at Wolves to survive…long term I agree changes are needed…as we have too many players that are no more than squad players holding down regular first team places…

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        • I agree freddy, IF i can call you that.got to agree about the change of manager NOW i for one would’nt wait untill after the QPR game because every second is vital get rid of him now and sling a few quid down the road to the blouse’s and get Chris Hughton because he’s doing a fantastic job there on a shoestring,he’s got the creditability of a decent manager.but at the same time he’s got the integrity to stay put and that i would’nt blame him.FOMM,AND QUICK.

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        • Clive from Houston says:

          I must agree with the overall sentiment, if not the choice of all the players.
          It was obvious on Tuesday that the team were not even bothered to go through the motions.
          The manager has lost all respect, from everyone, and the players literally now just put in a shift, get paid, and think, “bollocks to you McCarthy, you don’t have a clue”
          I would love someone to tell them ” Just go out and play how you want, let your creativeness run free, and see what happens.
          If we lose, sod it, at least they will have tried to play without fear and ridicule and some set of useless tactics.
          Give them their heads, and reap the benefits.
          That’s what Sir Mattress Busby did with a certain Mr. George Best.
          We have the players with enough skill, just need someone, anyone, to recognize it and harness it properly.
          Can’t even be bothered to type FOMM anymore.

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  42. alf white says:

    Agreed Fred. We’ve spent most of the season with square pegs in round holes-Stearman
    and Ward come to mind. Doyle a striker who is not allowed to strike,now just sits on the bench.
    I’m warming to Curbs or maybe Coppell, who knows Doyle and Hunt. This group of players now with ,Bassong can get us out of this but need a new direction and fresh ideas.
    What does Clipboard actually do?

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    • (Formerly Sir) Fred of Paisley says:

      Good call with Coppell…had forgotten about him!

      I know a lot of people are saying the damage has been done…and that we have past the point of no return…but I disagree. Mick’s time has come…I agree with that…he can go no further. As to there being no managers out there any better…well I totally disagree with that…there are a handful of mangers out there that can get us out of this…if we act now! As you point out the players are desperately in need of ‘new direction and fresh ideas’ but they are more than capable in the right hands!

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  43. Haywood Wolf says:

    I’ve been after curbs for ages lol. MM should have gone after that uninspiring defeat to Blackburn last season. Incompetent, stubborn dinosaur. FOMM.

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  44. I see Blackburn are leaving out Samba even though he’s fit. Let’s hope that continues!

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  45. Stourbridge Wolf says:

    About time too Doyle – Maybe Morgan’s b*llocking is exactly what you needed.

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