September 29th 2012 was a good day to be a Wolves supporter.
A 1-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday took us up to third in the league with the same points total as the team in top spot.
The victory was our fourth on the spin and everything in the world seemed good.
During a second half in which Wolves camped out in the Wednesday half, I remember thinking how lucky we were to have Ståle Solbakken as manager.
We were keeping the ball effectively, moving the opposition around and Dave Jones was looking forlorn in the visiting dugout. It almost felt symbolic – sorry Dave, we’ve moved on.
Funny then that we should arrive at Hillsborough little over three months later ready to roll our sleeves up for a relegation six pointer. Oh no, not funny actually, achingly depressing. That’s what I meant to say.
As for the Owls, they occupy the same position they did back in September, fourth from bottom. But they’ve improved of late, winning four of their six league matches including a notable 3-1 reverse against Hull last weekend.
More encouraging for Wolves is that they’ve lost eight home games already this season. Only Peterborough can boast more.
It would appear that Dean Saunders already has what Ståle Solbakken didn’t in recent months – options.
O’Hara and Peszko are back in the mix, Sigurdarson may also be available and even Adam Hammill could feature after returning from Huddersfield.
Still, I sense we’ll see a similar selection to the Blackburn game. For a bit of fun though, here’s the team I’d send out:
Of course it won’t look anything like that, but to me, the above XI looks more robust, exciting and balanced than anything we’ve seen for months.
An injection of pace at the back, proper midfield protection and some forward thinking creative players who can actually use the ball. You may disagree.
Saunders has three different systems apparently, so it will be interesting to see if that trio of styles involve rotating the personnel.
Whenever there’s a draw I know updating the PL table will be straightforward and that was certainly the case after the Blackburn game.
Only 11 people thought we’d share the points. 4 of those got the scoreline correct and double up. It’s a single for the other 7.
Well done to Burtylad, Morph, colin and Martin B for scooping the maximum.
Rumours are circulating that this game might be postponed. If it does overcome the weather, I’m hoping for a more solid performance.
Still, we lost to non-league the last time we ventured away from Molineux so it’s baby steps.
I’ll go for another draw – 1-1.
Up The Wolves.