Tuesday wasn’t a pleasant experience.
And the most disappointing aspect was that Walsall didn’t have to play particularly well for the win.
A home defeat had been coming but to lose without creating a single chance from open play was very poor.
But we move on and it will be fascinating to see how both Kenny Jackett and his young team respond to the first major setback of the season.
When you’re chasing promotion the key is to not let one bad result become the start of a run. We know from last season how quickly things can turn sour.
Graham Turner will be satisfied with his team’s start to the season, sitting comfortably in midtable on eight points.
The Shrews finished 16th last season, but comfortably avoided the drop. I wonder if their ambitions stretch further this season?
They’re yet to lose at the New Meadow in the league with a win and two draws from their three homes matches.
I’ll hold my hand up and admit complete ignorance on their playing squad. Looking down their teamsheets I don’t spot any immediately familiar names.
But young forward Tom Bradshaw has three goals to his name so far and will definitely be one to watch out for.
I do know that they’re a very young, inexperienced side, so it’s important Wolves get on top of them early and ask questions.
I’d like to see a return to 442 for this one. I think KJ has over complicated matters of late, trying to find a solution to our gaping midfield. But with two strikers and two proper wide men we’ve already seen we can put teams on the back foot. This would be my XI:
That team solves a major problem we encountered on Tuesday, namely: a chronic lack of width.
I’d like to see Sako playing properly in front of Golbourne, not tucked inside. The full back seemed reluctant to try and make a yard for a cross so we can’t rely on him to put decent balls into the box. I also don’t want to see Sako playing all his football on the halfway line. We want him in the final third.
Ismail must play. Yes, he’s lightweight and gets caught in possession, but every other option has so far failed. I also believe that with an investment of games, Zeli will rapidly improve.
Two strikers please Kenny. Any two will do from Doyle/Griffiths/Siggy but play them both properly up front.
I guess Wolves will be favourites in most games this season and theme continues in this time. They’re at evens to get a win.
Shrewsbury are 3/1 and the draw is available at 13/5.
Kevin McDonald is decent odds for the first goal at 14/1. He’s a lovely footballer to watch and I’d love to see him getting forward more. I could not believe he was taken off against Walsall. Lunacy.
All odds are available from here.
Walsall winning on Tuesday made my life a lot easier, as only 5 people scored points in the PL.
Tettenhall Wolf, BobbaWolf, TwixFix, AmberWolf and Rich all thought Wolves would come a cropper, but none got the scoreline correct, so it’s singles all round.
I’ll sit on the fence and plump for a draw this time. I’d like to see us bounce back with a convincing win, but I just wonder how much confidence has been shaken of late.
Up The Wolves.