I don’t like to blame defeats on decisions but it’s not unfair to suggest we didn’t get the rub of the green in midweek.
Stearman’s tackle that resulted in Bournemouth’s second half penalty was outside the box.
That decision came at the worst possible moment after Wolves had fought their way back into the match and appeared to be in the ascendency.
In a league where the margins between victory and defeat are wafer thin already, sheer misfortune can be more damaging than anything to do with performance levels.
This game now takes on epic proportions for the remainder of Wolves’ season. They need a win, but they daren’t lose.
With so much managerial upheaval and the generally strange setup at Watford these days, it goes to show there’s no set template for success. It’s just whatever works.
The Hornets are flying. 8 wins in their last 10 matches have propelled them to within a point of the Championship’s summit.
It’s been goals galore all season at Vicarage Road. They’ve scored 70 in 35 matches and when you’re averaging 2 goals a game, it’s tough for the opposition to cope.
They’ve got three good strikers all sky high on confidence in Troy Deeney, Matej Vydra and Odion Ighalo. Keeping them out will in itself be a tough ask.
That said, Wolves managed a cleansheet in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day and deservedly brought home the three points.
You certainly can’t accuse Kenny Jackett of not going for it against Bournemouth. He picked a pacy, attacking side and went all out to try and get the win.
The major plus was another goal for Benik Afobe, showing he can score in the big fixtures, which might come in handy as Wolves enter the home stretch.
Tomorrow promises to be a fascinating contest as Watford certainly aren’t the type of side to park up inside their own half. I think they’ll be quite open, so it’s just a case of how the manager chooses to combat that.
In the last home match against Fulham he sacrificed a winger and played Jack Price tucked in on the right. It wouldn’t surprise me if he repeated the trick again.
I had an email this week from tomorrow’s main match sponsor ‘High5it‘, which is an app (available on Android and iPhones) that collates votes from fans on which players have performed well.
During and after the matches you can (as well as voting yourself) keep track of who the fans generally feel is having (or had) a good game. It’s a great way to see if your views generally tally with that of other supporters.
To incentivise Wolves fans to get involved, if they use the app during a Wolves game and ‘High 5’, they’ll be entered into a competition to win the chance to play at Molineux when the season has finished.
I’ve got the app and will be giving it a whirl tomorrow and I encourage you to do so too. Technology is gradually influencing events on the pitch and I think this is a neat idea for fans to use it in the stands. Find out more on their website here or search your app store for ‘High5it’.
I said 4 points would be a good return from the two matches against Bournemouth and Watford, but realistically 3 points is probably the minimum requirement now.
A draw tomorrow wouldn’t be a disaster but at some point we have to beat a couple of the teams above us to claw back the ground and at the same time drive a dagger into the heart of their progress.
I think it will be an open, free flowing game tomorrow and goals seem inevitable. We’ve generally fared pretty well in the more open games, but we may have met our match.
Sitting on the fence with a 2-2.
Up The Wolves!