If the reality of Premier League relegation hasn’t hit home yet, a first round cup tie against League Two Aldershot, before the Championship season has even kicked off, should do the trick.
Yes, the Shots are in town on Saturday looking to emulate the upset they caused at this stage in the competition last season, when they dispatched West Ham (another relegated side) 2-1 at Upton Park.
Of course another famous result in their short history is the two-legged 3-0 Division 4 play-off final victory back in 1987, against Wolves. That included a memorable 1-0 win at Molineux in front of 20,000+ spectators.
Some of you will remember it well no doubt. If you do, you’ll also no doubt recall Aldershot went bust not long after in 1992, reforming later that year with ‘Town’ appended to their name.
In more recent times Dean Holdsworth’s side finished 11th in League Two last season, 6 points adrift of the play-off places.
Their form in pre-season hasn’t been good. Consecutive defeats against Portsmouth, Crystal Palace and Woking certainly isn’t the ideal preparation for a cup-tie against a side two divisions above them. But what better time to pull out a result?
They’ve produced an interesting video preview of the game (including footage of the play-off game mentioned above) on YouTube. Click here to view that.
After a promising start to pre-season and little activity on the outgoing transfer front, things are starting to get a bit messy. I think everyone is hoping for all business to be concluded in the next week, with suitable replacements for the players likely to leave.
I don’t know what sort of side Ståle is planning to send out on Saturday, but I hope it’s a strong one because the home crowd are crying out for a decent victory on home turf. We haven’t won any game at Molineux since the last-gasp turnaround against Sunderland, back in December!!
Assuming the likes of Fletcher, Jarvis, Kightly and O’Hara don’t feature for whatever reason, and no new signings arrive, this is the sort of team I’d hope to see:
If the new gaffer wants to play narrow without wingers, I have no problem with that, but I’d like to see some creativity which I’d hope Milijas could provide.
Dave Edwards is certainly a better bet down the right than David Davis for me, but I’d be equally content to see Hammill, Foley or any other player with experience of the position.
As long as we get the ball down and deliver a win, I don’t mind who plays. Victory is the most important thing at this stage.
As for a prediction, it’s almost impossible to say given that this will no doubt have the atmosphere of a pre-season game, but I think we’ll edge it all the same.
If you’re at Molineux on Saturday have a great time and enjoy the match. The journey starts here.
Up The Wolves.
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