Coventry City 1 Wolves 1

It might have been a nervous push to square leg, instead of a trademark flash through the covers, but the century is up for Wolves.

Wolves Coventry Dave Edwards

Only 9 other clubs have managed a three digit total in the history of the Football League. And a win against Carlisle next weekend will take Kenny Jackett’s history boys to number three in that list of great champions.

Still, I’m sure there was more than a tinge of disappointment in the away dressing room yesterday, as Wolves should have taken the spoils courtesy of Dave Edwards’ late goal.

The introduction of Bakary Sako added some long overdue forward thrust and his powerful delivery was smartly turned home by Edwards for a ninth league goal of the season.

A new contract beckons for the midfielder, as I’m sure is the case for his fellow class of 2008 graduate Richard Stearman. They would now be considered significant losses.

That said, the defensive mean machine has been more generous of late and Danny Batth’s own goal was a gift Coventry were grateful to receive.

Not entirely his fault of course. The ball shouldn’t have been allowed to travel as far as it did and the big centre back was then under pressure to deal with an awkward position. Perhaps the organisational presence of Sam Ricketts was missed in that particular instance.

It also meant that Coventry are in line to be the only team Wolves haven’t beaten in two league meetings. Carlisle can still join that exclusive club next weekend.

Liam McAlinden was a surprise inclusion and the youngster could have added another goal to his Wolves tally with a header his manager thought he should have done better with.

It will be intriguing to see how the forward is used next season when summer reinforcements arrive to complement already strong competition for places.

That and many, many other similar decisions will need resolving soon after next weekend’s homecoming celebrations.

For now though, we can bask in the comfortable surroundings of the 100 Club.

Highlights

Coventry City Vs Wolves Preview

With promotion and the title in the bag, Wolves are playing for additional credit.

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The record points total for League One is the 101 set by Charlton in 2011/12. Three points tomorrow would be enough to wrap that baby up.

But a more fascinating milestone, is that if Wolves win the next two games, it means they’ve beaten every single side in the division at least once this season. That very rarely happens, if ever.

Whether they achieve either or both of the above is largely irrelevant of course, but would certainly add a thick layer of gloss to an already shimmering season.

Coventry

Cov logoI was interested to read Steven Pressley’s comments earlier in the week when he said he felt it would be a remarkable achievement to keep Coventry in League One after their 10 point deduction and the various stresses and strains they’ve had to endure.

For the most part, I agree, but when you consider they were hovering in and around the play-offs earlier in the season, I suspect there’s a tinge of disappointment they couldn’t have done better.

Clarke and Wilson were firing them up the table back then and with the former sold and the latter out injured for a chunk of the season, that checked their progress.

Northampton hasn’t been a particularly happy home for the Sky Blues and the 38 goals they’ve conceded on their own patch is the highest in the league.

They haven’t won any of their last five meaning they come into this match still with an outside chance of going down. As Kenny Jackett said the other day though, they’ve probably done just enough already.

Wolves

Would it be a bold move to throw Leon Clarke into action tomorrow? Maybe the vitriol of the home crowd will spur him on to finally get the ball rolling on take two of his Wolves career.

Wolves team for Coventry

If it’s the same team as Monday I won’t have any complaints, but I’m sure Clarke, James Henry and possibly Lee Evans won’t be too far from the manager’s thoughts.

Defensively the team wobbled and creaked a bit over the Bank Holiday, so I’m sure the back four will be keen to tighten up and claim at least one cleansheet from the remaining matches.

The odds

Wolves are favourites for the win at 10/11. The draw is 11/4 and a home victory is on offer at 16/5.

Dave Edwards has a strong goals to games ratio this season and if he plays tomorrow, odds of 9/1 as first scorer seem quite generous.

Michael Jacobs has gone a few games without finding the net. He’s 15/2. Callum Wilson is their main main and he’s 11/2.

All odds here courtesy of SoccerBase.

The gaffer

Predictions

I’m yet to update the table after Leyton Orient, but I believe I’m correct in thinking Dave H has sewn up the PL title for 2013/14. Well done to you mate. It’s safe to say you’ve lead from the front for most of the season.

There’s no reason Wolves shouldn’t win again tomorrow. I don’t think Coventry are as strong as they were at Molineux earlier in the season and we are effectively playing for fun.

I’ll go for the trusty old 3-1.

Up The Wolves.

Wolves 1 Coventry City 1

Despite the late breech that denied them maximum points, Wolves are defending well these days.

Wolves Coventry

Human battering ram Danny Batth starred yesterday with arguably his finest performance to date, but the overall blend and balance of our back four hasn’t been this good for years.

Samuel (can we really not call him Sam?) Ricketts looks a more astute signing with every passing game. He lets Batth go to war, dropping off cleverly to sweep up the debris. They’re a real partnership.

The full-backs do what full-backs should do, closing down wide players, looking after the ball and getting forward to provide extra width. Doherty’s swashbuckling darts forward in particular are a wonderful sight.

An increasingly impressive run of not conceding a goal in the first half of a league game continues and that again gave Wolves the platform to engineer what looked like being another narrow victory.

The imperious Batth had a hand in the goal, knocking down perfectly for Leigh Griffiths to profit with an assured finish.

Our number nine relishes the big occasion and that insatiable appetite to get one over the opposition is what gives him the confidence to continually put himself in a position to score.

The Scot gets more ammunition with two wingers on the pitch and even yesterday when Sako was kept quiet and James Henry blew hot and cold, they frequently put Coventry on the back foot.

Centrally it was a more solid performance, but it remains the one area of the pitch where we could comfortably accommodate a new signing. Someone who could bring much needed presence and personality to the fold.

Price has the potential for greatness and Davis made some timely interceptions, but neither have convinced enough to demand ownership of a full-time starting berth.

And it was again right through the middle of the pitch that the opposition did most of their damage. As the game became stretched, Callum Wilson began to occupy those empty pockets to run at our retreating defence. Batth and co did well to contain him.

The late leveller was always brewing though.

Wolves failed to exert authority and Coventry’s pressing was deservedly rewarded. A smart finish it was too, zipping off the surface to give Carl Ikeme little chance of protecting a fifth consecutive cleansheet.

Wolves Vs Coventry City Preview

They might be languishing down in 16th place, but Coventry have amassed more points than any of the teams Wolves have played to date.

Coventry City

Without the hindrance of a 10 point deduction, our East Midlands rivals would be sitting comfortably within the the play-offs places.

This is then without question Kenny Jackett’s toughest challenge so far and a great opportunity for his team to show their mettle.

Coventry are bringing a legion of supporters so this promises to be a fantastic occasion.

Coventry

Only Leyton Orient (27) have scored more League One goals than the Sky Blues (26) this season. And 18 of those 26 have come from just two players – Callum Wilson and Leon Clarke.

For Clarke this a homecoming some six years after he departed Molineux. You get the sense that attitude rather than application are the reason he’s been passed around 12 different clubs since leaving Wolves in 2007.

Something has clicked this season though and his partnership with Wilson is frightening. Wolves have the meanest defence in the division but will do well to contain the country’s most potent strikeforce.

Funnily enough, Coventry’s home form (in Northampton) has been the driving force behind their success so far. Away from Sixfields they’ve been less consistent with two wins, a draw and two defeats.

You’d  have to say Steven Pressley is doing a fantastic job for them, battling against the myriad off the field problems to establish a team that looks capable of making a promotion push.

Wolves

The Notts County game was disappointing but it perfectly demonstrated the value of our bigger names. Doyle, Sako and Ricketts would all have made a significant difference in their own way. Hopefully all will play on Saturday:

Wolves team for Coventry

That would be my team. I still think we’re fragile in the middle of the park so whichever two play in this one, I hope they step up their game and help control things better than we have done in previous home matches.

The odds

Wolves are again favourites to win this one at 21/20. Coventry are 5/2 and the draw is 12/5.

Leigh Griffiths remains Wolves most likely first scorer at 9/2, or if you think one of the Sky Blues’ deadly duo will open the scoring Clarke is 6/1 and Wilson is just outside that at 13/2.

All odds available here.

Predictions

68 people correctly thought we’d overcome Colchester a fortnight back. 9 of those also got the scoreline to double up. It’s a single for everyone else.

Tough game this and a Midlands derby too. These teams certainly aren’t best friends and the big crowd should spice things up nicely.

I think there will be goals for both sides and I reckon we might share the points.

2-2.

Up The Wolves