Wolves 1 Rotherham United 0

We won.

That’s the only positive.

Honestly.

I can’t think of anything else good to say about any individual player or the collective performance.

What was Paul Lambert thinking?

He somehow managed to pick the most defensive starting eleven anyone could possibly muster that still appeared to be wide open at the back.

Rotherham should have been two goals clear before Helder Costa wasted a penalty and Andi Weimann’s determination secured the ill-gotten points.

So limp were our attacking efforts throughout against a team who statistically can’t defend – averaging just under three goals conceded per game away from home – the contest was still up for grabs in the dying seconds when their center half mercifully shanked one over from right under the crossbar.

Pathetic.

The result is of course crucial but it doesn’t justify the performance.

And the performance was a reflection of the ridiculous team selection – the blame for which lies squarely at one man’s feet.

To play two defensive midfielders at full back was ridiculous. They offered nothing going in either direction.

Matt Doherty has been one of our most consistent performers for two seasons and is arguably one of the best attacking full-backs in the league. Leaving him out at home, when we need to sort out the whipping boys is madness.

And where exactly was Dave Edwards supposed to be playing? He offered little to no support to Weimann and barely got a foot on the ball all game.

Surely if you’re going to play two holding midfielders, there has to be one attacking midfielder ahead of them?

I just don’t get it. What was the plan?

Of the three genuine attacking players we fielded, Marshall tried and showed moments of ability, Weimann did what he could from laughably little service and Costa continues to sit on his deckchair.

I’m sorry, if we’re going to lambast the workhorses for a lack of ability our £12 million winger needs a rocket up his rear end for the dross he’s been turning out lately.

Against Wigan, Blues and today again he was totally anonymous. And don’t tell me he was marked out of the game or surrounded because he wasn’t. It’s just not acceptable.

The biggest travesty of all though is that people will focus on the boos that deservedly accompanied the full time whistle when in fact the support was tremendous throughout considering what was served up.

It’s the crowd that deserve better.

Sort it out Wolves.

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We have to win this game.

That means starting fast, getting on the front foot early, getting ahead and seeing it through with confidence.

Our League One bound opponents need to feel smothered from the first minute, completely inferior, given no hope and ruthlessly dispatched.

This and only this will give Molineux confidence we’re not going to slip down to the third tier again ourselves.

Failing that, a scrappy one nil will do.

Rotherham

Rotherham are bad, I mean really bad. Think how awful our season has been and we’ve more than doubled their points tally.

81 goals conceded already, which is at least 30 more than anyone else with a half decent defence. Wolves have only let in 46.

They’re hardly rattling them in at the other end either. 32 goals scored makes them the second limpest attack in the division with only Wigan (31) worse off.

Their away record reads played 18, drawn 1, lost 17, scored 12, conceded 52. Nothing else needs to be said.

After Alan Stubbs was sacked and Kenny Jackett decided he didn’t fancy it after just a few weeks in charge, Paul Warne has the unenviable job of seeing out the season.

Wolves

Paul Lambert took some abuse for his team selection on Tuesday, but collecting that point, which could easily have been three, was important to stop the slide. But now he has to go for it.

I commented on the previous thread that I feel much of our problem stems from the fact we don’t get enough match winners onto the pitch.

Costa, Cavaleiro and Enobakhare all have the individual talent to win us this game and should all start. I’ve gone for Price and Saiss holding but either could easily be replaced by Edwards to give us more thrust.

I’d play two attacking full backs, moving Marshall back there if he’s coming into form and bring Williamson straight back into the fold.

You can’t say for definite that any team would win, but I do know the above eleven would create a lot of chances against a team who seemingly can’t defend.

Paul Lambert

Predictions

3-1 Wolves.

It’s one of those matches where I can’t bear the thought of not winning so I’m shutting my eyes and hoping for the best.

I hope Paul Lambert is brave in his team selection and picks an attacking lineup. If we try to make the game tight and cagey, I think that’s playing more into their hands.

We’ve got the creative, attacking players at our disposal to really go after Rotherham so I hope he is wise enough to use them.

Up The Wolves!

Rotherham United 2 Wolves 2

Today was only ever about finding reasons to feel optimistic.

Dadi

And by full time I left the New York Stadium feeling sufficiently nourished by what I’d witnessed.

Most of that owes to Jón Daði Böðvarsson.

The big Icelandic striker was supreme. Colossal. Even in a first half where attacking play from Wolves was minimal, his every involvement seemed to please.

For starters, he’s a big unit and won most of his headers. He also held the ball up superbly and showed intelligence with neat lay offs.

But most satisfyingly of all, he was happy to spin off, turn and run towards goal. Rotherham had no answer.

He only had one clear sight all game but stuck that in the top bin to cap a fine performance and encourage the inevitable slow clap celebration from the away end.

That equaliser was fully merited by the way, as Wolves bossed the entire second half despite being relieved of Dominic Iorfa’s services.

If anything, the sending off galvanised our plodding midfield into action, as Walter Zenga persevered with three at the back and simply asked everyone to work harder.

It worked a treat too, particularly after the introduction of Joao Teixeira who linked the play brilliantly and setup Böðvarsson’s goal with a perfectly weighted pass.

What pleased me most about him though was his attitude, as he continually offered himself up for a pass, pointed where he wanted the ball and demanded more from his team mates.

That’s an encouraging sign for the future, suggesting he won’t be a fair weather performer.

Prior to all this, Rotherham had taken a firm grip on proceedings with two disappointing goals from our perspective.

A glancing header from a corner (with nobody on the post) and a swerving, dipping 30 yarder seemed to have taken the game away.

They came out with greater enthusiasm and moved the ball well, but it was soon evident, particularly after Wolves pulled a goal back, they didn’t have another gear.

New York Stadium

There was an element of fortune to George Saville’s goal, as he ran onto what looked like a loose pass, but the finish in rounding the keeper and squeezing the ball in from the angle was excellent.

I wasn’t overly impressed by his performance – similar can be said of Wallace and Mason – but that was possibly the defining moment in the game.

With a mandate to hunt the equaliser in the second half, Wolves were a different beast and the intensity was finally there.

There is much to improve and it’s safe to say we’ll face much, much sterner tests, but this felt like a good start.

With more signings almost certain to follow and a strong early display of team spirit, there are unquestionably reasons to feel optimistic.

Long may that continue.

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