Archives for August 2010

Fans Parliament

Any questions for Jez?

As a Wolves Blog regular, I thought some of you may be interested to know I’m serving a two year term on the Wolves Fans Parliament starting this month. I’ve never done it before so maybe it will prove a complete waste of time but if any of you have any issues that you would like to raise with Jez Moxey & co then I’ve been told to submit an agenda for the first meeting by September 8th.

A few things spring to mind – I will certainly be looking for more clarity on the Stadium expansion plans because it would seem to me that we have had limited information on this thus far – especially given that, all being well, the North Bank will be knocked down as soon as May next year. How will all this affect capacity / season ticket holders / pricing going forward?

Again, if you guys have any other concerns that you would like me to raise then just let me know and I’ll try and get the points across.

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Wolves to sign Marcus Bent on loan

Bent - on loan until January

If Marcus Bent had brought Danielle Lloyd to Molineux with him after signing on loan, I’d be mildly excited as a Wolves fan right now.

Unfortunately, the busty Scouser moved on to better things some time ago and is no longer with the Birmingham City reject. I’d have thought we’d have done likewise.

The 32 year-old nomad is our much discussed fourth striker and will be playing for his 14th club when he pulls on the old gold shirt in the near future. Surely that says something?

However, without wanting to bemoan the acquisition without giving him a chance, it is time to welcome the big man to the bosom of our squad and hope he notches some important goals for us, like he used to for Sheffield United all those years ago.

The problem has always been: How much quality can you attract to a club when the manager is selling a position on the subs bench? Maybe our new, sunken dugouts look a bit more cosy than those harsh looking blue ones at St Andrews?

The plus points: Bent will score more goals and put himself about more than Andy Keogh if given half a chance. He has Premiership experience (bloody loads of it!) and he will not need to settle in the area as he is already living here (scratching the barrel a bit now).

I can only go on what I have seen, which was actually quite encouraging. He bullied Michael Mancienne all over Molineux when we dew with the Blues 1-1 in our Championship winning season, and looked surprisingly mobile too.

If Mick thinks he can do a job, then let’s get behind Marcus and wish him all the best.

If it was down to me, I’d have kept Iwelumo, who is younger, statistically more prolific, and more likely to mess up an opposing centre half like Andy Carroll did to us on Saturday.

Better still, I’d have phoned Danielle Lloyd up and asked her what her current boyfriend is up to once his back gets better!

Wolves 1 Newcastle 1

SEB has started the season impressively

Crunching tackles, bad decisions and well taken goals are the three things that will live long in the memory about this bruising afternoon at Molineux.

From the moment Karl Henry piled into Joey Barton in front of an approving South Bank, fairly I might add, the tone of the match was set and neither side shied away from this all or nothing, blood and thunder contest.

Kevin Doyle, Jelle van Damme, Matt Jarvis, David Jones, Adlene Guedioura, Ronald Zubar and a handful of Magpies all joined Henry in the book, some more deserving of their punishment than others.

This was a horrid match to referee, with both sides up for the scrap, but the man in the middle did himself few favours with a string of decisions that incensed the crowd and did little to appease either set of players.

The worst call, his failure to award Wolves a second half penalty was not only grossly incompetent but completely illogical. As Matt Jarvis skipped by James Perch and tumbled over the defender’s clumsy tackle, the outcome seemed obvious.

But having not given the penalty, not booked Jarvis for diving and not awarded a corner, what exactly was the referee’s conclusion? The answer to that, we will probably never know.

Of course at that point, Wolves were already a goal to the good thanks to an exquisite piece of skill and a finish to match from the resurgent Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Plucking a looping cross out of the sky and swivelling to fire the ball home in two sublime movements was our number 9 at his ruthless best and capped a performance full of endeavour.

Mick obviously appreciated his efforts too, choosing to withdraw Kevin Doyle when the time came to introduce Steven Fletcher. That was massive statement to make but one you’re hard pressed to argue with given Blake’s early season form.

Newcastle of course have a striker bang in form too and Andy Carroll’s measured header to drag the Geordies level was just reward for a towering performance in which he won practically every header.

It’s not often you’ll see Craddock and Berra bullied in the air, but that’s exactly what the young forward achieved and it surely wont’t be long until Fabio recognises the impact this powerhouse could have on our national side.

So ultimately, the spoils were shared and whilst both teams will feel they could have won it, both can count themselves lucky not to have come away from this bruising encounter with nothing.

And the fact both sides finished with eleven men on the pitch is, quite frankly, a miracle.