Archives for January 2013

Leicester City Vs Wolves Preview

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a Thursday evening, Sky come along and spoil the party.

Wolves Leicester

On the plus side, if Wolves do slip to another traumatising nil-pwa we should all have sufficient recovery time to enjoy the weekend.

That’s something right?

I don’t need to tell you Leicester are flying high and after a few seasons of steady building, now look well set for promotion.

Much like Cardiff, they’ve suffered enough Championship football to warrant a crack at the Premiership. Good luck to them I say.

It’s tight for second place, with the likes of Hull, Palace and Middlesborough refusing to go away and Watford sneaking up on the rails.

So they need the points.

Fortunately for the Foxes, they boast a formidable home record with 10 wins from 14 matches and only 2 defeats.

An already strong squad has been further bolstered by the acquisition of Albion forward Chris Wood. He’s hit the ground running and poses a real threat.

Wolves

I’m hoping that by the time Wolves come out the tunnel at the Walkers Stadium, my preferred lineup will have been rendered obsolete by a flurry of new signings.

Or is that foolishly optimistic?

It’s not surprising that Richard Stearman has packed his bags for Ipswich, but should we really be loaning a player to a relegation rival? Selling him to get some cash maybe, but a loan? I’m not sure what that achieves.

Anyway, assuming we have the same pool of players to choose from as Blackpool minus Roger Johnson, this would be my team:

Wolves team for Leicester

Batth should be given his chance if Johnson’s ban isn’t overturned. I remain unconvinced from the glimpses I’ve seen that he’s significantly better than what we’ve got, but he deserves a proper run in the side to prove he can be.

If Zubar isn’t crocked, he must play right-back and it’s a toss-up between Foley and Ward on the opposite side. No real preference for me. That would be an area we’ll almost certainly see filled by a new arrival (you would hope).

It’s got to be five across the midfield.

Doyle was a passenger against Blackpool, so by dropping him and bringing in Davis, we can free up Sako, O’Hara and Peszko to get forward and support a lone forward.

That lone forward should be Siggy for me. He’s yet to enjoy an extended run in the side and what do we have to lose by giving him a chance?

Predictions

15 people correctly predicted doom against Blackpool.

The following 6 of those got the scoreline too for maximum points, so well done to: westozwolf, ash k, timberwolf, MrAussieWolf, Old Goldy and me.

It’s a single for the other 9.

Against all my better judgment I think we might take something from this game. Not confident enough to go all out though.

1-1

Up The Wolves.

Wolves1 Blackpool 2

If only our hopeless, fraudulent players could be replaced as regularly as the yardstick I use to measure this season of despair.

Blackpool wolves

At the start of the campaign it would be the levels of nausea associated with that wretched violin track that accompanies our journey to the exits at full time.

You know the one. It’s the soundtrack beneath the ‘defeat’ button on the PA system, second only to the ‘drugs don’t work’ for soul destroying misery. I hate it.

By October the yardstick had shifted to my levels of repulsion towards David Dickinson’s Money Shop loan ad where a ‘seamless’ video wall once lived.

It keeps catching my eye as I look anywhere other than the football pitch for salvation and again, it defies my DNA.

But today, as I sit here contemplating yet another defeat with a shrieking violin in my ears, my yardstick has again been upgraded to cope with a new found low.

It arrives in the shape of my Bradford City supporting friend, who sat with me yesterday after I sat with him at Villa Park four days before.

One team, full of pride, passion and no little pace, reducing a grown man to tears and briefly rekindling all those emotions I’ve not felt for Wolves in years.

A law defying, humble team, more lovable than Charlotte Jackson in a swimming costume.

If there was a more deflated, dejected Villa fan than me at full time then I’d have been surprised, notwithstanding my delight for a good pal that has suffered more than most.

As we walked down Waterloo Road for the ‘return’ experience yesterday, I reminisced about the days when I could aspire for something special.

‘Ben, we’ve had 12 years of misery so it’s been a long time coming,’ he said at 2.55pm.

At 4.55pm, he’d changed his tune…

‘I feel genuinely sad for you. And I can’t see where you go from here,’ he consoled, as that blasted soundtrack violated my eardrums again.

A perennial League Two sufferer, supporting a once bankrupt-threatened club feeling genuinely concerned for a Wolves fan.

And the most sobering, upgraded yardstick to measure this season of unprecedented misery?

I genuinely feel envious of him.

*For a summary of the game: Zubar offered a refreshing alternative, set one up. Then Johnson cocked up. Then we were as crap as ever. Then Johnson cocked up again. Slow, ponderous shite.

Wolves Vs Blackpool Preview

After we beat Blackpool prior to Christmas I foolishly thought things would get better.

Blackpool Wolves

Yes, Wolves were lucky to get the win, but the result made it 9 points from 12, with two favourable home fixtures to come.

Limp to January and sort it out, I hoped.

Well, we haven’t won since. The 4 consecutive defeats that followed were enough to account for Ståle Solbakken and Dean Saunders has yet to arrest the slide.

Two scruffy draws mean the Welshman remains undefeated, but the mood around Molineux remains downcast.

Blackpool too are struggling.

The Tangerines haven’t won either since that pre-Christmas dust up and Michael Appleton’s shock departure has left them managerless.

Funny to think then that the last time this fixture was contested was in the Premier League.

Wolves

I wasn’t upset by the result at Hillsborough, but the performance was dire and we should have been beaten.

Saunders deployed the same passive, non-midfield we saw against Blackburn. We’ve got players sitting on the sidelines who can do better and create more. He needs to be braver and use them.

It’s understandable that he wants to shut the back door, but the side needs some balance and we need to be more adventurous at home. Something like:

Blackpool preview

I’d like to see what the Sigurdarson/Ebanks-Blake partnership could do with some forward thinking midfielders to supply them.

Blake has been pulverised and written-off this season, but he’s a finisher in a team that never gives him service. His all-round game has always been poor.

I find stories that Zubar could be sold strange, given that the new manager obviously identified him as an important player. We should keep him for the remainder of the season because for all his gaffes, he brings pace and athleticism, two commodities we’re desperately short on.

Predictions

14 people correctly predicted a draw after I pointed out that ‘hardly anyone predicts a draw’ in the Sheffield Wednesday preview.

So well done to all of you. Nobody said 0-0 though, so it’s singles all round.

I suspect Saunders will field a similarly negative team for the third consecutive game.

And based on that logic, I think we might get found out against a Blackpool team with some decent attacking talent.

2-1 loss I’m afraid.

Hope I’m wrong about the team and the result.

Up The Wolves.