Archives for April 2013

Wolves 1 Burnley 2

Defeated, divided, conquered.

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In the shadow of £20 million worth of contentious bricks and mortar, a club smashed to dust limp away from the rubble.

As the South Bank spills it’s guts and an army of restless natives invade, others just tut and shake their heads.

An unending nightmare that was once an impossible dream.

The team scuttling from the pitch nothing more than a hideous, confused reflection of the befuddled decisions that brought about it’s inception.

No cohesion, no unity, just a pile of individuals sellotaped together and asked to play nice.

The busted wheels of the McCarthy era, the charred remnants of Solbakken, the Saunders budget cocktail of loan signings and kids. It’s the Steve Morgan recipe for double bubble soup.

Blame managers, players and CEOs all you like, but the man at the top steers the ship and he is rudderless.

Every Morgan decision post Survival Sunday, whether made with good intentions or not, has been wrong.

Yesterday’s error-strewn, disjointed, non-performance was nothing more than a legacy of 18-months worth of his puzzling actions.

Wolves fans Burnley

It’s fair to say the manager picks the team, but the chairman picks the manager and defines the pool of players that manager has to choose from.

And it’s telling that when the devil was at the door, Dean Saunders could only turn to a hapless loan signing (Dicko) and a kid getting his first taste of the action (McAlinden).

For all his faults, Saunders has been playing with a handicap from minute one, hamstrung by a lack of resources and crippled by the misfortune of injuries and an unusually high points requirement.

Pointing the finger of blame at him is fruitless. You must aim higher, towards the man whose tunnel vision of a shiny, new stadium has brought Molineux crumbling down.

The man who, surrounded by the self-inflicted debris of failure, must now do what he does best.

Build.

* Apologies for initially forgetting, but the winner of the new Wolves shirt is Exeter Wolf. I shortlisted 3 of the best comments and did a random draw, with Exeter’s name being pulled from the hat. I’m sure you’ll agree running 26 miles for charity in the same weekend he suffered the defeat at Charlton makes him a worthy winner.

Wolves Vs Burnley Preview

Late goals swung momentum last weekend.

Wolves Burnley

While Burnley grabbed a last gasp equaliser against Cardiff, Wolves allowed Charlton in to steel victory at the death.

bottom 9That now means the Clarets arrive at Molineux 4 points above Wolves and the dotted line. Breathing space.

It’s difficult to envisage Sean Dyche’s team going down now, even if we sink them tomorrow. Their goal difference is much healthier than their fellow strugglers, which is as good as another point.

Any result other than defeat should be enough to ensure their mathematical safety. If they’re to get it, they’ll have to do so without Charlie Austin, the man whose scored 28 of their 58 goals this season.

Their away record is poor with just 6 wins and 11 defeats. But as we know from our previous two home matches, form often counts for little in this league.

Wolves

The big decision for Dean Saunders is how to use Bakary Sako. Our talisman is back in contention after a six week lay-off with a hamstring injury. I’m of the opinion he must play, which would hopefully mean a team something like:

Wolves team for Burnley

That’s the XI I’d like to see on the pitch, whatever the shape of the team. You could push Sigurdarson up front and Hunt out wide or even move Sako into the middle. But that’s the shape I’d go with.

I can’t see an argument not to play Sako. We need to win and he’s our best player. Given that he’ll almost certainly be sold in the summer, what do we have to lose?

There’s a suggestion we could start him from the bench and introduce him later on. But what if we’re chasing the game by then? We need to get in front and win the game. A draw is probably of little to no value.

Predictions

12 people thought we’d lose at the Valley and 5 of those got the scoreline correct too.

Well done to theDOOGooder, Steppenwolfe, Bagsy, colin and BobbaWolf for scooping the maximum 2 points on offer. It’s a single for the other 7.

It has to be a win this weekend, so it must be a win. How’s this for confidence?

4-1.

Up The Wolves.

Win the new Puma Wolves shirt

Wolves today officially launched their new home and away shirts for the 2013/14 season.

Wolves new kit

What do we all think? As with all shirts, I’m sure there will be divided opinion.

Puma have taken over the manufacturing duties, with What House? becoming the main shirt sponsor.

The tops all feature Puma’s Dry Cell technology, which enhances performance by dragging moisture away, improving air-flow and keeping the body at the ultimate performance temperature. Fancy.

Wolves home shirt 13:14

To further wet your appetite, here’s some behind the scenes footage of the new kits being modeled by our club’s handsome playing staff.

If you’d like to get your hands on one of these bad boys, Puma have kindly donated us a shirt to giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply complete the following sentence in the comment section below:

I deserve a new Wolves shirt because…

Best answer gets the shirt. Judges opinion (my opinion) is final.

We’ll run this until kick-off on Saturday (3PM) against Burnley. I’ll tag the winner’s name onto the match report and also put it out on our Facebook/Twitter accounts.

Best of luck!

If you’re thinking of buying the shirt, you can find details of how to do so by visiting the official club website here.