Archives for April 2016

Nottingham Forest Vs Wolves Preview

Fortunately, scoring goals away from the barren wasteland that is Molineux hasn’t been a problem.

Wolves Forest

But unfortunately, letting them in has been.

Our last cleansheet was at the Mad Stad at the start of February and we didn’t even win. You can guess the score if you can’t remember it.

No fair really. Why do all these other teams get to escape the banquet of boredom?

For added misery this fixture will act as another timely reminder of our team’s demise, with Afobe and Sako both resplendent in last season’s victory at the City Ground.

Roll on the summer.

Forest

Nottingham_Forest_logo.svgThe Trees have been hand holding Wolves in the middle third of the table for most of the season and look to be treading water.

It seemed a touch harsh to give Dougie Freedman the push, given the various issues he had to contend with – injuries, embargoes, etc.

Paul Williams is in temporary charge until the end of the season and it will be interesting to see who they end up with. Maybe they’ll be one of the clubs rivaling Rotherham for Neil Warnock’s services? They probably should be.

Britt Assombalonga is close to regaining full fitness and he’ll be an asset for them if he gets a good pre-season under his belt before the next campaign.

Their home form reads won 7, drawn 7, lost 8, scored 24, conceded 25 so it’s textbook inconsistency. Like looking in a mirror.

Wolves

Kenny might as well keep experimenting, but realistically three or four new bodies are needed in the attacking third to give us any hope for next season.

Team for Rotherham

Here’s eleven players, but who knows whether any or all of them will play? Does anyone even care? It’s tough to feel enthusiastic about the team whoever gets a game at present.

Deslandes, Hunte and Enobakhare are all worth a start, but I’d definitely like to see Jed Wallace get a mini run in these two remaining fixtures. He was bright in his cameo last weekend.

Dave Edwards was, save for one bad miss, anonymous against Rotherham, but probably remains our greatest goal threat as the forwards continue to starve.

Le Fondre, Siggy, Mason – none of them are good enough. Clear out and start again.

Predictions

The most likely outcome is probably a draw, so that’s what I’m going with.

And yeah, what else is there to say?

1-1

Up The Wolves!

Wolves 0 Rotherham United 0

I think it was about 1994 when someone discovered the goal in front of the North Bank was too big and the crossbar had to be lowered by several inches.

Mason

But not before Neil Emblen and Robbie Dennison had both delivered postage stamps to secure some ill-gotten points.

Maybe Kenny and co should consider redeploying this tactic against Sheffield Wednesday in a fortnight?

Or just play Kevin McDonald.

Either would be acceptable to an increasingly apathetic home crowd who’ve taken to cheering every shot on target as the drought continues unabated.

Four consecutive nil nils is a phenomenon. Has it ever happened before (anywhere)? Will it ever happen again?

Today’s history makers were guiltier of wasting chances than failing to create them as Joe Mason twice, Dave Edwards and George Saville all fluffed their lines.

And Carl Ikeme was enough to prevent Rotherham ending the goalless sequence as the minutes slipped away on our Redrow wrist-strap scoreboard.

Kenny Jackett said afterwards he’d exhausted all available options, which seems questionable considering he only deployed one substitute and again overlooked Kevin McDonald – who hasn’t played a single minute in any of the four stalemates.

Whatever your persuasion when it comes to our head coach, it’s impossible not to share the frustration of the masses at his current tactical oversights.

One switch that did work was moving Dominic Iorfa into the middle alongside Danny Batth. His attributes are more suited to a central role and he was comfortable in there today.

Bright Enobokhare and Sylvan Deslandes showed great potential and also their inexperience and lack of physical strength in up and down performances. Both should come back better next season.

Collectively, there was some better approach play but that too often broke down in the final third where quality and a killer instinct were both absent.

Joe Mason isn’t the man to put your house on, proven by his failure to convert any of the three one-on-one situations he’s faced this week.

There’s no lack of movement or enthusiasm, but I don’t see him ever finishing on a consistent enough basis or making goals for himself in the way Nouha Dicko so often has.

Drawing another blank today in a fixture that has seen 15 goals shared out in the two previous seasons is a fitting indicator of how significantly the landscape has shifted on and off the pitch.

Molineux is barren and patience is in equally short supply.

Wolves Vs Rotherham United Preview

Like most of you, I don’t agree with some of the choices Kenny Jackett is making.

Edwards Rotherham

Kevin McDonald’s continued omission being chief among them (although I think there’s something else going on there).

But I do think because the football is ugly, people take for granted the things he has done right.

Before the Derby game, I felt there was a real threat we could get dragged right down if things continued to deteriorate.

We were paper thin and blown away at Brentford, offering little as an attacking force too. So to me what he did next made total sense i.e. shutting up shop.

The points we accumulated got us over the line, so I don’t think anyone can categorically say this was the wrong move. And actually, with the players he had, I thought this was smart.

More over I think he would play attacking football if he had the players to do it. In fact we know this because he did it for the two years the preceded this one.

Rotherham

Rotherham_United_FCNo questions are being asked of Neil Warnock, that’s for sure. What a fantastic job he’s done in a short period of time.

They’re undefeated in their last 10 matches, which includes six wins. That sequence has transported them from dead and buried to comfortably safe. Only Brighton have done better in the same period.

As Kenny is always saying, they’ve built a platform by only conceding 0s and 1s, but unlike Wolves, they’ve managed to get ahead in games and score goals.

Fortunately we were able to visit the New York Stadium earlier in the season before they’d got their act together and before Jordan Graham’s injury curtailed our aspirations.

I believe Warnock’s contract is up at the end the season so surely they’ll be begging him to carry on next season? If they don’t, they’re mad.

Wolves

Sounded pretty dire against Leeds, but we could have taken a point if Joe Mason had been more clinical in front of goal.

Team for Rotherham

George Saville did score and a tidy finish it was. I think there’s still mixed opinion on the former Chelsea man, but he’s had a good run of games now and certainly scored some important goals.

I’d like to see a few changes in the midfield though to try different combinations. Coady and Wallace for Saville and Helan is one idea. Obviously I’d love to see McDonald involved but that looks increasingly like wishful thinking.

Le Fondre played against his former club in the earlier fixture and KJ said he was influenced by that, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him involved from the start tomorrow.

The gaffer

Predictions

Rotherham are looking formidable of late and you wouldn’t back us to be the first team to beat them in a while on current form.

But I think we’re overdue a good home performance and I’ve just got a feeling we might get something out of our senior players tomorrow.

Given that we don’t score at home these days and Rotherham hardly concede, I’ll go for the only winning margin that makes sense.

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Up The Wolves!