Is there really a match tonight?
After Saturday’s legal high and the mouthwatering prospect of Chelsea’s visit to Molineux in the next round, can there be a more stark contrast?
But regroup we must as there’s still a considerable amount of work to be done in the league.
I find it very difficult, given how Wolves are playing and the feel good factor, to envisage us slipping down into relegation strife.
But even so, everyone will feel better when there’s a bit more distance and a few more places between ourselves and the bottom three.
This is a really tough fixture against a team who continue to succeed against the odds.
It must be so frustrating for Paul Heckingbottom to see his best players continually getting picked off.
Defender James Bree and captain Conor Hourihane were the latest to leave with Aston Villa recognising the talent both possess.
They follow Wolves academy graduate Sam Winnall out the Oakwell exit door after he departed for Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the month.
Reinforcements have arrived in the shape of Leicester midfielder Matty James and Leeds’ highly rated youngster Alex Mowatt.
But it’s a big ask for a team with so much upheaval to continually regroup and consistently win matches as the Tykes have been doing this season.
They’ve won 7 out of their last 10 matches in fact and come into the game just a point outside the play-offs. The 23 goals they’ve conceded at home is the highest of any team in the league.
Signing a genuine superstar like Helder Costa for £13 million seems unfathomable when you consider we’ve dined out on budget recruitment, free transfers and loans for so long.
If we can fend off summer interest, he’ll be a key addition next season, particularly if the goal is still promotion from the Championship.
In the here and now I can’t see the Portuguese man getting a rest tonight. I’d have Bodvarsson and Mason down as definite starters and probably Price too.
But it will be fascinating to see if Paul Lambert rewards any of Saturday’s heroes who haven’t been in the team a chance to stake a more regular claim. I’m thinking about Hause, Evans and Saville in particular.
The injury to Ivan Cavaleiro is a blow because despite inconsistent performances, he’s still a threat down that left flank. Andi Weimann’s performance at Anfield proves he’s a more than able deputy though.
We’re in a great place right now. The performances are improving, the manager has stacks of options and the whole club is bouncing.
I thought yesterday’s announcement about season tickets was also fantastic. Not only is it great value, it also shows an intent to get Molineux full again.
Despite the fact Barnsley are seventh and we’re down at the bottom, I’ll back us to get the win and hopefully avenge the 4-0 tonking they handed out at Molineux.
Up The Wolves!