Archives for March 2017

Wolves Vs Cardiff City Preview

It would be nice to cancel out those five straight league defeats with five straight victories.

With three wins already in the bag and two winnable fixtures in the next five days, it’s certainly possible.

But our performance levels at Molineux this season have been woeful so I don’t think anyone will be counting chickens.

Based on our home form alone we’d actually be in the relegation zone, cut adrift from safety (see the table here). Compare that to sitting fifth in the away table and it’s a pretty stark contrast.

With six of our remaining nine games at Molineux, we need to address this imbalance.

Cardiff

While we’re talking about theoretical tables, Neil Warnock said this week Cardiff would be third based on their results since he took over earlier in the season.

Much like he did at Rotherham, he’s turned their fortunes right around. You can’t deny he’s a great manager at this level.

It was interesting to hear him speak quite disparagingly about former Wigan boss Warren Joyce a few weeks ago and he went on to claim there weren’t many good managers around.

I’d disagree with this statement as I actually think the Championship have a lot of talented coaches. Perhaps not with his experience, but strong characters who I’d expect to see manage in the Premier League at some point.

They’re already talking about a promotion push next season but I think that’s quite premature. Good luck to them but things can turn sour in this league very quickly.

Wolves

I think Paul Lambert has to really go for it in the remaining home fixtures. Play the matchwinners as he did at Fulham, be a bit more open and just go all out for the win. If he does that, the crowd will respond.

That team oozes with pace and attacking potential. Weimann has got himself a couple of goals playing through the middle so must be persevered with.

The presence of Cavaleiro and Marshall really does free up Helder Costa to play to his maximum, while those two players have proven very useful themselves in this little winning run.

There’s been a lot of talk this week about creating a positive atmosphere inside Molineux but for me the manager really sets the tone on a match day with his team selection.

Predictions

If you’re looking at this game, Forest next Tuesday and Bristol City away next weekend as a block, you’d probably say this one looks the toughest.

I expect Cardiff to be physical, well drilled and tough to breakdown. A very typical Championship outfit.

But if Paul Lambert is bold in his approach, I think we might just win it.

2-1.

Up The Wolves!

Bloggers Ball 2017

It is nearly that time again.

A time when a number of Bloggers Unite in A Park View Hotel in Wolverhampton to discuss the season in depth.

A time where we meet those Bloggers who we have either not seen at all or those who we have not seen for some time.

A time where the discussions lead on from how the club have performed on and off the field, to how certain Bloggers have pissed off certain Bloggers and a time where we all unite regardless of our ethnicity, sexual orientation, prediction ability and our overall views, to have an absolutely amazing chin wag, sup a few ales and generally talk bollox.

For those of you who have been contemplating attending the end of season gathering, which is now in its fourth year, but have been undecided in the belief that it is a clique; well, you are correct, it IS a clique.

A clique of Wolves supporters who want to talk Wolves to Wolves fans, and who want to talk Wolves to whoever is willing to listen. And often to those that don’t.

This end of Season BallBash (we might consider a name change) is planned to to take place at A Park View Hotel, 12-13 Park Road West, Wolverhampton WV1 4PP on Saturday 6th May 2017.

The intent is for Bloggers to arrive anytime they wish during the day and weather depending we have previously assembled in the large area behind the hotel where all the fun starts. There is no need to “sign in”, just turn up and I am sure you will enjoy the day.

Evening meal

We have on previous gatherings ended the evening by way of dining in the restaurant. I have arranged the booking of the main dining area for us from 8pm.

Those that wish to dine that evening will need to let me know by no later than mid April so that I can confirm actual numbers with the hotel.

Those not residing in the hotel will need to pay a deposit of £10.00 per head, but I will pay this and recover it from you when you arrive on the 6th .

There will be a three course A La Carte menu at a cost of £26.00 per person which you can see here. I ask all wishing to dine to let me know your choice of Starter, Main and Desert and I will forward that to the hotel at the time of confirming numbers.

To date I am aware of the following Bloggers who intend to dine that evening, please let me know if this is not accurate:

Mark Davies +1
StuWolf + 7
Bedford Wolf
Brompton Wolf
Twixfix +1
theDOOGooder + 1
ClivefromHouston

Please note that there is provisionally a number of ex Wolves players attending the evening. Names are known but will not be released – so come along and be surprised.

Everyone reading this Blog is most welcome, whether you post on here or not, and it will be great to see as many new faces as possible. The more the merrier.

I am sure that Clive from Houston will undertake his annual trip to the Black Country, so for those that have grated their teeth throughout the season after reading his posts, please come along and meet our Pussycat.

I am also sure that there will be a number of Bloggers arriving from all over the UK and from other parts of the World, and I am sure the whole day and the evening event will be enjoyed by all those attending.

Even though I have not asked him, I am confident that Mark theDOOGooder Earl will once again capture the events throughout the day and produce yet another fantastic montage, for us all to enjoy.

Finally, at the last BallBash, it was decided that at the evening meal we all dressed wearing “Silly Ties”. There has been some deliberation about a theme this season.

Any suggestions (not stupid ones Clive), are welcome and the decision will be made on the majority of suggestions received.

Looking forward to seeing you all again in May.

Brompton Wolf

Fulham 1 Wolves 3

What a difference two weeks can make.

It wasn’t so long ago we were heading into fixtures against Ipswich and Rotherham with little (if any) confidence about our prospects.

Now, after two excellent performances against talented opposition, the urge to look up the table rather than over our shoulders is beginning to return.

Paul Lambert deserves credit for masterminding this turnaround in form, though the measures he’s taken to achieve it are fairly simplistic.

When you field your best attacking players and play others in their correct position, a positive outcome is more likely to be received than if you’d done otherwise.

Take the reigns off this Wolves team and they’re a match for any team in this division.

Fulham (an excellent side, by the way) were cut open with regularity yesterday, particularly down the flanks where Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro were back to their diminutive best.

It’s taken this writer some time to warm to the latter but we’re undoubtedly a better side with him than we are without.

That’s an assertion Costa is sure to agree with, given that he seems to benefit from Cavaleiro’s presence more than any other player.

With two buccaneering wingers to focus on (not to mention Ben Marshall and Andi Weimann), teams can’t afford to double up on Costa the way they were a few weeks back.

That gives him the freedom to run at teams and, as Fulham’s full backs found out yesterday, damage them.

If we can keep both players fit and focused over the summer then next season could be mightily enjoyable, providing the spine of the team is also improved.

Given the mooted interest in Costa from a number of Premier League sides, that could prove a difficult ask.

For now though, let’s savour this most satisfying of weeks and hope that it’s the beginning of a strong end to the season.