With so much talk about Champions League football, it was nice of West Ham to treat us like top-four opposition.
Camped out in their own defensive third for most of the game, Wolves controlled and dictated the play, making the breakthrough right on cue before killing the game dead.
It was a professional hit; a cold-blooded Premier League away win from a team who know exactly what they want to do.
Our away record is now only bettered by Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Quite phenomenal. I still remember the 2003/04 season in which we didn’t get a single away win.
At home though, we’ve been average and sit 12th in that particular table. We have however, beaten Norwich, Watford and Villa who possess the three worst away records. The team with the fourth worst away record? Bournemouth.
I didn’t watch their game against Palace but saw the highlights and the pundits were quick to pile in on their no-show.
That’s perhaps doing a bit of a disservice to a very tidy Palace performance and once they get ahead against anyone they’re a tough nut to crack.
But I think it’s true that the Cherries don’t have that potency in attack that was once a calling card. 29 goals from 30 games reinforce the point.
Their remaining fixtures look daunting and if I was a betting man, I don’t think I’d be backing them to get the neccessary points on the board.
That said, one win can change everything and players like Callum Wilson, Harry Wilson, David Brooks and Josh King have won their share of games at this level so it’s not done yet.
The away end
I swapped some messages with Peter from Cherry Chimes, a Bournemouth supporter blog. This is what he had to say ahead of the game.
For Bournemouth fans the Wolves game is probably the most difficult of the first three matches we have that are scheduled from the restart. I think it will be a goal packed game with chances at both ends, but Wolves are clear favourites. How Bournemouth do under the pressure of playing for their Premier League lives we will just have to see. They could fold easily or be revitalised.
Bournemouth will have a go, but this season they have been poor in possession and have been picked off. What I am certain of is that Bournemouth will have to score to get something from the game as they have been really dire at keeping clean sheets. We have more fire power now though with David Brooks and something to prove if we want to stay in the league, so don’t expect an easy game.
I think Wolves will have done fantastically if they can finish in the top six. While Spurs and Arsenal have had poor seasons and Man Utd could also be overtaken by Wolves, it is clear that Wolves are an up and coming force in English football. You have some great players and are going in the right direction. Sustaining that level of performance is Nuno’s next test. I hope he stays at Wolves for the fans because you deserve that and some major silverware.The football has been great at Wolves.
My prediction – I hate to say it but 2-1 to Wolves
The only question is whether it’s 343 with Adama or 352 without. In most situations like this you’d say it’s madness to leave out the guy who won you the last game, but I trust Nuno’s judgement.
It makes perfect sense to start with the 352, keep things tight and see if the opposition will give anything up. Failing that, just repeat the West Ham prescription.
The alternative is to go all out from the beginning, which was an approach that served us well in the win at the Vitality stadium back in November.
Either route will still see a strong starting XI with options to call upon from the bench. A very pleasant situation to be in at this late stage in the season.
Well done to PC Principal, JIMBOWOLF, Happy Wanderer, Prawny, Pauluswolf, vicsmith, Wolvo Dave, Border Wolf, Dallas Bob, St.Kitts Wolves, London Wolves Loyal, Graham From Horsham, Zarco and BARDWolf who all collected a maximum last time out for correctly forecasting the 2-0 win at West Ham.
View the full updated table here with Iceni Wolf maintaining a 4 point lead at the top.
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That’s where you’ll also find my best guess for this one.
Up The Wolves!