Well, that was a miserable week.
I think I’d forgotten just how depressing it is to lose comprehensively to a team we probably expected to beat, which in itself is a compliment to the Nuno era.
We haven’t had to swallow many limp surrenders like that and I hope it’s a while before we see it again.
As we know, the boss prioritises defensive organisation so it will be the goals conceded and not the failure to do anything at the other end that will have caused most concern.
A win and preferably a cleansheet is the order of the day and on paper at least, you couldn’t ask for a better fixture.
I remember the horrendous start to the Premier League season Wolves made in 2003, which included several beatings at the hands of Blackburn, Chelsea and Charlton.
Scott Parker was the chief architect of our downfall in that 4-0 thumping from the Addicks (although he was also sent off in the second half).
He’s now experiencing his own horror show as Fulham are again floundering in their attempts to gain any sort of stability in the top tier.
Losing to Arsenal wouldn’t have been entirely unexpected, but conceding 7 goals against Leeds and Villa to start with three consecutive heavy defeats certainly wasn’t in the script.
Added to that, the chairman has been on Twitter publicly criticising the team and there’s the whiff of desperation in the air when it comes to their transfer business.
That said, a few positive results will quickly change their outlook and October offers several good opportunities to get on the board.
They’ve got a big squad with lots of familiar faces including Ivan Cavaleiro who played the whole 90 minutes against Aston Villa.
Since that defeat they’ve also been beaten 3-0 again, this time by Brentford in the League Cup.
It’s probably too early to suggest they’re desperate for a result, but they couldn’t certainly do with one.
The away end
Some comments lifted from a thread on a popular Fulham fans forum:
Strangely feeling rather optimistic about this one. We have to get a suprise result somewhere, it would suprise no one if Wolves won 6-0, but I think them without Jota, we can sneak a Wolves 4-0 Fulham.
This’ll be a reyt old laugh won’t it. Says a lot that I’d take a 3-1 loss right now just to say well we scored
I have a case of strong Belgian beer arriving today, saving it for Sunday, should be completely oblivious to all aspects of Wolves v Fulham including the final score. That’s how I’m feeling about the Wolves game!
If we don’t concede in the first 10 mins again, I’ll be happy.
We are gonna get hammered or the gods will punish me and we will somehow win and Parker will be given a stay of execution
I’m not sure who is and isn’t fit as I write this, but I expect changes given the collapse at West Ham.
There was a worrying rumour (probably garbage) about Dendoncker leaving and if that were to happen, I’d be worried.
The Belgian needs to be in the team to give us some physical presence in midfield, whether that’s alongside Neves and Moutinho or at the expense of one of them.
If Podence and Marcal are fit, it’s a no-brainer to pick both of them. The former because he gives us more craft in the final third, the latter because Vinagre really struggled on Sunday.
I don’t think this is the game to be throwing Fabio and Vitinha into the mix. We need as close to a proven, reliable XI to simply out-manouvre Fulham with experience and know-how.
Don’t forget we took back-to-back defeats to Everton and Chelsea last season while Nuno was still working out the best combinations, so I trust him to get it right before too long.
Nobody predicted a 4-0 loss at West Ham (surprise, surprise) so little change in the overall PL table.
As always if you’d like to join in, simply leave your prediction for this game in the comment section below, which is where you’ll find my best guess.
Up The Wolves!