I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t see any way back against Chelsea.
Slumped in my chair, I thought about Jota, Doherty, Jimenez, Moutinho, Jonny and those glory days from just a few months previous that already feel a lifetime ago.
With Dendoncker hobbling off at half-time and Adama still oiling up on the bench, we’d dismantled the team that had made us such an effective outfit.
How could we even entertain the idea of beating Chelsea?
But then Otasowie shone, Podence sparkled, Neto just kept on bloody running and the world was suddenly a better place.
Maybe with a bit of time and a few of those players back from injury, new Wolves can be just as good or dare I say it, even better?
That view seems to change on an almost game-by-game basis at present, such is the compacted nature of the Premier League table.
I still can’t work out how Villa didn’t beat Burnley last night. Sean Dyche’s boys had some good moments of their own but in reality, it was only poor finishing that allowed them to escape with a point.
Still, that was enough to lift them out of the bottom three in what looks like a 50/50 shot at survival heading into Christmas.
I don’t think they’ve got as much quality as fellow strugglers like Fulham or Brighton, but that’s never stopped them before.
They’ll keep on scrapping, playing the percentages and generally making life difficult for teams.
What’s holding them back this season is a chronic lack of goals with just 6 in 12 matches. If that ratio doesn’t improve they will go down.
But there’s a presentable enough run of fixtures between now and the middle of January, so they’ll feel they’ve given themselves a platform to start climbing.
I believe there’s potentially a takeover happening too, which might give Sean Dyche the funds to do something more substantial in January.
We don’t know how serious the injuries are to Dendoncker and Boly, but it would be a blow if both were out.
The above XI is probably too lightweight, even with Boly included, so maybe Otasowie could keep his place?
Or perhaps this could be a good game to go 4 at the back and get after them?
They’re hardly the type of team who are going to make fast runs in behind or dazzle us with complex build-up.
That would allow us to get Traore into the side and really ask some serious questions of their defence.
In truth, I have no idea what Nuno will do and that’s probably good in the respect it keeps Burnley guessing too.
Last time out
It was a crushing last-minute penalty award at Turf Moor that effectively ended our pursuit of the top four. I still don’t know how Mike Dean or VAR failed to notice Chris Wood’s boot in the face of Matt Doherty before the bull struck our defender’s hand.
The roles were reversed at a sunny Molineux earlier in the season, with Wolves getting off the hook big time with a late penalty won and scored by Raul.
Well done to Matt Cook, Woodend Wolf, London wolf loyal, Marnhull Wolves, CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH, Marney, BOG, Rob W, Dallas Bob, Wolfstroker, PJB, The Dodgster, DeptfordWolf, Stafford Road Steve and Mark G Davies who all kept the faith against Chelsea and were rewarded with a maximum for correctly predicting the 2-1 scoreline.
In the overall table at the end of Gameweek 13, Liz joins MILDENHALL Wolf at the top of the standings.
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Up The Wolves!