Someone asked me the other day how many good performances we’ve seen this season and I have to admit, I was scratching my head.
Sheff Utd away was convincing if not spectacular. Palace at home similar. And I think we played quite well in the win at Arsenal that was overshadowed by Raul’s injury.
The home wins against Chelsea and Arsenal were exhilarating but felt more smash and grab than the result of a cohesive team performance.
Other than that, we’ve been scraping by, so it’s some achievement we’ve cobbled together 11 wins.
Even by this season’s standards though, that was a chastening defeat to Burnley and one we mustn’t repeat, especially in this game.
I’m sick and tired of being bested by our stripy neighbours and any victory – scrappy or otherwise – would be a welcome tonic.
Albion are going down. I think if they’d hung on at Villa Park last weekend they’d still have a sniff but dropping those points was disastrous.
It’s no a stretch to imagine them winning this one, but getting enough from Liverpool, Arsenal, West Ham and Leeds is another matter. Brighton also have a 9 point and 28 goal difference head start.
But doubling us and staying in the race is a more than adequate incentive so we should expect them to be full throttle from the start.
Big Sam has found a good combination and a way of playing, but it’s probably come just too late, kind of reminiscent of that season we had under Dave Jones when the Cort/Camara partnership started firing right at the death.
Matheus Pereira has come alive and with 10 goals and 5 assists, his considerable skills won’t have gone unnoticed this season. If they do go down, I’ll be shocked if he’s still playing at The Hawrthorns next season.
Keeper Sam Jonhstone is another who has enhanced his reputation despite conceding a whopping 64 goals this season.
If Moutinho is fit enough, I’d be desperate to get him back in the side and try to grunt out a result with a proper midfield three.
I don’t think I can watch another Daniel Podence performance after the last two. He looks weak, ponderous and uninterested. Surely he’s carrying an injury or something? I’ve seen enough in better times to know he’s not this bad.
If I thought there was any chance we could swap the wingbacks, I would, but probably fanciful. Semedo and Ait-Nouri weren’t to blame for the Burnley collapse but they’re so physically weak and don’t do enough in the opposite direction for me. Hoever and Marcel would at least offer more muscle.
Allardyce will have seen how Burnley mauled us and you can expect them to be getting plenty of balls into Diagne in the hope he can repeat Chris Wood’s exploits.
Last time out
I thought about leaving this section out. It was that dark back in January when they came from behind to win at Molineux I didn’t think I could feel any lower. I’ll repeat though, the results we’ve managed since are remarkable and if you’d offered me these respective positions heading into this game back then, I’d have done somersaults.
Our last visit to the Hawthorns wasn’t much better, with Shane Long running rings around Roger Johnson in yet another comfortable Black Country Derby victory for the Baggies.
It’s depressing to consider Wolves have won just 3 of the last 22 games between these sides. No, it’s more than that, it’s perversely cruel.
Shockingly, nobody predicted the 4-0 scoreline against Burnley last time out.
But Brompton Wolf correctly predicted defeat and that was enough to move him to the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 33.
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