Winning at Southampton felt like getting our head above the water. The question is – can we now start to swim?
It was similar post-Watford of course, only for Brentford to drag us back below the surface.
If we don’t want to be floating in and around the bottom three all season, we need to be putting together a sequence of results.
Not easy and I’m not sure we look like a side that can consistently do it.
But with Raul back on the scoresheet and the team lifted by the result last weekend, there should be plenty of good feeling as we look to finally get on the board at Molineux.
When you consider the so-called relegation crisis Newcastle were in last season, it was highly disappointing that they ended up finishing above us in the table.
They got the same points and had an identical goal difference (score 10 more, conceded 10 more), but nudged ahead courtesy of the ‘Goals For’ column.
I feel like their squad has all the components required to be a solid mid-table side, but they always seem to have injuries to key players and a knack for not getting the result.
Case in point, Watford last weekend. The chances they squandered in that game were remarkable and mean they come into this one still looking for a first league win.
No doubt had some of those chances fell to Calum Wilson, they’d already have that victory but their number 9 is sidelined with injury. That’s a big bonus as far as we’re concerned.
They do have the impressive Allain Saint-Maximin though and stopping him will be paramount to getting a win tomorrow.
The away end
I asked my mate Jake Jackman to share a few thoughts on his team ahead of the game and this is what he had to say.
Newcastle have had a weird start to the season. We are winless, but we are now worth tuning in for. There is a more attacking approach, even if there are big problems with our setup. I think in the Premier League, you need a coach that can fine tune a tactical set up and sadly Bruce is a bit of a dinosaur in that respect.
We have moved to a four man defence, which suits our midfield and attackers more. Last weekend, we created a lot of chances against Watford and really should have taken the three points. It was probably our best performance under Steve Bruce, so if we perform to a similar level this weekend, we’ll have a good chance of getting something.
I think it will be the battle of Adama Traore and Allan Saint-Maximin. Our player probably has the better end product, but Wolves have a much better defence. The thought of Traore running at Matt Ritchie is already giving me nightmares.
I’ve been impressed with Wolves outside of Brentford, but the problem is putting the ball in the back of the net. Jimenez scoring last weekend probably means he will have confidence, so that’s a big plus.
It feels like this game is always 1-1 so that’s a good prediction. There’s not a lot between us, but you have a better coach and a better defence. That said, we usually play okay against you and we are due a win at some point.
I’m interested to see if Bruno is a coach that sticks with a winning team at all costs or is more flexible in his approach.
I’d be content enough with the same team, but would like to see Traore in for Hwang or Podence, just because I think we want that explosiveness to stretch a struggling Newcastle defence.
What I’m really hoping for though are signs that Raul’s first goal is going to give him that few extra per cent that has been missing from his game. His all-around play has been decent enough but we need that killer instinct to make the difference on a regular basis.
Last time out
It’s been 1-1 in this fixture on the last three occasions at Molineux and 5 of the last 6 games overall. We should have won it last season though after Raul gave us the lead in the second half. A late free-kick sneaked around a dodgy looking wall to ensure yet another draw.
Later in the season at St. James’ Park we got battered in the first half and fell behind early in the second, but salvaged a point thanks to Ruben Neves’ excellent header and could have won it at the death.
Well done to MARNHULL WOLVES, vicsmith, Mutt1eigh, Liz, Prawny, Brompton Wolf and Dandy Wolf who all correctly predicted the 1-0 win at Southampton to secure a maximum.
AveburyWolf leads the way at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 6.
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