So Wolves have tasted their first pre-season defeat after going down 2-1 to the mighty Port Vale last night.
Not all doom and gloom though. I have it on good authority that Wolves dominated much of the play and simply didn’t take enough of the numerous chances they created.
Matty Jarvis was our best player from all the reports I’ve read, causing trademark havoc with his incisive runs and even chipping in with the goal. I really hope Jarvis gets his chance to show what he can do at the highest level because I think he’s the real deal. My only concern might be that he’s too lightweight but it’s just a case of getting the ball to him in the right areas and ensuring there’s a strong player behind him at left-back to compensate (does anybody know a left-back at Wolves whose built like a tank?).
Another positive from the match was that Michael Kightly managed to get on for the last 30 mins or so, giving him some valuable match-time. Great news in my opinion as we’re desperate for him to perform from minute one when the season starts. He was practically unplayable at the start of the last campaign and hopefully we’ll get a repeat performance this year and he can remain injury-free.
Defensively, Zubar showed some classy touches but was also caught out a few times. Hopefully once he’s got some matches under his belt he’ll be a real asset to us, which we need as his strong suit is his pace.
Another bonus was the fact we were able to give some of our youngsters game-time and I’m told that Elliott Bennett impressed particularly. Haven’t seen much of this lad and I don’t expect him to figure much this season, but you never know, especially with our mounting injury problems in attack.
With pre-season matches, it’s always nice to win but you have to look deeper than the scoreline to get a true reflection of how useful the match actually was.