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I have every reason to be miserable right now. It’s Monday morning, the sun is not shining and Wolves were once again on the receiving end in their pre-season match against Bristol City over the weekend. But as I’m a glass half-full kind of guy, I prefer to look at things differently.
First off, Mondays actually aren’t that bad for me. As I work from home, I can pretty much ease into the week (barring any disasters). I’m not that bothered about the sun, as I tend to fry like bacon the second UV Rays come into contact with my pale skin. And so what if Wolves went down 2-0 to a mediocre Championship side (bitter little dig there)? I can think of far more depressing situations to be in as a football fan. Did anyone see that The Toon got smacked for 6 against Leyton Orient on Saturday? And they had to cope with that humiliation dressed up as giant bananas.
No, I’ve definitely felt a whole lot worse than this in pre-season as a Wolves fan. Which campaign were you most pessimistic about before it even started?
Mine would have to be the 02/03 season, in which we actually got promoted. It was the aftermath of our collapse which allowed Sandwell to pip us to second place under Dave Jones. At that time, just the thought of pre-season ahead of another year in the second-tier physically turned my stomach. I imagine it’s how I’d feel now had we not made it across the line last season.
Then of course there was the situation we found ourselves in about 3 years ago. Hoddle (who I always disliked) walked out when it emerged there was no more money to waste on Polish jigsaw pieces and the squad was pretty much stripped down to it’s bare bones. With no money to rebuild it, I feared we might struggle to even stay in the Fizzy. For me, that puts into perspective just how much we should all be counting our lucky stars at the situation we’re now in.
There were once again big positives to be taken out of Saturdays defeat. More game time for Kightly, another impressive performance from Milijas and even Balde looks to be a decent acquisition should a deal be completed. I do expect a couple of new faces to arrive, whether that’s before the West Ham match or a few weeks later, so I’m still incredibly optimistic about the season ahead. We all should be I think.