The vast majority of us went into this match thinking a draw would be an excellent result, but by the end we were all licking our wounds and cursing our luck having only picked up a point.
Kevin Doyle’s cool finish had us all dreaming of another crucial away win, but it wasn’t to be. A bad decision and a lapse in our otherwise solid rearguard cost us the result.
As disappointing as that is, we must take the positives out of the match and move on to the Villa next weekend.
And there were plenty of things to be positive about.
The return of Michael Kightly and SEB to the starting eleven can only be seen as a good thing. Neither look razor sharp, but with more minutes under their respective belts, we can expect better in the coming weeks.
On another day, SEB might have been celebrating his first Premiership goals, having failed to convert two presentable chances for a striker of his calibre. Undoubtedly though, we got a glimpe of what the Doyle Ebanks-Blake partnership is all about, namely, genuine goal threat. For all the effort, endeavour and link-up play that Keogh brings to the side, having two strikers that know where the goal is has a very obvious appeal. And both players probed and asked questions of the Everton defence throughout, eventually getting their reward with the opener.
At the other end of the pitch, Ronald Zubar was finally (FINALLY) given his chance and he performed admirably in a much stronger back four. Looking at that defensive quartet, there’s a bit of everything; pace, postional sense and most importantly, experience. Having Craddock in the side seems to sure things up, so it was a good decision by Mick to bring him back in. With Michael Mancienne recovering from illness, I wonder whether he’ll find his way back in anytime soon.
Praise to for the continued improvement of our goalkeeper. He made a few good saves and again looked assured between the sticks. The quality of his kicking is superb, so it was no surprise to see him lend an assist with a giant hoof up the pitch. He was left exposed for the equaliser and could do very little, despite his best efforts to scramble across.
I’m not going to say too much about refereeing decisions, but it was a foul on Doyle in the lead up their goal and The Hoff’s sending off was a little bit soft. That being said, the big Austrian certainly seemed keen to get stuck-in and we know he has a reputation for getting into trouble. I suspect it won’t be the last time we see him taking an early bath in his Wolves career. Quite a character.
So definite disappointment we didn’t get the win, but I certainly feel better today than I did following the Portsmouth defeat. The Villa match will be another great test for our young stars, but I now have faith that we can once again compete and maybe even get the result.
With this Wolves team, nothing surprises me.