When you’re wrong, you’re wrong.
I thought we’d get our pants well and truly pulled down at Craven Cottage, but instead we were the schoolyard bullies.
Savouring the postmortem, I wandered over to a Fulham forum and several supporters commented on how they’d be outmuscled by an intimidating Wolves side.
I like that.
And no doubt that’s one of the things Kenny Jackett is trying to achieve in accelerating the development of Iorfa and Hause.
Thinking about it, Martinez, Batth, McDonald and Afobe are all fairly big units too, so hopefully we can boss a few other teams around.
Continuing my whistle stop tour of opposition websites, I happened across these interesting comments from Terriers manager Chris Powell looking ahead to the game.
“We’ve looked at a lot of things we needed to work on from last year. Although the start was tough, our defensive record has improved – which we knew it needed to.”
“We also wanted a more attacking style of passing play and we’re in a good place, now we’ve settled down. We’re encouraging them to pass the ball more and more and to be as clinical as we can be in the final third, which I still think we can be better at.”
“Steve Eyre and Chris Markham, our analyst, went to watch them (Wolves) against Preston, then Alex Dyer and I went to watch them on Tuesday.”
“They changed the team a little bit and it looked like they were going for it, as they needed to pull a result out. Fulham’s red card changed the game and it was only a matter of time until Wolves scored.”
“Kenny (Jackett) has fashioned a good squad. They have spent some money on some decent players and it’ll be a tough test. I’m sure Wolves will be buoyant from their win in front of their own fans and will look to put the pressure on us early on, so we have to be ready for that.”
There surely won’t be wholesale changes to the team that romped home in midweek? Kenny has options, but I would imagine the team will be very close to:
Nathan Byrne might consider himself unlucky if he doesn’t get a start, but Sheyi Ojo made the difference from the bench and will be even harder to leave out.
Connor Coady and Dave Edwards could both return, but it would take a brave man to break the McDonald/Price axis, which has again helped steady the ship.
Danny Batth’s return, combined with the step-up in form from Emi Martinez gives everyone cause for optimism that the defence could make it back-to-back cleansheets.
Confidence is such a big thing in football and hopefully that means we’ll see the best of our young team on Saturday.
Huddersfield have a good record at Molineux though and are coming into form themselves, so will also fancy their chances ahead of the international break.
But I think we’ve generally done alright at home and I also reckon there’s a goal coming for Benik Afobe.
So I’ll go for a narrow home victory. 2-1.
Up The Wolves!